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It took me ages to find the right foundation for me! And I can be a bit of a cheap skate when it comes to buying things like make-up etc. So when I read in a magazine about this foundation and how it helps with hydration, moisturises and give a radiant glow etc and had 5/5 star ratings I thought 'oh ok! I'll give it a go!' So I went along to boots and bought the Vanille shading.
When I put it on it was really easy to blend in and felt soft to the touch. The pad you get with it is nice and soft aswell - it's not one of those foamy type ones you get with the cheaper brands. It also smells quite nice - I can't really explain what it smells like but I just like its smell :)
I gave a lovely radiant glow aswell, something that sold me on it in the first place and I also noticed after a few days my skin had become softer itself and there was less dry skin.
I also read in the magazine that it's better if you put a base foundation on like a liquid at first then powder it - but I can imagine that this would only make me look like an orange so I just use the powder and it's fine. I don't even need to re-apply it during the day.
I also had a few people ask if I had changed my make-up too, so it must of being making me look better :D
I don't know about anybody else but i always think that the French ladies always look chic and have amazing style and when it comes to makeup and fragrances they certanly know a thing or two.I first tried Bourjois about 9years ago.My very beautiful and on trend friend used the range and while getting ready one friday night (all girls together, we always shared makeup,scents and secrets!)i tried this little special marshmallow looking pot and was instantly hooked!.I must admit i always thought it was way out of my price range but since checking and buying Bourjois i can honestly say girls i think this pressed powder is Tres bien!and well within my budget.My friends makeup always looked flawless and i wanted to try to achieve the same effect and after using the bourjois products now for many years i think i have gained the knowledge on how certain products work on my skin and i am very happy with the finished results that this pressed powder gives me.
I don't really know too much about the company but here are a few facts.
The man behind the very first makeup product was the actor Joseph Albert Ponsin and he started making perfumes and makeup for fellow actors (men wore makeup in those days)and actresses in 1863! and used to make the products in his own home, funny now when you think how big the brand is!.He then allowed the creative expertise of one Alaxandre Napoleon Bourjois to join him in this wonderful world of makeup hence Bourjois the name was born.The products are made in france and on the very first boxes it used to say"specail manufacturer of products for feminine beauty" MEN ARE CLEVER!
I think the pressed powders are made the way they used to make them 150years ago but obviously ingredients will have changed along with tests and technology but methods may still be in practise.
THIS IS HOW IT WAS MADE (BRIEF DESCRIPTION)
To achieve the silky light textured powder they first mix carefully the amount of water and powder then it is put in an oven to bake- this is stated that it's the principle base behind the complex recipe that they have been perfecting for over a 150years WOW!
I love the silky smoothness of this pressed powder i find it's light and easy to apply.I sometimes just wear this over a gradual tan moisturiser then apply and blend to cheeks and temples. I wear it as a blush powder and like the flawless finish it gives to my makeup.I don't like the caked effect on me and like to have a natural look so i don't go overboard because that look doesn't suit me but for more of a coverage this pressed powder is ideal as well as just adding a little colour to my tired washed out face!.The powder has a natural look to it and has a matte finish without looking too false (if you know what i mean).I do see little sparkly pieces here and there when the light catches but i think that adds to the finish of the product but it's not full on sparkle on a friday night makeup girls (don't want to put you off).It has a nice perfume to the powder very very subtle and i can not really smell it on my face when wearing ,although my husband has said it tastes nice when he has given me a peck on the cheek ummmmm HE IS ALWAYS HUNGRY HA HA!.I think it smells of sweets from long ago.
THE STAYING POWER
I wore a touch of this on my wedding day as did not want to try anything drastic with my makeup and it was fab in the respect that i was made up by my sister who is a beauty therapist at 1pm and had a touch up around 6pm (bearing in mind it was 88*and i perspire alot due to medication)so i think that stood up ok.On that day YSL Highlighter was applied over the top but normally i use(another staple)BOURJOIS Highlighting powder I LOVE THAT!. A bit of blotting tissue is a must for my hand bag and helps my makeup stay in place .
