Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation review

M: E, I AM EXCITED.

E: Goodness, that’s unusual.

M: It is spring!!! SPRIIIIING!

E: Hmm. You say that and yet it is still 5 degrees and the news is all dead lambs.

M: No, E. Usually I am all doom and gloom and “oh my skin is like kapok bark” and whine whine whine first world problems.

E: Yup, that’s why we are friends. A shared belief in the therapeutic properties of whining.

M: But not today. Today I am excited about something other than meat and elephant webcams. IT IS THIS NEW FOUNDATION. It may very well be my most favourite beauty purchase ever. EVER EVER EVER.

E: New foundation, you say? How on earth can you afford it? Have you been robbing pensioners on the mean streets of Hackney? Fleecing hipsters? Patting down buggy toting organic mummies?

M: No. I literally spent my last £10.99 on it. YES. You have read that right. My new foundation is a cheapo. And it is amazing.

E: But! But but but. Beauty orthodoxy says “cheap foundation is always shit”. Could it be that this is actually … A LIE?

M: Before you get excited about it, every other blogger has already covered it so it is nothing new and special, unless you are idiots like us.

E: I’m living in a low lit bubble with a vomiting child and an aggressive hoover this week, it’s new and special for ME. What is this wonder fluid?

M: Well. Imagine if Becca Luminous whatever the hell it’s called was cheap. And available in every Boots across the nation.

E: Impossible. It’s made from Australian sunshine and baby koala breath.

M: Imagine if it came in a good range of shades, even one that worked for my yellow toned troubled skin prone to redness.

E: Cor.

M: IMAGINE, if you will, that it had SERUM in it. And actually made your skin better. More hydrated. MORE CALM. I am hyperventilating at the thought of it.

E: This is the product of your fevered imagination, antibiotics and vitamin D deficiency. It’s a mirage, M. Here, take a pill before you get rickets.

M: NO. IT IS REAL. REAL REAL REALNESS. It is from Bourjois. It is their new reworked Healthy Mix serun foundation:

Bourjois_Healthy_Mix

E: “Healthy mix”. What kind of a name is that? It sounds like a Boots meal deal.

M: Yes. It comes with a free fruit salad printed on the bottle.  WHICH MAKES IT WONDERFUL.

E: M, you are blinded by LOVE. Foundation love. I need evidence. Is there a picture of your peachy skin to convince me please?

M: I was incapable of taking a picture where my hair was combed or half my face wasn’t contorted in a rictus of pain, but look:

bourjois_face

E: That is actually very impressive. You look dewy and natural and radiant.

M: Yup. And it stays on all day. It evens out everything. I can’t feel it on my skin. It does not make me break out. It is, in a word, PERFECT.

E: Good lord. Is this … the cheap foundation HOLY GRAIL? Hiding, all this time, in plain sight in a chemists?

M: It is. Dear Bourjois: I take back every bad thing I have ever said about you

E: Ok. I’m convinced. I’m beating a path to the nearest stupidly named pharmacy in these isles to GET ME SOME.

M: YOU MUST.

E: EMPHATIC CAPITALS.

M: TOTALLY EMPHATIC.

E: HERE WE ARE, HANGING OUT ON OUR WEBLOG, SHOUTING ABOUT FOUNDATION LIKE MAD OLD LADIES ON STREET CORNERS.

M: IT WAS BOUND TO COME TO THIS ONE DAY.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, £10.99

M wears shade 55

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8 Comments

  • April 25, 2013

    Anna Maria

    It is pretty good for the price – it is actually no surprise, as Bourjois is owned by the same people, who own Chanel – once you know it, you spot all the similarities between the two. I really like their fairly new-ish Rouge Edition lipsticks, too: http://www.boots.com/en/Bourjois-Rouge-Edition-Lipstick_1290744/. The blogosphere is also in raptures about their new cream blush (it’s not available to mere mortals yet, but coming to Boots soon).

  • April 25, 2013

    Clare @ The Blossom Shed

    I got all excited about the fruit salad bit, but got stuck at the elephant cam. For hours.

  • April 25, 2013

    M

    Welcome to my life, Clare.

  • April 26, 2013

    Joi

    YES. I remember recommending this to a lady with acne in the comment section last year, and it’s still my fall-back product. Coverage is just enough, finish is lovely, and the colour… M, I am much yellower than you. ‘Jaundice’ is my default setting. My yellowness stumps makeup artists. (“Wow. You actually have a lot of… green in your skin,” said the last one. FUCK YOU YOU’RE GREEN)

    Yet this one still gives me a the kind of match I could previously only get with NARS. I stock up whenever Bourjois has one of their 2 for 1 sales.

  • May 6, 2013

    Lesley

    Queen Lisa Eldridge also swears by this, uses it and the non serum version a lot in her demo videos.

  • May 7, 2013

    Julie

    Hmmmm….interesting. This seems like a great product to try out based on your review. I find it affordable too so I guess I’ll give it a try, why not???

  • July 8, 2013

    stacey

    On a side note, what is that gorgeous lipstick you’re wearing in the picture? Such a pretty matte colour.

  • July 19, 2013

    M

    Hmmm, I think that was the Rimmel discussed here http://www.facegoop.com/2013/03/17/dancing-lips/

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