But back to the Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. The website makes a few claims, including "70% more radiance" and "flawless complexion for up to 16 hours".
|#53 - Beige Clair (Light Beige)|
I can definitely agree with the radiance part. The label on the back indicates that the finish is semi-matte and the coverage is light, and that's exactly right.
The formula has enough matte texture to pick up on flaky skin, if you have it, but retains a beautiful luminosity that does indeed convey the look of healthy, radiant skin. It reminds me a bit of Pro Lumiere in that aspect, but otherwise I would not compare the two. (They're both silicone-based foundations, but Pro Lumiere has more coverage, is a touch more luminous, and feels silkier.)
The coverage is light in the sense that I still needed concealer to hide blemishes and dark circles, but it did a great job of masking the general redness I have in my cheeks.
I applied it with fingers, a flat foundation brush, a buffing brush and the Beauty Blender, and found that the flat brush gave the best results - slightly stronger coverage and less emphasis on any flaky areas. I'm not sure why they call this a "gel" foundation, but it pumps out a little thickly, and starts to go more liquid as soon as you start applying it. Neat texture.
|From thicker to more liquid as the product is worked in.|
(ADDENDUM: I've found the latter to be true during these last few days, as winter weather and indoor heating have tipped my combo skin to the drier side. I've also found that it also lasts longer on me, probably about 10 hours while still looking semi-matte and intact.)
|Blended out on the skin.|
What I do find problematic, actually, is how limited the shade range is. I used shade 53 (Beige Clair), but the lightest and deepest tones were not all that different from mine. I'm a light-medium (NC 20 in MAC, 20 Cameo in Pro Lumiere), for reference. I really hope Bourjois expands the range after the initial introduction, because this is a foundation that every woman should be able to try.
Pros: Natural, second-skin finish. Gorgeous, fake-it-if-you-need-to healthy glow.
Cons: Semi-matte texture can pick up on dry patches, so exfoliation is a must. Not as long-wearing as the claim, at least not on oilier areas. The shade range is shockingly limited.
(I purchased this from Pharmaprix.)