Swatch & Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in #53 Light Beige

I have shied away from foundations till I purchased Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in #53 Light Beige for a lot of reasons. I have received samples of different foundations from time to time in the past, but I always had the impression that they felt like a mask on my face, made my T-zone super oily, or just didn’t feel/look natural. My skin is generally speaking pretty OK aside from some blackheads and enlarged pores on my nose, pigmentation spots on my cheeks, and occasional acne caused by hormones. Therefore, I never made up my mind to take up the task of finding a foundation.

I was watching the Youtube channel of the talented makeup artist Lisa Eldridge one day, and saw her use Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in some of her tutorials. That sort of sparked my interest. Since it would be my first foundation ever, and I didn’t know if I would make a habit out of using it, I did not want to splurge out on a high-end one. After reading a lot of positive reviews about the Healthy Mix Foundation, I set out to test it out in a drugstore. Coming from someone who had been detesting foundation in general till that point, it was surprising how much I liked it! It is light-weight, natural, and has a slightly dewy finish. After selecting my shade in #53 Light Beige (I am about NC30 in MAC at the moment, but in summer I could go a shade darker), this baby came home with me.

The packaging of this foundation is great. Being a drugstore product, I find it normal that the bottle is not made of glass or doesn’t look luxurious. It is, however, very practical. I am a big fan of the pump, because it gives you very precise control of how much product you need. I like to pump out a tiny amount each time for several times, and I haven’t had too much product coming out even once! It blends easily into my skin with my fingers (no need to invest in a brush right from the start, hooray), which is pretty convenient!

I have been testing it out for quite a while now, and I can tell you this is definitely one of the drugstore gems! It only offers a light coverage, but if I use two thin layers under my eyes, it does enough to counter the darkness (do note I do not have very big dark circles/bags under my eyes though). It evens out my skin tone, makes it look healthy and radiant, and for my combination skin it isn’t too oily at all. I set it with a tiny amount of Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder, and it stays put all day. It has never slipped off my face or made it look obvious that I am wearing foundation. It is just a second layer of more perfect-looking skin, and it does not oxidize (change color) on me. I have yet to witness it settling into my pores or fine lines (which I don’t really have, but certain products can make them show by creasing). What I wish to add is also the fact that I have allergies, and it is quite impossible for me to go through one day without blowing my nose. In the past, all the other foundations I have tried left a yellow mess on the tissue (gross, I know), but this one is just fine! I’m not going to tell you nothing will ever come off with all the nose-blowing, but it is definitely no way as bad as what I have experienced before.

Something else I love about this foundation is the fact that it doesn’t lean too pink. A lot of foundations, especially those produced by European or American companies, have a strong pink undertone which will never look right on my skin. This one, however, has a yellowish undertone that blends right into my skin. I would say that 53 is a tiny bit lighter than my skin tone and 54 a tiny bit darker, but 53 is already a pretty good match and I will probably grab 54 when summer comes.

The foundation has a sweet, fruity smell that doesn’t bother me because it doesn’t linger for too long. I think Bourjois chose to add it so that it would reinforce the impression that the foundation contains all the fruit extract it is supposed to have. A little goes a long way. If you see the picture below, that tiny amount of foundation was more than enough for the back of my hand. To take the comparison picture of half of my hand with and the other half without foundation, I had to wash it off and start over again.

Now, just to give you a general idea about how much coverage it has and how it looks on skin, here is the back of my hand. The left side has no foundation while the right side does.

Even when you get so uncomfortably up close and personal, you don’t really see “makeup.” You see less pores and more evened-out skin, that’s it!

The only problem I can see with this foundation is its limited selection of shades. In Belgium, only 6 shades are available. Since there are only 3 shades that are darker than 53, it really doesn’t go that far. However, this does seem like a common problem when it comes to drugstore foundations, so it is not exclusive to Bourjois or the Healthy Mix line in particular. Also, it doesn’t have an spf. The trade-off is that it photographs very naturally without the white cast that foundations with an spf could give, but if you want some sun protection while using this foundation you might need a day cream with one.

Bottom line: if you have normal-to-combination skin and you want a foundation with light coverage and slightly dewy finish, I would highly recommend Healthy Mix. I would encourage you to set your goals while looking for a foundation, including the amount of coverage (light, medium, heavy. This also plays a role in how “heavy” the foundation feels on skin) you want, the type of finish (dewy or matte. If you have oilier skin you might want something more matte et cetera), and how hydrating/mattifying you want it to be depending on your skin type and the climate you live in.

