Sunday, June 17, 2012

Gift Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation and Blush (Picture Heavy)

I recently wrote about the wonderful package that I received from the very lovely Yasumi. In it were two Bourjois foundations, Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and 123 Perfect Foundation. Both are in shade #53. I will do a proper review of the Heatlhy Mix Serum Foundation of of these days but did want to say that although they are both the same shade, I think it's slightly lighter with the Healthy Mix.

123 Perfect Foundation:

123 Perfect Foundation, according to the product description, gives an even, flawless complexion for 16 hours.

It has 3 perfection pigments so that there are no imperfections.

The coverage is medium, has SPF 10 and provides 24 hour hydration. I really like that is has a nice pump dispenser.

So let's see how it works on my spotty face. I've only done regular skin care routine and primed.

Normally I do my eye makeup first and then apply my foundation but I wanted to show you how the application looks after it's sat on my skin for awhile so I applied it on half of my face. The product does oxidize slightly--sometimes it takes up to an hour before it does. On the large spot pigmentation as well as other larger spots and under the eye, I do use a concealer.

As you can see, the color match on this is pretty good, although a slight bit too light. However, I prefer to work with foundations that are too light versus too dark. It gives nice coverage and does even out my skin tone quite nicely.

Foundation is applied to whole face.

Again, very nice coverage and even the freckles that I didn't cover up with concealer are not so visible.

Bourjois Blush in 34 Rose D'or

I love the cute little concave brush that is included in the blush. Not that I use it but I think it's so cute.

It is a beautiful pink with gold shimmer. The color is perfect--it's so me!

Blush applied to my cheek.

Front view with face fully done.

The 123 Perfect Foundation does what it says it does--provides an even, flawless complexion with the 3 perfection pigments. I usually don't wear my foundation for 16 - 24 hours so I can't personally vouch for their claim that it will last for 16 hours or provide 24 hour hydration. It's been really humid here recently so after 8 - 10 hours, I have found my makeup to be "melting" on me. It is okay for me to go throughout the day with but I will need to touch up here and there if I want to go out without completely redoing my makeup. Normally I prefer a more dewey finish because I like that slight glow and I do not like matte finish because I find the product tends to settle into fine lines and look cakey but I haven't had that problem with this foundation. This has been the foundation that I have been reaching for everyday as it provides me with nice coverage and doesn't feel like I have anything on. It's especially great in this humid weather that we've been having. The blush is nicely pigmented, a bit light but since I tend to have a heavy hand, it's great for me to apply and not get "clown cheeks". As I mentioned earlier, I love the color.

I will do a review on the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation as soon as I use it regularly. I must admit though, it may be a while since I'm loving this foundation so much right now.

Thank you again Yasumi for the wonderful gifts!



Jian said...

Oooh this foundation sounds wonderful! <3

And I love the way the blush looks on you! Thanks for the indepth review~

Sheila said...

Wow that foundation looks amazing on you! The blush makes you look so fresh and young, the colour looks great on your colouring.

I think you might be shade 54 for this foundie, because I'm shade 53 and you're one or two shades darker than me. My cousin is coming to visit from UK in July so if you have anything from there you'd like to try, let me know ;)

ShinyPrettyThings said...

ohhh the foundation works great on u! i was thinking about getting that when I was in London but got the Healthy Mix Serum instead. Will try this one next! looove Bourjois blush too. i am quite sad they stopped carrying this brand in the US.

Jen said...

It looks like it matches you pretty well~ ^^ I've heard a lot about the brand, but not about this particular foundation. will give this a try in the future :) I like the bush too ^^ very subtle !

Anonymous said...

Superb coverage, and your face looks great! So fresh! Oh, I read Yasumi's blog, and it is one of my favorites. I love it because it is a collage of little, but interesting things, from literature and art to nail polishes and BB creams. Besides, I love her writing style as well as her humor.

galpal.hi said...

@Jian--Thank you! Yes, I'm really loving this foundation. Too bad it's not available here.

It's been a while since I've done an indepth review like this. So glad that I was finally able to do so.


galpal.hi said...

@Sheila--Awww, thank you! I may take you up on your offer. I will take a look at the shade difference. The one thing that I really like about this shade is that the tone is right--not yellow and not pink. It doesn't turn me ashy, chalky or dirty.


galpal.hi said...

@ShinyPrettyThings--If you get a chance to get this foundation in the future, I can recommend it. Haven't played much with the Healthy Serum Mix Foundation yet as I used it only once or twice. Hopefully you'll do a review on it.

I agree! Too bad this brand isn't sold in the States any more.


galpal.hi said...

@Jen--Thank you for your comment! I know what you mean--I had read a lot of reviews of the Healthy Serum Mix Foundation but hadn't heard about this one. So glad that I was gifted with it.


galpal.hi said...

@Sandy--Hi Sandy! It's been a while, hasn't it. How have you been? Thank you for your sweet comment. I love the feel (or rather "no foundation feel") to this foundation. I also love the fact that it doesn't oxidize to an awful grayish, ashy tone.

Yasumi's blog is a wonderful array of various topics. It's always an interesting read.


Anonymous said...

Helloooooo Kat <3
Yeah, it has been a while. I do ready your blog regularly, and always enjoy your posts. I am fine as usual. I miss Hawaii this year. :( Maybe next. Neither do I like that heavy foundation feel on my face. Some BB creams are heavy as well, for example I have tried a new BB cream by La Roche Possay and Smashbox, and was a little bit disappointed with their heaviness.
Take care, Sandy

Anonymous said...

Lapsus...READ your blog, not ready LOL

Old Cow said...

Burrrrrrrrrilliant! I am glad that you like it! I think we did a good job on guessing a shade despite it being a tad to light?

I wonder how you will find the other one.

Do let me know if you want to try any others!

galpal.hi said...

@Sandy--Thank you for continuing to read even when I go through periods when I don't post quite so much. Glad to hear that you are doing well.

If you do come to Hawaii next year, please let me know! Actually, a Hawaii blogger event is being planned for December 2013, where some bloggers from around the world are hoping to attend. Would love it if you are here and can attend. Will let you know as plans get more finalized.


galpal.hi said...

@Old Cow--Yasumi, you did a great job of guessing the correct color. As I said, I'd rather work with a lighter foundation than a darker one.

Thank you again!


Popblush said...

Great review! I recently saw my local drugstore stock the 123 Perfect foundation - I hadn't seen it around till recently and was interested to read some reviews on it so I am glad I came by your post. It seems to give great coverage - I need something like that for my dark under eye circles.. I see that the label is coming off the bottle which also happens to my Healthy Mix foundation.

Re: I hadn't noticed anything different with my skin after using the Healthy Mix Serum, but now that you mention it, I am going to pay more attention on days I wear it, hoping it does make my skin look smoother! Hehe