Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java (Illuminating loose powder)

I’ve been looking for a drugstore illuminating powder a while, I heard Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java could be the answer, so I purchased one and gave it a go. Here are my thoughts…

Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java

Now let me start off by giving you some information about Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java…

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!


In reality when I first read about the Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java, I did wonder if it was too good to be true. Essentially its everything that I was looking for. A translucent setting powder with some radiance. I hate matte setting powders in the Spring/Summer and I like a bit of ‘glow/shine’ without looking oily. But for every good review I read, there was a bad one. In fact, there is many mixed reviews on this and I do think it has more to do with how you use it.

Firstly, if you don’t like a little bit of ‘shimmer’ then step away now, this isn’t for you. There is shimmer in this powder and you can look a bit ‘sparkly’ in some light. If you want this to set your under eye concealer, again I would step away. Personally I think its a little bit too sparkly for that. However, if you want to use this powder to set your makeup (Although it is translucent it does give a nice light coverage on its own I found), to highlight your cheek bones, bridge of your nose and chin and (Like me) love Bourjois scented products, then this is for you.

Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java

If I have a dewy foundation on I do not use this all over my face, it would be complete overkill and I’d look like a pixy. However, if I’m wearing a more matte foundation this can be great for adding some dimension back into my face. It lasts well on the skin too and you don’t need a lot of the product to achieve a good result. It also smells AMAZING (But I am yet to find a Bourjois product that doesn’t).

Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java - (Left) Loose Powder, (Right) Blended Swatch
Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java – (Left) Loose Powder, (Right) Blended Swatch

Admittedly, this powder isn’t exactly what I wanted, its a little too sparkly for what I wanted it for (I was looking more for something like my old trusty Bourjois Eclat Mineral or Sleek’s Luminous Pressed Powder). However, I do use it a lot for adding highlights to my skin and find it gives a beautiful finish this way.

The Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java is available from Boots, Superdrug and other online retailers. It costs £9.99 for 5g (Which doesn’t sound a lot, but will last a while!!).

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Lots of Love,

Mel xxxx