My current favourite everyday foundation is this little beauty from Bourjois. The Healthy Mix Serum Foundation is not to be confused with their Healthy Mix Foundation which is a completely different formula and finish. For my dry, sensitive, maturing skin I decided to try this drugstore foundation after watching the hugely talented Lisa Eldridge recommend it in one of her videos and boy am I so glad I did.
Packaging: I personally love the slimline, durable, plastic tube packaging, its sleek, travel friendly, space friendly and it comes with a pump (still can’t believe all foundation don’t). The pump is very controllable too, you can press for a full pump or half pumps and even less if you need a tiny amount for touch ups really easily. It has a red lid that stays put even when thrown around in my makeup bag.
Ingredients: This foundation is one that feels kind to my skin, it hasn’t broken my skin out which so often happens with a new foundation on me and that could largely be down to the skin friendly ingredients. It mentions on the Bourjois website that it is full of vitamin-rich fruits therapy which includes litchi, goji berries and pomegranates, all nourishing and nutritious for my delicate sensitive skin. There is no SPF so this photographs beautifully.
Formula: Even though its called the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation I wouldn’t exactly call it a serum. The consistency is a slightly runny gel formula, it does feel light in texture but not watery. For me I find it to be a light coverage but one that is very easy to build to medium, one you have lots of time if you do want to build up and one that is certainly not a heavy, thick foundation type. If you want a heavy full coverage this is not for you. If you have more of an Oily skin this is not for you (I would recommend their Healthy Mix Foundation instead of this). However for drier skins, especially in the Winter months this gives a lovely radiance and slight glow to the skin, making my skin look healthy, natural and fresh looking.
Shade 52 – Vanille
Shade Range: One area that does let it down a little is the shade range but it is a drugstore foundation and they do often have more of a limited shade range, however I do find that the shade 52 Vanilla (Vanille) is a surprisingly great match for my pink/beige undertoned skin, infact this is one of the best matched foundations for me, even though I am super pale I actually like to have a tiny bit of colour in my foundation to make me look non-anaemic and well just healthy really. The current colour range is as follows….
51 – Vanilla Clair, 52 – Vanille, 53 – Beige Clair, 54 – Beige Fonce, 55 – Hale Clair, 56 – Hale Fonce
Value for Money: At just currently £10.99 (30ml) in my local Boots Store this is one foundation that is very friendly on my pocket, Boots and Superdrug often have promotions with Bourjouis and of course there is their points schemes too so for me this ticks all the boxes of convenience, purse friendly shopping.
Wearing Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in Shade 52 – Vanille
Thoughts: A bonus for me with this foundation is that I don’t really need to powder, just a light dust to set my under the eye area and round my nose with some of MAC’s Prep and Prime Translucent Powder and that’s it. I love the way it feels on my skin, almost like I am applying a moisturiser, I prefer to apply this with my fingers and to gently use a beauty blender at the end along my t-zone and under-eye area. I also find I can skip concealer with this foundation on good skin days and it works well under my eyes too. It adds a lovely dewy radiance to your skin, looks very natural and doesn’t settle into fine lines. You can layer and build this product to a medium coverage without it looking cakey. Its not the longest lasting foundation but for the price and finish I didn’t really expect it to be, I do find after about 5 hours I need to touch up but on the plus side I find I can touch up without it adding any cakeiness and the slimline packaging means its easy to carry around for touch ups. For me this foundation is an 8/10 it gives quite a few of the really good high-end foundations a run for their money performance wise, not the greatest longevity but you can’t beat the price for value for money – a great everyday lightweight foundation for normal to dry or maturing skin.