68% would repurchase
on 6/14/2018 9:23:00 PM
More reviews by rsg5062
This concealer isn't great at covering blemishes or marks, but is good for illuminating the undereye area. My dark circles are really bad, they're almost purple. Used alone this won't cover them, but used over a peach colour corrector it does - with the added benefit of a subtle reflective glow. It's yellow-based in tone, helping to cancel out some of the blue tones too. I like how it isn't super reflective or shiny though, just a hint of it which makes it look more natural overall IMO.When set with powder it lasts well enough although I do usually need to fix it and retouch 1-2 times per day. But the packaging is the size of a lipstick with a little doe foot applicator inside, so taking it with me is not a problem.I wasn't really impressed by the Healthy Mix concealer or their blurring one, or their older CC concealer. But this works well to help conceal dark circles and look more refreshed. As Bourjois is a drugstore line the price isn't too bad either - this is a good inexpensive option for a reflective concealer that performs well.
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on 6/10/2018 6:49:00 PM
More reviews by ariaa5799
I was so excited for this foundation, non comedogenic, oil free etc. However it was probably the worst foundation I’ve tried. I have extremely oily skin, and it did a great job at keeping oil at bay. However, after only a few hours of wear I had dry patches all over my face and my skin looked like it was going to crack. I tried it multiple times with/without primer but nothing made a difference. It is very noticeable and cakey, which is very unfortunate because it’s definitely medium-full coverage and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing makeup at all. It separated and stuck to patches on my face and my pores were very noticeable. When using an oil blotter it took the makeup off too. Wouldn’t recommend!!
on 6/10/2018 2:58:00 PM
More reviews by Doodleses
I'm resurrecting my N.52 Bourjois foundation from the grave just to see if it *really* is a dupe for the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.I enjoy my little splurges, but deep down I'm a budget buyer. This was my daily foundation from 2013-2015 and I would use my Chanel Vitalumiere in 20 Beige on special occasions. I had to buy this off eBay from the U.K. - I don't think they sell them in the US? Back then, I had terrible cystic acne so underneath my foundation I would wear a retinoid and SPF from Neutrogena. Good news, this foundation never broke me out. It dries to a lovely satin finish too. The coverage is medium so it didn't make my acne marks disappear. Bad news, this foundation doesn't stand up to the sweltering Texas heat - after walking from class to my car, everyday my foundation disintegrated from me profusely sweating. Even when I used Wayne Goss's powder rolling technique to keep the foundation from separating, it still disintegrated into a cottage cheese mess. So, to my summertime girls, I don't recommend this.Now onto whether or not N.52 Bourjois is a dupe for the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua 20 - yeahhh, it's not. The N.52 is paler and throws a white cast. Not exactly natural looking in color for me. Meanwhile, the CVA 20 is an exact shade match for me, and I don't mean this lightly. It is literally the color of my skin, but dishing out $40 for foundation makes me cry a little (it's different for lipstick). The N.52 Bourjois also is slightly more powdery in appearance. Both have a cool, yellow undertone which is rare for most foundations that cast a pink or orange undertone. The CVA 20 also doesn't separate through heat and sweat. Don't get me wrong - this is a GREAT foundation because it offers a shade selection that is hard to find ... you just can't be outside for too long or sweat in it. If you spend most of your day indoors or working at an office, I would recommend this foundation.
on 6/7/2018 7:24:00 PM
I have this in #51, light vanilla which is the lightest shade. Cost me £11 which for a drugstore foundation is around average and is slightly more expensive than the regular Healthy Mix foundation (which I also own).This is definitely the more lightweight and least detectable of the two types - it's a gel foundation with a somewhat thin consistency, with light coverage and a semi-matte finish. This won't adequately cover any acne spots, redness, or marks by itself - you will absolutely need to wear concealer over any problem areas. However, as it is so thin and light it isn't cakey at all and even if your skin is oily like mine, it won't settle into lines or separate on the skin. With concealer and judicious use of powder on the t-zone, this makes my skin look more even and smooth while still having a nice natural-looking glow. I'd say this is definitely a foundation for good skin days, but it's one of my favourites for hot summer weather since it makes my skin look better while being less likely to slide and melt off my face since it's so lightweight - it feels like there's not a lot of product on the skin. I do still need to use blotting papers +/- powder on the oiliest areas, though.The shade range is quite limited - there's only 6, I think - and I was worried this wouldn't suit me since it seems more yellow-toned than the regular healthy mix. But it blended in like a dream - there's no orange line on my neck or jawline and doesn't look out of place. Packaging is nice, just a sturdy glass bottle with a pump dispenser - less chance of contaminants getting to the product in the bottle. It's a taller and slimmer design too which is easier to slot into a handbag on the go.If you favour foundations with higher coverage, a more matte finish, or have strongly pink-toned skin then I would say you might find the regular healthy mix more suitable. This is a light foundation in terms of coverage, consistency, and is more reflective and semi-matte, It isn't shimmery or glittery though. For whatever reason, the shades all lie on the yellower side - not excessively and it doesn't look too yellow on, but it is noticeable straight out the bottle. Anyway, I think this fares better in hotter, humid weather as like with many gel foundations it dries down to a thin and longwearing film over the skin that I find is less displaced by oil or sweat over the day. One of my go-to summer foundations, provided my skin is behaving itself.
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on 6/1/2018 9:06:00 PM
The shade range in this is great with the variety of flattering pink, peach, and beige shades. They apply fairly sheer, but are buildable so you can easy create a soft and natural effect. They have a mirror on the inside and come with a cute flat brush inside too. They last all day over foundation. The main downside is that the majority are shimmery so if your skin is oily and you don't like this finish because it makes the shininess worse, your options are more limited. However, these function well as highlighting and radiant blushers if applied on the cheekbones like highlight. They are very budget friendly and have a lovely perfume-y musky rose scent as a bonus. But if you're sensitive towards scented products, this isn't the best blush option to choose.
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