Bourjois Blush in 34 Rose D'OR

Bourjois Blush in 34 Rose D'OR, photo, review, swatches
Have you owned a blush that's elusive? Yes, I feel Bourjois Blushes are very elusive.
Beware! This is a long post!

 Being baked etc, Bourjois blushes are not the highest blushes in terms of pigmentation, they barely show up on close inspection,.Yet, if you become over zealous, you would look  too flushed! This is a blush I don't know how to react to, yet I am in love with. So, read on.


Last year, during my birthday /Bourjois haul, I received a few products as GWP. The blush was part of it. When I saw it, I fell in love, niether with the container, nor with the product itself, but with the image outside.
yes, it has this feel of the later part of the 19th century. I love images of that age. I don't know if you have seen the pictures of those chubby doe eyes plump girls with red lips and perhaps a bow in the hair, in the adverts of Coca-cola. I think Leopold cafe in Mumbai has them still. That was a very typically American. And this image is so Paris with the Eiffel!


yes, the above was the part I loved the most.
Incidentally this was also my first baked blush. Bakds cosmetics are supposedly low on talc, less powdery, finely milled and gives a deep color when applied wet. No I cannot use a blush wet, but I liked it. it was tricy at first.
My experience:
 Since I was used to my regular powder blushes, when I tried this for the first time it appeared that the pigment won;t come up on the brush. Nest when I started blending it on, I think I did not see any color on my cheeks. I kept brushing on more. Then I thought I saw a little color. But when I went a little further away form the mirror I realized I looked horribly flushed!
Bottom line: Even on close inspection , it won;t make you look 'made-up', yet, do what it is supposed to-- give that flushed blushing effect which I started loving later on!


The blush itself comes in a dome shape . the container is nice and classy with a mirror, and has a brush. I personally find the brush useful to pick up colors and the shape helps me to put it on nicely. Even though I use my blush brush, I don't mind using the applicator on the go.

the blush itself is a bit hard and has golden and  silver veins in it. it gives a dewy finish instead of glittery ones. Just the right amount to give a subtle brightness, yet not shimmery enough to be noticed.

My take:
The Likes:
  • I cannot sufficiently over-emphasize how I love the image.
  • The packing is quite chic as well as useful.
  • Since the blush is a bit hard than the normal powder ones, I am glad that there is an applicator stiff enough to pick up colors, yet not scratchy enough to irritate the skin.
  • The shade is just too lovely!
  • You need not be afraid that if you are being click up close, your blush would show up being too made up. Whatever the intensity is, it doesn't look 'made up' on the skin.
  • Has a mild rosy fragrance which is not very strong. But if you are digging your nose into it, you can smell it.
  • Finely milled and not glittery. Somewhere between sheeny and shimmery.
  • has golden undertone ( my shade has it)
  • Another point worth noting, the cases comes in the shades of the blush itself. So, if you own more than one, you won;t have to fidget around.
  • Never broke me out.

Now the dislikes:
YES! There are!
  • The blush hardens up in due course of time. if you are not using it up, chances are there that your money would go down the drain. Mine hardened up too because I let it sit for around 4 months. I kept brushing the top with the applicator brush provided and now it's behaving normally again.
  • Pigmentation . It could be better, but since it does that no-makeup-yet-flushed look, I am ok with it
The best that showed up in the photo

Price and Quantity: 550 INR ( approx) for 2.5 grams!

Do I recommend? I really am confused.
Shall I repurchase? I may. After this long post, I realized, I actually like it. ( Don't forget I am a woman)

What's your thought? To buy or not to buy?

Comments

  1. hehe..ya you sound confused..thats a pretty pink..but I agree pigmentation could have been better..

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    1. LOL! Really! But now, having written the post and thought over it, may be the beauty lies there * confused look*

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  2. My god what an awesome blush , it looks soooo pretty in pics, i have amber rose, yes mine too has hardened a bit! I am also using my blush as pink eye shadow :p

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    1. Hahahha! That's nice. Lucky you don;t have pigmentation like me :(

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  3. so sad that it's not pigmented. great and honest review Niv!!

