Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush

This almost mythical product known as Fard Pastel when it first appeared, was renamed in the 1980's as Fard Pastel Joues to avoid confusion with the Fard Pastel Paupières (eye shadows). 6 millions of these color pots are sold every year. Simply amazing when you know that this little wonder of a product was born in 1863, created by Alexandre Napoléon Bourjois.

1863, Rouge fin extra de théatre

Light and easy to blend, it quickly replaced the thick greasy cheek makeup of the day and became the official provider of imperial theatres. In fact, it was even approved by medicine faculties. Around 1879, all the "coquettes" of the day wanted one and to this day the recipe remains the same, with it's faint rose fragrance mixed with rice powder. It kind of reminds me of a nice, delicate and proud little old lady but it doesn't linger. For me it's kind of a reassuring fragrance.

1881, Rose de ville

Originally, the boxes where made of galuchat finiched cardboard (replicating a leathery texture). In 1914, the boxes where changed and their colors reflected the ones of the blushes inside. Today the round boxes are made of plastic and the little powder puff has been replaced by a brush for touch ups and a little mirror was added.

The most popular colors are 34 Rose d'or and 33 Lilas, but the most famous Bourjois' Little Round Pot Blush remains 48 Cendre de Rose Brune which has been available since 1924. 

Fard Pastel Joues, 48 Cendre de Rose Brune

My personal favorite, the one that suits my skin coloring the best is 74 Rose Ambré. I always highlight my face with a bronzing powder and this color gives me a natural glow. It doesn't clash with the bronzer and makes it look more natural. I can't believe I discovered this brand only last year. It's available in several drugstores and costs around $20 which is very reasonable for the quality. Now the compact is not as glamorous looking as high end brands but I find it looks better tan the usual drugstore brands. Since it's a small container, it's easy to keep in your purse in a small cosmetic bag. 

Fard Pastel Joues, 74 Rose Ambré

At that price, If you feel like owning a little piece of cosmetic history, Bourjois' Little Round Pot Blushes are more than well worth it. I'm very impressed by it and highly recommend it.

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