Review: Bourjois Java Rice Powder

Hello Everybody!

Sorry I’ve gone a bit AWOL the last few days, but I took a well-earned holiday up to see my grandparents in Yorkshire with Tom. We had a lovely long weekend and I feel thoroughly relaxed and I have enjoyed some quality time with some of the most important people in my life. My Mum’s parents are like second parents to me and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for them so getting to spend a few days with them has been absolute bliss! So, now I’m back home with a big, awakening bump, I thought it was about time I got round to reviewing another one of those lovely products I bought a few weeks ago…

In my haul the other week, I picked up one of Bourjois’s oldest make up products, their Java Rice Powder. Now, I have to be honest and say that when I bought this, I had absolutely no idea what I was supposed to use it for, but being the makeup junkie I am, I thought that if it had been around over 150 years, it was worth a try anyway and in the basket it went! IMG_1097Bourjois says:

‘The delicately scented feather-light powder boosts skins radiance, smoothes the complexion and sets make-up. One transparent shade suits all!’

Sounds good right!? I have also read that this can be used either as a setting powder for all over the face or a highlighter, to pin point the radiance to the high points of your face. So far, I have mainly been using this as a highlighter as there is a fair amount of sparkle to this, however I never seem to really notice this on my skin, maybe I am just applying it very lightly! I am intrigued to try it as an all over setting powder though as I do like the effect it gives when I have used it recently!

Packaging – The packaging of this is so cute, it has been designed to look quite retro, like the original packaging may have looked and I absolutely love it! It has a twist lid which comes off to reveal a split divider so the powder doesn’t all fall out. When you twist the divider, a series of holes appear meaning that you can tap a little bit of powder to the surface then shut it again to prevent it all from falling out. I think this is quite a nifty little idea to include, particularly as this powder is ultra fine in texture! I do find that some powder still manages to find its way out of the divider when it’s shut, however the twist lid on the top prevents it all from spilling into your makeup bag. On the packaging front, I would give this a 9/10.

Price – I find Bourjois to be a very reasonably priced brand and this product is no different, it retails for £9.99 for 5g, which sounds like not a lot of product, but you really do only need a tiny amount at a time. Boots always have some sort of offer on for Bourjois so it’s worth keeping your eye out for those, whether it’s three for two or a gift with purchase offer, there’s always something going on to give you more for your money!

Product – The first thing you will notice about this product is the smell, its has a very noticeable fragrance to it in the pot, however, this thankfully doesn’t translate to the face. I do like the smell though, I can’t quite put my finger on what it reminds me of but its quite a delicate scent. The powder sweeps onto the skin very nicely and doesn’t look cakey and doesn’t break your foundation up which is a massive plus point for me. As I said previously though, it does have a little bit of shimmer in which can be a little bit too ‘illuminating’ if applied with a heavy hand. I have used this as a highlighter and I do like the subtle shimmer for that although I am a little hesitant to apply it as a setting powder. I apply this under my eyes, along my cheekbones, down my nose and on the very centre of my forehead and I don’t feel like the shimmer is too much for that. I don’t feel like this is holy grail material and I think this will be a one-time purchase for me as I would like to try similar powders, however, for the money, you can’t really go wrong; one colour fits all and the powder is very light and does give your face a bit of illumination which is nice. If like me, you are looking for something to throw into your 3 for 2 offer, then definitely consider this product as it is a little bit of makeup history!

Have you tried the Bourjois Java Rice Powder? What do you think of it if you have? I hope you are all enjoying your summers and I am aiming to try and post a bit more frequently, however, I don’t want to promise things that I won’t be able to keep so I am just going to keep posting when I have the time. Thank you for reading!

Much Love


14 thoughts on “Review: Bourjois Java Rice Powder

  1. I bought this last year and used to use it as a highlight. I’ve not picked it up for a while so maybe I need to incorporate it back into my makeup routine. I actually really like the fragrance, as it’s what I imagine French woman to have smelled like 150 years ago. Really lovely little post, and I’m glad you had a nice time in Yorkshire 🙂

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

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