My New Chérie — Bourjois Rendez-Vous A Paris Collection
Years ago, when I watched Amélie at Manhattan’s Paris Theater, I was swept away by the magical dream world inhabited by the adorable title character. how her picaresque deeds added humor and playfulness to the most routine of days, how her romanticism made her heart swell with joy. But, above all, I found myself lured into Amélie’s charming universe, imagining myself seeing the world through her eyes, marveling at the magical quality of the sounds and sights of Paris. Staring at the whimsical illustrations on each of Bourjois’ new eyeshadow pots, I rediscovered the Francophile inside of me.
The new Rendez-Vous A Paris collection from Parisian cosmetics line Bourjois consists of eight limited-edition eye shadow pots, each bearing an illustration by illustrator Nathalie Lété. Each of Lété’s designs captures a different aspect of Parisian life. The Noir Précieux eyeshadow pot (pictured below), for example, bears a near photographic depiction of the the Seine river, with a sketch of a bright flower positioned over the background image, at the the bottom right corner of the pot, and a drawing of a string of colorful beads around the pot’s periphery, framing the central image. An image of the Opéra Garnier building, meanwhile, covers the Argent eyeshadow (also pictured below), with details like fanciful butterflies and vivid spring blooms sketched along the top and bottom of the pot to add a delightful innocence. Secret gardens, the Eiffel Tower, and the Place Vendôme are among the other motifs in the collection.
And these eye shadows aren’t just pretty to look at — inside each pot, there’s a shade that’s an absolute treasure. I tried out three shades: the Argent (silver), Noir Précieux (black) and Violet Absolu (purple). The shades all have a wintry, cool quality to them. With a heavy dose of shimmer, the Argent shade speaks to the “City of Lights” nickname attached to Paris, while the Noir Précieux boasts a dusty, smoky quality with just a hint of shimmer for a romantic, starry night efect. Finally, the Violet Absolu has a light, powdery quality to it. While the shade looks pretty dark when packed inside the eyeshadow pot, when applied, it has a much lighter, silkier quality to it so that you can layer it to create an intense look or just sweep once or twice for a subtler, more ethereal look.
Pictured below, you’ll find images of these three shades, along with swatches of the hues and a photo of a look I created with them. This rendez-vous is simply magnifique, mes amis!
Bourjois Ombre a Paupieres Eyeshadow in Argent, $14. Available at Ulta.com
Bourjois Ombre A Paupieres Eyeshadow in Noir Précieux, $14. Visit Ulta.com
Bourjois Ombre A Paupieres Eyeshadow in Violet Absolu, $14. Visit Ulta.com
Swatches (from left to right): Noir Précieux, Argent and Violet Absolu
To create this look, I applied the Argent all over the eye, then brushed on the Violet Absolu along the lid and crease, finishing off with a bit of Noir Précieux at the outer corners of the eyes. Then I added some mascara and — voila!