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    1. Thanks Raksha. Yeah, but the subtle effect it gives is unmatched. I'm so glad you liked it

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  4. Da color's so nice :)...i really like it
    BTW I never knew wat baked blushes were before dis post!!....so now i understand why my elizabeth arden blush dosen't show up on close inspection bt yet makes me look flushed......thnx 4 da review....i'm definitely gonna give my blush another chance....maybe it'll work...

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    1. Awww, I'm so glad you liked it. Even I did not have a very clear idea about it some time ago :)

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  5. I loved it ..such a pretty shade <3

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    1. Hey, thanks. I know you are one blush addict!

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  6. I have this blush in brun illusion its gorgeous ! this one looks pretty too

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    1. Ah! That's nice! I guess that would work even better on our skin tones?

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  7. the shade is very pretty..but the price is super ugly.. :-/ :P

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    1. Hahahahha! You hit the bull's eye! :P

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  8. same pinch I had this exact same one, but it hardens up,& barely shows up, so I ground it & stored in a mni glass jar! BTW a tip that might help, lightly spray/spritz some water /rose water on your blush brush and then tap it on the baked blush, the pigmentation will go up many times!

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    1. I just did that :( Did not work :( Guess have to crush it :(

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  9. I am really not good with blush application skills. The part i really have trouble with is trying to make both the cheeks exactly the same. :/ . I currently am using Colorbar Blush which is about to run out. After reading your post I am contemplating on buying this one. Have you also used the Colorbar one? If yes, which one do you like more. Great review Niviii :D ANd forgive me for my foolishness but what is GWP?

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    1. Hihihi! Same here. But on the contrary, I put on both of my cheeks equally badly! :P
      Do watch some youtube videos. They really help! And start doing both the cheeks. I mean not with both hands, but don't finish one completely and then go over another. This might help. I do that way only.
      yes! I DO have a Colorbar one! It's the famous Peachy Rose and I so love it! Well, how about I love both? While colorbar one gives a good pigmentation, I feel this one stays better and looks more natural. Again, applied carefully it looks good and shows up with lesser effort. Now, can we have a toss please? :P

      You can read my Colobar review here http://makeupandchitchat.blogspot.in/2011/08/colorbar-blush-peachy-rose.html

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  10. shade is so pretty bt u r right im too confused with thes bourjois baked blushes since it barely shows esp one i ve s with shimmers!!!!

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    1. Suna, any baked cosmetics would have some amount of shimmer ( at least by definition it goes that way). Your's might have hardened like mine too. try brushhing off the top nicely with the applicator brush like you would scrub off some dirt. It might help. Worked good for me.

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  11. oh i dont have those baked things with me. me want me want. u sure the finish is dewy? i jump at the mere mention of dewy!

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  12. hehe. i loved reading ur confusing post Nivi. :P But then i so get it when you say it doesnot show up bt make u look flushed. hv had the same exp with a few of mine. ;)

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  13. This sounds great!!! I especially can't wait to try a baked blush.

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  14. heheehe super confused haa !! ??? d blush is lovely .. cud have been better with a bit more pigmentation naa..

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  15. o this is the perfect pink and gold combination by the look of it, and all natural looking too.. but what a pity that it doesnt show up, because i am sure i would never know when to stop, and might look sunburnt with my application skills of the blush

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  16. the pink looks really nice. Nice review

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  17. Ya i have the same thoughts with bourjois. One one hand they have such pretty colors, but on the other- either nothing shows up, or i look like a clown....
    Olus hate it that they get hard

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  18. I havent tried Bourjois blushes! Hit me!! :P But somehow I'm very skeptical about trying them out since most of them seem to have a lot of shimmer.. but i loved the swatch here! :) but some blushes confuse me too.. and even i feel the same way about them. I keep putting it away thinking im not too happy with it but i keep reaching out for it! :D

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