“ Brand: Bourjois / Powders / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Powder / What it does: Enriches, „
I cannot believe I havent reviewed this powder already! As it is one of the few make up products that I will constantly have in my handbag and I doubt I would ever change to a different powder. I first discovered this when my mate bought it round to mine one night when we were getting ready for a night out, I wanted some extra coverage because we were planning on staying out all night so I used this powder she had bought. The very next day I went out and bought my own, that is how much I loved it.
I thought that this powder came in a wide range of shades but according to the Bourjois website you only have two to choose from: Sable Elegant & Rose Chic but Im pretty sure in places like Boots there are more shades to choose from from very light up to very dark skin tones. I think I personally *Runs To Make-Up Bag* own the Sable Elegant and even though it doesnt match my skin tone exactly I think it gives me a really nice sort of glow when applied over my normal foundation.
I really like the colour scheme and design of this little powder pot because it is actually pretty simple. It is black and pink in colour and the pot even though it looks quite small does contain rather a lot of powder. When you open the pot you find the little sponge applicator which I personally think is just not good enough for applying such a fine powder which is why I always use a proper powder brush for mine. There is a small lid over the top of the powder and a sort of sieve but I just take both of those of because I think it just creates unecassary mess when your trying to sieve the powder through onto your brush.
I find it really difficult to apply this type of loose powder to my face with the sponge so I always use my trusted big powder brush because not only does that make it a lot easier to apply it saves you a lot of time as well.
So you just dip your powder brush into the pot and get quite a generous amount onto the end of the brush. Then you just start brushing it all over your face, or anywhere were you feel needs a little bit more coverage. I would apply this over your normal foundation because I dont think this powder alone is enough to give your face proper coverage.
I dont recommend putting a lot of this on in one application because then you could end up with a) tide marks which just look vile on anyone and b) a flaky face which could make you look like you have a serious skin condition so again never a good look.
1. Coverage. This gave me absolutely fantasic coverage, but when used with foundation. If your normal foundation doesnt totally cover any marks or spots then using this over the top of it certainly will. Even though it gives you such great coverage it doesnt feel really heavy on your skin and it gives you a really matte complexion without looking streaky or flaky. Ive found that when its used alone the coverage isnt as great but if your going out and want to let your skin breath for a day but still want a great complexion then this is perfect to be used alone.
2. How Long Does It Last? I applied mine at about 8pm and it lasted me well into the early hours of the morning before I had to re-apply. Now I think thats pretty good because on that first night I was dancing and asically working up a sweat so it withstood all of that. Ive found on a normal day it last about 6 hours which is just long enough for me because I dont want to be re-doing my make-up every half hour. And the best thing for me is that it didnt go flaky and weird after a few hours like some powders Ive tried and best of all it didnt dry my skin out at all.
Price & Stockists:
I think (altough I may be wrong!) that one pot of this will cost you around £11 which may sound like a lot but you do get a lot of powder per tub and it does last a long time because you dont need to apply very much per time. I think thats pretty good value fore money because I tend to replace mine once say every 3 months and thats using it everyday.
Im so glad I tried this because now Im never without a pot. This has got to be the best powder Ive ever tried because it doesnt go wrong anywhere. Great coverage, last for hours, easy to apply, covers up spots and blemishes & it doesnt dry out your skin. What more could you ask for from a powder.
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I used to use Clinique's Blended Face Powder, untill I saw this powder on the Bourjois counter and thought that this could be just as good. Admittedly there was slightly less in this one, weighing in at 30g, compared to Clinique's 35g, but it was quite a bit less in terms of price, costing £9.75 compared to £18.
Firstly the packaging. The pot is black with with the brand name in bright pink lettering on the front and a lot of pink flower designs round the edge. This powder comes in two different shades, 01, sable elegant, and 02, rose chic. I chose the first as it is most like the transparent colour that I favour as I do not want the powder to change the colour of my makeup, simply to even it out.
When you open up the pot, you are met with a thin yellow looking sponge. It seems rather flimsy and inflexible and I can't imagine relying on this to apply the powder and I am glad I have my reliable big soft powder brush. Next comes a kind of sieve with a plastic border round the side. This reminds me of either a bee-keepers' outfit or the lint filter on a tumble dryer. Next comes a lid over the powder which you take off once you open the powder for the first time. However, there is a problem. Once you remove the lid and put the sieve in place you will find that the powder flies out of the side if you shake it because the sieve is just too small with a gap around the edge. Moreover as the sieve is not held in place it means you have to shake the pot with the lid on otherwise the whole lot would end up on the floor. Truly awful packaging.
Now to the powder. This is soft and light. In terms of quality I don't notice much difference between this and the Clinique one. It goes on very easily and should be applied with a light hand. I find it has a well milled texture and is nice and fine. I apply it straight over my foundation and it does an excellent job in evening out my complexion and giving it a more matte appearance.
The powder itself is good but the packaging is so bad that I would not buy this did I not still have the pot from the Clinique powder into which I pour it. One to avoid unless you have a suitable container.