Thursday, 3 January 2013

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Review - Shade 51 (Light Vanilla)

Hi everyone! Today's post (the first for 2013!) is a review on the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation. I really wanted to try it because, firstly Bourjois is a sister company to Chanel, and secondly because the shades on offer are yellow toned which makes them suitable for me!

I'm using the lightest shade available, number 51 in Light Vanilla. It retails at $32 here in Australia, so it's on the pricey side for a 'drugstore' brand. 

Is it worth it? Read on :)


I like the packaging a lot - the gel foundation comes housed in a slim glass bottle with a pump dispenser, and a bright red lid. It's much more 'classier' in feel and appearance compared to its preprocessor, the Healthy Mix Foundation, which comes in a plastic bottle. 

The pump dispenser never dispenses too much - one full pump is enough for one layer on my face. Though if you have very clear skin, you'd probably only need 1/2 to 3/4 of a pump. 


The Healthy Mix Serum is a gel foundation, a texture that allows instant blending, flawless complexion, and undetectable coverage for up to 16 hours. It's hypo-allergenic, and contains vitamin rich fruits such as lychee, goji berries, and pomegranate.  

On the website, it also claims this foundation improves natural complexion radiance by up to 69%, after 4 weeks of use. 

If you look at the label above, it also states the coverage factor rating as 1 out of 3 squares, and that the finish is semi-matte. 


This is classed as a gel serum rather than a normal foundation, so I assume there must be something different about the texture - but to me it seems like a normal foundation? I do like the texture though - it's definitely one of the things I like most about this foundation. 

I find the texture is light and thin, and is super-duper easy to blend onto the skin! It basically just glides, so when I apply this with fingers the application is really quick. Great for days where you don't have too much time to allow for applying make up. 

The thin texture also means it feels really lightweight and comfortable on the skin. I barely notice it's on since it's so nice and light. 

Oh, one thing I must also mention is that will apply patchily on dry skin, so do make sure skin is thoroughly prepped before application. 


If you are looking for a high coverage foundation, this Healthy Mix Serum is not the one for you. Though it claims to give flawless coverage, I think that only applies to those who already have clear skin! 

I'd rate this Serum as having light coverage. It does very little to cover redness on the skin, or acne scarring and blemishes. I think it does a good job evening out the skintone, but for major skin issues such as redness or scarring, this will do very little to cover. 

When I had bad hay fever which made my skin red and blotchy, this foundation probably minimised the redness by about 10%? But on my good skin days I can use this, and then just add concealer for noticeable acne scars, and the redness around my nose, and then I'm good to go. 

Skin looks generally healthy overall, but you can see it didn't cover the redness under my nose at all

What I do love about the coverage is that it just makes skin look super healthy and radiant. It could either be all those vitamin rich fruits in the serum, or it may be light reflecting ingredients, but I always feel like my skin looks fresh and glowy when I wear it. And the finish is very natural - it may just be because of the light coverage, but I like it because I don't want to look too 'made up'.

As for the claim of improving skin radiance after 4 weeks of use, I can't say whether it works or not as I tend to use this only about 3-4 days a week, while switching it up with bb creams.


Being  a fan of fruity smelling things, I do like the scent very much! I think it's quite a noticeable scent though, so it may not appeal to those who are sensitive to scents or who do not like scented make up. 

As for the claim of lasting up to 16 hours - I have not had any occasion where I needed to wear it for that long so I can't really say if it does last that long. I think it wears well, though by the 8 hour mark my cheeks are usually starting to look a bit shiny. But I don't like to powder, so that may be why.

Healthy Mix Serum with Lioele Dollish Vita bb cream as a base
Highlighter applied to the top of my cheekbone and nose 


  • hypoallergenic & dermatogically tested
  • comes in shades suitable for yellow skin tones
  • lovely texture that feels light on the skin
  • blends easily and nicely
  • smells lovely
  • vitamin rich ingredients
  • coverage makes skin appear healthily radiant - and it looks natural!

  • on the expensive side (though I believe it is a quality product manufactured in France)
  • light coverage won't do much to cover noticeable imperfections (though this will look beautiful on those with clear or relatively good skin)
  • semi-matte finish can turn oily in hot weather, or after a long day out and about
  • won't apply nicely on dry patches

Overall, I think this is a really lovely foundation, and even though the coverage is light and doesn't do much to cover my imperfections, I think the coverage is one of the main pros, as it does make skin (the unblemished parts) look so lovely and radiant!

