Friday, 7 July 2017

Bourjois healthy mix foundation vs serum

Oh yes it's that time again, another battle of the foundations! But this time it's foundation vs serum! Now usually when I do these sort of posts, I'll have different foundations from different brands and put them against each other. However for today's post I've got two products from Bourjois, the healthy mix foundation, and the healthy mix serum.
I came across these two products when I was researching a lower coverage foundation that I could use for my holiday. These two seemed pretty highly recommended but I couldn't decided between the two on which one I wanted, so naturally I had to et both right!? You see the serum sounded nicer to me, but then I was also worried that for someone who usually wears maximum full coverage on a daily basis, that it just wouldn't be enough for me and that's where the foundation would be better.


Both products claim to do near enough the same thing, last for 16 hours, give your skin a nice glow, but the coverage and finish off them are quite different. One thing that they do both share though is a strong fruity scent, I actually love this and thinks it smells just like I'm smothering my face in fruit when I'm applying it. However if scented products aren't you fave then this will be a big put off as it's probably the most strong smelling foundation I've ever used. For reference I also got both my foundations in the shade 52 Vanilla.
Starting with the healthy mix foundation it provides a decent coverage, medium I'd say and has an almost matte finish to it which is good for summer as it prevents you from looking any oilier than you are. It blends in to the skin really easily and I've found other products to go on top of it really nicely too. I did find with this foundation that by the end of the day it had quite clearly oxidised on me, not so badly that it was unwearable, but I was definitely a more noticeable shade of orange. It also settled in to my smile lines quite badly too, however I find this happens with all fuller coverage foundations on me so this wasn't to much of a problem.
Now on to the serum which is a gel foundation. This one gives a lighter coverage although its still a decent amount as trust me when I say I wouldn't wear it if it didn't cover enough! I'd say it's light to medium although very buildable. The finish of this one is much more luminous and dewy, but not the sort of dewy that makes you look shiny, its much more of a healthy glow which I love. Like the foundation it blended in to my skin really nicely but unlike that, this one didn't oxidise on my skin at all or settle in to my fine lines, by the end of the day it looked just as good as it did at the start.


So overall I was surprised to discover that my favourite of the two was actually the lighter coverage of the serum gel foundation. It's definitely going to be my holiday foundation of choice, providing me with enough coverage but still looking natural and glowing. Another plus of it is it felt so weightless on my skin I almost forgot it was there!


That being said I will probably still use the regular foundation as another option or if I want something medium coverage. I'd love to know if you've tried either of these and which one you prefer.
Kate Rose xo
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  1. I want to try the serum, that one sounds good.
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  2. I have the original foundation, although I did want the serum as I thought it would work better on my dry skin, but it was out of stock xx

    Velvet Blush

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    1. That's such a shame! It's really hydrating! X

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  3. I am so intrigued by the scent, I feel like I'd really like it. The healthy mix serum seems like the one that I'd lean towards. Such a handy post!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. It's such a delish scent, I've never had anything like it! X

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  4. I've always wondered what the difference was between the two! I love and use the Healthy Mix foundation but I'm now keen to try the serum too. I do also love the scent, it's so fruity and fresh!
    Zara xx

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    1. I'd really recommend it! Haha I think the smells one of the best bits! X

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  5. I never fully understood the difference between foundations and serums but the serum gel sounds like the perfect light foundation for summer! So I'll be definitley trying it out.

    Hannah-Mae x | www.hannahmae27.blogspot.com

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    1. It's definitely a good summer time one! X

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  6. They both sound amazing, but as I like I lighter coverage, the serum one sounds better to me. xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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    1. It's definitely my favourite out of the two! X

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  7. I've never tried any of these or anything from Bourjois, but i've heard good things about this brand. lovely post x

    emjbarker.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. These are the first bits I've tried from them but I want more now! X

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  8. Thanks for this lovely comparison review, Kate! I have used the foundation before and it was fine, didn't oxidize but it went oily on me quite quickly. But I remember being in LOVE with the texture and coverage!!! I haven't tried the serum but now I am excited to! The concealer from the same range is awful though - wouldn't recommend it.
    xox Nadia
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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed! I'll steer clear of the concealer then! X

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  9. Everyone seems to love the healthy mix foundation but I haven't got round to trying it yet!! It's been on my wish list for so long xx
    Liv
    livslack.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I've always wanted to try these two foundations but I am sure they contain an ingredient I am allergic to, gutted as I hear they are both amazing!

    Alice May Snell ♡

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  11. The serum sounds perfect for me but sadly I don't think that I will get round to trying it. Loved this review though!
    Grace xx
    Grace Kate

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  12. I've used the healthy mix foundation before and i liked it, although like you it was slightly orange on me! I'm looking for a more lighter coverage these days so i may check out the serum as it sounds great x

    Steph / rosemelodies.blogspot.com

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    1. The serums definitely the better option for the summer! X

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  13. Great post! It's a shame that the healthy mix oxidised but I'm definitely interested in trying the gel one!

    With love, Tanya x
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    1. I'd definitely recommend the gel one! X

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  14. I love both of these foundations. I was even a fan of the original healthy mix foundation formula. The original formula didn't get much attention, I'm glad with the new formula is getting lots of love. I love base products from bourjois!

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. I really want to try more of their products now I've enjoyed these ones so much! X

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  15. I haven't used either of these in years, but this totally reminded me to try them out again! Great post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  16. I haven't tried either of these but, after this review, I'd really like to!

    Meg x | the-writeblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I've heard so much about these two foundations,unfortunately I don't like strong scents so they won't be for me I'm afraid x

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  18. I have always wanted to try the serum foundation but never got around to it. I will definitely be buying it next time I pop by a boots. Great post!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. Let me know how you get on with it! X

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  19. I always love the feel of the serum one on my hand when I test it in the shop it's a shame it's just too dark for me and my pale skin ❤

    Ellie
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  20. The serum sounds really good, I have to be careful with what foundations I use as my skin is so sensitive! Lovely post Kate x x

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  21. I've always wanted to try this brands foundation and after reading this I'm definitely going to get this after my current one runs out!xx

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    1. Let me know how you get on with them! X

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  22. I've wanted to try these foundations for the longest time, but have always found the undertone too warm for my skin tone- such as a shame as I've heard so many glowing reviews!

    Gabija | everylittlethingblog.weebly.com

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  23. I've never used a serum before but it sounds like it works really well!

    Lauren :) x

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  24. I loved the collection of the products. Surely going to add this up in my skincare routine. I am currently using lifecell anti aging cream in order to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. I highly recommend this cream as it contains retinol which is quite effective in reducing wrinkles.

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