Well in Canada bourjois can only be found in selected shoppers drug mart and they're super expensive compared to the prices in the UK - almost about $19CDN for a very very small blusher. But I really wanted to try them and I'm glad I did.
This is my most favourite drugstore blushers for sure. I bought Bourjois blushers in:
33 - Lila's d'or
34 - rose d'or
48 - cendre de rose brune
74- rose ambre
95 - rose de Jaspe
On my NC25-NC30 skin these blushers show up spectacularly and have amazing pigment. Because a little goes and long way you have to be very light handed when you apply it.
Note - when your blush developes that protective coating / hard surface I read that Clear packing tape removes a layer of the blush. So get a new piece of clear packing tape, then press it down over the full surface of the blush and peel it slowly off. Tada!!!
-Reasonably priced(I think I got mine for 8 Euros)
-Goes on really well, blends easily, comfortable application
-Really nice colour range. I'm pretty sure every skin tone can find a regular colour for themselves
-I got a cute special edition case that's all floral and pretty
-I would definitely have preferred a better brush
So - given my obsession that some beauty products are worth paying extra for (foundations, powders, eyeshadows for example) and some arent? This is why.
Bourjois are owned by the same company that own Chanel - so you are always going to get excellent value
The history of Bourjois - It was a Frenchman by the name of Alexandre Napoleon Bourjois who in 1863 created the very first powder blush, replacing the grease paint used by stage performers. Within 15 years it was being made widely available to women in France, and still is. Around the turn of the century, the company was sold to Ernest Wertheimer, who opened Galeries Lafayette, the famous Parisian department store. They expanded into perfumes, purchasing 90 percent share and 70 percent profits from Coco Chanel herself for Les Parfums Chanel in 1924. Simply put, to this day the Wertheimer family owns Bourjois, which owns Chanel. The perfumes and makeup are remarkably similar, while the prices are not.
So - the Little Round Pot blusher really is excellent value. OK, so Chanel are going to say that they are ingredients differences & whatever , but after all is said & done they're not going to release a product onto the lower price market & then allow it to be rubbish are they?
i keep one of these in my "on the go" make up bag all the time - the blushers are good coverage, nice colours & the pots are nice & small so they dont take up much room.
The packaging however... hmm, not great. All of Bourjois products look a bit on the cheap side to be honest. But then I guess you could always pay the extra £25 & buy the Chanel version if you're concerned about product aesthetics :)