I’m a bit of a sucker for a slice of beauty history. In fact my first stop when I last visited The Science Museum was the section dedicated to makeup relics from the past – #MakeupNerd. So when I spotted this vintage looking compact from Bourjois my eyes lit up in the aisles of Boots. Available at all Bourjois stockists now, for just under a tenner, the Java Rice Powder a re-release and re-formula of a product that hit the beauty market almost 150 years ago. Say what? 

It’s one of those products that warrants a purchase on packaging and history alone, but you know what? The product housed inside, under a spin and release wheel is pretty good too. A pinky hued powder, with a touch of shimmer that brightens the complexion with one quick sweep over the high points (though you may wish to use a light hand with this or things can get a wee bit glowy). It actually reminds me of a slightly less refined and loose version of a Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. The shade Mood Light to be exact. Both have that ‘finishing powder/highlighter hybrid’ quality. But if you just wish to gaze at it lovingly on your dressing table, I get ya girl. I’ll be doing the same.

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    I love this, it’s so pretty and smells just like I remember my mums dressing table to smell when I was a kid playing with her make-up!


  • http://theprivatelifeofagirl.com/ Sophie

    This product is SUPER nice. It goes on real smoothly and leaves the skin looking wicked~

  • http://www.thesugarspunsisters.blogspot.com/ Sugar Spun Sisters

    This looks stunning – I don’t trust myself to not buy this when I’m next in Boots!

    Eve x
    Sugar Spun Sisters – A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

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  • Danielle

    I heard about this from essiebutton on YouTube & I am dying to try it. Too bad we don’t have Bourjois in the US.


    • Jess

      Take a road trip to canada, many shoppers drug marts have bourjois stands!

  • Anya Cross

    Its so good that they’ve re-released this product! I’m a complete sucker for anything like this x


  • http://themacaronaddict.blogspot.co.uk/ TheMacaronAddict

    This looks lovely but it not sure I would want something so shimmery! You are right though I am considering buying just because of the packaging


  • Millie Robinson

    Love love love the packaging of this! The product sounds great too, but to be honest I would buy it just to look at it :) ♥



  • sarah beth

    It looks so pretty! I’d probably just buy it for ornamental purposes haha xx


  • Zoe Elizabeth

    That’s such a good idea to bring back an old product! And it sounds quite nice too, I’m going to have to buy this!


  • Icaria

    This I’ve been looking for & hope we’ll get it in Canada! Like you said, just the packaging is worth collecting but it’s great to know the product is nice. Double whammy! :)

  • Dannielle

    This is definitely going on my shopping list for my next Boots visit! xx

    D Is For…

  • Giada

    This product really fascinate me.

  • http://jodie-melissa.blogspot.co.uk/ jodie moores

    I love the sound of this, it looks lovely! unique packaging too.. I love that glowing look for christmas parties and other fancy occasions :)


  • Amy

    I absolutely adore the packaging for this! Added to my shopping list now!


    Amy x

  • Maddy Cane

    Sounds amazing and I love the history behind this too! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Christina Abdilla

    Is this limited edition?! Hope it’s still there when I visit London in December! :D


  • Jessica Sutherland

    I have this! I love the packaging and the product, it leaves such a lovely finish and I find it keeps my make up in place really well! Bourjois are on a roll with their products at the moment! x

  • Grace Gibson

    Definitely buying this to sit on my desk and look pretty, who cares if it actually works!

  • Katie Allen

    This looks so pretty.


  • YoungMild&Free

    What a great blast from the past. I love that packaging!


  • http://www.misslisa.co.uk/ Lisa Underwood

    I really want to purchase this for the packaging, it sounds like a lovely product which is always an added bonus when buying makeup aha. Bourjois have really stepped up their game lately! xx


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  • Amy

    I want this now! I would’ve usually just over-looked it but when you mentioned the Hourglass powders!? Now I’m hooked… :)

    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Louise

    the packaging is super cute



  • Izzy

    i love that packaging, btw in this months Company magazine, on page 156 Charlotte Tilbury mentions how she reads your blog!

  • Silvia Quirós

    great product, I am attending tomorrow the 150 anniversary party of bourjois in Madrid so happy for them, thanks for sharing!

  • http://heelsforever.wordpress.com/ Heels Forever

    Very intrigued by this and love the packaging so will have to try it! xx

    Heels Forever – Enter my

  • charlotte k

    Feel like I NEED this for my collection xx

    Charlotte| LongHairDontCare

  • http://cleanserblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Ila

    aww i love the look of this powder! super cute packaging..how gorgeous would it be if it was in ceramic instead? *_*

    Ila x

  • http://falafelwaffle.wordpress.com/ Niamh

    I love the packaging! But I really don’t like working with loose powder products. I might well buy it just to stare at it though haha.

  • http://theaccessorymakeup.blogspot.co.uk/ Emma Leeds

    I am not a loose powder fan, but I fell massively for the whole ‘history’ aspect of the product – I mean how cool is it that they have lasted for 150 years, let alone reusing/remarketing one of their original products?! Mind. Blown. The packaging is super cute too – in a way I wish Bourjois would make the rest of their packaging similar x

  • Allison

    I’ve never tried a loose powder highlighter, looks amazing! I would look at it all day!


  • Tarte Tanya

    I was sad when I found out my local Bourjois counter didn’t have this in stock.
    I will have to check back soon, I would hate to miss out on this pretty powder.

  • Teresa Sinaguglia

    I really want to get this! hopefully I will be able to et it this weekend! cant wait to try it :)


  • Hannah Burrows

    I adore the packaging so much however I’m a bit scared of anything glowy due to my oily skin :(


  • GeorginaTheLibrarian

    This may never get used due to the sparkes, but it will look awesome sitting as a little vintage knick knack on my shelves. Thanks for spotting it!


  • rebekka T

    I hate the product itself (not long lasting at all, the first time I swatched it I could wipe it off easily and all that was left was glitter) but the packaging is really nice, I’ll give you that :)

  • Ishaba

    Anna, I wish you’d post pictures of the products being used on your face. It’s hard to get the full effect of a product if you don’t show us how they look against your skin.

  • Tanaya J

    I really like what I’ve been seeing and reading about this Powder!


  • Lauren

    Really want to try this!! The packaging is so cute and vintage style, love it!


  • Maria

    I looks really interesting, I may give it a try next time it comes across my way!