Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation Review

Bourjois is a french brand, often found in the UK and has made its way over to Shoppers Drug Mart's here in Canada. I picked up this foundation a month or so ago, it is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in shade 52 Vanilla. They have a small shade range of about 6 colours, with this being the second lightest in the range. It has a yellow undertone and beautiful fruity & floral scent. It is actually one of the only light yellow undertone foundations I could find in a drugstore, although it doesn't come with a typical drugstore price..

Bourjois Healthy Mix is priced at $29 CAD, and is only found at select Shoppers Drug Marts. Some of its claims or benefits are...

- 16 hour, radiance-boosting even revived complexion.
- Vitamin-rich frug therapy, instant anti-fatigue.
- Light coverage, Semi-matte finish
- Hypoallergenic, lets skin breathe. Dermatologically tested.

Read more product details and see ingredients list here.

bourjois healthy mix serum gel foundation 52 vanilla review and swatches
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Above is me with only moisturizer and primer on the left, and Bourjois Serum Gel Foundation on the right. In my opinion, it delivers a dewy-finish, and for oily or combination skin types I would definitely suggest using a mattifying powder to set the foundation. It matches my skin tone perfectly and is great as an everyday wear foundation. The coverage is definitely light (as they claim), but it can slightly be built up to almost medium(?) if you use a beauty blender. I personally, like to use my Sigma F80 to apply this all over (I use probably 1.5-2 pumps), and add a bit of concealer under my eyes, and on the cheeks or any problem spots. I HAVE to go over it with a mattifying or setting powder. I dislike the shine it leaves on my t-zone (I typically prefer matte foundations). 

The foundation is definitely breathable and hasn't broken me out as far as I can tell. The scent is again, fruity and florally. As for the lasting power, even with a mattifying powder it does show oil through my t-zone after about a few hours, but I can get it to last longer with a light moisturizer like La Roche Posay's Effaclar Mat. It will definitely not be lasting you the claimed 16-hours, but it is fine for a typical day. I would not recommend this for oily skin however, for combination (like mine) it is do-able with a powder.

bourjois healthy mix serum gel foundation 52 vanilla review and swatches
bourjois healthy mix serum gel foundation 52 vanilla review and swatches
Swatches, and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel FD in 52 Vanilla worn with concealer, bronzer.

I love that this foundation comes with a pump and I will continue to use it for everyday coverage. I do prefer to use a concealer with it however, just because it has a hard time covering redness and will reveal blemishes in a few hours on me. A good, mattifying primer and setting powder is key for this foundation! I am unsure whether I would purchase again just because it has a bit of a high-end price ($30) and I do find myself using quite a bit of product.