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?