Thursday, 15 November 2012

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation Review

This foundation is one I have been meaning to try out for some time now. With all the brilliant claims and rave reviews, how could I resist? I picked up a bottle of this foundation from Priceline for $32.

On the bottle it claims that it will offer a 16hr radiance-boosting even, revived complexion. I can't really say if it lasts 16 hours on the skin because everyone's skin is different and I only wear my foundation for about 10 hours tops on a normal day. But for the time that I do wear it, I find that it does wear nicely. It may fade just a little by the end of the day, but by no means does it gather in areas or go patchy. It wears evenly. I love how it's actually does make my skin look radiant, even and revived.

Bourjois says that this foundations is light coverage. In my opinion it's can go anywhere from light to the fuller side of medium coverage. It is a pretty versatile foundation coverage wise. I find the best way to build the coverage is by putting it on in thin layers rather then just slopping one thick layer onto your skin.

The finish of this foundation really depends on your skin type. On my slightly drier skin it dries to a satin, yet slightly glow finish. I wouldn't say it's matte nor would I say it's dewy. It's very natural looking.

Skin Types:
Dry: This foundation is wearable for those with dry skin, however I do recommend that you keep your skin well exfoliated and hydrated/moisturizer when using this foundation. Otherwise it may slightly accentuate dryness.

Normal: This foundation would be absolutely perfect for you if you have normal skin. Not dry, nor oily. Just right.

Oily: I think this foundation could work with oily skin. You may want to powder or keep blotting papers at hand just to be on the safe side.

Combination: It's all about balance with combination skin. Just powder and blot the oily areas and exfoliate and moisturize the dry areas.

Note: If you are extremely oily or extremely dry I'd stay pass on this foundation. If your not one extreme or the other and your skin is manageable then I'd say give it a go.

Application methods:
Fingers: I found that applying this foundation with my fingers left my skin slightly streaky. If you do want apply it with your fingers, keep a clean brush to buff the streaks away after application.

Paddle brush: A good tradition foundation brush works quite well with this foundation. For me this application method provided that extra bit of coverage per layer.

Buffing brush: My preferred method of application with this foundation is to use a buffing brush. A dense but flexible flat-top brush like the Sigma F80 is ideal for me. However the buffing motion may not be ideal for any dry or flakey patches. I would stick to the paddle brush if that's the case.

Beauty Blender Sponge: This works great although it absorbs a whole lot of the foundation even when damp. Therefore I like to apply the product evenly around my skin, then blend it out with the sponge. This gives a lovely finish.

The packaging of this foundation is so good, especially for a drugstore foundation. It is made of a plastic that could be easily mistaken for glass. The pump is absolutely fantastic! The most perfect pump. It literally allows you to have full control over how much you would like to dispense. You can even pump out a little drop if you wanted to for (swatches) whatever reason. The only gripe I have with the packaging is that the cap pops on and off a little too easily. A click mechanism of some sort would be handy. Other then that the packagings awesome!

Shade Range:
Bourjois is known for their incredibly natural color range. This particular foundation is made in 6 shades, my shade being number 52 for my NC20-NC25 skin. The shades are fairly neutral, leaning a tad but more towards the yellow undertone side of the spectrum. The Bourjois colors are by no means orange and unnatural. They have done such a good job with their colors. Although I do hope that they do eventually bring out some deeper shades for women of color.

Final Thoughts:
Overall I really like this foundation. It's looks so natural on the skin and feels luxurious for a drugstore brand. I am not surprised by the great quality and similarity to some Chanel foundations considering Bourjois is owned by Chanel.

If you've tried this foundation before let me know what you think of it.



  1. I love Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and I really need to try the original Healthy mix foundation (the one that`s not serum). Have you tried it?

  2. Hi Erika! I've wanted to try the original Healthy Mix but never got around to it. I am now in love with L'oreal True Match. Have you tried that one before?