New From Bourjois: City Radiance / Radiance Reveal

A few weeks ago, on a rare shopping trip, I picked up a couple of new releases from Bourjois.  The City Radiance Foundation, and the Radiance Reveal Concealer.  It’s taken me a little while to get my thoughts together, but I thought I would check back in and let you know how I got on with both products.


Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer Foundation New City Radiance


The Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer got my hopes up,  I’ll be honest.  I genuinely have about 30 concealers.  If you aren’t familiar with me and my ‘issues’ then I will fill you in.  I have super dark under-eye circles.  A mixture of not looking after myself properly, not having slept solidly for about 11 years (kids),  and genetics.  I am fairly sure that they have become worse over the last couple of years, probably due to ageing (although – strangely – this also coincides with the birth of my youngest, who was definitely sent to test me). Therefore, I am constantly searching for a concealer that will work on these panda eyes. To add to the torture of dark circles that can break through every concealer ever made, the skin under my eyes is as dry as, well, a very dry thing.  So, anyway, back to the Radiance Reveal concealer.  It seems – on first application – to be a creamy hydrating concealer.  It applies beautifully, and blends out nicely without dragging the skin.  The coverage is light to medium (no good for me, but that’s not the fault of the concealer), but the creases! Oh, the creases.  Even after setting with powder, I was left with skin like an elephants knee under my eyes.  I don’t think Radiance Reveal is a complete waste of time, it may well work for more oily skin types, and it does cover redness well.  It just isn’t a match for my darkness, sadly.


bourjois radiance reveal concealer light


One of my favourite foundations is from Bourjois (this one), and I was expecting more from the City Radiance Foundation.  Especially as it is described as a hydrating foundation.  Apparently, it has ‘an anti-pollution screen that reduces the presence of carbon particles on the skin, resulting in a fresh and luminous complexion’.  Firstly, the coverage is not what I would expect from a foundation, it is more of a BB cream in terms of flaw hiding properties.  It is very thin, and I could barely see it on my skin.  Except for the areas of my face that are dry.  There, the foundation clung on for dear life.  Suffice to say, this is not attractive, and not what I look for in a base.  Perhaps it would work better when mixed with a moisturiser – although this would hardly increase the coverage.  I will not be beaten though, and will probably try again in the summer, when my skin is less dry.




So, while I can’t recommend either the Radiance Reveal Concealer, or the City Radiance Foundation for dry skin, it’s possible that they could work better on a different skin type.  I think the concealer could be great for someone with less of a problem with dark circles (and with normal skin under the eyes).  The foundation? I don’t know.  If you are looking for light coverage, and don’t have dry areas, then it could well work for you.  The SPF 30 is a plus, but I think I will stick to my BB cream for now.






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Topshop – is ‘High Street’ Makeup worth it?

It would be an understatement to say that makeup and cosmetics are huge business in 2015, so it makes sense that high street clothing shops would want to get in on that action.

I was intrigued to discover whether the products that can be purchased along with your fashion items are any good, and can they take the place of other makeup staples?

First on my list is Topshop.  The makeup range in Topshop is not a new one, by any means. In fact they are currently celebrating five years of beauty.  I purchased a couple of nail polishes a few years ago and swore I never would again, as my nails became dry and flaky after one application.  I also have an eyeshadow or two that are not recent purchases.  I haven’t included them here, because they are no longer available.




BB Cream Light-Medium – £10:

I am so confused by this product (it doesn’t take much, to be fair).  Applying it is not exactly a joy; it is quite dry and yellow, and although it is described as ‘Lightweight’ I struggled to blend it – even with a damp Beauty Blender.  The first time I applied it, I absolutely hated it, because it just seemed to sit there looking obvious.  After a little while though, it settled in and became a lot more natural looking.  It also has quite a strong scent, so if you are bothered by smells then you may not take to this BB Cream.  So although I didn’t love it to start with, it has definitely grown on me.  For the price though, I really don’t think it compares with other brands.  I will finish the tube, but I would not repurchase.



Mono Eyeshadow in Explorer – £5:

I don’t know if I am just cheap (probably), but £5 seems a lot to spend on a single eyeshadow.  I think it would have to be pretty special for me to consider that good value, and this Topshop eyeshadow doesn’t really cut the mustard, unfortunately.  It is very pigmented, I’ll give it that, but it is very hard, and not at all blendable.

Lip Varnish in Merry Go Round – £9

Now this, I do not like.  The colour I picked looked nothing like the tube when it was actually applied, but that isn’t even the main problem. It is sticky and uneven, and difficult to remove.  It was all over my teeth and I ended up with some sort of lip halo on the inside of my lips where it just clung to the skin there.  Complete fail in my opinion.

Cheek Jelly in Reign – £7

This Cheek Jelly on the other hand is great.  The formulation worked really well on my dry skin, to give a lovely flushed,  just-been-for-a-run-look.  This jelly is glossy in the pot, but it goes on quite sheer and isn’t sticky on the skin.  It also lasted well throughout the day.  Compared to some blushers I own the price is a little high though.


3D Curve mascara – £10:

I do love a good mascara. I have more than I can possibly use before they dry out beyond recognition, but still I buy more! I wasn’t expecting much from this Topshop offering, especially after the other failures, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The actual mascara is fairly nondescript, but the brush does allow you to get right into the base of the lashes, and it separates them as you go.  It’s a little more expensive than, say, a Rimmel or a Maybelline mascara, so I think that would stop me buying it again – it wasn’t that good.


Overall the Topshop beauty range is not a hit with me, I think the prices are too high for the quality of the products.  I can’t really see a reason to shop there for makeup, rather than Boots or Superdrug (when looking for affordable makeup).  I did notice while searching for links to include in this post, however, that most of these bits are not available on the actual Topshop website, and those that are have been included in their most recent sale.  Perhaps that should tell me something about my choices….


Have you ever tried any of the Topshop Beauty Range?  Did you like?




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