Average Rating 4.2/5
Review by yum_yum
I hope this review helps those with skin tones similar to mine. I listed shades/brands that suit me, for reference (lighter shades = Winter, darker shades = Summer, a mix = in between seasons) and info about my age/skin type before giving the verdict on shades 55, 56 and 58. My usual colours: MAC Face and Body C4/C5 (my favourite, perfect match, HG!), Studiofix Powder C40 (NC foundations are too yellow). Bobbi Brown Warm Natural 4.5/ Honey 5 (Luminous Moisturising, Foundation Stick, Concealer, Oil-free Even Finish Compact, Oil Free Liquid). Both 4.5 and 5 are *very* warm and better for concealing / a brightening effect. Prescriptives Virtual Skin Level 4 Warm Tawny / Tawny (only in summer - Liquid, AnyWear) RCMA Color Process is Shinto 2 / 3. Ben Nye Creme P-12 Japanese / P-125 Tan Au Lait. Laura Mercier Foundation Powder No.5 (only in winter). Main Setting Powders: MAC Select Sheer NC40 loose / compact, Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Medium Plus / Medium Dark. Studio Careblend Medium Plus / Medium Dark. Skin-type: Dry/ pimple prone skin (age 37) No obvious lines Very clear because of retinoids. No need for heavy coverage. Some darkness under eyes, easily fixed with a touch of concealer Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum: Worn with no SPF & no setting powder. Shades tried: 55 Beige Fonce, 56 Hale Clair, 58 Hale Fonce Coverage of all is medium / high on my skin. (Concealer not required) Highly pigmented for an affordable brand Feels nice on my dry skin Lightweight but nice finish (in texture) Lasts well Verdict on colours: 55: Much too light / ashy. Gives my skin a grey cast and is chalky pink. Makes me look 'bloodless'. 56: The best of the three. But still not yellow enough and therefore somewhat 'light', slightly grey and rather flat. 58: Very brown with ruddy undertones -- my husband says: "It looks like brown paint". My main issue: the sampled shades all make me look flat and lifeless. This is not an issue with foundations with more yellow tones. However -- too much yellow (MAC NC foundations) makes me orange. Hence I'd say my skin is on the warm side of neutral as opposed to the cooler side of neutral, if that makes sense. Someone who is roughly my colour but with a slightly cooler undertone (but less cool than NW 'cool') may possibly like the 56 Hale Clair. Pros: Lovely quality for the price Great coverage (imo) The closest match I have ever found in this price range (£10.99 for 30ml). Clear skin will require only a tiny amount for a beautiful, satin, non-drying finish. Doesn't irritate my sensitive skin Cons & why I would not purchase for myself & reason for 1 lippie rating: Colour match is not right. Satin finish rather than dewy Too much coverage (for my needs) Hard to sheer out -- even my heavy professional creams are easier to manipulate because they don't 'set' as fast. That said -- if you find a colour match, do try Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum because, all things considered, it's a good product.