Friday, 15 April 2016

Brand Focus | Bourjois Foundations

I've mentioned a few times that Bourjois do my favourite drugstore foundations. This has meant that i've tried most of the foundations from their range. I thought I might as well do a big review post on the five i've tried and tell you which are my favourites as well as which are best suited to certain skintypes. 
Brand Focus | Bourjois Foundations
Brand Focus | Bourjois Foundations
Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation - £9.99 for 30ml

  • Packaging - The bottle comes with a pump which is always a bonus when it comes to dispensing the product. It's a glass bottle which is a little weighty but still not too heavy to travel with.
  • Claims - Gives a healthy glow flawless complexion for up to 16 hours for hydrated and luminous skin. 
  • Shade Range - This is the foundation that comes in the most shades, eight which go from pale to medium/dark. There isn't any very pale or very dark shades. I have shade 52 Vanilla. 
  • Application - The foundation feels creamy and applies easily onto the skin. You only need around a pumps worth of product for an application. It blends easily without clinging to any dry patches. 
  • Finish - The finish is very nice. It instantly gives a glow to the skin, has a medium but buildable coverage and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. The wear time is good and I can have this on all day without it looking patchy although there can be some fading where i'm oily. I can get a little shiny in the t-zone but nothing too noticeable. 
  • Best For - All skintypes apart from very oily. It doesn't feel dry on the skin or greasy and would suit most people. 


Brand Focus | Bourjois Foundations
Bourjois Happy Light Foundation - £12.99 for 30ml.

  • Packaging - The packaging is pretty much identical to the healthy mix. It has a pump with coral detail as well as a glass bottle. 
  • Claims - Gives a luminous and flawless complexion in any light. It corrects without masking, light enhancing with 8 hours of hydration.  
  • Shade Range - It comes in five shades which all lean on the fair to medium side. I have shade 50, Porcelain. 
  • Application - This feels like the healthy mix but when you apply it onto the skin you can see that it gives less coverage but does even the skin out. I find it to be a little drier and doesn't give as much of a glow although it does feel light on the skin. 
  • Finish - The finish is more of a no makeup look, however you can build up the coverage. It feels very nice on the skin and does blur any imperfection. As the day goes on it can break down a little and I find I do get oily by the end of the day. 
  • Best For - Normal to combination skin. This is good for natural makeup days where you aren't bothered if your base doesn't look flawless by the end of the day. 

Brand Focus | Bourjois Foundations
Bourjois CC Cream - £9.99 for 30ml.

  • Packaging - This one comes in a plastic tube with a fine point which stops you squeezing out too much product. 
  • Claims - Has 3 colour correction pigments. Apricot for anti fatigue, green for anti redness and white for anti dark spots. It gives a luminous complexion, smooth skin, 24 hour hydration and an SPF 15. 
  • Shade Range - This one has the smallest shade range with only four shades to choose from. All of them are fairly pale; I have shade 31 Ivory. 
  • Application - The product is runny in consistency which means you have to shake it up before applying. It applies easy onto the skin and feels lighter than a foundation. It has surprisingly good coverage and evens out the skin nicely. It looks natural and doesn't really cling to any dry areas or get greasy by the end of the day.  
  • Finish - I wouldn't say it's hydrating as it claims however it feels nice on the skin and can quickly be applied and looks pretty great by the end of the day with only slight fading and oil in the t-zone. 
  • Best For - Normal or combination skin. If you have very dry skin you might find it clings a little but applying with a damp sponge will help avoid that. 

Brand Focus | Bourjois Foundations
Bourjois Air Mat Foundation - £9.99 for 30ml

  • Packaging - It comes in a thin tube. Out of all the packaging their foundations come in this is the most travel friendly as it is slim whilst giving the same amount of product. 
  • Claims - Light as air giving the perfect coverage and a flawless complexion. Enriched with mattifying powders it eliminates shine with a no mask effect lasting 24 hours. It has an SPF 10. 
  • Shade Range - This comes in five shades which lean to the light to medium side. I have the shade 01 Rose Ivory; the lightest shade. 
  • Application - You can tell this is a matt foundation as it feels drier when you apply it. For me I find a damp sponge and a small amount of product can give a nice, flawless finish. If you apply too much it can look a little cakey and cling to dry areas. If you don't it gives a nice coverage without looking heavy. 
  • Finish - The finish is definitely matt but it still as a natural look when on the skin. The wear time is could and it stays in place for most of the day without looking shiny. 
  • Best For - Oily to combination skin. If you have dry areas it will cling to it and may look a little flaky. 

Brand Focus | Bourjois Foundations
Bourjois City Radiance Foundation - £9.99 for 30ml

  • Packaging - This also comes in a slim tube which dispenses the product well whilst being travel friendly. The pink, matt packaging looks lovely and surprisingly has stayed clean easily. 
  • Claims - Skin perfecting with a brightening effect whilst giving a fresh and even complexion. It has an anti pollution screen, SPF 30 and radiance boosting pigments. 
  • Shade Range - The shade range again doesn't have many options for someone with a darker skintone but does have six shades to choose from. I have shade 02 Vanilla. 
  • Application - The application is very nice. It blends easily onto the skin and can be built up to a medium coverage. It evens out the skin well whilst feeling light and smooth on the skin. 
  • Finish - It does leave a glow to the skin so I set it with powder. I don't find I get shiny if I do this, however it does break down an little on my chin and around the nose. It does however look very natural on the skin and will be a great Summer option as it is very comfortable to wear whilst having that sun protection. 
  • Best For - Most skintypes apart from very oily or dry. If you like a light, everyday and natural looking foundation this is a nice option. 

Brand Focus | Bourjois Foundations
Brand Focus | Bourjois Foundations
Healthy Mix, Happy Light, CC Cream, Air Mat, Radiance Reveal 
So that's all the foundations. I'll also mention the Healthy Mix Serum foundation which I don't have at the moment which is also very pleasant and a great option for dry skin as it doesn't cling to dry patches and feels like a serum on the skin; it's a favourite of mine in the Winter. I think Bourjois do a really good range of foundations, all of which are nice to use. The only downside can be the shade range but if you can find a colour to match they're well worth trying. My favourite from the lot is probably the original Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix as it is a great all in one option that ticks all the boxes. 

I hope this post is helpful if you're struggling to decide which foundation to try. There is another two which I haven't tried but no doubt will at some point. What is your favourite Bourjois foundation?

1 comment:

  1. I've used many Bourjois products but never their foundations. I'm one of those people that when I find a foundation I really like I tend to stick to it x

    Liz ~ Dreaming of Diamonds

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