Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Healthy Mix

Having first started out watching beauty gurus from the US, I didn't hear about Bourjois for the longest time! I wish I'd heard about it sooner, because Bourjois is such a gorgeous brand. Being a little upmarket for the usual 'drugstore' crowd (ie Maybelline, Rimmel, CoverGirl), Bourjois is the snob that sits on its own in the schoolyard and refuses to mingle with the others. Its prices set it a cut above the others, not unlike L'Oreal Paris, and higher prices deem higher expectations. The first Bourjois product I tried was a blush, and although it's laughably small, the quality and packaging exceed those of a 'drugstore' brand. Their foundations are among, if not the best-selling products in the range, and I've been wanting to try one of their Healthy Mix foundations for a few months now. Bourjois released a gel formulation of their popular Healthy Mix foundation, and I bought it from ASOS for about $18. Within a week, I was tearing open the parcel to try it out. 

Fortunately I'd colour-matched instore at a Bourjois stand so I didn't have to guess my shade  when I bought it on ASOS. I'd found a colour match one day when I was bored, in the hope of a Bourjois sale coming around soon (still hasn't!), because I am definitely not willing to pay $32 for a foundation that's available in other parts of the world for less. Free shipping on ASOS was great, and their 10% student discount wouldn't hurt either. I'm frustrated with myself because I forgot that I had the 10% student discount code and didn't enter the code at checkout. And I think the price has gone down to $17+ now. 

It's got 30mL of product, and has a pump, which is nice and easy, but kind of expected from a foundation which retails here for $32.00 AUD - even Rimmel Wake Me Up has a pump and that costs $20 full-price. The two have been marketed similarly as anti-fatigue foundations, but Wake Me Up has sparkles in, which deters me from buying it because I don't want to glitter like Edward Cullen when I'm walking around at Uni. Fortunately, this doesn't have sparkles. Shade 53 Beige Clair/ Light Beige suits me best, and the consistency of the foundation is quite emollient- it delivers where it claims to be a 'gel foundation'. I buffed it in with the Real Techniques Buffing brush and it was so easy to apply. 

Bourjois' claim:

16 hrs radiance-boosting even, revived complexion
Vitamin-rich fruit therapy - instant anti-fatigue
Instant blending gel, flawless complexion, undetectable coverage
Vitamin-rich fruits: lychee, goji berries, pomegranate. Hypoallergenic. 

It indicates light coverage by marking 1 box out of three. 
Semi-matte finish

I'm doubtful about lychee, goji berries and pomegranate doing any anti-fatigue action, but it does have a lovely fruity-floral scent. And the 16 hour claim would be interesting to test- I'm sure Bourjois did some comprehensive testing before making that claim, but in all honesty, nobody expects makeup to wear well for 16 hours and companies making that claim are doing it bravely because it's quite a feat. But despite the bizarre claims, I really like it. It's so easy to blend and looks very natural. It promises light coverage and delivers: skin still looks like skin. Being a person who doesn't want to look like they're wearing a lot of makeup, but just wants to conceal blemishes and redness, this foundation is perfect for me. It evens out my complexion nicely, though the sheer coverage naturally means I have to take a concealer to  hyperpigmentation and spots. I'm expecting Neutrogena Healthy Skin to arrive tomorrow, and I don't expect it to beat this foundation because I like Healthy Mix serum so much.

I love this foundation, and would definitely buy it again when it runs out, but I would only buy it from ASOS, or if there's a really good sale, because it's a victim of the insane Australian cosmetic markup and costs about double the UK price. 

Hope that was helpful in some way, take care, and God bless! xx


  1. Nice review! I've been curious about this foundation too but it's just too pricey here :/

    1. I'm so glad ASOS stocks this- it's not always available though! I remember looking at the Bourjois selection on ASOS a couple of months ago and it didn't have Healthy Mix serum, but it does now! x

  2. One of my foundation loves! I find that it wears really well, it almost never cakes on me which is a huge plus. I like that it's relatively sheer coverage so it evens out the complexion but doesn't look thick or mask-like. It feels really lightweight and comfortable on, though I also wear 53 and I find it a tad too dark and very yellow-leaning, which is my only pet peeve. Next time I'm probably going to go for 52 and then mix it with something darker if need be.

    1. I'm so glad I bought it! I literally love everything about it- or so I thought until I noticed the pump was different to the regular Healthy Mix, which has that moving base that goes up as you use it up? I think that kind of pump is so much cooler than the one in the HM serum. Minor issue. I find 53 a really good match, and I'm not sure I'll be going back to BB creams after this! I wore it all day (9 hours and counting) and it has yet to fade or go patchy and I only had to touch up my powder after 6 hours and it looked fine. Yay Bourjois! xx

  3. Yay! I'm glad you like your purchase. And we're the same colour. :) I really like this too and just like you said 'skin looks like skin'. xx

    1. It's a great foundation- and you were the one to bring Bourjois Healthy Mix to my attention, I think it was one of your tag posts, so thank you! :) xx