One of the biggest issues with drugstore makeup for us pale ladies out there is finding a suitable foundation for your skin tone. I used to have problems finding one that was light enough to match my skin for a start (the drugstores are getting better at supplying these needs), then sometimes there is a let down with the foundation oxidising after application. The orange look is not for me. I have tried and tested many different products out there, and always go back to Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation shade 51 in Light Vanilla.
I decided to brave it out and do a before and after shot of the foundation’s coverage for you guys, as showing a simple swatch on the arm is not the same when it comes to foundation. A beauty shot (excusing my bed head hair) is much better at displaying whether it covers pores, redness, dark circles and/or blemishes.
Here is why I love Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation:
- it gives me a radiant glow/ dewy finish
- medium buildable coverage
- lovely smell
- long-lasting – enhanced with primer & a powder to set
- easy to blend
On the before shot, you can see that my skin is prone to redness with dry patches. You can see those dreaded pores around my T-zone, as well as dark circles under my eyes! However, it is relatively blemish free. If you compare this to the after shot, where I have applied only the foundation with the real techniques buffing brush you can see that my complexion is evened out. My skin looks a lot more smooth and the purple circles under my eyes are greatly reduced (in my usual makeup routine I would then go in with some concealer to finish it off). I think my skin looks brighter with Bourjois Healthy Mix and has a nice dewy finish. If you aren’t keen on the dewy look you can add some powder to create a matte finish instead, but with my dry skin, I prefer my skin to look more radiant. For some this might be an issue – the shade I have chosen is slightly on the yellow side but that is fine for me as I have neutral-yellow undertones, for others with pink undertones this might be more problematic.
Other foundations that are in my top 5 include;
- Bourjois’ 123 Perfect Colour Correcting cream
- L’oreal True match n1 ivory & n2 vanilla mixed together
- L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream Light
- Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation Fair 100
What is your favourite drugstore foundation?