Unfortunately for me, no shops in my town sell my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, and being one of those people who wait until the very last drop of a product has gone before I repurchase, I found myself having to try out a new foundation to tide me over after I finished my last bottle.
I was a bit strapped for cash at the time, and so decided to head to the closest superdrug and try out a high street / drugstore foundation, something I haven't really done in a year or two. I'll be honest, I've become quite snobby about my foundation. When I started out using make up I tested a bunch of them and never found anything that gave me the coverage and staying power that I wanted so I was a bit reluctant to spend money on something I had convinced myself wouldn't work.
I didn't do any research before I chose a foundation so I walked into the shop not really knowing what people had said what products - something I like to find out before buying anything beauty related. I did recognise this particular foundation after hearing about it over on Hollie Wakeham's Youtube channel so I went ahead and purchased it.
This foundation cost me £10.99 and I bought it in shade light beige to use when I had tan on. I really liked the colour of it, I think they have quite a nice range but as far as I could see they didn't have much to offer people with lighter skin tones. I couldn't really wear this without tan however as the foundation had quite a yellow undertone which doesn't really suit my complexion.
I have a fair bit of redness, dark circles and some acne scaring on my face and so I like to use full coverage foundations, I didn't feel like this gave me the coverage I needed. It was very light and I found that the more that I used on my face, the oilier my skin felt throughout the day - and I rarely get oily skin.
The bottle promises '16 hours of radiance-boosting even, revived complexion' and I'm sorry to say, this foundation did not deliver. I used Rimmel Stay Matte powder to try and set my foundation, this powder has been my holy grail since I started using make up and therefore I know this was the fault of the foundation, however I found that it became patchy and uneven after about 3 hours. My problem areas were the first to show through, and I felt like I had to constantly retouch my make up.
Personally, I would not repurchase Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Serum. It just didn't do anything for me. While it was a lot cheaper than my usual foundation, it didn't last me very long at all, nor did it allow me to achieve the look I wanted.