Back a few weeks ago, I took advantage of a Bourjois 3 for 2 in Superdrug where you also got a free gift of the Bourjois Contouring Illusion Bronzer and Highlighter which is Bourjois’s newest release which is a pretty amazing free gift when it’s £7.99 to purchase individually. I’ve not seen any mention of the Contouring Duo anywhere so I didn’t know if it was any good but as I didn’t pay anything for it, it was definitely worth a try.
The Bourjois Contouring Illusion Bronzer and Highlighter is similar in packaging and design to their Matt Illusion Bronzing Powder, but the pan is split with almost two thirds being a bronzer and one third an highlighter. Just like all of the Bourjois bronzers, the compact has the same delicious chocolate scent which I personally really like but I imagine some won’t as it’s quite strong but it’s a good value bronzer as it contains 8g of product.
I really like the design of the powder within the compact with its nautical theme with the rope detailing which is perfect for Summer. In the pan you can see noticeable shimmer/glitter particles within both the contour powder and the highlighter, and the shimmer does translate to the skin which is strange for a contouring powder as you can’t contour with a glittery powder. The ‘contour’ powder is a very warm, orangey brown colour and the highlighter is an almost yellow toned champagne which isn’t particularly highlighter-ish – it just contains a few glittery particles.
I’m really glad that I didn’t buy this powder as I’m not very impressed with it; both the contour and highlighter are disappointing, and not the usual Bourjois high quality. Not only are the colours off, but the texture isn’t great either as they’re very powdery and a little difficult to blend. I would recommend perhaps skipping this powder altogether and instead opting for the Freedom Contour Duo instead as it’s cheaper and available in a few different shades to suit different skin tones.