Bourjois Poudre de Riz Java & Blush Exclusif: review & swatches


A luminous glow and natural flush anyone?

Poudre de Riz

To celebrate its 150th birthday, Bourjois has reinvented its best selling cult classic from 1879, in the same package design it had back then.  I’m a sucker for pretty, vintage style packaging so I’m all over Bourjois Poudre de RizDelicately scented, its pale pink tone appears translucent on the skin with a barely there texture.  The best bit? It’s not just adorably cute but a gorgeous product… I’ve even been known to stray from my much loved Jurlique Rose Silk Powder to use this! 

Lightweight powder that sets make-up yet, leaves skin with a (very subtle) glow & zero cakey matt finish is my definition of the perfect formula - & pretty much how I’d sum up Poudre de Riz.


Blush Exclusif

Bourjois Blush Exclusif is a one shade suits all cream blush, designed to react with your skin’s own PH for a bespoke flush.  While once again I loved the packaging, initially I didn’t have high expectations of this and assumed it would be a bit of a gimmick.  I’m always (usually!) happy to be proved wrong and soon discovered that this actually gives my cheeks a natural flush, that literally does look like I’m blushing rather than wearing blush. Is the bespoke element making it appear like my true blushing shade? I don’t know, but it is super cute and I’ve been using it lots.  I press the flat of my finger tip into the colour then pat it onto the apples of my cheeks, blending it out along the cheekbone (it doesn’t seem to like brushes - I’ve tried it with Real Techniques Stippling & Daniel Sandler Watercolour).


I’ve photographed the powder in direct sunlight to show the slight sheen, which really isn’t obvious at all when it’s blended out.  The powder looks a cute baby pink on my skin, but…..


Against the darker pigmentation of my finger tip, it’s a deeper raspberry, so I’m assuming from this that it really does change with different skin tones!

Find Bourjois* Poudre de Riz, £9.99 and Blush Exclusif, £7.99 here, where they’re currently on buy one get one half price!

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