Sunday 30 October 2011

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

So yesterday I was down to my last dregs of foundation and figured I'd better hot foot it to the nearest beauty counter or risk small children mistaking my face for an extremely realistic Halloween mask. I had a magazine sachet sample of Diorskin Forever, which I promptly fell in love with, but alas- I just can't justify spending big bucks at the moment.  I'll be honest - I am a bit of a foundation snob,and though I'm yet to find my go - to brand/ formula, when it comes to a face base, I'd rather visit Selfridges than Superdrug. Over the years I've used many high end brands from YSL to MAC and Lancome to Estee Lauder (I even once scored a sample pot of Creme De La Mer foundation back in my mag days), so the prospect of scrimping on such a vital cosmetic did not have me very excited. The thing I really like about the more expensive brands is that there is usually a consultant on site to match your colour properly - a task I don't really trust in my own hands!

But, I had exactly 8.54 worth of  Advantage Card points begging to be spent, and a face that needed making up, so I headed to Boots in the vain hope I'd be able to pick up something great for under a tenner.

I'd heard good things about Bourjois foundations, so I was pretty happy to find that the Healthy Mix Serum Gel was on offer for 7.99 rather than the usual 10.99. I figured it must have been fate that it was cheap enough for my points to cover, so I bit the bullet and went for it.

The foundation is quite light - definitely more of a liquid than a cream formula, and I found it incredibly easy to blend. It's definitely a 'dewy finish' foundation and feels very light on the skin, but it's easily buildable depending on the coverage level you like.

 I think this is a great colder weather foundation because as my skin is drier in Autumn and Winter, the dewy aspect of this foundation is hydrating, without causing that oil slick effect that Summer brings.

As mentioned, I'm a bit of a rookie when it comes to matching foundations, so I took a bit of a gamble and bought shade 53 Beige Clair - I guess what you would call the 'medium' shade.This shade has a slightly yellow tone and I actually found it matched my face pretty well!   Apologies for the slightly dodgy swatch on my arm :0

I didn't find the consistency to be particularly 'gel' like, but I do understand why it's referred to as a serum, if anything because of the youth boosting ingredients that it's jam packed with. This marvellous little creation contains a 'fruit therapy' formula including radiance boosting superstars  such as lychee, goji berry and pomegranate.It has a very fresh, fruity scent too, which I usually wouldn't like but I'm actually quite fond of :) I found it definitely falls into the 'radiance boosting' category, but for 16 hours? I don't think so.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
The formula comes in a glass bottle with a white pump - one pump is more  than enough for daytime coverage, and finished with a sweep of powder, makes a pretty great base!
All in all, I'm pretty impressed with this one - I can't really fault it. Who knows, Bourjois may have just convinced me that when it comes to foundations, there's no need to splurge.
...Nah. :)

1 comment:

  1. Oh dear! I'm tempted by this yet again.It looks fab on you and loving the red lippie! New follower :)