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I Found A Perfect Foundation Shade Match In Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation!

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HANDS UP! Who could not help but find themselves running out to get a bottle of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation after watching Lisa Eldridge’s video on how to create a flawless foundation finish?

When I first watched that video, I was like ‘WOW! This must be the best foundation in the world!’, then on second thoughts, ‘Meh, must be one of those sponsored products… that’s why she’s saying all these nice stuff’. But as the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation got utilized in many of her other videos, coupled with some research done on my own, it seemed the consensus that it’s a must-have drugstore foundation!

I wanted to wait for a sale, as I felt I had more than enough foundation to see me through for a long time, and so… buying another foundation at a sale would help to reduce the guilt of owning one too many. No? *grins*

The 30% off Singapore Tampines BHG sale came at the right time and the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation was one of the two Bourjois foundations I purchased. I reviewed the Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation earlier.

Great Match For Skin With Yellow Undertone

Even though the ‘auntie’ (it’s how we address any older woman in Singapore) was just a promoter at the Bourjois counter, and not a qualified MUA, I was glad she recommended the right foundation shade for me. Some promoters are rather hopeless, they’ll just pour a big glob of foundation on your hand, spread it the length of your arm and say “This also can, that also can. Up to you”. Grrrr.

While the Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation 52 goes on slightly pink on my skin, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 is a perfect match for my MAC NC20-25 skin tone.

I’m surprised a European makeup brand, and despite complaints that the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation has limited range of shades, can produce a foundation shade that is so suitable for Asian skin, which typically has yellow undertones.

You can see the Healthy Mix Foundation is more yellow and it fits me to a T!

Oh, recently a friend commented that I look like Little Miss Sunshine:

Must be all that yellow in my skin and hair. LOL! But he also did mention it’s coz I always appear cheerful and smiling. :D

Plastic Bottle With A Pump

All foundations, or for that matter, all products in liquid or gel form, should come with a pump. Seriously, it’s so hygienic and much easier to get product out!

I like that the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation comes in a fuss-free, light, plastic bottle, which makes it safe for travel and does not take up unnecessary space or weight.

Light to Medium Coverage Foundation

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation might not be ideal for those with severe skin pigmentation or acne scars as its sheer coverage really does not cover much. It does well with minor imperfections and evening out skin tone, but to cover my acne and discoloration, I use a separate concealer.

Currently, I am using the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation, a concealer highly recommended by – you guessed it – Lisa Eldridge!

Easy To Blend And Build

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation has a more liquid consistency than the Flower Perfection Foundation and takes slightly longer to dry. Actually, on my skin, it does not dry out at all. It stays at most dewy. You think dewy is good? Read on.

But before I go into that, this foundation is very easy to apply and blend with fingers, quite unlike the MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, which manages a smooth canvas only with the use of a foundation brush. I, of course, still prefer to use the Sigma F80 Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush to apply liquid foundation.

I find that I need 2 pumps of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation instead of the usual 1 pump from other foundations. Its runny consistency and sheer coverage are most probably the reasons why.

A single layer usually provides insufficient coverage for mere mortals like us who struggle with all kinds of blemishes on the skin, so rejoice in the fact that if you’d like one more layer of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, the finish will still be smooth and not cakey or pastey.

Be Careful If You Have Oily Skin!

As mentioned, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation dries looking like I look positively healthy and radiant. It’s the perfect dewy finish any woman would love to sport on her skin.

Must be the ingredients contained – apricot for radiance, melon for hydration, apple for anti oxidant and ginger for energy.

 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation ingredients:

However, that dewy finish turns into oily mayhem by mid-day if I didn’t set it with a powder. I do have to use setting powder on my oily skin for any liquid foundation I use, but the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation tends to oil up more.

Also, the amount of oil churned out and absorbed by an oil-blotting sheet by 3pm is horrendous.

Contrary to what reviews say, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation does not particularly feel lightweight on my skin. No, not at all. It doesn’t feel heavy either though, but I just know it’s there because of the speed at which my skin is reacting to the foundation (oxidizing) and cooking up an oil storm.

