I'm not quite sure what drove me to pick up this foundation. I think I was picking up the Healthy Mix Concealer (after watching Estée rave about it) and I saw this on offer and thought - why not? I don't often try out drugstore foundations (except for my BB Cream series) so why not try this? It's the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in Shade 52/Vanille (currently £7.99).
What's annoying is the shade range. This annoys me a lot of the time when it comes to drugstore (and some high end) foundations. Bourjois say this is available in 6 shades. On the Boots website, there are 4, in my local Boots I found 3 (from 51-53). I'd also point out that even on the Bourjois site, the six shades are demonstrated using the same (white) model, so if you have darker skin I'm not sure there's a shade for you here. Hopefully that changes!
Anyway, I got Shade 52, second lightest. And I have done before and after photos (argh, my face in the before photo! Also, I have one droopy eye??) to show you the results:
What I was most impressed by in terms of this foundation was how incredibly light it felt whilst simultaneously covering up all my redness. Yes, it's a yellow toned foundation (good for my skintone) but a lot of lighter foundations or BB creams I've tried don't cancel out or cover my redness, which this does. So it really evens out my skintone.
It smells nice, blends easily (you can use your fingers or a buffing brush, I've tried both) and it sets, unusually for me, into a semi-matte finish. Not matte as in powdery, but more like a satiny finish that looks very natural and lasts for ages.
If you have very dry skin like me moisturising beforehand is essential or the foundation will get snagged on dry patches around the nose and so on, but with moisturiser this lays on the face really well.
On my dry skin it does last for ages, not quite six hours, but it was still holding up at hours eight and nine for me.
I don't know that it works as an anti-fatigue, radiance booster, but I do think it looks natural, light and even. A definite surprise and impressing product for me.
I just wish they, like many others, did a wider shade range.