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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation


This was one tricky product to get my hands on, but (as is obvious) I did and I couldn't be more pleased. Chances are you've seen one of the many positive reviews of this floating around. I'll elaborate as I go on, but I'll start by stating they were right. This is a pretty fantastic foundation!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation  #52 Vanilla


Aside from having difficulties finding where to purchase this (I got mine from ASOS) I had a bit of trouble knowing which shade would work for me. I typically fall into the second lightest shade or NW20, so I took a chance on #52 Vanilla hoping it would be a useable shade. Luckily the shade turns out to be spot on. I'm not sure if the shades available are as limited everywhere- I tried to check the Bourjois UK site, but my anti-virus keeps registering a threat so I haven't been able to check. If the shades are as limited as it seems, this might be out of the question for darker skinned gals, which is a total shame.

The texture of this foundation is perfect, in my opinion- a medium consistency that feels almost weightless once on. The formula claims to use 'fruit therapy' and specific fruit complexes to mimic skincare properties, specifically apricot for radiance, melon for hydration, apple for anti-oxidants, and ginger for energy. All the 'fruit therapy' might be bogus, but it does give the product a very light, slightly floral-fruity scent. It dissipates quite quickly, but could be bothersome to the super sensitive.

To apply this I use a Sigma F80 that I lightly spray with Avene Thermal Water and I couldn't dream of a better finish. This applies so easily, and blends beautifully. I finish this off with powder, but it really isn't necessary as the finish once dry is so natural; it feels just like your skin, but better. The bottle makes claims of it having 16 hour wear, which I have not tested, but from the 8-10 hours I have worn it, it has stayed remarkably well. Even around my nose, where my glasses sit, it stays on my face (not smeared into the nose curve of my frames.) A most excellent thing.



The comparison above might be helpful for those with a similar colouring to mine. Yes, all of those foundations match me; odd how they all look so different when swatched side by side. Well, the MAC Pro Lonwear is a bit too yellow toned for my liking, but it can be blended out to match. Colour wise, the Bourjois #52 is closest to Revlon ColourStay 180 Sand Beige.

Overall, I am very pleased with this foundation and hopefully will be able to get my hands on more products from the range/brand. Have you tried this? What did you think?


23 comments:

  1. Glad I could help!

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  2. No problem :D

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  3. This was the first foundation I bought and I didn't regret it! I will have to try with the spary of thermal water! Thanks for the tip!

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  4. I recently swatched a bunch of these instore trying to find my perfect shade, then I promptly forgot what my shade was. Judging by your swatches I think I'm a #52 too :) Thanks for the review!

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  5. Great review,I like this foundation too, in my country it's easy to find it,but I can't say the same thing about Maybelline Fit me,which seems to be a very good foundation but in Romania I cand't find it.



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  6. Amazing review! I am a similar skintone, so the swatches are helpful. Funny, because I own NW20 and I find it a tad too orange for my liking, yet NC20 is way too yellow. Seems like I may have good luck with Healthy Mix 52, though!

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  7. Amazing review! I am a similar skintone, so the swatches are helpful. Funny, because I own NW20 and I find it a tad too orange for my liking, yet NC20 is way too yellow. Seems like I may have good luck with Healthy Mix 52, though!

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  8. Following from the Stop, Drop and Blog Hop, I've been dying to try this foundation! SO hard to find in the US though :( Lovely blog!!

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  9. Thanks for the swatches, they were really helpful!

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  10. Great review & i really appreciate you showing other foundations that are similar shades as bourjois 52 as I match that shade perfectly! Very helpful as I can try out one of the other foundations without being matched! x

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    1. You're totally welcome! I had a hard time finding swatches too, so I'm glad to help :D

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  11. Thank you so much for this post! I sent the link to a couple of beauty bloggers, as we don't have Bourjois readily available yet, and your comparison really helps when ordering online.

    Have a super day x

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    1. You're very welcome! I ordered it blind too and it's always a gamble. I know how great it can be to finds comparative swatches.

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  12. Would you say that the shade Vanilla is too pale for someone with a true NC20 skin?
    Also, what is your skin type? Do you think this foundation would suit combo/oily skin?>Thanks!

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  13. Would you say that the shade Vanilla is too pale for someone with a true NC20 skin?
    Also, what is your skin type? Do you think this foundation would suit combo/oily skin?>Thanks!

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    1. No, it's not going to be too pale at all. It's a pretty close match for a true NC20. I have primarily dry skin and always have, so it's hard for me to know how this will wear on that skin type. It's not a really dewy foundation, so I would think when powdered this should wear fine. Hope that helps!

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  14. one quick question, is the yves rocher foundation you reviewed and had in 200 rose beige lighter or darker than the healthy mix 52?:) it would be really helpful to find out :)

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  15. Thanks for the detailed review! I always wanted to try this foundation since everybody's raving about it :)

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  16. I really like the texture of this foundation.Great review!

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  17. how does bourjois compare to nars in terms of skin tone?

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    1. I haven't used either shade for a while as they're both too dark right now, but out of the two NARS Deauville is more yellow toned, but also a little bit lighter while Bourjois Vanilla is a touch darker but a bit more neutral in tone overall.

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  18. One of the best foundations and it has very good price and quality!

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