Friday, 23 December 2011

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation & An Added Face Of The Day.

When I hear a product being talked about a lot in the bloggersphere my instinct is to grab my purse and run out and buy it as soon as possible. That instinct is even stronger if it's an affordable and easily accessible product because lets face it, those things have the ability to make something even more appealing! I must admit it's been a little while since I've seen a product receive so many positive reviews from a lot of different people and there was one aspect to it that had me particularly interested. This product is of course Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation.

Although this has a similar name, I personally think this foundation is quite different to the original Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. There are also couple of similarities, it almost feels like they've taken the best aspects of Healthy Mix & added some extra magic and come up with Healthy Mix Serum. I'll just start by saying that I have very pale, dry warm toned skin so the yellow undertones that all Bourjois foundations have suit me really well. The lightest shade, 51 Light Vanilla, is a pretty good match for my NC15 skin -  it's not perfect because it's a touch too dark but it's pretty close. The packaging is nice, the jar doesn't feel cheap and the pump is a great addition because it just makes everything more hygienic and I don't find myself wasting any product.

The one aspect that stood out to me the most is the fact that this is a gel based foundation. My all time favourite foundation is MAC Studio Sculpt which is also gel based and also quite a bit more expensive than this offering from Bourjois. These two foundations aren't exactly the same, Studio Sculpt from MAC offers me slightly more coverage where as the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is more of a light-medium coverage. There is definitely enough coverage to even out my skin tone and blur out any imperfections but it's not enough coverage to allow me to skip concealer. The most attractive quality of this foundation is that it just looks like skin, it doesn't look like you're wearing foundation at all and I find that it doesn't need to be powdered either which I love! I can't say I've worn this foundation for 16 hours straight in order to test its 16 hour radiance claims but it easily lasts on me all day long. In terms of the finish it gives me, bearing in mind I apply this over the Satin Primer from Illamasqua, is semi-matte so it's not dewy but it also doesn't look flat at all. It looks like skin!

In comparison to the original Healthy Mix Foundation, I prefer this Serum version so much more. It offers a similar amount of coverage but this one blends into the skin so much easier and this one doesn't cling to any dry areas of my face at all which is just incredible. Interestingly this foundation seems to be loved in equal measures by people with different skin types - Cami from Cami Loves Kiwi has more combination skin and she is loving this right now as well so it could be worth a try if you're on the market for a new foundation.

This wouldn't be a complete review if I didn't include some pictures of how the foundation looks on my skin so here are a couple I took while experimenting with my new camera. My lovely new camera really does pick up every imperfection on my skin, even some that I can't see in a mirror, so this obviously doesn't give me a totally flawless complexion but it does look really natural. Also please excuse my horrendous dark circles - I need to sleep more!


For £10.99 you get 30ml of product and I find that one pump easily covers my whole face. This is a really lovely and quite affordable foundation and if you can find a shade that's right for you I would highly recommend giving this one a try!

Have you tried Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum? What's your favourite foundation?
xoxo

17 comments:

  1. I swatched it yesterday in Boots and was very tempted! If felt really lovely on the skin. Great review

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  2. I've been using this too and love it. just seems perfect for me, shade 51 is a great match, and the not quite matte, not dewy finish is just perfect. :)

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  3. Great review, and your photos are really helpful too! I have oily skin so I'm always picky concerning foundations, I'm currently using a Collection 2000 one that is good but not amazing. Once I've used it up I think I'll buy this as everyone is recommending it :)

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  4. Your skin is so nice already; it's difficult to tell if the foundation is adding anything, but you look radiant! I've been wanting to try the regular Bourjois Healthy Mix, but might hold out for this.

    Have you ever tried Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation? It glides on really smoothly and makes your skin glow, too.

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  5. @Jenny - It's lovely!
    @Gaelle - It really is wonderful, thank you!
    @Victoria - Definitely one of the best highstreet foundations at the moment!
    @Whimsical Wolf - I'd definitely recommend giving it a go, it's lovely!
    @Alyse - Oh, my skin is a long way from perfect! Thank you lovely. I've never tried that one out, I don't think it's available in the UK - we only have Neutrogena skincare items and not the make up for some reason!

    xoxo

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  6. You have beautiful skin!
    I have never heard of this product but it definitely looks like it gives a really beautiful glow to your skin! I wonder if it is available in Canada....

    I always love your product reviews, I recently read one of your about the John Frieda lightening spray & I went out and purchased it. I absolutely love it, I haven't noticed it lightening my hair so much as making it more goldy and shimmery but I have only used it a couple times!

    Thanks for always giving such honest & thoughtful reviews, I find them incredibly helpful!


    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo

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  7. I love this foundation and you look lovely :) xxx

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  8. @TheUrbanUmbrella - Thank you lots lovely! Ooh I'm not sure but I hope you stumble across it sometime soon so you can have a look at it in person, it's lovely! Aww I'm so happy you like the lightening spray, it's a bit of a miracle product for me!

    @Marta - Thank you lovely!

    xoxo

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  9. I've heard mixed reviews - I know a lot of people said that it broke them out? This said, I would definitely consider trying it after you've given it such a rave review!
    fashion junkie
    xoxo

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  10. WOW I need to buy this! Your skin looks so beautiful! xx

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  11. Ooo I stumble across this foundation the other day and nearly bought it and then didn't. Now I wish I had, oh well maybe an after Christmas treat :P

    L x

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  12. @Amy - It is scented so if you have particularly sensitive skin it could be something to avoid. I have fairly sensitive skin but have never had a problem with bourjois foundations before :)

    @shabna - Thank you lovely!

    @Laura - Hehe definitely!!

    xoxo

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  13. I love this foundation too. Pretty good!!

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  14. Great in depth review, love the photos as well :)

    I use the Boujois Healthy Mix on a daily basis as shade 51 is the perfect shade for me, but the gel consistancy of this sounds very appealing.. I must pick it up when my current tube runs out!

    ug-lily.blogspot.com

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  15. I really want to try this, I don't think I've seen a single bad review so far! I've never used a gel-based foundation before so would be really interested to try this. Your skin looks lovely in the photos!

    Gillian x
    elevatormusik.blogspot.com

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  16. This looks really nice! I like the packaging too xx

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