I bought this off ebay in #55 Dark Beige. For reference I am 3w1 Tawny in ELDW, NC35 in Prolongwear, 310 in Revlon CS. I also have very very oily skin with medium acne-scarring and I live in a tropical weather. I bought this mainly because of the great review. The color is a tad too pinkish for my olive asian skin tone. But the color itself is not too dark on me nor too light. After 3-4 minutes of application, it oxidizes and suits my skin tone rather well aside from looking too pink. I have to say, upon application this has got to be the best finishes i have ever seen. It has really beautiful satiny finish and makes my skin almost translucent and glowy and natural. It really made me look radiant. Really love love the finish. It blends seamlessly into the skin and is very lightweight. But the staying power is bad, not 16hrs as it claimed. It lasted about 6 hours with regular (3 times)touch up. This doesnt help control any oilies I have. And this has a light-medium coverage, does not cover acne scars well, but it does even out the skin tone. I'd say that this would probably work best for someone with normal skin or dry skin and with relatively zero to minimal scarring, I'd imagine this could be HG for them. I'd probably wear this when I know I'd be out for less than a few hours and when i have good skin days.
Didn't work for me, made me breakout and even the lightest shade is too dark for my complexion.
I got this foundation as part of a swap as I wanted to test it out before taking the plunge and buying it. Well I'm glad I did! I read great reviews about this foundation both on this website and others and thought it would provide luminosity and radiance to my skin. Because my skin is very dry it can often look quite "flat" and grey, so I need a foundation or a tinted moisturiser that will give my skin a bit of a "lift". As my skin is quite good I don't need a lot of coverage but this foundation did nothing for my skin. It only exacerbated the grey look of my skin and definitely didn't make me look healthy! I was really disappointed with this foundation, particularly because I have liked lots of the other foundations that Bourjois have produced over the years but this one is a bit of a dud for me. I would imagine it would look great on someone with normal or oily skin as it sets quite matte and doesn't have a dewy look about it. Maybe the Healthy Serum Mix might be better for me?
WOAH HOLY GRAIL!!!! I've only been using this foundation for a little over a week, but I am in love with this product and it's the best foundation for this price point I have encountered. The smell is amazing, fruity and pleasantly fresh, which I love because I use witch hazel as a toner and it can be rather unpleasant in smell.
The consistency of this foundation is light, yet provides medium coverage. I still need concealer with this product, but much less than with any other drugstore foundation. It sets to a natural finish, with a little sheen so I use finishing powder of foundation powder over it.
But it gives me a beautiful glow from within and make my skin look radiant! This foundation is very hard to order living in the U.S. but despite that I will continue to purchase this product forever.
I finally got an authentic foundation of this. To read about how a fake one is, look further down in the review.
My skin type is dry and quite sensitive. I don't really flake, but my skin can look tight with the wrong foundation. I have pretty good skin, but a few scars from old pimples, slightly red areas and sometimes blotchy skin.
I'm about a MAC NC15 right now, and have this foundation in 51, which is the lightest shade. The undertone is yellow, but still not quite yellow enough for my very light olive skin, and also a tiny bit too dark. If you really like this foundation, you can always fix the colour with some colour corrector (which of course, you can use to correct other foundations too). Here are some links:
Kett colour corrector:
Coastal Scents colour corrector:
Other options are also Illamasqua's white foundations and Temptu's colour correctors. There's also MAC Face & Body in white, but I don't like its very watery consistency that sheers foundation out too much for my taste, and also, the smell is blah...
The coverage of this is light, but a bit buildable without getting cakey. Actually, both this foundation and the Serum Gel one looks better on me further out in the day - they get a smoother surface. This has a natural glowy finish on me. If you're looking for medium-heavy coverage, you're better off with something else. This looks natural BTW: girls that use foundation themselves (and don't look like they do) didn't think I wore foundation X) I really like a natural look!
I give this only a 4 because its not for my skin type. I think this foundation is more for people with normal skin. People with dry skin are better off with the Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. I also have problems putting this over my moisturiser - it makes this streaky and slow-drying. I usually put my foundation on with my fingers, but for this one I need to use a beauty blender. Because this dries my skin out a little, I NEED a moisturiser. A beauty blender is the only way I can manage to actually put this over my moisturiser without the foundation sliding around. Although it's not for my skin type, I don't want to throw it if I can somehow use it. UPDATE: now I have normal skin and this looks better on me than the serum-gel foundation.
Neither this or the serum-gel foundation clog my pores, but this does break me out a little if I wear it for a couple of weeks, but the problem is solved quite easily just by using a different foundation for a little time. When I take this off before bed I don't see any accentuation of my redness or blotchiness. This does have perfume in it, which some people may not like.
This doesn't last on me as well as I'd like - the Serum Gel lasts longer. UPDATE: on normal skin, this lasts longer than the serum gel.
