Do you ever think that sometimes old favourites were such loved products for a good reason? Well not long ago I was running out of both foundation and mascara, and decided that now would be a good time to go back and revisit two products that I used to absolutely adore at the time.
This time round the product I’m going to be talking to you about is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation in the shade 51 Vanille Clair. It’s described by Bourjois as a ‘gel foundation made from a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula’ which helps give ‘an even complexion and an instant fatigue result’. I know that a few years ago I adored this foundation, and used nothing but this. But I think the main reason I stopped using it was because it was around the time I discovered Rimmels perfect fair skin shades, and because having tried other Bourjois foundations I’ve found that even the fairest shade leans a little too yellow/orange for me personally. Not only this but I was convinced that they discontinued the Healthy Mix Serum foundation and only offered the regular Healthy Mix foundation – and the thing I loved about the serum version was that amazing texture which made it so effortless to blend. Turns out I must have just gone mad or something because the other week I found this little gem lurking about the drugstore aisles.
Having been using this foundation for another week or so I know why I loved it. It really does blend onto the skin just perfectly. It feels light, and with a light but build-able finish it covers what I need it to cover, and does give you that ‘glow’. However, I can also see why I stopped using it. It looks beautiful on my skin, until you compare it to my neck. It really is just too orange for me, and not light enough for my fair but neutral skin tone (#palegirlproblems). If I could have this foundation but in the Rimmel Light Porcelain shade then I recon I could hold my hands up and say that this is a big contender for my holy grail drugstore foundation. But it’s not. Whilst it is comparable to the Rimmel Match Perfection (which if you read my blog you’ll know I love and repurchase time and time again), there’s just something about the Healthy Mix Serum that makes it feel so much nicer – plus it also smells really nice, which is always a little added bonus.
You can see that this foundation gives a nice even coverage. It covers up most bits of redness but still requires concealer under the eyes, round the nose and on blemishes, but this is a light coverage foundation and it doesn’t claim to do any more than that! However, like I said before, the big thing is the lack of a fairer, more neutral toned shade, and that’s what breaks it for me. I also don’t think that Bourjois offer particularly dark shades either, so for those of us with skin tones on either end of the spectrum, well this foundation just really doesn’t work for us.
Overall I have been using this foundation, and it works just fine, but I don’t love it like I used to, and I think that’s mostly because I’m better educated on make up and what sorts of foundation I should be using. I will continue to use this for a little while (because it doesn’t look awful) but I think I’ll be picking up something more suited to my skin pretty soon.
So that’s the first little part of me rediscovering some old favourites. Have you ever repurchased a product you loved a while back, and was it as good as you remembered?!