If you have oily skin like mine, here are some comparisons with other liquid foundations:

Slightly oilier than Stage Photo Pro Foundation

Oilier than Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation

Much less oily than Lancôme Maqui Blanc Miracle Foundation

For oily skin, remember to set this foundation with a face powder (I use MAC Blot Powder in Light) and bring blotting sheets along in your bag! I blot just once a day and it’s enough to remove the shine and oil from my face with the use of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

Be Careful If You Have Dry Skin!

Wheeeerrt?!!

I thought a foundation this moisturizing would do well for those with dry skin. Imagine my bewilderment when I read plenty of reviews saying that the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is not moisturizing for dry skin at all!

Common issues with this moisturizer are that it blends horribly on dry skin, leaves patches of foundation behind, exposes dry areas, accentuates flakes on the skin, and one must apply loads of moisturizer first otherwise this foundation would cling onto the skin and does so not in a good way.

Of course there are those with dry skin who love this foundation for its moisturizing texture and ability to maintain a dewy finish throughout the day.

Anyone with dry skin who has had experience with this foundation?

My guess is that if you have dry skin, it most probably would dry matte; if you have oily skin, it would drydewy; if you’re in between, a semi-matte finish would be likely.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation VS Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

After watching Lisa Eldridge’s video, I was bent on getting the Healthy Mix Foundation. But I found out that there is a similar foundation called the Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation, which has received rather good ratings too.

I don’t own the Serum Gel Foundation, but I garner from reviews that it provides even less coverage than the Healthy Mix Foundation. The Bourjois promoter also told me that.

I need higher coverage, always, for those days when I don’t have time to apply concealer, I’d hope a foundation can cover as many blemishes as possible.

 

I love the great shade match I have with Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation; I only hope it would be less oil-inducing though.

Bun Bun rates the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation:

Have you found the perfect foundation shade match with any foundation? Do you use powder to control oil on the face?

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  • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com/ Sunny

    It was also Lisa Eldridge who led me to this foundation! I actually consider her quite an honest guru, because she uses a mix of drugstore, high-end, and luxury stuff. I reviewed this foundation earlier this week too, so check it out if you’re interested!

    On me it feels pretty light, compared with all the other samples I tried before. I watched another Lisa Eldridge tutorial recently, and she said the serum gel foundation is better for those with dry skin, so it might not be a good choice for you (not for me either. I am combination skin and I would also like to avoid my T-zone greasing up)!

    You’ve GOT to give it to this foundation for matching our Asian undertone! Unless my skin changes with season or something like that I’m sticking to this!

    • Bun Bun

      I love her voice, so calm and soothing, yet not monotonous. Yeah, I watched that video too. Lucky I didn’t get the serum! Must be even more moisturizing than the regular Healthy Mix one.

  • Julia

    Omg I see your friend’s point! You look soo happy in some of your photos xD
    Your post made me happy too xD I love it when someone finds a near perfect shade match. It’s like a happy ending. My skin is soo hard to match (pale Asian skin, but all the foundations I’ve tried look either too yellow or pink on me), I just gave up and started using bb cream that turns to match my skin tone haha.
    Cheers!

    • Bun Bun

      Really?!?! I could never find a BB cream that matched my skin so I gave up on them. They always looked too pink, or too shimmery, or ended up looking too greasy on me. I’m glad it works for you though! Which BB cream are you using now? Is it your favorite?

      • Julia

        I’m using the super popular skin79 pink. xD This is the first bb cream I’ve tried and also the first that matched/didn’t cake/slide off/flake etc. I also got a load of free bb cream samples so I’m trying those whenever I’m bored. :P I might have to give this foundation a try though after your glowing review, since my bb cream doesn’t have great coverage. hehe!

