Monday, 30 May 2011

Product Review - Bourjois Healthy Mix (Chanel Dupe)

For the last 3 years or maybe even 4, I have been completely reliant on MAC Studio Fix Fluid all year round, leaving myself with a very full and reasonably heavy coverage even in the summer months. This year I decided to go for a bit of a change, after being really encouraged by a fair few reviews of Bourjois' latest foundation, Healthy Mix, a much lighter, more moisturising and breathable formula.

I should warn you, this photo may induce nightmares... 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 Vanilla, applied with MAC 189
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20, applied with MAC 224

First of all let me apologise for a) my absolutely grim skin in the 'before' half of this! I took it just after exams when I was pretty run down, hence the grossness, and b) for my terrible eyebrows! I'm waiting to get them done when I get back home, so trying to not shape them much, however tempting it is to go on a plucking spree!

The foundation itself looks like this:

It's won numerous awards, including Product of the Year, and 10/10 from the Daily Mail, and claims to boost your facial radiance by 70%, a pretty big promise. It contains loads of fruity ingredients like apricot (brightening), melon (hydrating), apple (anti-oxidants) and ginger (toning) which sounds like a recipe good enough to eat!
The final amazing claim that I'd heard on the grapevine was that it was a complete duplicate of Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, and I have to say I totally agree. I've had three or four samples of the Chanel, after I' d been umming and arr-ing over splurging out on it for ages, but I'm so relieved I waited to discover this option! It's a complete bargain at under £10!

The lighting in my photo is slightly misleading in the colour change that the foundation gives me, as to make me look that tanned when you can see how pale I am originally, would be pretty amazing! That does show though how flatteringly this foundation photographs. I think I'm right in saying it has no (or very little) SPF in it, which is the part of foundation that often photographs with an extremely unflattering finish. 
It's the perfect foundation for summer; light but still provides coverage, allowing you to go ever so slightly darker in colour to give a slight tan to your face. It glides on with both fingers and brushes, and it's extremely blendable when concealer is applied over the top for a final touchup. The finish it gives is beautiful, flawless and ever so slightly dewy, giving a very natural look.

I totally reccommend!

PS. I'd really appreciate it if you could 'Like' this on Facebook for me please :) 



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  2. Wow, what a fab review! I'm completely sold on it!
    Thanks chick, and thanks for braving the before and after pics, it really shows how amazing the product is! Err, that sounded really rude but you know what I mean.
    Adorrrring your new hair. Beyond jealous! Can't exactly dip dye my measly few inches! :(

  3. Oooh, brilliant review :) I'll remember this next time I have to buy foundation, especially if it's a duplicate of Chanel! xx

  4. haha thanks guys! i was regretting the before photo the second I'd pressed Publish, i look like a monster! but as long as its useful i'll leave it! xxx

  5. thank you for this post! i'm using the bourjois 10 hour sleep effect foundation atm and i LOVE it, but i've heard that healthy mix gives slightly more coverage so i've been contemplating adding it to my collection. i'm pretty much sold now :) x

  6. I love makeup reviews that actually take pictures of the product on their face! Looks really nice on you :) might have to buy this :L xx

  7. I think I'm definitely going to have to invest in this foundation! Sounds great to be a duplicate of chanel for less :)

    Such a great post!


  8. Wow, this foundation looks amazing! I am definitely going to look for it! Nice review:)

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