Hello everybody, I hope you’re all well. Today I am going to be reviewing Bourjois’s bronzer and highlighter duo, or the fancy term: Bourjois Délice de Poudre (£7.99) After using it for about 3 weeks straight I am well and truly ready to share it with all you lovely people! The drugstore are getting good at creating these 2-in-1 products, but I can’t think of many decent contour and highlight kits aside from Sleek’s, so this was already well anticipated since I saw the release!
This duo is packaged in the same way as Bourjois’s well known delice de poudre and featuring the same scent too - of delicious chocolate (how they actually get it to smell like choccy I have no idea, but I’m certainly not complaining.) I also love the magnetic clasp, so if you pop this in your makeup bag, not only are you continently saving space and getting 2 products in 1, but the powder is securely protected and won’t open up!
As you can see the bronzer itself is shaped in four cute chunks, very much like the original. On the right hand side is the illuminating highlighter, which is almost white and not very pigmented. On the left is the bronzer which I would describe as a fantastic contour shade for light-medium skintones. It isn’t orange in colour when applied moderately, but it's just cool enough to give the perception of a shadow on the cheeks, adding definition without going over board. Although you can see slight shimmers in the pan, this doesn’t translate onto the skin at all, so I would describe this as a matte subtle contour. I think it gives a lovely naturally tan appearance, however it can be built up for more of a contour. For skintones over NC35, I think you could have a hard time getting this to show up as a contour and so it would work better as a light bronze all over the face.
The highlight shade does appear quite stark and I did shy away from it at first. However bourjois are brilliant at getting the pigmentation of their bronzers to a very buildable state. Meaning that one swipe won’t have you left with streaks on your face! The highlight/illuminator does take more building up (which is a good thing for a subtle everyday look). Using this has introduced me to how stunning white/silver toned highlights can look when used subtly and perhaps when not so bronzed.
As mentioned in my September favourites this really surprised me, it doesn’t look like much when you first swatch it, but I found myself enjoying using this often as it gave a beautiful subtle contour without much effort at all. In comparison to the Sleek contour kit, I would say this shade is in between the light and medium powder. It gets the balance between warmth and definition spot on so unlike the contour kits from Sleek, it’s extremely hard to over do it!
In my 3 contour categories, quick, natural and sculpt, I would classify this one in the quick contour. I mean it could be a natural one too, as it is subtle, but for me the speed at which I can add a tad of definition is what impresses me the most.
I’m terrible at doing swatches, but I found some gorgeous ones HERE.
Product rating: 7
Pros: The bronzer is matte and works as a great contour for light-medium skintones. The pigmentation of both illuminator and bronzer are buildable. It smells like chocolate and looks like it too! It’s hard to over-do and quick to apply a dash of definition on the cheekbones and along the perimeter of the face, so a great product for on the go! The magnetic closing and the sturdy cardboard make it even more travel friendly. Having two products in one is not only convenient but saves space and money ^_^ Also I should mention that you get a heft 16g of powder, which is a generous 8g of each ^_^
Cons: The bronzer shade is not fantastic for deeper skintones. The highlight/illuminator is a little TOO sheer for my liking, I have to do a lot of building up, and I would have liked a small mirror in here for travelling. These are pretty minor in comparison to the quality of the product.
Repurchase? Yes I think I would, this has become a solid reliable product for me and I like how its so quick and easy to use. I wouldn’t rely on this for all over bronzing as I prefer something warmer, but for quick contouring...me likes!
What is your favourite contouring duo?
Thanks for reading!