  • Sharon

    I find that that I only need one pump for this foudation even though I have acne scars..But of course they arent blurred out by much.. Perhaps I can layer one more pump to see if helps to blur out my blemishes..I usually apply it with my fingers and I have to blot twice at most during the day without having to touch up with powder again. Bearing in mind that I usually wear glasses for work, I am quite surprised that it doesnt disappear around the T zone by the end of the day, unlike some other foundations. I also have the Flower Perfection Foundation which is slightly more longer wearing for me. I kinda feel like the Healthy Mix is a dupe for the Bobbi Brown Long Lasting Foundation (which is medium coverage at best, and quite disappointing in terms of coverage).
    I have been on a foundation kick lately and also have the Bourjois Bio Detox liquid foundation which dries super quickly, even more quickly then the Revlon Colourstay and doesnt lasts for more than 6 hrs on me, even with blotting and touching up ( I probably will have to try it more to give a fair opinion but so far thats how it had been on me , after using it twice)

    • Bun Bun

      Ah, you need to let me know more about the Bourjois Bio Detox liquid foundation! Let me know k?

      As for the Healthy Mix Foundation, I stick to using concealer to cover up the blemishes instead of piling on another layer of foundation. Having another layer on makes my face even more oily, so I keep it to just one. So you also have oily skin?

      • sharon

        Hi Bun Bun, I am using the Bourjois Bio Detox Foundation today.. its not the easiest to blend. The other time I did the ’5 dots method’ where I usually do with any other foundation, except Revlon Colourstay, dotting on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. For this foundation u have to blend it onto individual portions of your face, eg I take a half pea size for right cheek and half my nose and chin, then same for left side, then a tiny drop for forehead and the remaining foundation on my fingers under my jawline and blend out any unevenness on the rest of my face. I then set it with the ELF Mattifying powder and then Revlon Photoready after I apply blush and eye makeup as the final step to setting.

        I have combination to oily skin..My T-zone especially around the nose area and my chin are the places I need to blot. I was wearing glasses at work on a daily basis so I guess it contributed to the oilies. I have been wearing contact lens these 2 days so hopefully I get less oily. I also tend to sweat rather easily so I really need good foundation + setting powder/method, so I guess I would adopt a rather unconventional method from most people ;)

        Sharon

      • sharon

        oh one thing I forgot to say, the Bio Detox foundation, strangely will clog up a little on the pump, but the clogged up foundation doesnt harden and can still be blended into the face smoothly..this foundation also has a seemingly thichker texture than Healthy Mix or Flower Perfection :) ps I use the Revlon Photoready Powder Foundation as my final setting. (ref previous reply where I forgot to type in the word ‘Powder’ lol)

        • Bun Bun

          Thanks for sharing about the Bio Detox foundation review, sharon! :D I used to adopt the ’5 dots’ method in the past, but found that the ‘half face’ method works better as I don’t feel unnecessarily stressed about the other half drying up before I even finish blending out the first half. Haha.

          I dislike wearing glasses at all. For one, I have a flat nose bridge so my glasses always end up low on my nose. You know, like a grandma. Hahaha… And my oily nose just helps in making it slide down even more.

          Hmmm… I don’t like foundations that feel too thick coz they often end up ‘weighing down’ my skin. Like I can FEEL my skin all heavy and sagging. I’ll go do some swatches when I next go to a Bourjois counter!

  • Christina

    i tried the healthy mix serum in 53 and yes it was one shade too dark for me :( i’m glad that at least this means that i (should be) shade 52 and that also means that i’m NC20-25 (because i don’t use mac foundations :P)

    however, i guess i won’t be getting the healthy mix foundation because the healthy mix serum was too oily for my liking. but apart from that, i did like the healthy mix serum and i can imagine that i’d love the healthy mix foundation too :3

    once again, thank you for the informative review!

    • Bun Bun

      I guess you could mix it with another foundation that you think is too light for you? Two wrongs make one right. Heh heh.

      Yeah, the serum is more moisturizing and is recommended for people with dry skin. Maybe one day… you’ll give in to the Healthy Mix Foundation. :P

  • http://theblackmentosbeautybox.blogspot.com/ Sharlynn

    Ummm, yep, it looks like a great ‘asian’ shade match! I’ve love looking at their foundations but haven’t tried any yet. Love their eyeliners and shadows…so tempted to grab them when they are sales! I think 52 maybe a good match for me too…my face is a shade or two fairer than my neck so I’ve been buying stuff that matches my neck instead of my face…it’s been going well! Although now I think this may have to go onto my list to things to buy when my no make up buying ban is off!! haha!

