Mixed Feelings about Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

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.

 

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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?

 

xoxo Lily

  • Hanny Daforcena

    I want to try this so badly, but Asos.com seems to have run out of my color (53) every time I check it >.< But judging by the results on you, it might not work for me…

    • Lily

      My combination/oily skin acts up strange sometimes. Furthermore, our weather has been really hot lately. I’m sure it works much better on normal / dry skin gals though. Lovely foundation, just not really suitable for my face.

  • dom

    Yep this works for me very well šŸ™‚ But the color match is currently off due to my skin condition. I always have to powder nonetheless due to my oilier skin type. This isn’t a dupe for Chanel anyhoo but I like it as a cheapie foundie that doesn’t clog the crap out of my pores.

    • Lily

      The reason I wanted to try this was because a few friends told me it’s very similar to the Vitalumiere. I read someone’s review that it broke her out pretty bad though. My skin is changing though… maybe due to change of skin care. I’m using my old fav foundations and they somehow don’t sit right. Hhmmm…

  • lyn

    I actually like this foundation a lot but haven’t tried Vitalumiere as I can’t find a good match locally. They are all too dark or yellow šŸ™ You’re right that the Healthy Mix can get oily but it’s not too bad on me.

    • Lily

      A face primer is a must for me to use this foundation. I got Sukie to CP the Vitalumiere for me (shade B10). In Malaysia, the lightest shade is B20. I wonder why – are we supposed to be darker in this country? Haha!

  • Petrina

    I don’t have this but I do have the serum version – I also have the Vitalumiere Aqua and would say that the healthy mix serum and vitalumiere are much closer texture-wise. I tend to use the Chanel during the day and the Bourjois for evenings as the coverage and lack of SPF.

    • Lily

      That’s a good idea too, wearing Bourjois at night since it’s not as hot, and I don’t get oily that quickly. But erm… I really can’t remember the last time I went out at night. I play stay at home doting mommy after work ;-p

  • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

    Ahh too bad it doesn’t work for you! This is the only foundation I own so far and I really like it! With some powder I don’t get any shine in my T-zone too quickly, it holds up really well on me, and while I think I might be able to find something lighter, the texture doesn’t bother me at all. I think it’s very often a problem to go from luxury/high-end to drugstore though. I really think I didn’t do the Revlon Lip Butters justice, because I fell in love with Guerlain Rouge Automatique before I could review them fairly. Oh well, we’re not paying all the extra money for nothing :p

    • Lily

      I really like the texture, but really, it’s too bad that it kinda promotes oil production on my face. Haha! You’re mostly right about the brand difference, but I have found some drugstore gems that work so much better than luxury brands. Foundation wise, I tend to be more picky because my face isn’t exactly at tip top condition. Hehe!

  • Bellen

    I didn’t try this one but I have HM Serum which works geat on me. I have dry skin and don’t think it will work for those who have oily or combination skin.

    • Lily

      Hey Bellen, yes, I’m sure the foundation works great for normal / dry skin. It has a lovely dewy finish. I’ve tried the serum one before too. My combination oily skin didn’t like it as much. If you used a foundation with matte finish, would it seep into your pores and make your skin flaky at the same time?

      • Bellen

        I can’t tell because I have very dry skin so I never use matte finish.

  • Loving this foundation, but then I haven’t tried Vitalumiere so there’s no basis for comparison. On its own, I think its great in terms of texture. I found myself prefering this version as opposed to the serum version even if both work for me. I find this one gives a better result while the serum version is a bit like a tinted moisturiser šŸ™‚

    • Lily

      If this foundation didn’t make me oily, I’d love it to bits. Oh well, the woes of having combination oily skin…