Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation

Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation buy here

I've not really been on the lookout for any more foundations as I was really happy with the one I'd been using, also from Bourjois (the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, I reviewed it here.) However, browsing the clearance rack in my local Boots I spotted this Bourjois product for £5, (I think because the lid was missing) instead of the usual £10.99, so I thought I'd pick it up to try.

This foundation makes several claims, particularly to fight dark circles, dullness and redness. It does this via the inclusion of correcting pigments, which makes the complexion 'flawless and even to perfection.' It includes a yellow pigment to banish dark circles, a mauve pigment to prevent dullness, and a green pigment to combat redness.

I'd heard of the idea of using varying colours to counterbalance particular skin issues, but never tried it before so I thought it would be interesting to see how this would fare. I bought the same shade as my healthy mix serum foundation, which is 52 Vanilla. There is one shade lighter than this I believe and maybe three or four darker shades, so you should be able to get a fairly close match to your skin tone.

On application the first thing I noticed was how yellow the foundation seemed to be. I even had to ask Adrian whether I looked too yellow, as I felt like it might have oxidised on my skin, but in natural light I could see that after the initial application sunk in, my skin actually looked really flawless and quite even, which I really liked. The product goes on as a liquid and dries quickly when buffed in; the 'melting texture' means that it doesn't feel cakey or thick, and it also contains an SPF10. The claim is that it last 16 hours, as many of the Bourjois foundations seem to do, and whilst I don't think it would last that long on me, it certainly gets through an 8 hour day without too many problems!

I wear shade 52 in my Healthy Mix Serum Foundation too, but that one is much lighter in texture and in coverage. I do have quite yellow undertones to my skin, and I think that's why this product worked for my skin tone, as compared the Healthy Mix, they are quite different in colour despite being the same shade. If you had pale skin or naturally pinker undertones, I think it would probably look too yellow.

I was impressed overall with this product, however, and I am glad I picked it up, as I think it's a nice daytime or day to evening foundation, whereas my Healthy Mix foundation is much sheerer and probably more suited to day. I'll review it again once I've finished the bottle but for now, It's become a useful part of my makeup routine. I am always impressed with Bourjois foundations and have tried a few of the different variations available now; I'd love to know which ones you would particularly rate from the brand!

XO Amie
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