I’m going to get the main negative out of the way at the start: Bourjois blushes smell like burning roses. Which is quite unfortunate for me as the scent lasts for a long time on my cheeks, & I really, really hate it. Am I the only one that thinks this?! I’m curious. Personally I prefer to smell my perfume, not my cheeks.
Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush, Brun Cuivre, Rose de Jaspe & Lilas D’or (2.5g/£7.49) come in small, plastic, colour coordinated compacts. I quite like that I can easily differentiate the shades without opening the pots. They have a mirror inside the lid which I’ve never used, it’s just too small to be able to see your face/where you’re applying blush comfortably. There’s also a curved brush included (mine didn’t make it to the photography stage) which is an indication of how good they are, haha.
The blushes have an unfortunate habit of coming loose in the pots, so I pressed mine down lightly after Rose de Jaspe almost flung itself across the room as I opened it. Putting aside my annoyances, I really like these. For baked blushes, they’re not rock hard or soft & crumbly. What you see in the pan is what you will get on the cheek, Bourjois aren’t messing around with pigmentation.
03 Brun Cuivre is a smooth, shimmery (very, very fine shimmer) glowy warm nude. I’d say it’s a shade or two darker than Dior Aurora with a huge amount of shimmer in comparison. It has a slight orange undertone, also similar to Aurora, but doesn’t translate as such on my cheeks. It has a harder texture than the other two. I like to use it as an everyday blush in a neutral yet healthy & bronzed look.
95 Rose de Jaspe (featured in my Loves of April/May) is my favourite by far. It’s the silkiest of the three I own as well as being the one with the least shimmer & most sheen. I like that it can be used as a blush/highlighter combo – it makes for a quick cheek look & is one of the reasons I like it so much. I love the colour, it’s a slightly cool silvery pink with a blue sheen – quite beautiful.
33 Lilas D’or is a plummy deep pink, laced with gold shimmer & a golden sheen. The particles are much more apparent in this than the first two. I think all of the blushes in the range that end with ‘D’or’ contain them. It isn’t as smooth as Rose de Jaspe, but not as hard as Brun Cuivre. Out of the three, it reminds me the most of an MSF. I think I’ll get more use of of it in A/W because it is a little darker. I use it occasionally when I want to focus on my cheeks, but I forgo a highlighter when I do.
A quick note on the price, Bourjois blushes work out at £2.99p/g (if bought at full price – I got mine during a 3-for-2 offer in Superdrug) while MAC blushes work out at £2.83 p/g, or £2.33 if you buy the refill pan. So, they’re not the cheapest in comparison. I can never be sure if the rumours that Bourjois is a baby Chanel are true. Even if it is, I can honestly say that the scent, coupled with the fact that they randomly fall out of the pots means that I don’t think they’re worth the full price, but they’re definitely worth it if you grab them on offer! I doubt that many of us pay full price for drugstore/highstreet anymore anyway?
76) I have thought about leaving one open for a couple of days to see if the scent dissipates, but I can only assume it would die an untimely blush-death. One cat will definitely try to lick/eat it, one will attempt to play & end up smashing it on the floor & the other will probably just sleep on it. Hm, what to do?