Who else is confused by the fact that it’s already September? I feel like time has just flown by since the end of the heatwave. I’ve personally already given up on straightening my hair, because while everyone else is busy getting excited over Autumn fashion and pumpkin spiced lattes, all I can think of is the dreaded frizz this time of year brings me.
Although maybe I am a little bit excited to be able to play with my Subculture palette again. Just a little.
I’ve really been enjoying wearing less makeup for work recently, even enjoying a “no foundation” phase when we got back from holiday. I needed a natural, affordable foundation for this, and decided to finally pick up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation, which I had heard a lot about across my social media and various blogs.
I actually ordered this one all the way back in May as part of a 3 for 2 offer at Superdrug, but life has really been getting in the way of me writing this review! So here I finally am, a whole four months later, finally ready to give you my thoughts on this foundation. Let’s get into it.
Most retailers charge £9.99 for the standard 30 ml of foundation you are getting, which I always think is a little pricey for drugstore, but is pretty standard nowadays. However, Bourjois truly is the hero we deserve, as their website lists the different places you can buy this, and shows you which one is the most affordable option (currently Feelunique at just £4.99 for certain shades!).
This is definitely one of the nicer looking foundations Bourjois has to offer. Presented in a glass bottle with a pump, I really like the translucent red lid it comes with. Considering the price, I am happier to be presented with this than a simple tube, which is what some of their other foundations come in, however I know that some people may not find this super practical for travelling. I avoided taking it with me altogether.
The Shade Range
I was actually surprised to see just how varied the 14 shades on offer for this foundation are, as whenever I look at the Bourjois stand in store, they only seem to offer about 5, usually in the lighter shades. Go figure.
Whether or not the the undertones are right in the darker shades, or if they even go dark enough, I wouldn’t be able to say for sure, but at least they all seem pretty evenly spaced out. As a whole however, the brand could do with expanding, if only to bring in more undertones for each shade, as this is definitely not something that has been considered here.
This one makes some bold claims for a drugstore foundation! Filled with Vitamin C, E, B5, and Hyaluronic Acid, it is supposed to be hydrating, so most suitable to dry skin, provide several anti-ageing benefits, and give a “healthy looking complexion”. We’re also supposed to see medium coverage that lasts up to 16 hours.
The Colour Match
I picked up the lightest shade, 50 Rose Ivory. It’s definitely light enough for me, and up until recently was actually a little too light. I don’t think the undertones are quite right however, as despite the shade name, it leans pretty neutral/warm; I would prefer something more pink, closer to the Rimmel shade.
This is one of the lightest coverage foundations I own, and I don’t think I can agree with the claim that this gives medium coverage. It does help to even out my skintone, but it doesn’t do much to cover the spots that decided to come out this week. As a result, I’ve only really ended up reaching for this one when my skin has been behaving well, switching out for something else when it hasn’t been as good.
The finish is very nice and natural, and reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. It isn’t matte or dewy, but gives a skin like effect. I usually use about a pump and a half for my full face which I dot on to my face using a flat foundation brush, then blend out using a sponge.
For some extra coverage I paired it with the new Too Faced concealer I recently picked up, which seems to have the trick on my undereye circles (more on that when I get round to writing a full review on it!) I like to powder using the Poudre de Riz de Java, which also helps to give a more natural finish, and I have to say that I do always like the way my makeup looks after using this foundation.
Bourjois promises up to 16 hours of wear, and I don’t really see it. It’s always a lot harder to notice fading when a foundation has a lighter coverage, but when I check throughout the day I can tell the product is rubbing off pretty much all over my face. I will say that I didn’t find it clung to dry patches like other products did, so I can see how this is a good one for dry skin.
As nice as this foundation is, I just haven’t been super impressed with it. I was initially very excited and thought this would be an affordable alternative to the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation, but I just haven’t been wowed by it. I prefer a little more coverage as my skin is far from perfect, and I didn’t really notice any of the benefits they raved about. I am happy that I finally gave this foundation a chance, but I won’t be repurchasing it.
Let me know which foundation you would like me to review next!