Monday, November 7, 2011

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation review

Another day, another foundation review.
Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation has a bit of a cult following in the UK where it has been available for quite a while. It never quite reached American shores but is available on ASOS for around $14 with free international shipping. The serum version came out in the UK sometime late last year and finally landed on the shelves of Shoppers Drug Mart about 2 months ago.

CAN$27 from Shoppers Drug Mart
Give your skin a radiance boost with Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation – made from a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula for an even complexion and an instant anti-fatigue result!
Its fresh and instant blending gel texture blends and glides onto the skin for an even, natural finish with no mask effect. Imperfections are erased, signs of fatigue are smoothed and the skin’s radiance is boosted for up to 16 hours*. Made from an instant anti-fatigue vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula with litchi, goji berries and pomegranates. Available in 6 radiance-boosting shades. Tested for you:
69% more radiance after 4 weeks of use!** And…it’s good for my skin!

· Hypoallergenic, lets skin breathe
· Dermatologically tested
Tested for you** :
• Complexion is perfectly even => 97% agreed
• Skin looks rested => 94% agreed
• The complexion is radiant => 89% agreed
• The product feels light feel on the skin => 91% agreed
*Scientifically tested on 10 panellists.
**Tested on 100 consumers for 4 weeks
I got this foundation in shade 52 Vanille and it is a perfect match for my NC15-20 (Justine did an awesome job guessing my shade! <3). Ladies who are lighter than me will be happy to hear there is shade 51.
It is billed as a "gel foundation" but I don't find the formula very gel-like, instead I find it very similar to Diorskin Nude - light and slightly runnier than normal foundations. It blends beautifully and leaves a slightly dewy, natural looking finish. I do feel that my skin looks brighter when I have the foundation on.
Coverage is medium at best, it won't cover up dark scars but will cover up redness and uneven skin texture nicely.
Perhaps due to the runnier formula, the oil control and lasting abilities of this foundation are rather weak sauce. At around the 5th to 6th hour of wear I begin to notice shiny patches where the foundation has disappeared. Setting with a powder helps but that also takes away the lovely glow this foundation imparts.
As doggedly against fragranced products as I am, I find the light floral scent of this foundation rather pleasant and soothing. Yeah, soon I'm gonna like roses.
At $30 after tax for 30mls of product, I feel the price is a bit steep and definitely not drugstore budget friendly.
Has anyone else noticed that more and more foundations are now coming out in that size? I still remember days when foundations came in 50ml bottles...
I love this foundation, it gives a beautiful finish and my skin looks healthy and glowing when I wear it. I do wish it had better staying power and oil control. I would recommend this foundation to people with dry skin or those who live in regions with dry winters.
Swatchey swatch:
Without foundation:
With foundation:
Close up of finish:


  1. wow, nice review. I might just get this when my revlon photo ready foundation finishes! ^_^.

  2. i remember debating whether or not i should get this but the $27 price tag just bothers me -_-...

    it does look lovely, though!

  3. ok it looks a leeeetle bit lazy XD i know you posted these pix just for my viewing pleasure. i greatly appreciate it!! got my lazy eye fix for the week, huzzah!

    foundation looks mighty dandy on you. we r same shade. *team pale ftw!*

  4. Nearly bought this last week when Shoppers had 20% off but didn't. $27 is way too much for "drugstore" foundation so I went on ASOS but it wasn't available there. The regular Healthy Mix foundation is $15 on ASOS though so I might aswell order it instead!

  5. Never even heard of this (apart from on other blogger's pages - usually the UK ones). Did foundations usually come in 50mL bottles? I've only ever seen it in 30mL bottles and usually my 'drugstore' foundations are that price.. >.< It looks a bit cakey when dried :/

  6. This is a great foundation! I too, had 52, till we bought the house in Oman. I've got 53 (NC25) in the Organic Detox version, which is very nice too.

  7. It's HOW MUCH?!!!! I never look at drugstore foundations usually so I'm not really sure of their prices, but it feels pretty steep actually!

    It does do a lovely job of evening out your skintone though!

  8. I need this foundation! Thank you for the brill review. I hope I will be okay with the scent x

  9. Hmm it does cover quite nicely, but $1/ml seems a bit steep.

  10. I've seen UK bloggers review this, so I'm excited it's available in Canada!

  11. I love how pretty and natural this looks =D It's a shame I can't get it here. Boo!

  12. Fantastic review. I really want to try this foundation! I will look on ASOS. I remember they used to sell this brand at Sephora a long time, but they don't have it anymore. Not even in the US! Wth? :p

    Looks great on you :D

  13. This product looks great on you1 Thanks for sharing with us your thoughts!

  14. I'm thinking of finally trying this out! I have dry skin so i'm hoping that it hydrates well enough for me ^.^