[Bourjois' Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in Shade 56 - Light Bronze]
I think it's been about 2 years since I've bought liquid foundation and this seemed interesting enough. It's not available in Malaysia and I got this while I was in London. It says on the back that it dries to a semi-matte finish, which sounded good to me!
As you can see from the name itself, this is a gel foundation, which made it a little different, and more appealing. It's also supposed to have a whole bunch of stuff in it that's good for skin like goji berries, etc. so that we can pretend we're not clogging out pores unnecessarily when we wear makeup. Honestly, I can't tell whether it's actually good for skin...this is highly unlikely...but it doesn't feel BAD for your skin, and that is a good thing. It is definitely a lightweight foundation with light to medium coverage and decent staying power.
As I have combination skin where it's dry on the cheeks and oily in the T-Zone, I thought it might help to try this out with two different powders over it. So, the first set of pictures were a test on this foundation with MAC's Mineralized Skinfinish Natural over it, and the second set is with Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder over it.
[The horror of no having no makeup on...]
[Bourjois' Healthy Mix Foundation]
[Bourjois' Healthy Mix Foundation + Concealer + MAC's Mineralized Skin Finish Powder at 5:45pm]
This foundation goes on very easily and blends very nicely into the skin. It does dry to a semi-matte finish, but still leaves a slight glow to the skin. I do like how it feels so I have no complaints at this point. The final picture was taken at 5:45pm, and at midnight I took a picture of how it held up.
[Bourjois' Healthy Mix Foundation + Concealer + MAC's Mineralized Skin Finish Powder at Midnight]
So, I went for a wedding in that set of pictures and didn't blot my face because I was too lazy. The oil did break through on certain parts, but for 6 hours without blotting I don't think it was too terrible. More importantly, the foundation itself matched my skin tone really well when it went on, and it didn't oxidise at all or separate in any manner. When I blotted it after taking this picture, it looked fresh and quite put together once again.
Now for the use of this foundation with Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder. The "BEFORE" picture which traumatised you is above if you need reference.
[Bourjois' Healthy Mix Foundation + Concealer]
[Bourjois' Healthy Mix Foundation + Concealer + Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder at 2:15pm]
Yes, I forgot to take a picture after powdering my face so this is with full make up on. But you get the gist!
[Bourjois' Healthy Mix Foundation + Concealer + Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder at 9:50pm]
I know...I really need to practise my selfies! Badly!
Anyway...this was my face 7 hours and 35 minutes after putting on my makeup. I blotted my nose 2 hours into its wear, and my whole face about 5 hours into the wear, and this was taken just over 2 hours after that. It wasn't even super blotting, I just used a piece of tissue and pressed it lightly over my face. In general, I think that Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder definitely helps to keep the oil in check somewhat. Definitely moreso than MAC's Mineralized Skinfinish did. Within an hour and a half of my makeup being on with that, I was oily all over (which the pictures I took at the wedding show) and that was quite absurd.
Overall, I do like that foundation but I think it's suited to one of three types of people:
1) Oily people who are diligent at blotting
2) Dry or Normal skin toned people
3) Cooler climates where the humidity isn't trying to kill you
Would I still use it? Definitely. I will try it out with a mattifying primer and/or skin care and see how it goes. Updates will follow.