HANDS UP! Who could not help but find themselves running out to get a bottle of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation after watching Lisa Eldridge’s video on how to create a flawless foundation finish?
When I first watched that video, I was like ‘WOW! This must be the best foundation in the world!', then on second thoughts, 'Meh, must be one of those sponsored products… that’s why she’s saying all these nice stuff’. But as the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation got utilized in many of her other videos, coupled with some research done on my own, it seemed the consensus that it’s a must-have drugstore foundation!
I wanted to wait for a sale, as I felt I had more than enough foundation to see me through for a long time, and so... buying another foundation at a sale would help to reduce the guilt of owning one too many. No? *grins*
The 30% off Singapore Tampines BHG sale came at the right time and the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation was one of the two Bourjois foundations I purchased. I reviewed the Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation earlier.
Great Match For Skin With Yellow Undertone
Even though the ‘auntie’ (it's how we address any older woman in Singapore) was just a promoter at the Bourjois counter, and not a qualified MUA, I was glad she recommended the right foundation shade for me. Some promoters are rather hopeless, they’ll just pour a big glob of foundation on your hand, spread it the length of your arm and say “This also can, that also can. Up to you”. Grrrr.
While the Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation 52 goes on slightly pink on my skin, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 is a perfect match for my MAC NC20-25 skin tone.
I’m surprised a European makeup brand, and despite complaints that the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation has limited range of shades, can produce a foundation shade that is so suitable for Asian skin, which typically has yellow undertones.
You can see the Healthy Mix Foundation is more yellow and it fits me to a T!
Oh, recently a friend commented that I look like Little Miss Sunshine:
Plastic Bottle With A Pump
All foundations, or for that matter, all products in liquid or gel form, should come with a pump. Seriously, it’s so hygienic and much easier to get product out!
I like that the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation comes in a fuss-free, light, plastic bottle, which makes it safe for travel and does not take up unnecessary space or weight.
Light to Medium Coverage Foundation
The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation might not be ideal for those with severe skin pigmentation or acne scars as its sheer coverage really does not cover much. It does well with minor imperfections and evening out skin tone, but to cover my acne and discoloration, I use a separate concealer.
Currently, I am using the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation, a concealer highly recommended by - you guessed it - Lisa Eldridge!
Easy To Blend And Build
The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation has a more liquid consistency than the Flower Perfection Foundation and takes slightly longer to dry. Actually, on my skin, it does not dry out at all. It stays at most dewy. You think dewy is good? Read on.
But before I go into that, this foundation is very easy to apply and blend with fingers, quite unlike the MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, which manages a smooth canvas only with the use of a foundation brush. I, of course, still prefer to use the Sigma F80 Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush to apply liquid foundation.
I find that I need 2 pumps of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation instead of the usual 1 pump from other foundations. Its runny consistency and sheer coverage are most probably the reasons why.
A single layer usually provides insufficient coverage for mere mortals like us who struggle with all kinds of blemishes on the skin, so rejoice in the fact that if you’d like one more layer of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, the finish will still be smooth and not cakey or pastey.
Be Careful If You Have Oily Skin!
As mentioned, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation dries looking like I look positively healthy and radiant. It’s the perfect dewy finish any woman would love to sport on her skin.
Must be the ingredients contained - apricot for radiance, melon for hydration, apple for anti oxidant and ginger for energy.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation ingredients:
However, that dewy finish turns into oily mayhem by mid-day if I didn’t set it with a powder. I do have to use setting powder on my oily skin for any liquid foundation I use, but the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation tends to oil up more.
Also, the amount of oil churned out and absorbed by an oil-blotting sheet by 3pm is horrendous.
Contrary to what reviews say, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation does not particularly feel lightweight on my skin. No, not at all. It doesn’t feel heavy either though, but I just know it’s there because of the speed at which my skin is reacting to the foundation (oxidizing) and cooking up an oil storm.
If you have oily skin like mine, here are some comparisons with other liquid foundations:
Slightly oilier than Stage Photo Pro Foundation
Oilier than Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation
Much less oily than Lancôme Maqui Blanc Miracle Foundation
For oily skin, remember to set this foundation with a face powder (I use MAC Blot Powder in Light) and bring blotting sheets along in your bag! I blot just once a day and it’s enough to remove the shine and oil from my face with the use of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.
Be Careful If You Have Dry Skin!
I thought a foundation this moisturizing would do well for those with dry skin. Imagine my bewilderment when I read plenty of reviews saying that the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is not moisturizing for dry skin at all!
Common issues with this moisturizer are that it blends horribly on dry skin, leaves patches of foundation behind, exposes dry areas, accentuates flakes on the skin, and one must apply loads of moisturizer first otherwise this foundation would cling onto the skin and does so not in a good way.
Of course there are those with dry skin who love this foundation for its moisturizing texture and ability to maintain a dewy finish throughout the day.
Anyone with dry skin who has had experience with this foundation?
My guess is that if you have dry skin, it most probably would dry matte; if you have oily skin, it would drydewy; if you’re in between, a semi-matte finish would be likely.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation VS Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
After watching Lisa Eldridge’s video, I was bent on getting the Healthy Mix Foundation. But I found out that there is a similar foundation called the Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation, which has received rather good ratings too.
I don’t own the Serum Gel Foundation, but I garner from reviews that it provides even less coverage than the Healthy Mix Foundation. The Bourjois promoter also told me that.
I need higher coverage, always, for those days when I don't have time to apply concealer, I'd hope a foundation can cover as many blemishes as possible.
I love the great shade match I have with Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation; I only hope it would be less oil-inducing though.
Bun Bun rates the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation:
Have you found the perfect foundation shade match with any foundation? Do you use powder to control oil on the face?