THE PACKAGING AND MY PREFERRED PASTEL
The nice marshmallow shaped pot that the powder comes in is smooth to the touch with the name raised a little on the lid.The lid just slides or screws off which ever way you want to call it! half a twist anticlockwise and it's open (very easy).You get a round pad to apply the powder which just sits neatly on the protective clear plastic covering just inside the lid,although i use a brush to apply mine as i find that easier and also with a brush the powder tends to stay in one piece for me anyway.My preferred pastel is 71sienne i think thats middle of the powder range and gives me a slight bronzed glow.
I have had my pressed powder for around 8months now and my previous one lasted a year although i don't use every single day. I find that if you look after your makeup,brushes,products and tools should have great elongevity also don't be too fooled into thinking that makeup goes off or has a short shelf life(apart from mascara)because i heard from a reliable source just use common sense if it smells funny or looks a funny colour then throw it away other wise keep using, just trust your instincts why pay more if the product your using states that it's got a use by date(were just lining cosmetic company's pockets)i have been fine with this but each to there own.
I bought mine for just under £8.00 from boots and i think if you purchase now the advantage card points are roughly around 28points
It's coming up at amazon for£4.99 plus postage and packaging you can also get your advantage points through treat street at www.Treatstreet.co.uk
All chemist, beauty stores and most supermarkets stock Bourjois
Well my friend allowed me to borrow hers years ago and i'm really glad she did as for me giving my recommendations to you Dooyooer's out there go and and try it! Bourjois have lived in my makeup bag for over 9years now and i won't be evicting it soon! 3/5
I started using this product approximately 6 years ago, it all started when my friend who has a darker skin tone than mine bought the wrong shade by mistake, as she had opened it and already applied the powder to the sponge, gave it to me and told me to try it...so i did.
Well the first thing i noticed about it, strangely enough was the smell. The product smells amazing. Not only that it is easy to apply, blends in reallly well and is excellent for covering blemishes. Even though it is a pressed powder when applied it feels light and almost like a loose powder.
The product comes in 7 different shades, including Rose, Sable, Vanille, Dore, Hale, Sienne and Rose Plaisir. The product also contains moisturing agents to keep skin hydrated which is an extra bonus, and is also oil free.
I think it lasts a real long time, therefore saves money as you do not need to keep buying it. The approx cost is £8.00 from Boots, but it is worth it.
I bought one of these Bourjois Pastel Teint essential pressed powders for £7.95 at Boots not so long ago. I needed a new pressed powder and didn't fancy spending too much... This one seemed quite reasonable.
This pressed powder comes in a round container with a screw on lid. The colour of the plastic is in the shade that the powder is in, this makes it easier to identify when you have several different colour powders; I have one for summer and one for winter and would find it a bit of a hassle to have to open the lid or look at the back to see what colour I was picking out of my make up bag.
The powder comes with a little sponge applicator. When I applied the powder with the sponge, it felt a bit dry and chalky so I tried it with one of my powder brushes instead.
The colour of the powder was quite close to my skin tone but since I'm olive skinned, it just looked way too orange/pink for me so didn't quite look right. They don't have that many shades to chose from (I think only about 3 or 4).
The powder felt a little heavy for my taste and I found that after a few hours of wearing it, the powder would cake into the smile line of my face and around my eye area. This wasn't the look I was going for...
In my opinion, this isn't the best pressed face powder out there, but for something of a reasonable price, it's not too bad for people with more of a pink undertone in their skin. I think It's best applied lightly, especially around crease areas so it won't cake and collect in smile and eye lines.
Foundations / Powders / Pressed Powder / All the convenience of a pressed powder with the light texture of a loose powder / Skin tone shades for a matte translucent finish, sun-kissed shades for a healthy glow / Moisturising agents help keep your skin hydrated / Oil Free / Non-comedogenic /