Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #51 Light Vanilla ยท ยฃ9.99

It seemed like everyone and their mum was going crazy for Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation last year (or was it the year before, I DON’T KNOW) but as always I was a bit late to the party. Well, I did actually buy this last summer but Healthy Mix lingered at the bottom of my makeup bag and only saw the light of day once or twice. I’m not really sure why I didn’t use it more, I think it was probably just because I had a couple of favourite foundations that I used all the time so didn’t feel the need to switch it up. I know, I know, why did I even buy it in the first place then?! Why not.

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But anyway, fast forward to today and I’ve been using Bourjois Healthy Mix as my foundation of choice most days. It’s a great everyday sorta foundation; I don’t use this for nights out or for days when I know I’m going to be super busy, but as a nice, wearable daily foundation it’s pretty much perfect. The coverage is medium but it’s easy to blend so doesn’t end up looking too heavy. It covers up redness nicely whilst still letting my freckles shine through a little bit. Healthy Mix has quite a thick consistency straight out of the bottle, but it glides onto the skin really smoothly and doesn’t take much effort to buff in. My skin has been pretty yuck lately, but this foundation skims over any dry patches and leaves you looking hydrated rather than all lizard-like.

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I bought shade number 51 Light Vanilla, which is the palest of the Healthy Mix range. I’d say this is more or less the perfect shade for me; it’s so nice to be able to find a high street foundation which is A) actually pale and B) not super yellowy toned. I’d say Light Vanilla is fairly neutral toned, with a little hint of peachy-pink, which is exactly what my skin needs. I also love love LOVE the scent of this; as you’d expect from a product with “fruit therapy” it smells deliciously sweet and fruity. I know a lot of people are put off by scented products, but I obviously have the mentality of a 12 year old let loose with a brand new pack of scented gel pens because makeup that smells nice is my FAVE. Even if that’s not your thing, the scent fades almost as soon as you apply the product to your face so it’s nothing to worry about.

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I had heard people describe Healthy Mix as dewy which put me off a little bit as I’m not really a fan of the dewy look (on me, anyway). But I find it’s more like “radiance” rather than “dewiness”, if that makes sense. Well, its full name is Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation after all! It leaves my skin looking quite glowy and healthy (natch) without being too shiny. In the photo above, I’ve applied a little bit of powder to help it stay put, but nothing too drastic. Bourjois claim it’ll leave you looking flawless for up to 16 hours but this is rather optimistic; on my (not particularly oily) skin, I find I have to re-powder maybe two or three times throughout the day. It tends to “slide” a little, especially around my nose, but it’s nothing that powder can’t fix – no need to reapply the actual foundation. Overall, I’m really impressed though and Healthy Mix makes a great everyday foundation, although I find it’s not quite long-wearing enough for nights out or special occasions.

Have you tried Bourjois Healthy Mix yet?

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Tiny Alis says:

    I think I would love the Healthy Mix Foundations, but the shade range is awful! I can't find one for my skin shade at all!

    Tiny Alis

  • Anna Nuttall says:

    Hi I have been loving the bonjours healthy mix serum for a while now – it such a brilliant foundation!

  • jennie says:

    I love this foundation for day time. I think my favourite thing about it is how quick it is to apply, it seems to pretty much blend itself which is always a good thing! <3

    Jennie xo |

  • Ana Leote says:

    I've heard alot about this one and everytime I'm near the Bourjois counter I never get the urge to buy it.
    It looks great on you and next time I might force myself to buy it and try it on.


  • Rita says:

    I agree, I really like the foundation but I also think that it could be more long-wearing ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Ambi Page says:

    you look awesome bebe !! love the pink look ๐Ÿ™‚ its super cute ! xx

  • janine says:

    ah this looks so good on you! it's too yellow on my skin sadly, makes me look jaundiced rather than radiant. im also suffering from lizard skin, quite liking rimmel's match perfection (it's like a tinted moisturiser and the shade range is great).

  • Oh I'll need to have a look at this – never find a high street foundation pale enough so this has piqued my interest ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rachel says:

    Again, this is on my long list of foundations to try! Just need to get through some other ones first!

  • Sarah-Jane Dale says:

    I love love love your bit about scented gel pens that made me giggle so much as I am very similar. I need something to smell luscious otherwise there's a chance I wont be interested. This foundation has been doing the rounds on my blogging news feeds I'm starting to get even more tempted to buying it now. Fab post! xxx

  • Olivia T says:

    Bourjois foundations are fantastic! I have the Happy Light one and it's got a medium coverage too, but it does look great on photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Olivia Beauty from the Fjord xxx

  • rosaliejayne says:

    I've tried quite a few foundations but I always come back to this one, it's such a good product, I tend to use light vanilla too but I have the opposite problem to you as no foundation is yellow enough for me so I sometimes mix a little of the next shade up, Great review too, it looks lovely on your skin. x

  • Izzy Cunha says:

    Lovely blog!! For sure following! Check mine out if you get a chance! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Aimee says:

    Fab review doll ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven't tried this foundation myself but it looks perfect on you :)x

  • Inga Derrick says:

    I find this too yellow on me which is a shame. The only thing that matches my skin is Rimmel Match Perfection in the lightest shade and I'd like something with a bit more coverage than that.

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