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?