Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner | Best Smudge-proof and Waterproof Eyeliner

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Smudge-free, waterproof, glides on easily and extremely affordable! These are the reasons that kept me going back to Bourjois! It is one of my few favorite brands when it comes to eyeliner and I have been using Bourjois Eyeliners since more than 14 years ago.  In this review, the specific product in review is Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner in color 54 (Bleu Clinquant).

Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner (No 54 Bleu Clinquant)
Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner (No 54 Bleu Clinquant)

Some of you may recall that my holy grail smudge-proof eyeliner is from Clio. Actually, Bourjois does not lag far from behind. For the benefit of our readers, I’ll include a comparison of Clio Gelpresso vs Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner whenever possible. Here we go! 

What’s Good about Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner?

1. Smudge-proof

Even before Clio came to the market, Bourjois had already won my heart more than a decade ago with its smudge-proof eyeliners. During those times, it was really a mark above many eyeliners out there in the market. 

Today, it is still superior! And that’s the reason why I’m still a loyal follower. Once you allow Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner to dry up (3 – 5 minutes) completely, it’ll stay intact and resistant to even heavy rubbing.

Clio Gelpresso vs Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner

Both are superior and do not smudge when given enough time to dry up. Clio does however dry up faster. When given only 1-minute, Bourjois smudged slightly while Clio was pretty much intact. When given 5 minutes, both are resistant to heavy rubbing.

Smudge test (Clio vs Bourjois)
Smudge test (Clio vs Bourjois)

2. Waterproof

Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner is waterproof. Even if you rub it under water, it stays intact.

Clio Gelpresso vs Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner

Both are waterproof under running water. When taken to the next level of test that included heavy rubbing in the presence of water, Clio gave way and was rubbed off completely while Bourjois was still very much intact.

3. Striking Color

I love this metallic blue color. I can’t deny that I hesitated for a long while when purchasing this as the color was very strong. When coupled with a metallic finish, it’s even more striking.

Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner (No 54 Bleu Clinquant)
Swatch – Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner (No 54 Bleu Clinquant)

Thankfully, there was no regrets at all! I’ve only received positive comments so far.

How often do you get people commenting about eyeliner as opposed to lip color? I get that quite often when wearing this color. Some even went as far to say that this resemble the “SIA air stewardess” look. Err….for the record, SIA stewardess don’t wear blue eyeliners. They wear either blue eye shadows (cool skin tone) or brown/lilac (warm skin tone).

Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner (No 54 Bleu Clinquant)

Another great thing about this color is that you can look pretty “glam-up” when wearing this alone, while skipping other eye makeup (e.g. eyeshadow and mascara). Great for a lazy day when you still want to look presentable!

Clio Gelpresso vs Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner

Bourjois comes in 7 lovely metallic colors.

Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner
7 Colours – Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner (Image credit: bourjois.co.uk)

Clio has 15 colors, mostly with metallic finish.

Clio Gelpresso Eyeliner
Clio Gelpresso Eyeliner (Image Credit: Clubclio-en.com)

4. Reasonable Quantity

Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner comes in 1.2g. This is pretty much the standard quantity for eyeliners in the market.

Clio Gelpresso vs Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner

I was surprised to learn that Clio contained only half the quantity of industry average, at just 0.56g.

5. Glides on Smoothly

Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner glides on like a butter. Zero tugging at all!

Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner (No 54 Bleu Clinquant)
Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner (No 54 Bleu Clinquant)

Clio Gelpresso vs Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner

Both are extremely smooth on application.

6. Cheap

it’s great that an eyeliner of this quality costs only about SGD15 in Singapore. I normally get it at 20% discount which makes it about $12.60.

Clio Gelpresso vs Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner

Clio costs 30% more than Bourjois even though it contained only half of the quantity. Seems like this review is making me rethink about whether I should continue to retain Clio as a Holy Grail eyeliner. In fact, i think Bourjois deserved to be my holy grail ‘Smudge-proof cum Waterproof’ Eyeliner. 

7. Easily Accessible

In Singapore, Bourjois is easily available in local drug stores as well as departmental and specialty stores. This makes it easy to get it at a discount all-year round, depending on which store is running a promotion.

Clio Gelpresso vs Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner

I remember only seeing Clio in Watson drugstore in Singapore.

 


Any Other Differences between Clio Gelpresso & Bourjois Eyeliner?

Other than the above comparison, there is one more difference. Clio Gelpresso contains an in-built sharpener while Bourjois (like many other eyeliners in the market) does not. 

 


Recommendation

I would normally include a section on “What’s Bad” under my reviews. Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner is one of the few products I couldn’t find anything bad about it. I highly recommend this eyeliner to everyone who loves a cheap and great-quality eyeliner! Rating: 5/5


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