Good Foundations: Bourjois Healthy Mix

By | March 22 2010 | 12 Comments

We previewed Bourjois’ new Healthy Mix foundation and concealer a while back and then a fruit bowl containing ginger, melons and apples arrived to my office a few weeks ago. Nestled inside were two shades of the base and a concealer, along with the official word on the new products. Once I’d gnawed down on a slice of melon or three, I set to work. The peachy, apricot-shaded foundation in Light Vanilla proved to be a good pick for me (as a guideline, I’m a Mac NW15 and would normally go for something a little cooler toned) and the concealer in medium radiance did the trick too, shade-wise.

Bourjois make some big claims for these products: 16 hours wear with eight hours moisturisation is promised, along with a good-for-you component in the form of fruit ingredients.  Do they deliver?

I have to say, the foundation is great. It’s a no-nonsense, slap-it-on-and-forget-about-it base that’s working well for me for daytime. It doesn’t have sparkles, spangles or anything madly fancy and technological in it (it was what I used for the foundation brush how-to, so you can see the finish and texture on that post), but it does give medium coverage and lasts well on my dry skin, without making it flake or feel tight.

Lots comes back off on my Eve Lom muslin cloth at the end of the day, so it is staying put.  Really, this does what it says it will, and there’s no more to be said. I’d mark this down as a good basic foundation that a lot of women with normal-to-dry skin will find does the job for them. €15.99 is the reasonable damage, and it comes in eight shades.

What about the concealer?

This is ok. I like the tube – it’s easy to squeeze a blob onto the back of the hand for application with a brush, or fingers. The packaging is hygenic and the consistency is somewhere between the fluidity of Touche Eclat and the creaminess of Bobbi Brown’s creamy concealer.

Out of preference, I will always go for a cream product  – I just like ‘em. So this is quite thick, but not quite thick enough for me. I usually use concealer around the eye area, brushing it, and patting it into place, over the shadows by the nose and to the outer corner of the eye. If you have very dark circles to conceal then this won’t really be up to it. It would be better used elsewhere on the face – maybe a little on cheeks to mask redness or around the nose where skin can often also be redder. But it has good longevity, doesn’t dry out the delicate around the eyes, and all-in-all isn’t a bad little product for the €9.99 price tag.

So, that’s me – have you tried either product? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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12 Replies to "Good Foundations: Bourjois Healthy Mix"

  • alchemystee says:

    I bought this in Boots when it was on special offer last week. I really, really like it! I have combo skin and it stays put for most of the day with a bit of powder, and doesn’t slide off as quickly as some more expensive brands I know. The smell helps too! :)

    Out of curiosity, has anyone tried the new UD Surreal Skin cream to powder compact? I love compacts, and the packaging on this one is wicked. :)

  • marquise says:

    I bought the foundation last week and so far, so good. It’s not bad at all on my dry skin. I LOVE the smell of it. I am a bit sceptical of their 16 hour claim and I don’t think it lasts as long as my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light but it’s pretty good for the price.

    Also, they have it on special in Boots at the moment – it’s €12.99 at the moment! :)

  • Dawn says:

    This what I posted up on the Blather this morning about the Bourjois foundation and concealer:

    I bought the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and concealer in the lightest shade (51) yesterday. The concealer is absolutely luverly and actually manages to cover up my dark circles. It dries really quickly though which doesn’t allow for much time for blending it in.

    I haven’t worn liquid foundation for a long time, having been converted to Urban Decay’s mineral powder foundation last year, but I felt that my skin needed some more coverage for nights out. After wearing it for six hours yesterday, I think that it is fantastic. It’s certainly better than the other Bourjois liquid foundations that I have tried- smells lovely too. My skin looked really moisturised and dewy yesterday, and it went on so well with a foundation brush.

    I’ll stick to my mineral powder foundation for college and more casual looks but for nights out and for work, I think I’ll switch over to liquid foundation again.

  • littlesis says:

    I am a BIG bourjois fan when it comes to dew foundations. i found their 8hour sleep one to be great. I will definitely by trying this baby out!

  • Sunshine says:

    I think cream concealers in a little pot are the best for concealing undereye circles. Liquid concealers always wear off after a couple of hours even I powder over them. And no matter how carefully I apply it, a little always gets into the tear duct – yuck.

    I used Laura Mercier Secret Concealer under my eyes, covers everything. Powder over it with Secret Brightening Powder and it stays put all day!

    Has anyine tried her new Under Eye Perfecter?

  • Hermione says:

    Oooh, am very tempted to try these out now!

  • Catriona says:

    I absolutely adore this…I normally use the 8 hour sleep effect, but they were sold out of my normal shade in Boots so I went for this. I love Bourjois foundation in general and find it be absolutely perfect for my skin…will most definitely be buying this again. :)

  • fifibelle says:

    Have the concealer, love it, I find it great for redness particularly. Smells quite nice too

  • Aisling H says:

    does it have good coverage?! with a face like mine with spots all over the T zone i actually have to pile on the make up!

  • Kirstie says:

    Aisling – I’d say medium, but on the daycent side of medium! If you’ve very oily skin I dunno how good an option it’d be – Clarins’ new everlasting foundation might be a better bet:

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