High-end foundation at the High Street price?

by Juliette

Hello everyone.

I’m writing a review today, a review on a Bourjois foundation, it’s a little unusual for me as I don’t tend to buy high street products. In fact, I’ve always used high-end cosmetics and never really thought of buying drugstore products instead (especially not foundation) until a few friends of mine suggested that I  review some drugstore products as many many women use those. After researching what ‘cheaper‘ product was worth trying, I picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum because Nicola of Pixiwoo uses it in many of her makeup tutorials.

The product comes in a plastic bottle and has a red transparent lid. I wasn’t impressed with the packaging but the dispensing pump did make up for the poor presentation, it’s always nicer than having to pour the product out.

This foundation only comes in five shades : 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56. It’s a shame there isn’t a wider range of colour but if that wasn’t enough, all these shades have a yellow undertone so I can’t see it work for ladies with pink undertone. I tend to go for shades that have very yellow undertone so I didn’t have issue with this, I just needed to get the right shade. Finding the right shade of foundation in a drugstore can be a nightmare; most samples have been there for ages and the colours have oxidized, the lighting is terrible forcing you to go outside to see the true colour, not a good experience… I stared at the shades for ages and originally bought 55 only to exchange it for a 53 the next day. I suppose I should have read the reviews where it’s explained that the shade 53 suits NC25-NC30 skin tones… I’m glad I went for 53 in the end, it goes on a bit too light but changes into a pretty good match for me as it oxidizes.

The foundation itself has a nice consistency, you can see that the foundation isn’t runny on the photograph below, it’s actually quite thick without being sticky.

I use a Sigma F60 or a Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush to apply it and it blends very well with both. This foundation can be used as a very sheer layer but it is build-able and you can get a very nice medium coverage. I suppose a full coverage is achievable but I don’t think it’ll look as good. The finish is very natural, a little dewy at the beginning then goes into a more semi-matte finish, it suits my dry skin very well.

When it comes to staying power, it did pretty well, I think I’ve worn it for up to eight hours and it didn’t look bad at all. I’m not sure how it would work on oily skin though I’ve got a feeling it might not stay as long.

See the foundation totally blended into the skin below. It is hardly noticeable and has a good coverage, the veins on my wrist have almost disappeared.

One last thing to note is that this foundation has a very heavy floral fragrance to it, it is so heavy, I would wonder what was the scent I could smell as I was walking down the street on the first and second day. If you don’t like your foundation to have any fragrance then this isn’t one for you.

Overall I really like this foundation, I’ve worn it for several days in a row, it hasn’t broken my skin out or irritated it. I actually still use it a couple of times a week and will definitely repurchase when/if I run out of it.

If you need more convincing, maybe you’d like to know that Bourjois and CHANEL are actually the same company, so this Bourjois foundation could very well be a high-end product sold at a high street price tag… This product has been compared to the famous CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua foundation after all!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is available at Boots and Superdrug for £10.99.

Let me know what you think of this foundation. And maybe you could recommend more drugstore products?