The Best High Street, Summer Foundation. ♥

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

♥ Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum - £10.99 - available here

Summer is nearly upon us, and with warmer weather promised in the next few months, I thought I'd prep you early for those lovely, warm summery days by telling you about a high street foundation I reach for religiously during the Summer months. I'm sure you've all heard of Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum before, it's the sister foundation of Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, which has rave reviews flying around the interwebs, but this little beauty is often wrongly pushed aside and least favoured of the two! However I much prefer the serums formula to the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation's formula, it's absolutely amazing and definitely my preferred base during the warmer months and holiday season. If you love having, healthy, radiant, glowing, dewy (without the added grease) skin, with a foundation that offers fab coverage, you'll love this beauty. Here's what the fuss is all about...

This foundation is one of those foundations that tick all the boxes for me. It behaves exactly how I want it to, and does everything I crave for in a foundation. Stays put all day long, doesn't cling to dry areas, gives me a lovley, healthy glow, and offers buildable coverage.

The foundation is gel based, and claims to give the skin a 16 hour healthy boost of radiance, even complexion, and an instant anti-fatigue result. It has a vitamin enriched formula that promises to make your skin glow, and provide even coverage with no mask effect. I totally agree with this description. Although I'm not sure about the 16 hour claim, read more below...

The consistency of this stuff, is much better to that of the Healthy Mix Foundation which is a lot thicker. This beauty has that perfect in-between consistency, it isn't too thick nor too runny and the gel formula makes it really simple to blend into the skin, it glides on like a dream with the help of my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It comes with a handy pump function, which makes application simple and easy too as you can dispense just the right amount you need.

Coverage is most definitely buildable. I'm not going to lie and say this is the best high street foundation for coverage, because it isn't but that isn't it's main purpose. The results aim to provide a lovely, light, healthy glow for up to 16 hours, but the added bonus is that the coverage is quite good, as usually foundations that add a lovely dewy finish aren't great coverage wise. However with this beauty, you can apply one coat of this stuff and any spots or blemishes are covered, imperfections are erased, and you instantly look fresh and healthy, with an added lovely glow, although you probably will still want to add concealer to any spots. Your skin looks clear, and even with no redness. It's a really beautiful finish and offers great coverage. However if you do want that little bit more coverage, don't be scared to build up the foundation to your desired finish, as it doesn't turn cakey in the slightest, nor does it look unnatural, I'd say 3 coats tops before it starts to look a little odd though.

                                        ♥ Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum - £10.99 - available here

The results are really beautiful and outweigh everything. With just one coat, you gain the most lovely, dewy and radiant finish. I've never used a foundation that makes my skin look so radiant and glowing, without highlighting pores, or adding unwanted grease. It gives my complexion a real boost and oozes all things summer with it's glowing, lovely finish. Honestly I really do love to wear this, it makes my skin look and feel fab!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum also feels really light to wear, it doesn't sink into my pores or make me feel as though I'm wearing loads of make up. It allows my skin to breathe which makes it perfect for long, summery days in the sunshine. The only downside is that it doesn't contain any SPF so you will need to use some sun protection underneath this beauty. I find The Body Shop's Vitamin E Day Cream with added SPF 30 which you can find here, is a lovely combination to wear with this foundation and the perfect base to prep your skin with, before applying.

Lasting power is amazing! For such a lightweight foundation, and a lovely dewy finish with good coverage, you'd expect the only downfall of this high street foundation to be the lasting power. However, I can't even moan about that! Bourjois claims that this beauty can last up to 16 hours, however I would say it lasts around 9-11 hours before it starts to slide on your face and you need to reapply. Without any touch ups throughout the day, nor any powder applied, this lovely stuff lasts me from 7am-5pm which I think is absolutely amazing! Not many foundations last that long without constant powder touch ups throughout the day, so I've always been seriously impressed by this! Throughout the day, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum stays in place nicely and looks really beautiful all day long. If you do want to apply a powder to make this foundation last even longer, one I find compliments this beauty so much is Soap & Glory's Glow All Out Powder which you can find here - it really compliments the dewy finish and keeps my make up in place for even longer!

Shade range is good, although it definitely could be better. It offers 6 different shades from light to dark. Luckily, I have really pale skin, and didn't have a problem finding a suitable match. However, I can see why it could be a problem with only a limited amount of shades available, this is probably the only downfall to this foundation.  However for the price and the amazing results, you can't really fault it.

As many of you, who read my blog often, will know, my skin can be quite problematic, I have suffered with acne, and my skin can sometimes be quite sensitive and react to products, however Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum has never broke me out, or caused irritation to my skin. The foundation is lightly scented, and again it hasn't caused my skin any irritation in the slightest. The fragrance reminds me of all things Summer, it's gorgeous, really fruity and fresh and not overpowering at all.

For just £10.99, this foundation is a must have in everybody's collection during the Summer months. If you haven't tried it before, I recommend it SO much!!! It's such a bargain and offers the qualities of all the amazing high end foundations, at a high street price. Honestly give it a go yourself and let me know what you think. You will not regret it! :) You can find it here for just £10.99.

What is your go to Summer foundation? Which high street foundation do you love the most?
Have a lovely day!

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