My skin has been red raw in parts, lumpy and even more sensitive than usual and no matter what foundation I have tried, from Bourjois to Benefit to Chanel + Estee Lauder have all been oxidising and seperating to some degree making me look unsightly. I’ve spent a shed load trying lots of foundations to try and sort out my skin woes. When I haven’t been at work I’ve been taking the fresh air approach but sometimes make up is needed!
I must say Bourjois Healthy Mix + Serum has been a god send for light coverage on good days while Estee Lauder double wear was great when my skin was at its worst. This brought me to try the new 123 Perfect foundation from Bourjois as I usually get on so well with their Healthy Mix and their Healthy Mix + Serum.
Yellow for concealing dark circles
Green for redness and high colour
Purple for correcting dullness
I wear shade 52 usually as a MAC NC20 and switch to a 53 in the summer or for extra colour if I’m bronzing.
I’ve tried green products before for redness and they are just diabolical so I was very sceptical of this.. But low and behold, I didn’t need to be. As usual, Bourjois came up trumps and with an SPF10 built in, for my skin tone, that’s me well covered!
On application, from the hygenic pump, I get full face coverage with 2 pumps as it’s quite a runny liquid but that means it glides on effortlessly and buffs wonderfully. I always use a 3rd pump on my bad days to just cover over my rosy cheeks and dot over any blemishes. I found this combats the need for any concealing which is a bonus in my book.
The foundation applies well and feels very dewy as it goes on but dries to a nice matte finish that doesn’t look caked or mask like. I did however find it took extra buffing around the sides of my nose, brows and hairline more so than usual to achieve a fully flawless finish but this isn’t really an issue.
I have been wearing a lot less powder lately, with my powder of choice always being MACs MSFN, and I find this foundation doesn’t really need powder setting. I always spritz with my Urban Decay / Skindinavia setting spray for extra longevity but this is more than enough.
Powder blushes blend over the foundation beautifully without sitting on top and cream products do work if applied while the foundation is still nice and tacky wet before it dries. This is just my personal observation… they do go on over the top once it’s dried but I found it easier to get a good buffed blend if I did it immediately.
I hand on heart feel this is just as good as my Estee Lauder Double Wear and will be a lot more accessible and purse friendly for a lot of people. The other huge bonus is it doesn’t feel as thick as Double Wear on the skin.
This foundation was on offer in Boots for £6.99 when I bought it which I thought was a brilliant price for a great product but it will usually retail for around £10 which is the price most of Bourjois foundations are for 30ml.
Do I think £10 for a highstreet foundation is expensive? Yes, a little when you think 17 and MUA come in at half that. Do I think the price is representative of quality? YES!! I will definitely be repurchasing.