I recently have become quite interested in a little brand called Bourjois
Some of you may remember seeing Bourjois in Sephora and Ulta, ages ago, but they have since, left the US, and are a bit harder to come by which is an absolute shame!!
Due to the incredible good fortune of knowing a lovely blogger in the UK 25FLondon, I was able to to grab a hold of a few of these goodies for review
Boujois Healthy Mix Foundation and Concealer : Shade 52
I was incredibly interested in the Bourjois foundation and concealer. It is rumored that Boujrois products come out of the same factory as Chanel. The quality and ingredients differ, but the chemistry, and science behind these foundations, their main principals, should remain the same.
I actually ordered these two off ASOS.com (free shipping to US) so this brand is available for my American girls.
Foundation: I first saw this foundation featured on a few blogs, and the girls who featured this foundation had gorgeous skin, who doesn't want some of that?
This foundation is semi thick, and I applied it with a wet sponge
(my favorite method)
It is scented. It smells reminiscent to apricots? The foundation claims the name Healthy Mix due to a mix of fruits infused into the formulation of the ingredients to add benefit to your skin.
After application I could see, an incredibly luminous finish, not dewy, just luminous on the high points of the face. I did powder, and lost a bit of the charm but as the day progressed it peeked through again due to the skin type I have ( combo oily). I always finish with a spray of Fix +
Every time I wore this foundation, and no matter what time I looked in the mirror, be it 3 hrs, 5 hrs, 8 hrs after application, my conclusion was the same. My foundation looks perfect.
Be it slightly powdered, peeking with a little bit of mid day shine, or end of day work face, I grew in luminosity (I chose to blot minimally) but the foundation never separated, never blotched, or dissipated throughout the day. It looked perfect all day
This is not the kind of foundation where people are fooled into thinking you have naturally flawless skin. You do look flawless, not in a mannequin fake way, but you do look as if you are wearing something. You don't look as if you are wearing too much but you are definitely being helped. The Fix + in my opinion adds to the " this is my real skin" effect so that is a must for me.
For drugstore, this foundation is excellent. It is not super light feeling on the face, but not suffocatingly pore clogging. You are aware that you are wearing something though. You are aware you are wearing foundation, but it never feels heavy. The wet sponge method I chose to practice helps in this non heavy feeling, I have never used a brush and applied it straight to the face as I believe it may be too much coverage than what I generally prefer, and I do believe that method would feel quite heavy on the skin
The coverage is medium and can be built, this is the kind of foundation I would sheer out, due to it's coverage properties, but if you have more troubled skin, this can cover problem areas well, redness, scars, and minor spots, and the added ingredients are quoted to help the skin as to just sitting on top of your face
Pros: Looks perfect, Coverage is build able to very high medium coverage, claims to contain ingredients that are beneficial for the skin, pump works very well!
Cons: Not many shades available, not readily available in the states, feels like foundation on the face
Concealer: I am a complete concealer fiend, and I had also seen this as a favorite of the lovely Anna of the Style Diet
I think this concealer is ok. I actually prefer the foundations, and when I wear the foundation, I need minimal concealing due to it's coverage. I have worn the concealer alone with powder but it seems to be a bit thick for my taste for under the eyes. It has the same consistency as the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer so a bit thick for concealer. It does cover redness well, but not the best for blemishes. Blends seamlessly, but with a primer on oily-ish skin, requires touch ups
Pro: Blends well, great redness coverage, a lot of product in the tube
Cons: Does not seem to last as much on oily skin but lasting power is about 5 hrs ( with primer)
I have the shade 52 in both concealer and foundation, but when looking in the packaging, the concealer is significantly lighter than the foundation but both blend well into my NC 25 skin tone. The 1st picture with the items together is the best representation of the color
Blush and Bronzer
Bronzer: Shade 52
The famous Boujois "Chocolate" Bronzer
It really does look like Chocolate!!
This is a very nice bronzer. I think if you never had a bronzer, and have access to Bourjois, try this first! Especially for the younger girls. The texture is smooth, and the powder is pigmented. You only need a few swipes to get the proper color to show on your face. This bronzer on me, does have a tan almost orange color. It's not orange, it's more of a brown golden??
It's definitely brown, but when I look at my face in the sun I see more of a golden brown on me not a tan brown which I more accustomed to. It does not look fake, but requires just a bit more blending of the edges on the contours of the face. This is scented of sweets but not of chocolate.
I love the packaging and how thin it is, and it seems easy to travel with, especially since it is so light. I wish it came with a mirror, but I think this is quite a good bronzer, especially for drugstore, and pretty fool proof for those who are scared of using bronzers
Pro: Semi Pigmented, Semi inexpensive, easy bronzer to wear
Cons: Few colors
Blush: 34 Rose D'Or
This blush gives you the glow
Isn't it cute?
I love this little thing! I had previously reviewed it in short here
My feelings have not changed
This blush gives an amazing glow, and I love it
Pros: Amazing color and glow
Cons: Hard/Scratchy Texture, very small for the $, Comes with a very lame brush, develops a frost easily
Neutral: Scented - Conclusion is, all Bourjois products seem to be scented
Foundation, Concealer, Bronzer, Blush
Does anyone have any Bourjois Favorites?