Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java – Illuminating Face Powder…

Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java Illuminating Powder

Not gonna lie ladies, face powders have never really been my thing, simply because most of the ones I’ve tried in the past have left my skin looking a little cakey, dried out and in need of a good re-hydrating face mask. Maybe it’s pale skin problems or maybe it’s my overall skin type; either way powders and moi just haven’t mixed as well as I’d hoped we would. Could the Bourjois Poudre de Riz change all that? Let’s find out…


So before we jump right in with the review let’s take a peek at what Bourjois have to say about it:

“Bourjois celebrates its 150th birthday by reinventing its best selling cult classic from 1879! The delicately scented feather-light powder boosts skins radiance, smoothes the complexion and sets make-up. One transparent shade suits all!”


Let’s talk packaging…

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Let’s be honest it really is the first thing that catches your eye about this little cutie, well it certainly was for me whilst browsing the Bourjois stand in my local drugstore. Personally I adore the fact it’s designed in a very chic and vintage style, which looks exceptionally sassy on the dressing table. Of course the beautiful French text and descriptions give the impression of a high end spend when in fact it’s a mere £9.99. My only grumble is that they could be a little more clearer on the description of what it does and what it’s for, okay so it’s not too hard to figure out but just a little more info wouldn’t go a miss!


So what does it actually do?

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Apart from giving you a soft illuminating glow to your face I found it worked really well at simply setting my makeup whilst keeping my oily areas under control. The formula is incredibly light weight and has a very subtle micro glitter/shimmer running through it – which I must admit kinda concerned me that it may come across too much but it absolutely doesn’t, so for those of you who writhe in the mere thought of sprinkling unicorn powder across your face you can take a deep breath, this is far from shimmery however it does add a very soft luminosity to the skin by brightening it ever so slight.


What about the formula?

It’s a powder, so there’s not really that much to add here HOWEVER its incredibly fine and smells of THEE most beautiful floral scent that reminds me of dried flowers, old fashioned sweets and my grandma’s perfume all rolled into one. However considering that it is delicately scented this may not be suitable for all skin types – particularly those with super sensitive skin. From personal experience my skin reacts to most things but the Poudre De Riz De Java sat so finely on top of my foundation that it really didn’t bother my most moodiest of pores. It leaves a very silky smooth texture to your skin that doesn’t seem to transfer easily, nor does it leave my makeup looking cakey or too matte.



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It really is each to their own with this as some are happy to dab onto a dry blender sponge, however where powders are concerned I’m always a fan of sticking to good quality makeup brushes. I personally love the Real Techinques Duo Fibre Facebrush – which picks up the perfect amount of powder so you don’t need to worry about over applying. Simply tap some of the powder into the lid and apply over your finished makeup look to help set your foundation and brighten your complexion – it couldn’t be easier.



One transparent shade suits all – no hunting for colour matches.


Great for setting makeup

Ideal for keeping oily spots under control

Smells like a little bowl of floral gems  (anyone remember those?!)

Non mattefying, so it shouldn’t change the finished look of your foundation!

Beautifully presented in vintage inspired packaging – a classy addition to any vanity table

A great happy medium without over spending on high end alternatives.



Not everyone might be a fan of the scent – though I can’t imagine why, it’s beautiful!

It’s not the cheapest powder available in drugstores… however it has been the only one that hasn’t left my makeup looking caked.

May be tricky getting the last little dregs of powder out of the packaging due to the sealed unit.


Final thoughts

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As much as powders and I haven’t really bonded in the past I must admit this has been the most successful one of tried to date. It’s lightweight, smells beautiful and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. I appreciate that Talc based products aren’t for everyone but for those who are okay to wear them this is most certainly a lovely product that looks great, feels great, lightly illuminates and is certainly worth the £9.99 spend in comparison to its drugstore rivals.

*Click Here* for more information & customer reviews on the Boots website

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Have you tried the Bourjois Poudre de Riz illumination face powder? If so, what’s been your final verdict? Or are you a fan of liquid finish rather than powder? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter:)

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32 thoughts on “Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java – Illuminating Face Powder…

    • Hey lovely 🙂 It sure is – it does say (in French) about the rice powder but on the ingredients on the back of the pot Talc is one of the first products mentioned! Haaaa, know how you feel about the GCSE French – almost 17 year for me now *eeek* lol XX


    • I’d definitely say give it a go – it’s a very fine powder and feels very silky. Like you Bourjois is something I’m only getting to grips with too, but so far I’m impressed – the only thing I haven’t liked at all was their Air Mat Foundation. It was awful 😦 XXXX


    • Hope you like it too lovely – I must say of all the powders I’ve tried this has been my favourite just because it’s so light! Keep me posted if you do get to try it out hun, would love to know your thoughts too 🙂 XXXX

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  1. Interesting review Karen! This sounds like a lovely product and I will keep an eye out for it on Bourjois stands over here so I can give it a closer inspection. A few months ago I picked up one of Rimmel’s loose powders and I really like it. I previously thought that because I had dry skin I didn’t need a powder and my skin would just look cakey but that’s not the case with this at all xx

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    • Hey huni, thanks so much indeed for stopping by – really glad you enjoyed reading the review. Yes, I have a powder from Rimmel (Stay Matte) all seemed to go well but a few times I’ve changed foundation and it’s just not worked out for me 😦 Such a shame as it’s a lovely powder and so well liked! This one seems to be a bit better as it’s so very fine and silky, so far so good! But if you do check it out let me know how you get on as I’d love to know your thoughts too – especially against the Rimmel one you like 🙂 XXXX

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      • I’ve heard so many good things about the Stay Matte powder but I opted for the Match Perfection loose powder as I use the Match Perfection foundation 🙂 x


    • Oooh dear lol lol I have a few purchases too rattling around in drawers that I’m yet to try – think I should dig them out and get reviewing! lol Hope you had a lovely Monday and a great week ahead huni *hugs* XXXX

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    • Aaah the dreaded MAC counter *sigh* but hey I guess it’s worth the teeth grind for a decent powder hehe Oh I love the packaging of this one too Anne, it’s so lovely – and it’s green!!! Your fav colour I believe… or certainly one off 🙂 XXXX

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