I thought to buy slightly cheaper foundation before I go crazy with my wedding makeup shopping. I normally like Bourjois foundations, but this one is a disappointment.
As always I bought the lightest shade and to my horror it turned so dark on my face that it looked like I bought £2 foundation on the market.
There are however few good points to this foundation:
1. Great application - used with Real Techniques brush
2. Blends in well
3. Stays on my skin for a very long time- it doesn't look cakey or creases, etc
Sheer coverage, no need to apply any moisturisers- it's feels lovely on my skins, but over a moisturiser it builds up over skin and leaves little lumps of the product- not nice.
I could put up with that, but the colours aren't good. I might leave it for my holiday though as I think it will work when my skin gets a bit of colour- in the office under artificial lights and smart shirt- a big NO NO!
I love the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, my HG, so I thought I would give the Happy Light a go when I ran out. I ordered off ASOS and got it in shade 50 Porcelain (I'm a 52 Vanilla in the Healthy Mix) as I read these shades run dark. It's a perfect match, probably even more so then my HM as it's slightly less yellow toned. The consistency is a lot thinner than HM, very easy to blend out and although I have seen reviews stating it's less coverage, on me it was pretty much the same - a light/medium buildable coverage. It feels nice on my skin and not heavy, although I myself can't tell if it's any more luminous or light reflecting then any other foundation. I love Bourjois foundations because they look like a second skin and this was no different. A great foundation, I'm slightly more inclined to grab this nowadays!
Oh my goodness, I have finally found my holy grail foundation. I usually swear by Josie Maran's matchmaking liquid foundation due to argan oil and light application, but this baby is also terrific.
I just wish and hope Bourjois will come back to the states (!!!). I read so many reviews on this product and after hearing so many people loving this I went ahead and purchased it through ASOS. For a reference, I am about NC 20 without tanning and NC 25 in the Summer or after fake tan. The color "Porcelain" (#50) was a PERFECT match.
Now, of course the down side is that this foundation runs too dark and will only fit ladies with yellow/olive skin tones. I guess if you have a neutral undertone you may get away with Porcelain shade, but you'll just have to try it I guess. It does not appear orange on my face at all, but I can detect a "kissed by the sun" glow (if that makes sense).
Now to the good:
It is so so sooo nice on the skin. If Bourjois owns Chanel, I can see why their skin products are so similar (and what a price difference!). It is very light weight and light coverage. If you wear it over a primer, you'll be able to build the coverage to medium, but it may look a bit cakey. I ordered the Happy Light matte and luminous primers so I will have to update after trying all three products together, but currently I apply this foudantion over Tarte's BB cream primer and it helps the oil control.
I personally do NOT like meadium or heavy coverage foundations for daytime wear and am still yet to find my favorite BB or CC cream (I love the Dior one, but right now it's way too orange on me).
This foundation provides the perfect finish for my taste and glides on the face so effortlessly. It does not look matte or shiny, or even very dewy, I'd describe it more "satin" perhaps.
I have combo skin with an oily t-zone, so yes I have to take care of that issue. Luckily, I am currently using Paula's Choice products for combo skin and they balance it out. So, the foundation does not make me oily at all. However, I do set it with a powder and touch up with MAC's blotting powder on the T-zone during the day (only once).
And I usually don't stare at myself in the mirror for an extended periods of time during the day but with this foundation on I just can't help but notice how NICE my skin looks!
