Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review: BOURJOIS | Cream Blusher


Bourjois is a brand still relatively new to Canada despite making a firm debut a few years ago and even though Shoppers Drug Mart carries a small selection of their products little news of it ever comes around in the flyers. But over in the UK where the brand has more than a century of history, the brand is a well loved drugstore success with a generous offering of beauty products and constant new releases.

 
THE BASICS
Brand: Bourjois
Product: Cream Blush in "Nude Velvet"
Colours: 4 shades
Size: 2.5g
Price: £7.99 (about $12 on ASOS when on sale)
Availability: ASOS (online), select Bourjois booths across Canada
Would I repurchase: Yes, likely.
Website: www.bourjois.co.uk

Being the sneaky beauty snoop that I am, I managed to get a hold of one of these much talked about cream blushers (yes, "blushers" that's your UK beauty lingo of the day) from ASOS which carries a much more affordable pricing on Bourjois products.


Though dubbed a cream to powder product, these tiny little pots contain a silicone based blush which feels smooth and slightly dry to the touch rather than the more familiar moist versions of cream blushers. Because of the silicone content, the blush blended very easily onto my cheeks whether with a synthetic brush (like the Real Techniques Contour Brush shown) or with fingers and left no trace of patchiness. The finish didn't seem powdery at all but instead a slightly velvet feel which looked natural even when I'm not wearing any foundation or base products underneath.

Note: This product isn't labeled as oil free and does contain a few natural butters and oils.

I colour that caught my eye was No. 1 in Nude Velvet, a nudey peachy slightly apricot shade which stands out as an unique choice in my current blush drawer. It's a softer, prettier version than a bronzy blush but more earthy than my regular choice of bright pinks, a nice medium which I've been enjoying as a neutral go with everything option. Pigmentation with these Bourjois blushers are very good and can be either sheered out or built up easily and even on a warm summer day only needed 1 touch up.


THE FINAL VERDICT
Easy to use, smooth but not at all sticky the Bourjois Cream Blushers are a great pick for those who are seeking something with a drier texture without loosing pigmentation and blendability. These are not going to give you glowing cheeks but sometimes a more natural satin finish is what your look calls for. The four shade options available are all pinks to peach and seem pretty adaptable to most skin tones for a soft flush.
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Ingredients: CAPRYLYL METHICONE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIETHYLHEXYL TRIMELLITATE, C30-45 OLEFIN, ETHYLHEXYL HYDROXYSTEARATE, POLYBUTENE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, ISOSTEARYL ALCOHOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, HYDROGENATED APRICOT KERNEL OIL, PAPAVER RHOEAS FLOWER EXTRACT, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, CINNAMYL ALCOHOL, EUGENOL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, TOCOPHEROL. 

[+/- (MAY CONTAIN) :MICA, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 45380 (RED 22 LAKE), CI 15850 (RED 7 LAKE), CI 15850 (RED 6), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 12085 (RED 36), CI 15880 (RED 34 LAKE), CI 15985 (YELLOW 6 LAKE), CI 17200 (RED 33 LAKE), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 45410 (RED 28 LAKE), CI 47005 (YELLOW 10 LAKE), CI 73360 (RED 30 LAKE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77000 (ALUMINUM POWDER), CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77163 (BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE), CI 77289 (CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN), CI 77510 (FERRIC FERROCYANIDE), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET)].

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