Monday, 24 March 2014

Bourjois Java Rice Powder review...

I'd be lying if I said it wasn't the packaging that attracted me to this product. Truth is, I didn't even know what it was but I wanted it because of the packaging. It reminds me of something I used to see on My Grandma's dressing table. Stunningly vintage and unique a vision to see in Boots in 2014!

So, of course it makes sense that this is a reinvent of the original Bourjois rice powder which launched in 1879. Celebrating Bourjois's 150th birthday by giving us modern day folk a chance to try this beautiful looking and smelling cult product.

On the to the product. This is essentially a face powder. A translucent face powder with very subtle illuminating properties. It is comparable to the Bare Escentuals Mineral veil in texture. The texture is beyond gorgeous. Silky, smooth, velvety, lightweight, illuminating and accompanied by an absolutely divine vintage rose smell. 

I did actually buy this to use as a highlighter but when I tried it at home, it didn't give as much highlight as I would like in a highlighting product. I applied more and more to my cheekbones but alas, it didn't give the desired effect. So, I got my face brush out and decided to apply it all over my face :-0 I know, an illuminating, slightly shimmery powder all over my face? Yup! And the results surprised me. It didn't give the expected ''glitter ball'' face and nor did it look 100% matte.

Java Rice Powder applied all over the face.

This powder gave my skin a lovely smooth slightly matte finish. It sets liquid foundation brilliantly and lasts all day. 

The results are not what I expected. Upon swatching this in store, it looked really shimmery and perfect for a subtle highlighter. However, it's not packing enough of a sheen for me to use that way. As a face powder, it delivers the perfect amount of illumination whilst still looking quite mattifying. If you like a 100% matte powder, this won't be for you. If you like a strong illuminating powder, this won't be for you. For me I really like this as a powder to set my liquid foundation. It seems to lighten and brighten slightly and somehow, the minute glitter particles don't show up! It just gives your complexion a ''lift''.

Rumour has it that this is a limited edition so, if you want to get your hands on one, do it sooner rather than later!

This currently retails at £9.99 for 5g of product and is available from Bourjois, Superdrug and Boots. I got mine from Boots 

What do you think of this product?

Will you be trying it?

Please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I bought this the other day and I can't get enough of the smell! I was a little confused too as what it's actually supposed to do, but even if it's just used as a decoration on my dressing table, it's so worth the money!


  2. I know! It's a weird one! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. x