I’ll be the first to admit I’m a bit of a make-up brand snob. I much prefer to spend that little bit extra and know that the ingredients that are going into the product are somewhat ‘good’. I know, I know, this isn’t necessarily the case especially as brands like Bourjois is actually owned by COTY, manufacturers of more high end brands such as Marc Jacobs and Philosophy.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation made its way into my makeup collection a good 3 months ago, after I read that Kaushal Beauty uses it as one of her ‘go-to foundations’. Since she raved about it in her earlier (pre-fame) videos, I wanted to see if it really was that good and if I was just wasting my money on high end.
The shade that I picked was 54, Beige. I have to admit both shades 54 and 55 looked VERY similar in Superdrug so I just picked 54 and hoped for the best. When I got home and checked my hand for the swatches, once they had dried, it was easier to tell that 54 has a yellow undertone whereas 55 has a pink undertone.
So let’s get started with first impressions. I love the name, it makes me feel like foundation (which I’m usually told is terrible for my skin) isn’t all that bad. After some research I found that what actually sets Healthy Mix aside from other foundations is that it is packed with Vitamins C, E and B5 – all of which are great at improving skin texture. It is also enriched with crystalline pigments to even out the complexion while letting in the natural light for that healthy looking glow.I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sure how crystalline pigments allow natural light in (???) but it all sounds good.
The hygiene freak in me loves that the bottle has a pump on it and the pump isn’t stiff at all, so it’s easy to get out the desired amount without too much fuss or waste. The cap sits tightly and the bottle fits easily into my makeup bag.
The first thing I noticed when actually using the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation was the smell. To me, it’s a strong perhaps slightly fruity smell which I find difficult to get used to. Despite not particularly liking the smell I persisted and luckily this sharp scent fades fairly quickly after the product dries on your face so it wasn’t all that bad. I’m guessing this fruity smell is from the “fruit therapy” that is in the mixture and hopefully it’s not artificial fragrance.
In terms of coverage I would definitely say it’s medium coverage. You can definitely build on it, but even after a second layer it won’t be full coverage so it won’t cover any dark marks. As you can see from my swatch, after two layers had dried it did a good job at covering my blue veins but they were still showing through ever so slightly but I like to think I can get away with using this foundation without a concealer. The foundation is very easy to blend and doesn’t streak easily so it’s ok to use with a foundation brush. If you are ok with this coverage (which I am for an every day basis) the formula is great. It dries dewy which means no dry flaking by the end of the day and it has a no mask effect. I do find however that on warm days I need to set it with powder otherwise it just melts off. The foundation washes off fairly easily with water and doesn’t take too much scrubbing to get off.
The foundation has no SPF however I did find that it can sometimes have a grey/ashy effect after it goes on. Once it’s had some time to settle down though and powdered down the ash effect fades away.
Bourjois boasts that this foundation will give you 16 hours of coverage which is pretty impressive if it was to work. After trialling it out for three months on long work days, I can safely say that the staying power is a little on the limited side. If you’ve got oily or combination skin, you may need to set the foundation, but I can normally get a good 6-7 hours wear before redness or pigmentation starts to peep through. I touch my face a lot throughout the day as well so I guess that doesn’t help but the foundation does transfer easily so for me it’s not the best foundation to wear if I’ve got a long day ahead of me.
Priced at £9.99 for a 30ml bottle, it’s pretty decent. Since I’ve been wearing this on a regular day to day basis, I feel like it’s great value for money. Would I buy this again? Yes definitely and in all honesty it’s given me the boost I needed to venture out a little bit more with high street foundations.