I suspect it's because this if more for a normal skin type. And also I think this would last longer without moisturiser under, but as said: I need it. To blot with a paper tissue can prolong wear time. To press some powder over it then dust excess off with a brush, may help too.
Would I recommend this? Yes. I you have normal skin that's yellow toned and you want a foundation that looks natural and you have pretty clear skin than needs no more than medium coverage: go for it! It's cheep compared with many other foundations and it has a nice finish. You really WILL look healthy! And: the Healthy Mix AND Serum Gel foundations are to me comparable with high end makeup... and I have a lot of it :]
HOW A FAKE BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION IS:
I spoke with a reviewer here that also got a fake foundation off ebay. It IS possible to get the real deal there, but you should ask the seller if it's authentic. If you find out that a product you bought isn't authentic, you should open a case through PayPal. It is really simple, but it means you HAVE TO use PayPal when you pay for your item!
My fake foundation:
- smelt like the type of non-toxic glue one has in kindergartens, while the real should smell something between raspberry/peach/litchi - nice, fruity smell
- the colour was kinda right, but it had a slightly greyish/too pink undertone - the real one isn't even a tiny bit greyish and clearly yellow
- you can screw the pump off - look out for this! It shouldn't be possible to open this foundation!! This is a sure sign of it being fake!
- had a very siliconey feel and didn't set - the real foundation isn't slippery. Some say it's like Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua in consistency, but I don't agree - it's not as slippery as VA
- I felt the fake one on my skin very well - the real one is much lighter, although some may be able to feel it. Then you may thy the Serum Gel one
- expiery dates are copied,so there's no point checking them. Site for checking expiration dates by batch code (on bottom of foundation, 4 digits): http://checkcosmetic.net/
- the packaging is very similar to the real one, so even if you have a real and fake standing side by side, you may not see any difference
BTW: I have had about 30 foundations till now and I have some reviews up for foundations, although there are many more to review. Click my use name, go to my reviews and choose "foundations" as category to sort them out :) Your're free to ask me questions if you want :]
Easy to use pump. This foundation smells so good! Even and natural coverage. Lasts all day for me (set with MAC MSFN). My favourite foundation I've tried so far. Widely available and always on offer ( check boots and super drug). Ive applied this product with my fingers, a stippling brush and a foundation brush and this product works well with any technique.
Love this product. I was first introduced to it by my friend Sara who reviewed it herself on her blog she was literally raving about it so I thought "Why not?" I went into my local boots and picked up shade 51. I was starting college and knew I wasn't wanting to look like I'd put too much effort so this is perfect! If you use a stippling brush it works wonders as well as adding a bit of powder to keep it in place. I'm at college for about 5-7 hours a day so I thought I'd put it to the test:
- Light to medium coverage
- Good packaging
- My exact colour for my skin
-Doesn't look too 'put loads of foundation on' it looks natural
- I would say I'd have to re-aply only once through out the day, just to touch up
Apart from that it's fine! Definitely buying it again!!
-Very natural looking, you can't see it sitting on the skin
-The finish isn't too matte or too dewy
-Light to medium coverage
-Not too expensive
-Hygienic packaging- plastic bottle with a pump.
-Gets shiny easily. I don't particularly have oily skin but after a few hours I feel my face a bit greasy, especially the forehead.
-The colours tend to be yellowy based. I couldn't find shade 51, i got shade 52 and it's a bit too yellow and dark for me (not a big problem when blended, but that makes it lose some of the coverage).
I don't think I'd buy it again, simply because the market has a wide variety of foundations to find my perfect match :)
I love this foundation. Since I'm very pale, it has always been hard for me to find a product that wouldn't make me look like I was trying to move into the Jersey Shore house. But then I found this! The lightest shade is pretty much exactly my skin color. I have very sensitive skin as well, and usually I only use high-end products to make sure it doesn't break out - Healthy Mix Foundation does agree with my skin. I also love the scent, it's very subtle and fruity.
The coverage is just right for me (I have relatively clear skin with a few spots that are prone to redness). The foundation is not particularly matting, though; you'll definitely have to set it with transculent powder. Once you've done that, it lasts and lasts and lasts!
I'd definitely buy this product again, but the drug store that stocked Bourjois Makeup recently dropped the brand from their product range. Boo! What a bunch of sh*tburgers! I stocked up on Healthy Mix Foundation, though.
I can definitely recommend it to everyone who doesn't want to spend a buttload of money on foundation - the quality is fantastic!
- Lovely natural finish
- Decent staying power
- It's my EXACT colour <3 (pale/light yellow toned - quite hard to come by)
- The scent is nice (apricots)
- 1 word: PUMP!
- Light-ish coverage, but can be layered I suppose...
- The scent can be very irritating on sensitive skin, acne and near the eye area
- A little does NOT go a long way - I need 1.5 - 2 pumps to get nice coverage
ALAS, I will be stocking up on this stuff from online cause' the price is phenomenal and it's my exact colour, can't complain too much... for now it's my HG foundation :)