Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation


It's surprisingly hard to find warm-toned foundations that also come in very light shades. L'Oreal is the only drugstore line that I've found to offer shades that suit me, and their formulations often aren't the most sophisticated. Chanel also makes pale yellow foundations, but at $50 per bottle it's not something I can really afford to use every day! While searching for something to fill the gaping hole between those two extremes, I came across French company Bourjois's star foundation, Healthy Mix. (by the way, the rumor that Chanel and Bourjois cosmetics are the same thing is different packaging is untrue; they are merely owned by the same parent corporation run by the Wertheimer brothers. There's a fascinating New York Times article about the Wertheimers, Chanel, and Bourjois here).

Although I had to make an educated guess and order online, the lightest shade #51 (Light Vanilla) was a great match. I've applied it with both a buffing brush and my fingers and gotten very natural, even results either way. It's a solidly medium-coverage foundation, but can be sheered out or mixed with moisturizer for a minimal look. Building up more than two coats doesn't increase the coverage any further, though, and you will definitely need concealer for large blemishes. Because it's warm-toned, I found Healthy Mix to be especially good at neutralizing redness around my cheeks and nose. I haven't ever worn it for 16 hours, but have never had problems with fading on my combo-dry skin. And the light, creamy liquid texture would easily work for anyone with moderately dry to moderately oily skin. In fact, I think one of the main reasons this foundation is so popular is because it's appropriate for a wide range of skin types and tones.

There are a few downsides, though, of varying importance. The least offensive is the apricot scent; it's not bad per say, but it's very strong and it does linger. I'm not too bothered by it, but if you're sensitive to smells or to added fragrance in cosmetics, be careful with this one. The packaging is cheap plastic, gets smudgy very easily, and still looks slightly dirty no matter how much I clean it. I've also had some issues with the pump, although I'm not sure if I just happened to get a faulty one. Sometimes it won't dispense any product and I'll think I've run out (since you can't really see how much is left), but then the next day it will be working again. Also, be warned that if you're very cool-toned, this is a neutral foundation that leans very heavily yellow, so it might not be the best match for you. 

There's another negative aspect to Healthy Mix, although like the other downsides it's not a fatal flaw, just something to be worked around. This is not a foundation you can apply and then forget about. It takes ten or fifteen minutes to set or oxidize or whatever you want to call it once you've put it on. At first it looks extremely pale, yellow, and cakey, but then it becomes practically invisible on the skin after a quarter of an hour. It's bizarre - I've tried quite a few foundations over the years but never experienced this before.  

I tried to show this in the picture below of a pump of foundation followed by three swatches. I waited about five minutes after dispensing the liquid to take the photo. As you can see, the dot and the thicker swatch look much lighter and warmer than my skin. The thinner middle swatch matches better, but still isn't perfect. Whereas the third swatch, which was the most sheered out of all, is barely visible after being warmed by the skin.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (30ml) is $11.45 at eChemist and is usually available at ASOS, although it's out of stock at the moment. Technically it's available in 8 shades, but the darker shades are harder to find anywhere except eBay if you're not in England, France, or another country where Bourjois is sold in-store.

9 comments:

  1. I have been so, so curious to try this foundation. I always hear rave reviews--so despite having (VERY) oily skin (at the moment, at least), I really want to try this!

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    1. Because the liquid is so light - it's just shy of being a gel formula, really - I think it might work for you, especially when finished with a light dusting of powder!

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  2. I loved this comprehensive review! Bourjois has always been on my radar; I can't seem to soak up enough information about it :)

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    1. I know, they have so many products I want to try! I just wish they hadn't pulled out of the U.S. so we could see stuff in person...

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  3. I have this in the same shade. Skin twins? My container is different, more elongated but with a similar pump. I rarely wear foundation so I figured this one would do since there where so many rave reviews and that it's so inexpensive. On my skin, I find that I have to apply a lot, wait & finish off with a brush to blend it in before applying a light coat of powder. Even if I don't really feel it on my skin, I can't say that I'm super impressed by the coverage. In Canada it's around $21.00 which is still relatively cheap and for an occasional user like me, it's fine, for the moment. :D

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    1. I had the same experience - even if you apply a lot, you never really get higher than medium coverage. But that also means that it's easy to apply it in a problem area and leave the rest of your face bare without it being obvious that there's a random patch of foundation on your face! It really is kind of a funny product :)

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  4. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog :) I was thinking of trying this but it's a shame you can't build it up for a higher coverage :) xx

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    1. Yes, it's odd- it doesn't look BAD if you build it up, it just doesn't increase the level of coverage!

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  5. I knew this foundation wasn't for me and that waiting around to "oxidize" bit confirms it! Great review and glad you got a colour match. And I'm reading about the Wertheimers now which is fascinating. They sound very odd but also really smart about staying out of the limelight in this day and age when every name and face is exploited.

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