I mentioned in my Ode to Bourjois (HERE) that this Poudre de Riz de Java, or Java Rice Powder to us boring non-French speakers was to be my next Bourjois purchase and here we are. Based on the brand's best selling product from 1869 and to celebrate their 150th anniversary, they've re-released this little beauty in this rather lovely retro packaging. The idea behind the transparent powder is to boost skin radiance, smooth the complexion and set make-up with one shade to suit all skin tones.
First off this has a very strong scent, kind of like Love Heart sweets. That sounds a bit weird and if you have a sensitive nose then this might be best avoided but for me, it's heavenly! I keep opening the pot to have a sniff because it's so lovely. Once it's on your face, after a little while it's not that noticeable anymore.
Secondly, it does have a fair old whack of pink shimmer in there- not glitter, just a very finely milled powder with a pink iridescence running through it. For this reason, I think this might not be the best setting powder, particularly if you're prone to an oily complexion and you require something a bit more heavy duty. In that case, you could also use it as a highlighter. Again for me though, this is a perfect all over powder because I have very dry skin and generally, I don't even set my foundation all that much.
I had however been intrigued by all the talk of the Hourglass ambient lighting powder and was pleased to hear some tout this as a cheaper alternative. Having not tried the former I can't make a comparison but I do know that I LOVE the effect this gives. That's right, shouty capitals. I use a fairly light hand with this (to avoid looking like the bizarrely sparkly undead) and I end up with an overall, healthy, lit-from-within glow. I don't find that it looks shiny or anything on, just...radiant. Any foundation shiny-ness is nicely blotted too so for me it does exactly what it says on the very pretty mint box.
It's actually difficult enough to take a good photo of it on the face because it really just provides more of an airbrushed glow once it's on and that isn't the easiest thing to capture on film, so you may just have to take my word for it here!
Have you tried the Java Rice Powder? Have you embraced the illuminating face powder trend?