The credit really has to go to B U B B L E G A R M for this post - As I only thought of writing this after reading a comment on Muhsine's blog about Bourjois Rose D'or Blush and the lack of pigmentation to it.
Muhsine replied to the comment mentioning that it could be down to the fact Bourjois eyeshadows/blushers are baked and natural oils from the fingers or a brush to and from the face back to the product, can frost the top layer over time. The solution being to just scrape the top layer off the product to reveal a new fresh layer.
Something that I'm sure a lot of you have found with baked products!
Here is a classic example of an eyeshadow that has that layer to it that gives less pigment when used - especially noticeable on the left hand side.
Now in the past I have done a similar thing to Muhsine by scraping of some of the baked powder to reveal a new layer...but I've always scored mine. Though I'm sure scraping off the top layer of product with the sharp side of a pair of scissors would probably give a nicer look to the product.
Scoring or scraping the product will give the same results - so it's really up to you.
But I thought I would be helpful to show the difference in pigmentation before and after revealing a fresh layer to any baked product.
As you can see I have just scored the Bourjois Ombre a paupieres eyeshadow in 'Marron Glace' really quickly. Just with one side of a sharp pair of scissors then shook off the excess so not to make a big mess!
It really does take seconds... however the outcome in better pigmentation is really great.
As you can see in the 'before' swatch the pigmentation of the eyeshadow was looking abit weak and pitiful!
I of course swatched both swatches exactly the same amount of times - which was 3 light swatches with my finger.
The 'after' swatch really does achieve the pigmentation that you would want from a Bourjois product.
Another example of the difference just scraping off the first layer of product can make with Bourjois Rose D'or.
Such a simple thing to do to any product that is lacking it's true pigmentation!