i used to own Bourjois 10 hrs sleep effect and was also pretty pleased with the healthy mix sample and , therefore, allowed myself an impulse buy although i usually am more careful with my money:)
pros- very easy to apply just like all bourjois foundations, absorbs quickly, very convenient packaging
cons (at least for me)- colors are too dark, i have light beige and it gives some sort of fake tan impression! perhaps it will be handy in the summer but for now it's waaaaay to dark. I wish bourjois somehow mentioned it on the bottle that healthy glow is actually a healthy BEACH glow:)
coverage is medium which could have been ok if it wasn't for redness on my cheeks which doesn't go together with the tan effect
it contains alcohol so feels a bit drying in the beginning
I WROTE ALL THAT WHEN I FIRST TRIED IT ON; COUPLE HOURS LATERS I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT
- the color somehow fuses with a skin a bit and albeit it DOES have a tendency to be a bit on the darker side, it doesn't give an overall fake tan impression
-it lasts a good several hours and almost doesn't give me the detestable shine in my T-zone
-no breakouts so far, easy to remove
perhaps, i can give it an extra half-star:)
I use this with the happy light matte primer (I also reviewed this) and the foundation did not disappoint I have combination skin and found this to have a really nice dewy finish, with the primer it stays all day, the packaging is great and it smells brill too. I bought the shade 52 which really matches my skin. I only use 1 and a half pumps to cover my face and to date is my fave foundation :)
today i purchased the bourjis happy light foundation in #55 as its summer and i needed a foundation a little darker than usual.after painstakingly trying different shades the sales assistant and i agreed that the happy light suited my complexion better than the healthy mix serum i originally was going to buy.it blends very well and leaves a nice satin finish-its not cakey but i was expecting it to be a bit more dewy than it was.it does give my skin the "glow" that i was looking for-moreso outside in the sun without being glittery.it does have a fruity scent on application but (which isnt offensive imo) that doesnt last.i love the packaging a pump is always a plus!as for the price i thought was preety fair as i got it for $25 instead of $32 on sale.i have normal/combination skin so i found it has lasted well all day but im sure how it would hold up in hot weather or on oily skin.im still looking for my HG foundation and until i do i will be using this! it will be a good everyday light to moderate foundation - provided i dont breakout!
Quite happy with this foundation, usually use Estee Lauder Doublewear but find my face looks white in photo's. However with Happy Light my skin looks amazing in photo's. I've been using it with the Happy Light matte Primer, as I have oily skin in places, and it tends to be a bit patchy/flaky when buffed in with a brush. I'm guessing it's the primer so will try without the primer. I would say the colours are more for yellow toned skin. Would buy again but want to try the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation to compare.
I loooove love love this foundation. This is my first foundation from Bourjois and I'm already a fan. It leaves a dewy to sation finish, i guess it depends on your skin.
It makes me look glowing and healthy.
very easy to blend and light to medium coverage. No caking!
I really love this foundation because it looks so natural on me and makes my skin feel all soft (Which is probably because of all the silicones).
I was curious to get this new Bourjois foundation and I took my chance to try it in a drugstore. I am happy I did as I discovered that I need the palest available shade in 50 instead of going with my regular 52 or 51 in other foundations from the brand.
When one goes for light reflection (I believe that's what Happy Light stands for) she/he should embrace the fact that the correction is created by rather special lighting than coverage. I found this product very similar in effect to the famous YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation which I also love. The light flows around the skin in the way that it distracts attention from any imperfections while the foundation does not hide them under heavy layer. When applied it melts into the skin giving way to its natural texture which is key in natural daytime makeup.
It says on quite well but I haven't tested it in warmer weather. I sometimes can skip setting powder with it and it never leaves my face earlier than with the powder. Happy Light does not cling to dry patches and smooths them well. It is nor moisturizing neither particularly drying. I always use regular moisturizer underneath. Looks great in natural daylight and indoors.
I would recommend considering light reflection as the most prominent quality of this foundation. It helps to enliven the skin with a little coverage but stays on so well. To avoid disappointment and another bad review here please think of the qualities in your foundation that are most important for your skin type.
This sould qualify under the bronzer/fake tan products and should not be marketed as a foundation....it is that simple really.
The colors all mimick a tan glow. I think that's the reason they called it happy light....if you expected a luminous version of your skin (like me)...no no no...."happy light" goes for " you have spent way too many hours enjoying yourself out in the sun without sunscreen and magically you did not burn, but instead got a golden (orange?) tan"....that's about it... Thankfully I only tested samples, but even the palest one (no 50) had that "tan" effect on me, even if I wear 53 in Healthy Mix (which is a fantastic foundation, btw).
So this was a huge fail for me as a foundation.....as bronzer perhaps? Maybe yes, if you like liquid bronzers....