Launched in France Jan 2017. The older version was my drugstore favourite. It’s the closest MAC NC25 drugstore colour dupe that I can find in EU drugstore. Here comes the test. Is the “new formula” for the better or worse?

Coverage & Finish

Satin finish. Medium to full coverage. Buildable.

Looks natural, but not no makeup.

To be exact, MAC face & body = skin-like and undetectable. This one is detectable in real life. Cannot do the “wake up like this” sort of look.

 

Skin type

Worked well on my dehydrated combination skin.

Not suitable for oily skin. According to Rachael, it was horrible and melt off.

My skin type? click here

 

Fragrance

I love the fruity smell. It is quite strong when it is freshly out of the bottle. Can’t smell anything once it is once my face though.

 

Packaging

Solid plastic translucent red lid with satisfying click sound when closed. Natural pump. Glass bottle. What’s not to like? They put seriously sticky security tape and it leaves residue 🙁

Size: 30ml

Weight: 125g (bottle + product)

 

Bourjois healthy mix foundation
From left to right: Healthy Mix foundation (2017) in shade 53, Healthy Mix foundation (2016) in shade 52

Country of Origin

Made in France

Paris, France since 1863. Currently owned by Coty Inc.

 

Application method

My preferred method: buffing brush (e.g. real technique expert face) / any medium density round top synthetic brush. I find application via this method looks more radiant and natural.

 

This foundation does not give me the “I have no make up look”. At its most natural form, my face look me but better. The coverage is high enough that I can detect makeup if that makes sense?

 

Colour

All shades leans yellow / golden tone.

Best match for MAC NC25 = shade 53 light beige

There’s a lot of blog that says 52 is perfect, but I do not agree. Shade 52 on its own is a lot lighter than NC25. 52 is too white. 52 tone is also too yellow compare to NC25.

Shade 52 is closer to NC20 or between C1/C2?

NC25 drugstore colour dupe challenge.jpg
Please ignore my madeness, it was a ‘dare’ that I took up to find the colour dupe for NC25. Please note that all swatches are based on EU versions. USA has different colour for the same shade # for L’oreal.

When freshly pumped out, it is very yellow but not Bobbi Brown foundation stick yellow. Oxidises after 5-10min of wear. A slight tint of peach appears to last for about 15min and then dies down again closer to the original colour with tiny peach tint (grey scale 4.5). So I am not sure if I should say this thing oxidise or not really? Below is my attempt to show you the oxidated colour at its most obvious stage.

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Left = Waited for 15min / when the oxidatied colour shows up at its most obvious stage. Right = freshly applied. Lighting = daylight, outdoor. *my hands are dry as sahara and I’m VERY tanned in this photo. My hand/arm colour is between MAC face/body C3 & C4

 

Longevity

No primer and no powder. My face had same mosturiser + sunscreen SPF50 on all test.

The “16 Hours” claim printed on the bottle is clearly written by marketing who is high on all that fruity antioxidant in the foundation. No ways that it’d last 16 hours on me.

 

Test 1 Tropical condition – 3 days

25-30 degree Celcius, 70% humidity, Guadeloupe

Stay put on me for 7hrs before oil came through.

 

Test 2 Continental condition – 1 month

-2-18 degree Celcius, 60% humidity, Paris

Stay put on me for 8-9hours before oil came through

 

Surprise found… It survived snorkeling. Well, lost 30% coverage after 20min snorkel and broke at places where the goggle was. Some freckles and redness peeped through. Not bad for a non waterproof number.

 

Sensation

Whatever emollient they’re using, it feels great on the skin. It could be the combination of the silica and glycerin? No idea. It feels fab. This foundation has a high end sensation to it. It is something quite unique to Bourjois that I cannot find in other drugstore brands. My skins feels instantly more radiant if that makes sense? I’m referring to the sensation, not just the colour.

 

Price

  • Boots.com (UK) GBP9.99
  • Bourjois.fr (FR) EUR14.99 !?!?!?!?!
  • Monoprix (FR) EUR11.95
  • Feelunique.com USD12.79
  • The price in Hong Kong is just ridiculous. It’s HKD200+ from major retail stores

 

SALE ALERT

My friend scored it for EUR6.99 from Monoprix on Monday!!!! The sale ends on 28 March 2017

 

Formula

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Bourjois healthy mix foundation. Ingredient list was not printed on the bottle.

