Bourjois’ Little Round Pot cream blush always makes me think of the heady mid 19th century Parisian theatre. The theatre makeup of that time started off slightly white and powdery, as in a Zola novel type of way! In 1862, the actor Joseph-Albert Ponsin created a product to whiten actors’ skin. 1868 saw Alexandre-Napoleon Bourjois getting involved in the enterprise and in 1879 the world got invited to this makeup party, which included powder blush.
How is it packaged? The blush comes in a tiny plastic pot with an easy to open metal pin press. The colour of the container echoes the product’s colour. It is lightweight to carry around and contains a ‘cream to powder’ formula’. It also has a little compact mirror inside. The scent of the cream blush is like that of a boiled sweet.
Suggested use of blush – My face gets drained of colour in winter so I use the product at the top of my cheekbones as contour; on top of a hydrated base and bronzer [also on the top of cheekbones but lower than blush]. It could also be used on the apples of the cheeks. I use a mixture of fingers and dry blusher brush to apply. A couple of warnings here: it is tough cleaning the product off your brush and if you have dry skin, like me; it is not a quick cream to apply[ but maybe better than a powder one] as it needs to be blended in well. The colour lasts ok through the day and lasts ok in its pot – I get about three months use out of mine. It gives medium coverage; similar to Max Factor blush products. It is easy to remove at night.
Colours of Bourjois cream blush available in Boots at the moment: 1.Nude Velvet – Pink/Peach; 2.Healthy Glow – Warm Pink; 3.Rose Tender – Vintage Mid Pink[my colour as I have cool skin tone]; 4.Sweet Cherry – Brownish Pink; and two more bronze tones for Summer or darker skin , 5.Pink Sunwear – Deep Pink Brown and 6. Tropical Coral –Warm Coral. All the colours seem to be quite matte but I haven’t personally tried the warmer darker colours of the range yet.
Ingredients – Although it seems to contain many synthetic ingredients, it also contains poppy and apricot extracts to ‘enhance your healthy glow’ and mango butter to keep the skin soft. I haven’t known anybody have an allergic reaction to this product.
Mine cost me £7.99 for 2.5g. Bourjois cream blush won a CEW beauty award in 2014 for ‘best face product.’
I do like to buy the odd (!) beauty box and spread this love evenly through the various beauty box sellers.
The Blush came in one of the boxes Latest In Beauty offer and then in another beauty box, I forget which. I ended up with three different shades of this cream blusher and liked them all. I am just using them one by one though at the moment am on with a peachy shade which I think is number two.
The pot is round with a hinged lid and is unmistakeably Bourjois who make a lot of items in little pots! They tend to be packed full of product and be long lasting.
I never thought I'd be a fan of cream blush, I thought it was what old ladies wore! But once I tried it my opinion was totally changed. I just blend a small amount in with my finger tips and get a great effect, even over a powder mineral foundation.
I have on occasion realised later in the morning that I have not done enough blending which is an unfortunate look akin to the clown make up but I now check in a different light and from a different angle that enoguh blending has been done!
This blush lasts ages, I have used it many times and am not down to the pan yet and have at least two reserves in pots stashed away. I think the bottom may come all of a sudden as you use from the top evenly so it just takes it down evenly.
Price wise, this cost a bit more than I thought it would when I saw it on the Bourjois stand in Tesco. It was around £7 a pot but I suppose that is oK really as it will last for months.
I will definitely buy this again. It is a great buy and creates a lovely soft look.
Now, I have always been a fan of Bourjous cosmetics, just because of the quality and the amount of time they can last for. I came across Bourjous Illuminating cream on offer in Boots, I had also been looking for a different type of blusher so to me, this was a great find.
The attractive design and handiness of the size really appealed to me, and the rich colour it had convinced me that I wasn't to look like a pale ghost anymore!
Now this little pot claims to give the user a glowing effect with a natural effect on your cheeks, and this is personally what I wanted, I didn't want to walk around with obvious blocks of orange across my cheeks.
