After all the reviews i have read, i've come to the conclusion that there is a big difference between how products are sold in the US compared to Europe. I purchased my powder (which is called Poudre Libre Exquise, the old powder marketed under this name. Now they only sell, as loose powder, the Mineral enriched one) in 02 rose chic a while ago. The chick whose review i read, where she said she purchased hers five years ago, should throw it away...just a thought.
So back to our thing- i have the loose one in a case/jar, it doesn't come in a brush and it was quite expensive. one more difference between the US and Europe is that the so-called cheap drugstore products, such as L'Oreal, Bourjois, etc, that are of European origin are of superior quality here thus more expensive. The average price of a L'oreal mascara in Sweden is 165 swedish crowns, which means USD 23.64. there must be some explanation for this, so i figured the quality is different since i know L'oreal products are usually around USD 8-10 in stores like Wal Mart and Walgreens etc.
Anyway. I have this product, as i said, in number 02, it doesn't come in a brush, so i figured i could write a review for those who might have the same type of Bourjois loose powder.
-i like the consistency, it has a high coverage potential and the actual color you see in the jar will not transplant itself on your face like that, it would take many layers to obtain that exact shade. It gives a nice coverage even without foundation, just with a little bit on cream/moisturizer underneath.
- it has a tremendous setting power. With the exception of a Swedish-made mineral setting powder (that costed me an arm and a leg) that worked wonders, this is the best face powder i have ever used. It sets my makeup like friggin concrete, nothing moves on my face so to speak, i use it everywhere on the oilier zones (not too much around the eyes since i'm afraid of wrinkles) and i also gently dab my eyebrows after using the crayon and shadow- guess what, perfection. I really like this, i can count on it for 9 a.m. till 5 or 6 p.m, the only thing i have to do is retouch my blush or lipstick, no shiny forehead or spotted chin.
-it comes in a plastic container, no brush, no nothing, if you drop it, sneeze on it or something like that then you're pretty much screwed. Very uncomfortable to travel with, i have to carry my own powder brush and be very attentive when i open the jar (the lid has to be popped, pretty much like with the Nivea creme in a tin) so that i won't end up with powder all over my clothes.
- the scent is grannish, that's true, it has a protruding scent of roses which i wouldn't mind if i didn't know scented products tend to irritate the skin
-the coverage potential has a drawback- the heaviness. This powder feels like powder on your face, you can't see it but the coverage is very 'heavy' and doesn't let the skin breathe.
All in all. It does its job as a setting agent but i wouldn't repurchase since many other types of powder have appeared on the market ever since i bought mine. I am going to repurchase my Swedish setting powder after i finish this one (and Bourjois comes in a large container, grrr!!!)