April Greaves, Belle de Jour, Bloom, brow duo, colour collection, cosmetics, cream blush duo, demonstration, eye crayon, lip duo, lulu, makeup, miss, misspixielulu, pixie, review, sponsored, super glossy lips, youtube
This collection is designed by internationally renowned makeup artist April Greaves, in collaboration with Bloom Cosmetics. ‘Belle de Jour’ translates to ‘Beauty of the Day’ and is inspired by beautiful actress Catherine Deneuve in the 1967 film of the same name. It’s all about contoured eyes, perfect brows, luminous skin and glossy lips; evoking a feeling of classic, cinematic beauty with a fresh, modern twist.
Below I will review in detail all the products in the collection, including the ‘Super Glossy Lips’, which I don’t actually talk about in the video.
The Eye Brow Duo features a 2-in-1 brow pencil and brow gel. The pencil is in the shade of brown and has a unique triangular tip that can be angled for precise definition. The clear brow gel on the other end can be brushed on after filling in the brows in order to set them in shape.
I really like the triangular tip of the brow pencil because it makes it much easier to define the end of the brows. I also found the formula to be very long-wearing, especially when paired with the brow gel.
The Eye Crayon has a creamy, waterproof formula with an inbuilt brush on the end. The shade that I got sent was ‘Black’ although it looks more like dark grey. It can be worn on its own or layered with powder eyeshadow for increased intensity. It’s also available in ‘Taupe’ and ‘Brown’.
I found the chunky crayon to be too thick to use as an eyeliner, so I would use it as a cream eyeshadow instead, as it blends nicely with the brush. It is actually very similar to the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Slate’ which only costs a fraction of the price, so I wasn’t totally impressed by this product.
The Cream Blush Duo features a cream blush and illuminiser in one. The blush is in a peachy, pink shade and is ultra-sheer with a shimmer finish. The illuminiser can be used to highlight the face, brow-bone and the inner corners of the eyes. The formula is enriched with evening Primrose oil, jojoba oil and scented with pure lavender essential oil
This has to be my favourite product from the collection! The formula is so silky smooth and blendable and gives off a beautiful radiant flush on the cheeks. This is the blush version of Bloom’s Cream Bronzing Duo from their previous ‘Gypsy Glamour’ colour collection, the products of which I reviewed earlier in the year (you can watch the video here).
The Lip Duo is a lipstick and lipgloss in one, which can be worn alone or paired together. The shade is a gorgeous berry colour .
There’s not all that much I can say about this particular product, other than I personally love berry-hued lipsticks because I think it’s a flattering colour on me. The colour is very bold and intense when the lipstick and lipgloss is worn together and alone, the lipgloss gives a pretty, sheer wash of colour.
This last product in the collection is the Super Glossy Lips, which is essentially a clear lipgloss. I didn’t include it in the video because I found it to be out-of-place since it’s the only product in the collection that is not multifunctional. It can be worn alone or over lipcolour for maximum shine.
It glides on very smoothly and gives off a glossy, vinyl finish without being too sticky. I don’t know if it’s just me but I think that it has a minty smell and feel on the lips. Other than that, I don’t see it to be too different to any other clear gloss.
Overall, I think it’s a unique and innovative collection because of the four multifunctional products (I do find the Super Glossy Lips to be unnecessary). It means you’re paying for two products (albeit a smaller product size) and carrying around less things in your handbag.
What are your thoughts on this colour collection?
- Miss Pixie Lulu
* Special thanks to Adore Beauty for kindly sponsoring this video and blog post.