If we had Bourjois here in Malaysia, I’d tell you to stop reading this right about now and head out there and get your very own Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation! Yes, its that good and I like it that much!
Its a pity therefore that we do not have Bourjois here in Malaysia. However, they do in Singapore, so you can always get your Bourjois fix if you head down to our Southern neighbour :) I got mine a while ago from the UK and it was a purchase on a whim. And for once, a whim paid off :P
The Healthy Mix foundation was introduced early in 2010 but as Bourjois isn’t a brand we get here, I tend to not pay attention to it. Still, when confronted with a counter in Superdrug, I just had to pick something up. And this was one of the “somethings”.
My colour is No. 51 Light Vanilla which is my shade to a T. The product comes in a slim plastic bottle as you see in the picture, with a pump nozzle. 1 pump is about all I need for my whole face. The texture is medium-sheer but buildable. Doesn’t go much further than medium coverage though if you prefer something full coverage.
Like all Bourjois products, there is a strong scent. This one smells of fruits, which is really quite strange. Not strange when you consider that they have enriched it with fruit ingredients. As you can see from the label, its Apricot (radiance), Melon (hydration), Apple (anti-oxidant) and Ginger (energy). The scent is mostly that of Apricot/Melon. It does dissipate, but only after quite a while but on the hands, it can linger.
This foundation does not clog my pores, does not accentuate pores, gives a nice glow to the skin and does not look cakey, thick nor artificial on the skin. It is about as good as or even better than any high end foundation in the market and this is probably what I wanted Teint Miracle to be like, which that wasn’t.
On my skin, this foundation feels like nothing on (its so lightweight!) and does not cause my skin to turn any oilier than it naturally does. It is non drying, does not accentuate flaky skin and importantly, it makes my skin look good. Ultimately, that’s what we really want in a liquid foundation right? :)
Pros: Inexpensive, Light texture, Not cakey or thick formula,
Cons: Not available in Malaysia, strong scent
Bourjois claims that it can give you “Perfectly glowing complexion and toned skin” for 16 hours. I did not test it that long, but it did withstand the test of a yoga class, pretty much like the Clarins Everlasting foundation did, without the flat effect that Clarins gives. If the Clarins Everlasting foundation and Lancome Teint Miracle had a baby, the result would be this very affordable Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation :D
Some fun facts about Bourjois I’ve learnt over the years:-
- Chanel and Bourjois are sister companies! You must admit the Bourjois little round pots of blush and Chanel Joues Contraste blushes bear an uncanny similarity.
- Bourjois has been around since 1824!
- Bourjois’ little round pots of blush have been recorded as the world’s first powder blushes
- Bourjois is French and named for Monsieur Alexandre Napoléon Bourjois who is credited with creating the world’s first powder blush
I knew retaining all those trivial facts would pay off some day! :P
Bourjois as a brand has been mostly a bit touch and go for me but their blushes do still remain in my blush stash and now the Healthy Mix foundation and concealer have joined them. So if you have access to Bourjois do give this foundation a go and let me know if you might agree that its a pretty good foundation for its price :)
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation comes in 8 shades and retails at £9.99 each. Its not available in Malaysia at time of writing but you can try StrawberryNET.com which carries a limited selection of Bourjois products