Foundations, especially liquid ones, are tricky. To find the right one, you have to know what you like best, from coverage, the matching shade, the texture, the hold, the brand to even the price tag. For mid-range foundations (price wise), I have only tried Revlon ColorStay and L’Oreal True Match, but since both did not match me well, I gave up and went for the pricier ones with more shade selections. I found one I absolutely love, but pricey, and when I heard there is a cheaper dupe in the market, I couldn’t wait to try it. It is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.
Since the brand does not have any retail stores in Malaysia, I got this from Asos at a discount in shade #51 Light Vanilla. It is a risk because I didn’t know if the shade will match. I’ve been surveying, asking friends with similar skin tone who have tried this, and decided this will be the best choice. Then, Sukie graciously sent me a sample of this shade, and yes, it did match. The foundation arrived in a week (shipped from the UK), neatly packaged, with an enclosed form in case I wanted to return it. The packaging is made of light plastic, but probably not something you’ll break. Furthermore, I didn’t expect anymore for the price I paid.
The foundation promises a good 16-hour hold, glowing complexion and fruity goodness such as Apricot for radiance, Melon for hydration, Apple for anti-oxidant and Ginger for energy. I have been using this foundation daily for 3 weeks now, and I still can’t tell if all the claims are true. However, I can scratch off the 16-hour hold promise because in hot and humid weather, this foundation doesn’t hold. There is a good stretch to the Healthy Mix, and half a pump is all I need to cover the whole face. This foundation only provides a sheer coverage, at best medium if layered, but that’s exactly what I want. Something light. Imperfections can be covered using concealers.
It does make my face glow. So much in fact, that I’m all sorts of shiny by the 3rd hour! Then when I gently blot with tissue, there are traces of foundation on the tissue. When worn over a face primer, with powder lightly dusted over this foundation, I still need to blot after 4 hours, but the foundation didn’t melt. That’s the effect on my combination skin. So what about the dupe claim? I raise both my hands and legs to disagree! The Vitalumiere Aqua is even lighter than the Healthy Mix in texture and it does not make my face greasy. My face stays fresh and dewy for at least 6 hours and when I blot, the foundation stays on my face. Below is a swatch comparison, between Healthy Mix Light Vanilla (left) and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B10 (right).
Light Vanilla is more neutral when B10 leans yellow. The swatch here shows a vast difference but it’s not the case once applied. On my skin, B10 matches my yellow undertones perfectly while Light Vanilla is a tad bit lighter. However, once I dust some powder over it, the problem is solved. For those of you interested, below is a snap shot of the ingredients for Healthy Mix. No, don’t have to pull out your magnifying glass. Just click on the picture to take you to another page, and you can enlarge the image there.
To summarize, it is definitely not a dupe of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and for my skin, even though it didn’t break me out, it falls short of shine control and hold. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to bring this with me should I travel to a colder and drier climate. If you have normal to dry skin, this foundation should work much better for you, and I do recommend you to try. I bought it for GBP7.50 which is equivalent to about RM37 at that time. Free shipping.
Have you tried this foundation before? Do you have a Holy Grail liquid foundation?