Ingredient list (found on their website – http://www.bourjois.fr/maquillage/teint/fonds-de-teint/fond-de-teint-healthymix-halefonce.html?teinte_bjs=2318)

AQUA/WATER/EAU, DIMETHICONE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM CHLORIDE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, ALCOHOL DENAT., ASCORBYL PALMITATE, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, TOCOPHEROL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PANTHENOL, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, SILICA, GLYCERIN, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CUCUMIS MELO (MELON) FRUIT EXTRACT, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) FRUIT EXTRACT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, BENZOIC ACID, PANTOLACTONE, SORBIC ACID, BHT,
[May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:
TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891),
IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499),
MICA].
BHT, not in the previous formula, slows down oxidation rate / or prevent change of colour. Not sure if this is a yey or nay, because there’s contradicting results from various studies (also used in food, so some reports are food test based). Some say that it causes cancer (and/or accumulate in body tissue), other says that it helps to retard development of cancel due to its anti-oxidation property Either way, it is FDA approved at the moment.
For interest’s sake, here’s the old version’s formula (http://www.bourjois.fr/maquillage/teint/fonds-de-teint/fond-de-teint-healthy-mix-58-hale-fonce.html?teinte_bjs=1385):
AQUA (WATER), DIMETHICONE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM CHLORIDE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ALCOHOL DENAT., PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PANTHENOL, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, SILICA, GLYCERIN, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CUCUMIS MELO (MELON) FRUIT EXTRACT, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) FRUIT EXTRACT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, BENZOIC ACID, PANTOLACTONE, SORBIC ACID.
[+/- (MAY CONTAIN): CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), MICA, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES)]
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Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation 2016. Ingredient list clearly printed on the side of the bottle.

Overall rating: B-

  • Packaging 5/5
  • Scent 4/5
  • Blendability 5/5
  • Look – 7/10
  • Comfort – 8/10
  • Longevity 7/10
  • Oxidation – N/A the shade change is so mild, it’s barely noticeable.
  • Value for money 5/5

**I do not normally travel with any glass bottle product. For the sake of this special first beauty post, I took it with me.

 

So that’s it for my first ever product review on my blog. Hope it is useful.
O~~ I am so happy that @bourjois_uk regram my photo 😀IG_bourjois_UK regram joycebelfort.jpg

Where was the featured shot taken?

Plage Grand Anse, Guadeloupe
**this is France, but in the Caribbeans ???? absolutely beautiful ????
More information about the beach?

Camera: Canon 5D mark 3, Sony Z3+ (waterproof)

 

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Author

30+ Paris. Laughs a lot. Writes about travel to fight beauty hoarding. Rooibos tea. Blogging is my loving hobby.

16 Comments

  1. I had the serum version in #53 but I found that #52 works for me as well. I noted down that if I were to repurchase this, I’d go with #52 since I found it to oxidize slightly too dark so in theory, #52 would oxidize to a perfect match! 😉

    Good job on all the arm swatches! 😀 Love your testing conditions haha! If it survived snorkeling, that’s good enough for me!

    For your reference, this sells for $35 CAD!
    https://www.beautyboutique.ca/Categories/Makeup/Face/Foundation/Healthy-Mix-Foundation/p/HO12?variantCode=3052503735313

    And wow, amazing that Bourjois regrammed your image! <3 Great review. I'm not even this thorough LOL. Are you SURE you're not a beauty blogger? 😉

    • Hey, Stashy~ ???? thanks for the price ref.

      For the serum I also use the 52. Serum oxidised a lot on me. Hm… for this version 52 matches my face but quite a stark difference with the rest of my body? Hang on, I maybe testing in bad time, because I’ve roasted myself silly on the beach. I have both colours, let me play a bit. I’ve noticed that 55 oxidised into ashy pink tint. Was shopping with a friend, each shade oxidized differenctly ????

      I am quite sure that I am a travel blogger. You see the beach? ???????? it’s beauty x travel haha

    • Hey, Stashy. I gave this foundation a few more tries with 52 and 53. The 52 oxidizes into a slight peach, but it still runs a bit pale (with strong yellow tone) when compared with MAC studio tech NC25. The 53 has more peach / red tone before and after oxidation, so I’m still incline to say that 53 is a better match. *The 52 is an identical match to my natural face colour, but the tone just won’t match the rest of my body*

      Been wanting to ask you, do you prefer your face slightly lighter than your neck in general? I find that if my face is a big lighter than my neck / body, my complexion looks more radiant? Can be totally psychological.

    • Hello Jen, thank you for dropping by. Visit boots or superdrug, try it on your face before deciding to buy one 😉 the coverage is WAY higher than Healthy Mix Serum. In your blog, you mentioned that you have dry skin and then you talked about shine. You mean you’re dehydrated, right? Healthy Mix is a demi-matte finish. It probably won’t do well if you have try dry skin.

        • Oic, well if that’s the case, I think Bourjois City Radiance may do a bit better for you. City Radiance a bit more forgiving with patches, but the sensation is not as high end as Healthy Mix 😉
          *I also get eczema, but on my hands

          • Thanks for the recommendation! I get eczema on my hands too but unfortunately everywhere else as well :/

          • *sigh* I kick start my morning with a glass of water (before brushing teeth or putting anything into my mouth). I found that helped me out a lot. Perhaps you can give it a try? It can be just my superstition, but it won’t hurt to try it out 😉

          • No I’ve heard that helps I’m just terrible at remembering. I really should give it a proper go though because having dry skin is so annoying haha, thanks for your advice 🙂 xx

  2. Love it !! Thanks for coming with me to pick the right shade 🙂
    It works really well with my NYX corrector I don’t look like a panda with my dark circles anymore haha

    • Thanks for dropping by ???? you’ve heard all about this foundation already haha. So glad that it works out well ????

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