I have to admit, I didn't have a clue how to use this product because when I opened it I wasn't expecting the texture it had. It was quite solid yet soft when you add pressure to it. So I just went for it and "attempted" to rub it onto the high parts of my cheek bones. Ah. Complete disaster. I looked like how I avoided in the first place. I had two bold orange blocks on my cheeks.
So, after this failed attempt I just threw it to the bottom of my make up bag and completely forgot about it, until I came across it when I was in the south of France and it had melted slightly. From this lucky discovery I discovered a way how to use this tricky little pot on my skin! To create a smooth and not "bold blocks of orange on my cheeks" the trick is to warm up the pot which softens the cream inside. Also another handy trick I discovered is to mix it with face moisturiser to have not such an obvious effect on my cheeks, it almost acts like a tinted moisturiser.
Overall after my little discovery, I wouldn't really recommend this product as if I hadn't of found out how to use it, it would still I'm guessing be at the bottom of my make up bag or taken by my little sister to use as face paint by attempting to apply make up to her face but failing.
It can have the desired result , just by warming the pot up or mixing it with moisturiser
It has a good price, especially for the Bourjous range.
It is a pretty little pot which is a very handy size for your make up bag
It takes a lot of effort to achieve the desired result. (Almost too much effort)
It does have the tendency to make you look orange if not used properly.
Quite an odd texture that can feel heavy on your skin.
After years of using a crème blush stick I have recently began using a powder blusher and found that for me, the results are much better. So while shopping at the online store Direct Cosmetics I began looking for powder blushes and was surprised to find that they hardly had any and what they did have was a bit expensive especially if you are not sure if the colour will even suit you. I did manage to find one product that I thought I would give a go and that was a 3.5g Bourjois Blush Crème for £2.59. Now, you are probably wondering why I got a crème blush when I was looking for powder, but apparently this product has a powder rich crème texture, so I thought it might just work.
If I am honest when I bought this product I didn't really have any idea what it was, as I didn't do any research for it and as I was the one who suggested the product to Dooyoo I couldn't even check here for any reviews! According to Bourjois this product is a limited edition shade which gives a luminous glow. To use you should brush it on to give skin a subtle glow which Bourjois claims will make your friends think that you have just come back from the South of France. So whereas when I bought this product I thought that it was a peach coloured blusher it is actually an Illuminator (I know it says it's an illuminator in the title, but it didn't when I bought it)
The blush/illuminator comes in a very flat, small peach coloured pot with a diameter of 5 cm. Although the base is peach coloured the lid is a clear flip top. It says Blush Crème, Bourjois, Powder Rich Cream Texture in black across the top and there are little peach coloured floral motifs across the lid. I really like the packaging as its so small and light and looks very feminine.
When you open the pot, you will see that the blush illuminator has the same consistency as lipstick and perhaps is even more solid. I find this quite surprising as it doesn't look powder rich as Bourjois claimed and the only way you could brush it on is by using your fingers as there is no way a brush will pick up any of the product. The Illuminator/blush looks a salmon peach colour and close up you can see that it is quite glittery and when I rub my finger across the Illuminator it picks up a layer of the of the product and I find that it looks a light golden metallic salmon colour.
I have tried this product a few times by rubbing a little of it on my cheekbones and I have to say it is one of the most useless products I have ever used. Its not like I want to look like C3P0 the golden robot from Star Wars, but a little golden illumination would be nice. How anyone is going to assume I have just come back from the South of France I will never know. Unless you put a thick layer on and don't blend it in, the only sign of this product you will see is a very slight trace of fine golden glitter which in my opinion makes you look slightly grubby. One plus point is that it doesn't make your face greasier, but that is probably because the product is almost non-existent, its almost like saying air doesn't make your face greasier!
So overall I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone and as you might have guessed I wouldn't buy it again myself. I am not exactly kicking myself over buying it given the fact that it was quite cheap but I am just disappointed in the product, as if Bourjois had just concentrated on making it an Illuminator instead of trying to claim it's a powder rich crème blush, maybe they could have had a half decent product on their hands instead of a pretty little pot of uselessness. Bourjois should be embarrassed.