Monday, 5 September 2011


Amy Winehouse - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

ever since i was around 11 years old, i've struggled with my skin and in these struggles, i've purchased dozens and dozen of various foundations (all of which falsely claim to give me airbrushed, flawless skin, PAHA). i've tried low-end brands (rimmel, collection 2000 etc.), medium-end brands (maxfactor, revlon etc.) and high-end brands (dior, chanel, clinque etc.) and so far, the foundations below are currently my top two. 

here we have Bourjois's Healthy Mix in shade 51, and Chanel's Mat Lumiere in 05.




Bourjois Healthy Mix - this retails for around £9.99 and is one of my favourite makeup finds ever! i would say this is a medium coverage foundation, which is completely buildable. the finish is neither matte nor super dewy, but rather luminous. it completely covers any pinkish scars without the need for concealor and any particularly appetising red spots you may have (mm, yummy!). the lasting power is reasonable - roughly around 6 hours, but after that, it does need a little touch up. i use this as my "day" foundation, as it doesn't look mask like and gives a natural finish (when i want a SUPER natural finish, i use Bourjois' 10 Hour Sleep Effect; read my review here). 

Chanel Mat Lumiere - as suggested, this foundation is intended to give a glowy matte finish and generally, i would say this it does exactly that! as opposed to the Bourjois foundation, i would say that this is more a a medium/high coverage foundation as it 100% disguises pink acne scars and red spots. it also doesn't accentuate any dry patches i have, and after several hours, i'm not a shiny discoball. this is definitely my "going-out" foundation as it does provide heavier coverage, but i do often mix it with my Bourjois Healthy Mix because otherwise it can look a wee bit mask-like. however, at a MASSIVE £33, i don't think i'm going to repurchase (i would however happily be gifted it!)

N.B: for reference, i have super oily, senstive and acne prone skin (a joy, eh?). i have pinky acne scars to cover and get the occasional red spot. in regards to colour, i am a MAC NC10 (if such a thing existed). i use an ELF flat-top studio line powder brush to apply my foundation, and always top off with my MAC prep+prime powder.

do you have a favourite foundation? or perhaps one that you would warn against buying?

7 comments:

Alice said...

Unlike you, I've been scared of foundation my whole life haha.
Only recently did I start using it and I looove No 7 Intelligent Colour foundation, and their tinted moisturiser - both amazing. I'll only use the lightest coverages though because I always worry I look caked otherwise, but I'm definitely going to be trying that Bourjois one now because I have some seriously pink cheeks to cover up! ♥

Loula said...

My favourite is MAC Studio Fix Finish in NW20, i swear by it, i have heard many good things about chanel's foundations though and I'm really tempted to give it ago next time the trusty mac has gone down! Really enjoyed reading your blog :)

Paige said...

Bourjois Healthy Mix, don't know where I'd be without it! I haven't found a foundation that matches up with this one - although I haven't needed to look anymore! :P x

Rachelle said...

I usually use body shop moisture foundation because it's a light dewy finish (& I get staff discount muhaha) but I'm liking the sound of the bourjois foundation, I feel like I need a teeny bit more coverage without looking too cakey, I'll have to try it next time i'm in boots! good luck with the move to Poland by the way! You must be so excited :)
Rachelle xxx
http://inspiredbytheretired.blogspot.com/

Yvet said...

Ive tried the mat lumiere. The colour and effects are great! but for me it does dry out dry parts of my skin very bad..

I use the estee lauder double wear and its a bit heavier than the chanel but it doesn't dry out my skin. for me, it's a perfect foundation :) it was round the 33 euros.. x

rachinald said...

Im looking for a high coverage foundation, i have the bourjois one, but its literally like a tinted moisturiser on me, what am i doing wrooong!!
rachinald.blogspot.com :)

Maria said...

I love Maxfactor Second skin and the one that you apply with a sponge (I can't remember what it is called!) but I use Maybelline Dream Creamy as a slightly cheaper version...if my skin is really good I use my Nars sheer matte which is just lovely!

Maria xxx