Also, a word from Bourjois on different undertones: “Bourjois has developed a range of natural shades, with an ideal balance of pink and yellow, to match all skin tones and boost your skin a radiance boost! All you have to do is choose your colour gradation depending on your skin tone. No need to deliberate (from their UK website)!” Just to give you an example though, the French website says the same thing about the new Flower Perfection line. However, according to the adorable BunBun, it is a tad pink on her. So again, foundations are highly possibly even more personal than other makeup items. I strongly encourage you to try it out (or at least read as much as you can about it) before making the purchase!

How about you? What is your holy grail/current go-to foundation and what do you love about it? What are your criteria when it comes to selecting a foundation? Please let me know in the comments below!

Sunny xx



  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    Its one of my fav foundations too, and I also wote a post about it vs the serum one, but I’ll be probably publishing it next week. I just really love how this foundation photoagraphs too, its very natural, great in depth review!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Oooo I’d LOVE to see your comparison between the two! From what I heard the Serum Gel is better for those with drier skin, and that’s why I picked Healthy Mix Foundation up instead. It does photograph pretty well, probably because it doesn’t have an spf (now come to think of it I should add that to the review)!

      • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

        I’ll be honest with you, maybe I’m just a dummy, but for me I really didnt see the difference between the two foundations, lol. And yeah they are spf free so they photograph pretty good!

  • http://jadeinthepalace.blogspot.com Pamela Ridwan

    Oh I’ve been wanting to try this foundation from bourjois! But I ended up choosing rimmel over this :D

    btw,thank you for your info about cargo blush in lenallure blog. really helpful!
    and now I’m your new follower,love your blog <

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Pamela, thanks for dropping by! I’m glad I could be of help. It is indeed very tricky to find certain American products in Europe. What do you think about your Rimmel foundation? Do you like it? I’m following your blog now too!

  • http://www.rinnysbeautydiary.com/ @rinny151

    I normally shy away from foundations too because they feel too heavy on my face, which is why I prefer bb creams for everyday use. This foundation sounds really good though; I think I have seen it mentioned by a few other bloggers as well, but never tried it myself. The only thing I don’t like about buying drugstore foundations is you can’t swatch the colors at the store; it makes purchasing very difficult for me :( I’ll keep this in mind the next time I’m at the drugstore though; thanks for the thorough review Sunny! :D

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Rinny, thanks for dropping by :)

      We don’t have BB creams here (I don’t think the majority of the population has heard of it), so it’s basically a foundation or nothing! Drugstores do have testers though, and that makes things a bit easier. Can’t you return something if the color turns out to be wrong? I’ve always thought the US has some amazing return policies, but I don’t know if those apply to drugstores.

  • http://chloeash.blogspot.com Lily

    Hey Sunny! My blogger friend Sukie gave me a sample of this foundation, and the serum one. I hv combination oily skin too, and both worked great. I wanted to test out the shade before purchasing online. I have yellow skin undertones and I can’t even wear neutral ones because it’s still too pink. I tried 51 (light vanilla) and it matches perfectly! So, I immediately bought it from Asos because it had free worldwide shipping. I find this similar to my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (my absolute HG). Definitely the best drugstore foundation I’ve tried!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Lily, so what are you in MAC or other foundations you have? Just so that in case people are looking for their perfect match they can get a better idea!

      Also, yipee for finding a foundation that costs a fraction of the price of a luxury HG!

      • http://chloeash.blogspot.com Lily

        Hey Sunny, here are my shades:

        Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B10 / BO20 is a tad bit darker, more suitable for yellow undertones, but works just as well
        MUFE HD 117 – perfect match
        MAC NC20 – still a tad bit pink for me
        Lancome Maqui Blanc (I think it’s only available in Asia) – BO-02

        Hope that helps!

        • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

          Thanks Lily!

          But wow, this basically means the Healthy Mix line doesn’t go lighter than NC20. From what I can see there are plenty of people lighter than NC20 here!

  • kay

    i didnt know thinsg with spf would photograph bad, interesting.. it hates light lol
    im curious about this, but from what i read it seems very natural
    like, too natural…
    i wanted more of an miracle, cause i dont think my skin is bad, or that bad, so if i wanna be natural i wear nothing lol

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah products with higher SPF could reflect badly in flash photography, but I do think it has a lot to do with the flash you use and where you are photographed!

      This one is natural, but not the tinted moisturizer kind of natural. If you get a chance to swatch/try it on you should! Especially for a drugstore product this foundation is pretty amazing!