Monday, 16 April 2012

Bourjois Flower Perfection Translucent Smoothing Primer

I'm always eager to try the 'new thing' so when I saw the new Bourjois Flower Perfection range, I knew I had to try it. I also noticed that Superdrug had a 2 for £13.00 offer so I bought the Bourjois Flower Perfection foundation and primer, how could I resist that gem of an offer. I'm going to be reviewing both products so thought I'd start off by reviewing the primer. 

Bourjois Flower Perfection Translucent Smoothing Primer:


What are the product claims?
  • Even's out and refines the skin's texture.
  • Hides pores, blemishes and fine lines.
  • Has a soft texture.
  • Gives skin an airbrush finish. 
  • Leaves skin looking flawless.
  • Can used alone or before applying foundation for an easier application and a long-lasting hold.

Where can you purchase the primer and how much does it cost? 

The primer retails at £10.99 and can be purchased in-store and online at both Boots and Superdrug. The primer contains 7ml of product and is displayed in a circular pot with a screw top lid. 

What does the primer look like?

The primer is displayed in a clear pot with a pink screw top lid. The primer has a very light pink colour but it is colourless once applied to the skin. 
To avoid getting bacteria into the pot, a spatula could be used to apply the primer onto the skin, this is a handy tip if you're going to use the primer on clients. If the primer is for your own personal use and you're not fussed about bacteria, you could simply use your fingers. 

By looking at the first the first photo, you would imagine the primer to have a smooth and creamy consistency but by looking at the second photo, it is clear to see that the primer has a thick and fluffy consistency. It reminds me of cotton wool. 

The first photo is before the primer has been blended in, the second photo is after the primer has been blended it. By looking at the 'after' photo, it is clear to see that the primer reduced redness, fine lines and pores. It's a magic product with magic powers. 

Is the primer suitable for everyone?

The primer is suitable for absolutely anybody no matter if you have dry, normal, combination or oily skin. 
The primer is great for those who have oily skin as it doesn't contain oil and it doesn't produce excess oil throughout the day, it purely has an oil-free formula. The primer also doesn't block pores, it hides them instead. Due to the primer having a smooth, easy to blend texture, it sinks into the skin as opposed to sitting on top of it, this is a huge bonus if you have oily skin. 
If you have dry skin you will also love this primer as it sinks into the skin straight away. A lot of bloggers have said that this primer isn't ideal for those people who suffer with dry skin as it has a matte finish but I personally do not see the problem with this at all, it doesn't irritate the skin or create extra dryness so I cannot what the issue is. If you have dry skin but don't mind a matte finish then you will like the primer, if you have dry skin and don't like a matte finish then you will hate it. 

The Good
  • Product Performance - What can I say, this is just a genius product. Not only did it reduce the size of pores and fine lines, it also kept my foundation on a lot longer. 
  • Concept - A primer that can reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and redness as well as increase the longevity of your foundation?.. Genius. It's also great how the primer can be used alone and underneath ANY foundation. 
  • Blend-ability - The primer blends into the skin very well, almost a little too well. It sinks into the skin immediately, I don't find that you have to work the primer into the skin at all as it blends into the skin beautifully. Some primers take a little 'work', a prime example is my Nars multi-protect primer, this takes around 5 minutes to work into the skin and then you have to leave it 5 minutes to dry. The bourjois primer takes no work and it dries instantly. 
  • Finish - The primer has a matte finish. I especially like to wear the primer on it's own due to it's matte finish. 
  • Texture - The primer has a smooth and soft texture which melts into the skin instantly. The primer feels 'fluffy' when you initially touch it and you would presume that it'd have a thick consistency but it doesn't, it feels weightless and instantly blends in. 
  • Packaging - The packaging is lovely, it's cute, girlie and right up my street. I especially like how the primer is in a pot as the majority of primers come in a tube. It's a different way of presenting a primer and it's certainly something I've never seen before. I also like how the primer comes with a screw top lid as this will prevent spillages and mess. The cute flower image and pink lid fits the name of the primer very well, the packaging has been thought through thoroughly. 
  • Price - The primer retails at £10.99 which I'd say is very reasonable. Some people might think £10.99 is a little pricey for a primer but if you think about it, high-end primers retail at around £25-30 so £10.99 really isn't that bad, especially when it's a brilliant primer. 
The Okay
  • Size - I like the size of the pot as it's the perfect size for your handbag and also your makeup bag. The only thing I'm not keen on is the fact that the primer only contains 7ml of product. A standard primer contains 30ml of product so you're getting half the amount, I feel this is very naughty of Bourjois. You also have to use a lot of the primer due so I would imagine that the primer would last around one month if that. 
  • Availability - The primer can be purchased from both Boots and Superdrug which is great if you live in the UK but it may be an issue if you live internationally. 
The Bad
  • Colourless - The primer is colourless once it's applied to the skin so you cannot see where you've applied it. Not only is this annoying, it wastes a lot of product. 
  • Scented - Don't get me wrong I like the floral scent as it very girly and summery but the only issue is that scented products break me out. The first time I used the primer, I developed attractive spots on my chin and cheeks the day after. If this primer wasn't scented then it would tick all the boxes. If scented products break you out, stay away from this primer. 

I like this primer as it lives up to it's claims. It does reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines and it does reduce redness. Whether it gives skin an airbrushed look is quite debatable as it doesn't completely get rid of imperfections, it just reduces them. I also think it helped to prolong my foundation although this isn't a necessity for me as my foundations tend to last all day anyway. I think it's great how the primer is suitable for all skin types as it means anyone can use it.  
Overall it's a lovely primer with lovely packaging and an even lovelier price tag, the only thing that isn't lovely is that it's scented which causes me to break out. If the primer wasn't scented it would be the perfect primer.

Would I recommend? Yes
Would I re-purchase? No, simply due to it being scented.

Have you tried the Bourjois Flower Perfection Primer?


  1. I swatched the tester in superdrug today and i see what you mean about the texture, its like its flocked. It does feel nice on your skin though, but i forgot to smell it! doh

  2. This sounds so good, want to try a primer, definitely going to check it out, thanks!xx

  3. I looked at this in Boots and thought it was quite similar to the Clarins primer which I'm using at the minute. I love the Clarins one and its great for disguising my pores but the Bourjois one is a fraction of the price!
    S xx

  4. I might have to try this when my MUA primer runs out.

    Holli x

  5. It looks and sounds nice but the size of the pot puts me off a little, such a small amount

  6. I really really want this, I've enjoyed using the foundation! X

  7. Im a new user to primer so this one is the first I have tried. Have to say I was impressed but agree that the pot is very small and I can see it wont last long if worn regularly. Overall though I LOVE IT x

  8. Nice review. I've never bought any Bourjois products before but after trying the primer on my hand I bought some, and I have to say I loved how soft my skin felt so I can't wait to try it properly, however I do think that £10 for 7ml is ridiculous. Bourjois really should make a bigger pot for a reasonable price.

    Paige x


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