Once upon a time, when I was just starting to get a little obsessive about makeup, I thought Bourjois was the best brand in the whole world. The little round pot eyeshadows called to my fifteen year old self, and while all the products were much more expensive than the likes of Rimmel, I still saved my pennies and indulged. Anyway, this is relevant (sort of) because I had an Effect 3D lipgloss, and I absolutely loved it. It was a deep ruby red, with plenty of pigment, lots of shine, and a sticky texture.
Fast forward *mumbles* years, and Effect 3D have been reformulated. They're now much more hydrating, with a soft, balm like texture, and the shade range includes sheer shades and slightly more pigmented ones.
Corail Idyllic and Rose Chimeric are a juicy sheer coral with golden sparkle and a soft milky pink respectively, and they're the first I've tried from the new range.
Packaged in slim, curvy tubes, these glosses still look like a slightly higher end version of the high street. The included brush is skinny and flexible, allowing a good degree of precision when applying it to the lips.
These two shades are both sheer and soft on the lips, with only just enough pigment to disguise the blue tinges to the outside of my lips. I was expecting to dislike Pink Chimeric, as I just can't pull off the baby pink lip look, but it's actually sheer and milky, and makes for a subtle neutral lip.
The wear is reasonable for a non-sticky gloss, but nowhere near as long as the 8 hours claimed; I've found I get about two hours provided I'm not drinking and eating too much. The texture is absolutely as soft and balm like as Bourjois claim, and even towards the end of the wear time, the gloss still feel soft and moist.
Overall I really like these glosses - and at a mere £7.69 each, they're a very reasonably priced too. I'll definitely be checking out some of the shades - and trying to see if they still do my long-lost ruby red! Find them at Boots - who currently have a three for two offer on at the moment too.
Disclosure: PR sample