I've talked at length about the virtues of Bourjois foundation on my blog. This one featured in a drugstore foundation high five post, and was even granted holy grail status. It's one I often return to, and as Boots recently had a 2 for £12 offer I thought I'd pick up both the foundation and powder, which I'd not used before.
I bought the foundation in my usual shade, which is either 51 or 52 depending on the time of year. I usually go a shade lighter in the winter as my pale skin isn't enhanced by a tan then, and there's something about the winter (weather? central heating?) that makes my skin look ashier and lighter than ever. I like that this has no orange undertones, which negates that horrendous tide-marked look, and it applies really smoothly and blends out well.
Stepping away from the light coverage of BB and CC creams seems a little daunting as I had got very used to the minimal coverage that they provided, but I was finding that my skin wasn't looking its best and that lighter coverage products just weren't cutting it. As I have recently started a new skincare regime using IS Clinical products, I've found that the quality of my skin has improved and I am beginning to notice that the uneven skintone, the reason I wear foundation, really, is getting a little less obvious. I do also suffer from very dry skin and I don't think that this foundation is quite as hydrating as the BB creams are, however, I am still enjoying using it and I only use a minimal amount, so it does last!
The powder is a new product that I am really enjoying. I apply it lightly across the face with my Artis dupe brushes and I really find that it extends the wear of my foundation, it's very finely milled and therefore mattifies well but isn't drying at all. I really like the velvety finish it gives to the skin and event though it is a named shade, the coverage is very light and almost like a transparent powder. I wouldn't use this as a powder foundation, as you can do with other similar products, but to give a polished finish to a base, I really rate it.