Friday, 3 January 2014



I mentioned this amazing powder in my Best Of 2013: Make-Up post. I only got around to buying and testing at it the end of last year but I immediately considered it something very special. I thought it was high time that I got around to writing a review of it, or more of an 'Ode to' if I'm honest. 

Bourjois Java Rice Powder is a re-imagining of one of Bourjois' first ever products over 150 years ago. It's an illuminating powder that can be used in many ways - not just for adorning your vanity with because the packaging is the perfect  example of vintage-chic.

Others have compared this powder to the now famous Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders which is something I can't comment on but I will tell you that this is one of the best powders I've been privileged to use. It's a very finely milled powder, lightly scented with a powdery sweetness, shot through with a very small amount of tiny glitter. The glitter is nothing to be scared of though as it doesn't show up if used very sparsely, with a large fluffy brush, across the skin. It gives the kind of subtle glow that most of us can only dream of achieving naturally with our bare skin. Used a little more heavily across the cheekbones and other high points of the face it also makes an excellent highlighter. 

My only concern is that the packaging does get a little messy when used a lot. The powder tends to move from the pot to the lid and appear in a cloud when the lid is unscrewed. This might not irk some people but I feel like I want to save every last grain so I can keep my skin looking fabulous for as long as possible. I've already repurchased a second just in case it gets discontinued.

Bourjois Java Rice Loose Powder (RRP £9.99) is available from Bourjois counters across the UK and Bourjois stockists online. I got mine from Boots. For more information about all Bourjois products please take a look at the Bourjois website.


  1. I love the packaging but can see it would be a bit of a faff x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

    1. It's definitely a little bit of a faff but I genuinely love the results it gives! xxx

  2. I think I will definatly have to have a sneaky purchase of this powder after this review! But why couldn't they keep that beautiful packaging from 150 years ago?! It's gorgeous, especially compared to the cheap, plasticy packaging now!
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    1. You must! I love it so much! It really is beautiful packaging but I suppose it wouldn't be durable for modern times unfortunately. Still, it looks pretty in comparison to some of the cheap nasty stuff that some brands bring out! xxx


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