Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gift Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation & Kat's Foundation Application Technique

Today I will be doing a review on Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation and combining it with my foundation application technique, which is basically a continuation of my concealing technique in the previous post.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation:

It states on the bottle that it is an instant blending gel which gives a semi-matte finish and creates a flawless complexion with undetectable coverage. It contains vitamin-rich fruits which include lychee, goji berries and pomegranate. This gel foundation provides 16 hours of radiance-boosting, even and revived complexion.

Brushes used:

e.l.f. Powder Brush, Sonia Kashuk Pointed Foundation Brush and Clinique Bronzer/Blender Brush
As I mentioned in the previous concealing post, I apply my concealer before foundation. In order to keep the concealer in place, I use a flat top brush to stipple on foundation . Face with concealer applied and ready for foundation application.

I pump about 3/4 pump of Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation onto the back of my hand and swirl the flat top brush in the foundation and start stippling it onto my face.

Using the Sonia Kashuk Pointed Foundation Brush, I lightly pick up some foundation from the back of my hand and pat it onto the hard to reach areas, like under the eyes and sides of the nose.

Here the foundation is on half of my face. You can see how nicely the foundation has blended into my skin, almost perfectly matching my skin tone. The first time I tried the foundation, I thought that it was a lot lighter than my skin tone but I find that it depends on how much I apply.

Here's a closeup of the applied foundation.

I then use more Orgasm to cover the large hyperpigmentation on my cheek that was concealed and use a powder foundation to lightly dot the smaller concealed spots.

Using the Clinique Bronzer/Blender brush, I pick up very little powder to set my foundation. Normally I use Cle de Peau loose translucent powder because it's very finely milled and there's less of a chance of it settling into fine lines.

I will then use the Sonia Kashuk brush again to lightly smooth out the undereye area by patting any remaining foundation on. Usually the foundation has pretty much dried out by now but there's just enough to pat on. This is the finished result.

In my previous concealing post, I mentioned how if I use a powder over the concealer on the large spot on my cheek, the end result would be a large white spot under my blush, which is why I like to use NARS Orgasm instead. To show you what I meant, I heavily applied powder foundation to the smaller spot instead of using a light hand. You can see the visible white area toward the upper left corner. This is why it's important to remember to lightly apply the powder foundation to the smaller concealed spots.

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation can be a nice match color-wise for me as long as I remember not to over apply. Since it is a gel foundation, it is a wetter and a bit heavier foundation than the 123 Perfect Foundation. I find that it doesn't last as long as the 123 Perfect Foundation and is surprisingly, less hydrating than 123 Perfect Foundation. Since it is a heavier foundation, I find that it does tend to settle into and bring out some fine lines.

I don't know if those of you who use this foundation have found this to be true but I have found that the healthy mix serum in this foundation does work. After I wash my face for the night, I find that my complexion seems to be more refined and smooth, like I had just used a mask. Even upon waking up in the morning, my complexion still seems to be more refined. After using it for several days in a row with the same result, I do believe it to be the vitamin-enriched fruit boosters.

Out of the two Bourjois foundations that I received, I have to say that the overall winner for me is the 123 Perfect Foundation. I have read many rave reviews about the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and I can see why. Although it doesn't work quite as well on me as the 123 Perfect Foundation, I like that it does help to make a healthier complexion for me.



Jian said...

Again thanks for the really detailed review and how you apply it! I actually found that unfortunately the healthy mix although I like the colour match (52) and the finish isn't bad, after about 6-8 hours yesterday I noticed it was kind of....sliding off my cheeks which wasn't a very pretty sight! I do set with blot powder followed by loose powder.................hmm! Perhaps I'll give it another shot today. We'll see!

Beauty Box said...

Sounds like this foundie is meant for drier weather? I have the original healthy mix foundation and I cannot wear in after spring. It just slides off my face. Though good to know that the serum version has skincare properties...wow!

Old Cow said...

Brilliant review. I really like the Healthy Mix but I am so glad that I went ahead and sent you the other one anyway!!

galpal.hi said...

@Jian--I agree with you in that I don't think it lasts 16 hours as it boasts. I'm thinking that perhaps this might be a better foundation to use in cooler weather, such as winter. You should try the 123 Perfect Foundation. I really like it.


galpal.hi said...

@Yuming--I think so too. I'm going to wait till it gets cooler and try it then.


galpal.hi said...

@Old Cow--I think that this will work really nicely in colder weather. Will wait till it gets colder here. It will be a while though. Thank you again!


Yumeko said...

i am finally reading ur review/method!!

i have the brushes u mentioned but i dont use them properly it seems
i shall have to give it one more go

i'll look out for this foundation too!