28 January 2012

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation vs Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

When it comes to my skin I do tend to splash out a little more on products that I know are much better quality, this goes for skincare but also base makeup in order to achieve flawless, perfect looking skin. In the past few years, I seem to have spent more and more money trying to find a foundation which does exactly this, some of my favourites being MAC Face & Body and Nars Sheer Glow. When there became a sudden hype for the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, I was a little sceptical, 1) because it was a drugstore brand and 2) because it was £10 for a drugstore brand, and I couldn't help but think would I rather put that money towards a high end foundation that most probably wouldn't disappoint me? After a while I caved in and eventually picked one up. Even with the first application, I quickly realised I couldn't have been more wrong with my assumptions, this foundation was incredible and I have since learnt not to set my standards so high! 

Not too long after Healthy Mix was released, the Healthy Mix Serum hit the shelves, so of course I had to see if it lived up to the original. After giving it a fair test, I feel I can express my honest thoughts and opinions, and also compare them to one another.


The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is available in 8 shades and I believe they have catered quite well for most skin tones. Having said that, I have the palest shade from the range in 51 Light Vanilla and I wouldn't feel safe in saying that it's light enough for very pale skin. The colour selection for the Healthy Mix Serum is slightly more limited with only 6 shades to choose from. I actually picked this up a shade darker in 52 Vanilla, which I'd say is probably the better match out of the two for my skin, although once blended in, the difference is only slightly noticeable.

L-R Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 51 Light Vanilla , Bourjois Healhty Mix Serum 52 Vanilla 


Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 51 Light Vanilla
It was difficult to compare the colour in both photos as they were taken on two separate days and lighting was different, but you are able to see how the foundation sits on the skin and the effect that it gives.


Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 52 Vanilla
As previously mentioned, I believe this shade works much better for me. My favourite brush to apply both foundations with is the Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80, it gives such an 'airbrushed' finish.

I'd say both foundations have a light-medium coverage, however very build-able if a heavier application is needed.  The Healthy Mix Serum is more of a gel texture compared to the original foundation, but both are extremely easy to apply and blend, resulting in a semi-matte finish giving the skin a beautiful, radiant glow. 




The Healthy Mix Foundation claims to contain natural fruit extracts, such as apricot for radiance, melon for hydration, apple as an anti-oxidant and ginger for energy. The Healthy Mix Serum is also based around vitamin rich fruit therapy, containing lychee, goji berries and pomegranate which give an instant anti-fatigue effect. They have the same refreshing, fruity scent which is heavenly to apply to the skin, unlike other 'paint' smelling foundations!

Both foundations claim to last for up to 16 hours on the skin. To be completely honest, there aren't many occasions when I would wear a foundation for that length of time, so I guess I can't truly comment on that. However, I would say that at around half the amount of that time you would need a touch up if you did want it to last longer, possibly a swipe over the face with setting powder, especially if you have a more oily skin type. 


As far as packaging goes, both come in pump form, which enables much more control when dispensing the product. The Healthy Mix Foundation is packaged in a plastic bottle, as is the Healthy Mix Serum, although the plastic is thicker almost like glass (I actually thought it was!) and is slightly taller and more slim but both contain 30ml of product. 

Overall, I don't favour one over the other, for the price you pay you just can't beat it and I can honestly say the quality is as good as high street branded foundations. For now, I will just swap between the two, when it comes to repurchasing I guess I'll just take it in turns with which one I buy! Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (£9.99) and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (£10.99) are available from most Boots or Superdrug stores in the UK. 

Have you tried either of these yet? What are your thoughts and opinions?

Jessica 

25 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I am only recently (the past sort of 6 months or so) beginning to experiment with foundation, before I would leave that part out of my routine thinking I was fine without it! The healthy mix foundation was the first I bought, I think I'd say we've got the same skin colour and thought I'd be fine with shade 52..I have noticed it is a bit darker still and i'm waiting until it runs out but you've made me realise I do need shade 51 after all and work with bronzer etc after to look more bronzed rather than getting the wrong shade! I don't think the serum is for me being limited in shades but they look pretty similar! xx

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    1. I'm glad it's helped! Definitely give 51 a test when yours runs out, it's only slightly lighter as you can see but as you say you can always warm it up with bronzer! They pretty much do the same thing, the concealer is really good too! :-) xx

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  2. I like bourjois products and the prices are quite reasonable. I will definitely buy the serum!

    Xxx

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    1. They are such good quality for the price, I think it's my new fave drugstore brand :-) xx

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  3. I have both, I got the original and fell in love, the smell is just divine and like you said its flaweless on the skin. I actually won the serum in a competition (first 100 to do a survey got one) and im the 52 which is perfect. I cant pick between them either so i just rotate them. they're definitely my favourate foundation, prefer it to the Jemma Kidd. love it, and love your post xxx

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    1. Jemma Kid was one I wanted to try, but if these seem better I guess I don't need to! It can't get any better than this for drugstore! Thank you :-) xx

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  4. Excellent post hon, I've been umming and aahing over whether to get one of these, and now they've just released the new Flower Perfection foundation over here in Brussels I'm even more confused about which one to try first.

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    1. Thank you! Oo wow, I'm going to want to try that if and when it reaches here, just read a few reviews and it seems to have many positive ones, although it's more of a matte finish from what I can tell, whereas I prefer a more dewy look, I still might try it out though! I highly recommend these :-) xx

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  5. I use the healthy mix serum and think it's amazing for £10! :) Just found your blog and love it! :) Gillian x

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    1. Thank you Gillian! I agree, you just can't beat it :-) xx

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  6. i really need to try one of these :D

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  7. I've heard about these so much but I've never tried them! Great post! Think I'll be trying the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation xx

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    1. Highly recommend it! I'm sure you won't be disappointed :-) xx

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  8. I also use Healthy Mix Serum and I love it. I even like it better than my Chanel and Dior foundation.

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  9. I have drier skin, so maybe the original is good for me. 52 Vanilla would be my color. Thanks for doing the comparison.

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  10. Great review : ) Its only a shame the diference in lightining from one shot to the other, but your post was really helpful : ) thanks a lot !

    http://www.thediariesofmissbad.pt/

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  11. Hi Jessica!

    I'm from Germany and i was looking for a comparison of these two bourjois foundations because it's not that popular and easy to get here. Thanks for that ;-)
    i have one more question: which one would you recommend for combination skin with dry parts on the cheeks. I don't want the foundation to crease into those dry spots.
    Thanks for your help.

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    1. Ah I'm glad it helped :-) I have a few dry patches and I find the Healthy Mix Serum is slightly more moisturising and doesn't cling to them as much - hope you like it! x

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  12. Hello! I have the Healthy Mix Serum foundation in 51! Was thinking of trying out MAC F&B when the former runs out, and I'd like to ask your opinion on the comparison between the two! (: May I also know what shade you're in for the MAC F&B too? Hoho many thanks!!

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    1. MAC Face & Body is water-based, very sheer and natural but buildable if you want a little more coverage, I LOVE it! My last bottle was C2 which was my first, I took a guess and bought it online, it was a little bit too dark so next time I think I'll go for one of the 'neutral' shades, either N1 or N2. Hope this helps :-) x

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  14. I know you said you don't favour one over the other, but if you had to choose, would you pick the serum or foundation? I don't know what one to pick! xx

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  16. Hi! I really love your post and planning to get one of them. But since I have a very oily skin, which one you think will be better? Some said healthy mix foundation do great only for dry to normal skin. And some said the other way around :(

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