Bourjois Paris is a France-based makeup brand that can be tricky to buy in the states, but I recently learned a little secret. Actually, it’s a big secret and now I’m PUMPED! If you have Amazon Prime, you can buy products from other countries. In other words, I went to the Amazon.co.uk website and purchased a buttload of makeup you can’t find anywhere in the US. Pretty cool right?!
World renowned makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge, has been gushing on this brand for years- particularly the foundations. If you have followed my site for any length of time, you’ll know I adore her makeup style and treasure her opinion. I share her makeup esthetic with the – “less is more” and “enhance don’t cover” philosophy. In this day and age, it’s a rarity. So, I jumped at the chance to buy the Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation. Believe me, it did not disappoint.
For €7.45 or $8.70 you get 30 ml or 1 fl. oz of product; a standard amount of foundation across the board. There are 15 shades to choose from. It’s infused with vitamin C, E, B5 which is formulated to hydrate, protect, and provide anti-aging benefits. Not sure how true those claims are and I wouldn’t expect any skincare perks from foundation. That’s just me though.
The bottle is a thick glass and very similar to the Maybelline Dewy & Smooth foundation in size and shape. The Bourjois foundation comes with a pump and has a larger cap. Besides that, packaging is identical.
Consistency is thin, but not overly watery. A little bit goes a long way. 2 full pumps gave me the right amount of coverage – and I have a big ass head. The foundation has a light floral scent that is not overpowering or heavy. Once blended out the scent goes away almost immediately.
On the bottle, it says the foundation provides a radiant complexion and 16 hour wear time. I think “radiant” is a mostly accurate description. It’s not dewy or moisturizing at all, but a very, natural satin finish. Coverage is straight-up medium coverage with a brush and medium to full coverage with a Beauty Blender sponge. Coverage is buildable. I used my Real Techniques buffer brush and loved the result. If you have dramatic discoloration that needs coverage, such as rosacea or vitiligo this foundation is probably not for you.
Wear time was mixed for me. On the day that I stayed inside, didn’t sweat, and basically inactive, it lasted 16 hours easily. Outside activities (gardening, washing my car) in this southern heat caused it to move around slightly. Nothing drastic, but when I closely inspected there were signs of wear on my nose, chin, and forehead.
I LOVED the way this foundation paired with powder products, particularly highlighter. Seriously, you can stop traffic. Gorgeous! I’m thinking the contrast between the satin finish and the high-shine metallic made a dynamic difference. I was very pleased.
To be honest, I don’t ever reach for satin or matte foundations, but this one is different. It doesn’t emphasize texture, lines, or wrinkles. It goes on smooth, effortless, and looks like skin. That’s what a foundation should look like.
Overall, I was very impressed with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation and highly recommend my readers to try it out. Definitely a contender for HG foundations.
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