    • Bun Bun

      That’s actually the correct way to select foundation shade! We don’t want our face to be of a different color from our neck – there mustn’t be a contrast! Aiya… no need ban la… *psycho psycho*… :P

  • Sam

    I love that first picture! Your face looks fresh and like you just returned from a tan. I think I might go and get a bottle of this foundation after reading your review.

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Sam! I love the dewy finish of this foundation too! The ‘tan’ is from NYC Bronzer in Sunny though. I NEVER tan. Haha!

  • Ingrid Brick

    Thanks for the review! Very detailed and that’s what sets you apart. :)

    • Bun Bun

      I aim to please! Thanks Ingrid Brick!

  • audrey

    The healthy mix is my favourite foundation!!! However, I just got to know from Bourjois Singapore’s Facebook page that the foundation is being discontinued!!! :’( Gonna scour all over Singapore to get back-up bottles for myself as soon as possible! Don’t you just hate it when something you like gets discontinued :(

    • Bun Bun

      What?!?! Why? Why are they discontinuing it? Gosh!!!! Nobody’s complaining what~~~! :(

  • Eva

    I am just starting to use makeup and are loving them. But my techniques and products are far and few in between. I have been watching, reading and learning from some makeup artists from youtube, and blogs, but they don’t always work for me. That’s why I am so so happy that I came across your blog, I already read the Asain eye makeup series, and some product reviews. They are so good!!! Some of the products you reviewed that I happen to have and have the same thoughts on. And what is so exciting for me is that we have the same fundation shade and super similar eye shape, and we have similar thoughts on few products that I do have. Now I just have to read your blog to see if a potential product is good for me or not and follow your make up technique ;) Like this Bourjois healthy mix fundation, which was recommended by another makeup artist as well and I was thinking of trying but are hestain to buy online without see the shade in person…now I know I can try shade 52 and it would a good match :) God, I love your blog, keep up with the good work. BTW, your blog is also fun to read, with lots of lively expressions!!

    • Bun Bun

      *sobssss* That was so touching, Eva! Thanks so much for telling me how much my Asian eye makeup series has helped you in improving your makeup techniques, and that you enjoyed reading my review posts. Means so much to me when readers let me know how much I’ve helped in so many ways. I know it takes a lot to comment – I read on a survey that only 10-20% of any blog’s readers bother to comment – that’s why I treasure every comment and to receive yours with so much love given really brightens up my day! :D

  • iemkelley

    Thank you thank you thank you–seriously, I cannot thank you enough for the heads up about the dry skin business–you have no idea how awful it s to find a good, ACTUALLY moisturizing foundation, and you have to be extra mindful of the ones that say they contain a mix of vitamins and blablabla, because you would think those would be, am i right!??
     
    Though I do struggle at times with finding something to balance out my VERY red skin, I will clasp onto my wonderful Dr. Jarts for now!
     
    Many thanks!

    • http://bunbunmakeuptips.com/ BunBunMakeupTips

      @iemkelley Exactly! Dry skin is tricky business. You need to find a foundation that is moisturizing enough and doesn’t accentuate skin that is prone to flaking with the slightest aggravation. I’m happy to know you found your magic in the Dr Jarts one. =) Thank you for reading and commenting!

  • jocelynong

    Hi! How did you managed to find Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation in Singapore? I could only find it on ebay and it’s difficult to decide between the shades :(

  • messiaen1

    Thank you for a great post!  What shade did you choose in Vichy’s Dermablend?

  • suekyuELF

    hi!^^
    i have pretty oily skin esp. on the t-zone.however i have occasional breakouts that leads to dry patches.
    the two points always give me headache on finding the right foundation T_T
    i thought i should get revlon’s colorstay foundation but due to the lack of shades in malaysia i hold it on.
    i only found out about bourjois’s healthy mix foundation,healthy mix serum foundation and 123 perfect foundation.
    can u suggest which one that might be ok for me(out of 4 )?thanks a lot!