Healthy Mix Serum, with some highlighter on top of my cheekbones, and down the centre of my nose
I think I used the Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer as well, to cover up redness and blemishes

I would recommend this to those with normal skin types with relatively clear skin, who would like to have a lightweight foundation to just even out the skin tone or make it look nice and fresh. I'd still recommend this if you have a few imperfections and slight redness as long as you have a good concealer too. But I wouldn't recommend this to those who have a lot of redness/blothchiness or a lot of acne scarring, as it would take forever to get the concealing done. 

Bourjois products are sold in Target and Priceline~

But, if the price seems a bit steep to you, check out ASOS as they do sell some Bourjois products, including this gel foundation (at a much friendlier price of around $18.68) - the mark up on make-up here in Australia can be so frustrating sometimes! 

Thanks for reading! 


  1. i really want to try this foundation >.<
    nice review!

  2. I always hear good things about this foundation. It sounds nice and light--good for everyday! :)
    Thanks for the review. ~

  3. so basically is this another version of the healthy mix foundation? I have heard that the healthy mix is better for oily skin, do you think so?
    this foundation def gives you a nice radiant glowy finish. I can clearly see that :)
    I am planning to buy bourjois healty mix foundi in my trip to asia next month! :))

  4. i heard a lot about it! but sadly i guess that its not for me since it has only a light coverage+too yellowish.. :C
    thanks for the review~

  5. Thanks for the review! I've been curious about this foundation, but I think the scent might break me out although it claims to be "hypoallergenic" because my skin is super sensitive! And I'm after high coverage so maybe I won't be picking this up.
    It looks great on you! I like the lenses you are wearing :)

  6. Very detailed review! I use the original Healthy Mix and I love it, but always been curious about this one!

  7. This sounds like a nice foundation. I have the normal Healthy Mix Foundation and I'm not a huge fan of it. Is there a particular reason why makeup prices are so jacked up in Australia? The prices for products there is seriously ridiculous.

  8. i also had this foundation before and i agree with you, it has a sheer coverage, not full -,-
    and the minus point for me is it makes me breakout :(

  9. Thanks for the review but too bad coverage is not that good. It looks really nice on you! ^_~

  10. Perfeito ^^

    Amei o resultado e os produtos.

    beijos grandes otimo blog ^^

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  11. great review! i love how asos is stocking a few makeup items at a cheaper price than aus! and the foundation looks great on you :)

  12. I totally agree that it sometimes is frustrating on how much some of the foreign cosmetics are marked up here in Aus! I have this foundation in my collection and agree that it is super easy to blend and very lightweight! I have be mix this with a darker shade bb cream or foundie because #51 is bit too light for me. You look like you have flawless skin!! xx

  13. Yes, that's why I've been attracted to online shopping more recently! The markup here in Aus can be shockingly huge sometimes >_<
    Hehe, thank you ^^

  14. Thanks for reading! It's great to have an alternative place to buy Bourjois products from ^^

  15. Yes, I wish the coverage was better - but I guess if it was it would not have that light and natural look >_<
    Thanks for reading ^^

  16. Oh, too bad it made you break out!

  17. It's a good foundie for those who already have relatively good skin ^^
    I wonder why as well! I do think things like importing the goods into the country, as well as employee wages play a factor, but sometimes the huge price jump is just inconceivable T_T

  18. Thanks ^^
    I have the Healthy Mix too - hope I like that one as well >_<

  19. Thanks for reading ^^
    Yep, it's definitely very scented, and doesn't have much coverage!
    Hehe, thanks!

  20. Yes, there are a lot of positive reviews on this! Hehe, I wish the coverage was better too, since I like the texture >_<

  21. Yes, this one is a 'gel serum' version.
    Well, they are both semi-matte in finish, but I think the healthy mix would be better for oil skin, as I find this gel one does become shiny at the end of the day for me (and I have normal/dry skin)!

  22. Yep, I've seen many positive reviews so I definitely wanted to try this! It's great for an everyday foundation I think since it's so light and natural in finish ^^

  23. You look flawless :o and I didn't

    know Bourjois was a sister brand
    of Chanel!

    I'll try to find this one here in Holland :P


  24. it's pricey for me but i still wanna try this out!


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