12.14.2011

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation.

Bourjois is a brand that makes me want to jump for joy and cry at the same time. Why? Because they make so many nice products but they're not readily available in the States and  to be quite honest, it's freakin' annoying. Anyhoo, rant over. Let's start the review ;)


I'm lucky enough to be the proud owner of the bottle of Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation you see above only because my beloved friend, Jessica, offered to purchase a bottle for me when she was honeymooning in France a few months ago. LOVE HER! To be perfectly honest, I wasn't even aware of the foundation's existence prior to her offer. I love my blogging girls because they keep me in the know ;)


I have shade #53, and I'd say it's about an NC25 equivalent. Sadly, I'm quite the ghost at the moment, so it's actually a bit too dark for me but I still use it anyway :) Gasp! 

What I love most about this foundation is that it does exactly what it claims:

- Instant blending? It's blends with ease whether you use a brush or your fingers. I like to use my Sigma F80. And in case you're wondering, I use about one and a half pumps per application.

- Flawless complexion? Well...this one kinda depends on how "flawed" your complexion was to begin with, doesn't it? But, yes, it does a fantastic job at evening out your complexion. I find that for me, it's almost enough to even out all of my redness, and I still need to go back in with concealer to cover up any blemishes.

- Undetectable coverage? Yuppers, as long as you apply it well. I mean, if you don't blend it out at the edges, it's going to be detectable, obviously!

- Light coverage? I'd say it's more in the light to medium range. Compared to my beloved MUFE Face & Body Foundation (I consider that one light to light/medium coverage), Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum has a bit more coverage but still not quite solid, medium coverage.

- Semi-matte finish? Yes. I've heard some people refer to it as a slightly dewy foundation, but to me, that's kind of the same as slightly matte, no? I tend to think of foundation finishes as being either dewy, matte, or simply a variation of something in between :) Since I have oily skin, I always powder over my foundation, and this one is no exception.

Other points worth mentioning:
- It has a fairly strong rose/floral scent that disappears soon after application. I actually really enjoy the scent but then again, my skin isn't sensitive towards fragranced products. It smells much nicer than MUFE F&B, which smells like grandma makeup.

- It has good, but not great, lasting power. Yes, it does start to kind of wear off a bit and break down on my oily skin after 6-8 hours, but still, not too shabby.

- It does not contain SPF so while it fails to offer any sort of sun protection during the day, it photographs well with flash during nights out.

- Compared to the original Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation: I haven't used the original formula nearly enough to give it a full review (I only have a sample in shade #52), but basically, the two are completely different. The original has more coverage, doesn't blend as easily, lasts longer on the skin, and has a more matte finish.

Pump, pump, pump it up! It comes with a pump. That's all.

Bare skin

With Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation on (no powder or concealer)

I hope this review was helpful if you were curious about Healthy Mix Serum. Bottom line: I would definitely recommend this foundation for all skin types, except maybe for those who are extremely oily (I tend to fall into that category in the summer and as a result, I don't anticipate I'll be able to enjoy this foundation as much then).

Have you tried this foundation and if so, how did you like it?


20 comments:

  1. We Canadians have this easily available in Canada @ Shoppers Drug Mart, I actually have a bottle of this in my "rotation" to try soon so glad to see you gave it a good review :D

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  2. heh i was so looking forward to this review ^^ and i totally agree with your rant -_-" i tried so hard to find this foundation and gave up cuz it's seriously impossible to buy if you're not in europe/canada -_- at least the regular healthy mix you can get at asos :P i'm curious to see how it compared to the regular healthy mix which i like and i find it funny cuz i actually like to use my F80 to apply with too ^^

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  3. If only this was more readily available for those of us in the states. =[ Love the finish on you though~ lovely!

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  4. Oh wow I was reading your description like Ohhhh it won't work for me but your skin looks so natural! Tiffany stop enabling me so much! :P

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  5. thanks for the review ! iam currently loving the regular healthy mix and i've just reviwed it , i'll try to get my hands on this one too
    xoxo

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  6. I love bourjois foundations, I haven't tried this one but their others are good :)

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  7. i love your foundation reviews because my skin is extremely oily so i trust your point of view!which one has better staying power?MUFE F&B or Bourjois? it's nice to see your posts again!!

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  8. This looks so nice on you! *immediately runs to ASOS to see if they have it* 

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  9. Seems to be a nice foundation! But I don't like any liquid foundations, I'm always using mousse foundation~
    You look beautiful without make-up!!

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  10. Luckily living in england this foundation is readily available for me, and thanks god as..... its my go to foundation now!! I love it for day time wear, I set it with a tiny bit of bare minerals foundation and my boyfriend can't even tell I have make up one!! They should start stocking in the U.S, bourjois products are pretty dam good! Great review by the way!!xxxx

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  11. I was looking at this today in Boots and was really thinking about buying it had there not been a massive queue I would have. So glad to read that you like it, I think I may pop back and get this :). Great review!

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  12. Great review!! I'm such a beginner when it comes to foundation... lol But my sister-in-law gave me a Lancome foundation she got in asia to try out... I'll see how that one works on me!! ^^

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  13. I got this foundation too (thankfully we have it at some drug stores in Canada) and I love it. Perfect for winter - I agree that us oily girls won't be able to use it in the summer but it's quite perfect for the winter months. Love how easy it is to blend, I am also shade 53 and have 52 in the original healthy mix. I don't like the original version as much as the serum!

    Lovely review as always. I love reading your blog! xo

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  14. Thank you so much :) MUFE F&B has much better staying power one me. It lasts all day (12 hours), even on my oily skin. I usually get 6-8 good hours with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, and I have to blot more frequently. Hope that helps!

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  15. This looks fantastic on you!!!!!!!! I love it. I am a foundation whore bag and this has been on my must-get list for awhile now. I need to make a conscious effort to buy it and soon! :) 

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  16. I think this sounds awesome, I'd assumed because of 'serum' in the name that it was geared more toward dry skin. However after your little explanation of the original foundation, I think I want that one more ;]

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  17. i have ordered this foundation and am waiting for the shipment. i have always been curious about it! thanks for the review. =)

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  18. Amazing, will try it soon ;) thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  19. i've never heard of gel foundation before, let alone a gel foundation with serum! sounds very promising. LOL @ your comment about semi matte vs slightly dewy - even as a beauty blogger - i would consider those the same finishes too =)

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  20. Thanks so much, Candice! I actually need to pick up a lighter shade sometime so I can start using it again. It's definitely one of my favorite foundation formulas :)

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