Bourjois have recently celebrated 150 years in the beauty business, so the Java Rice Loose Powder is a modern dupe of their cult classic from 1879. Sold as a "radiance powder", it sets, smooths and boosts your skin's natural glow all in one swoop of a fan brush.
I had brought it with the intention of using it as a setting powder, and was surprised to find that it looked very shimmery in the pot. Used sparingly, it's still suitable for all over the face but is particularly effective on the cheek bones as a subtle illuminator. A lot of reviews have compared it to the Ambient Lighting Powder by Hourglass and at a quarter of the price, I didn't really believe that was possible. But having tried it, Bourjois have really upped their game and have both blurred the skin and the lines between drugstore and high end products as it really does work the same sort of cosmetic alchemy on your face.
The product itself is a slightly shimmery, pink, translucent powder which is suitable for all skin tones. It's finely milled to avoid being too teenage-sparkle prone or too ashy. It also comes packaged in a handy sifter jar so it thankfully won't suffer the same fate as my previous powder.
The powder has a very light scent to it too which felt very evocative of my childhood, and even with my difficult sensitive skin, the perfumed element didn't dry it out or irritate.
Whilst long term I don't think it would replace my usual setting powder, it is certainly a product I will buy again as a subtle highlighter. I felt it really gave my face a lift when swept over my cheekbones and brow bones and is definitely a product to get my face through all the Christmas and New Year festivities!
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