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What’s In My Makeup? Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

What’s In My Makeup? Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

What’s In My Makeup? Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation has been regarded highly by many of the beauty bloggers that I follow. Therefore, I decided that because it was rated so highly I had to give it a go! I ordered it from the Shoppers Beauty Boutique about a month ago for $28 CAD, so it wasn’t the cheapest purchase. If you want to see all the goodies that came with the foundation, check out my Beauty Boutique Surprise post.

I’ve worn this foundation a number of times, I wanted to wait a while before I posted a review because there’s nothing worse than quickly writing up a post without testing a product thoroughly and then changing your mind completely.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in ‘51 Vanille Clair’

When I ordered this I was so worried that it might not match my skin, but luckily it was a perfect match for my very pale ginger-skin. The bottle claims that this provides 16 hours radiance-boosting even, revived complexion. As well, on the back it says Instant blending gel, flawless complexion, undetectable coverage. It is a light coverage foundation, which I learned the hard way. I can’t vouch for the 16 hour claims because I tend to remove my makeup before that time frame, but after 8 hours I did find it wasn’t sitting well on my face. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation Vanille Clair

Blended vs. Unblended

Now, I don’t have particularly lovely skin therefore this foundation is not the best for me. However, some days it looked much better than others and if you really layer it on you can get borderline medium coverage. I am super disappointed that this didn’t work for me because it is a really nice formula. If redness, acne and huge pores weren’t an issue then this would be perfect.

It does not blur pores, like at all. If you want blurred pores the Vichy ProEven BB cream does a much better job than this (even with a primer beneath it.) Again, my pores are like craters and I am very particular when it comes to covering them! I might try out Bourjois’ 123 perfect foundation which sounds more suitable for my skin type instead.

What’s in it?

Aqua (Water), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning), Cyclopentasiloxane (Skin Conditioning), PEG-10 Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning), Butylene Glycol (Solvent/ Viscosity Control), Aluminum StarchOctenylsuccinate (Anti-caking), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Chloride (Salt), Disteardimonium Hectorite (Thickening),  Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate (Skin Conditioning) Dimethicone Crosspolymer (Viscosity Control), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycerin (Solvent), AlcoholDenat (Solvent/ Viscosity Control), Parfum (Fragrance), Panthenol (Skin-Conditioning), Aluminum Hydroxide (Colour), Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract (Skin Conditioning), Silica (Opacifying/ Anti-caking), Lycium Barbarum FruitExtract (Goji Berry), Pantolactone (Skin-Conditioning), Punica Granatum Extract (Pomegranate), PotassiumSorbate (Preservative), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), [+/- (May Contain) : CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77019 (Mica),  CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)] 10BMT001-1

(I highlighted the natural ingredients for you.)


Although not the most natural of foundations, a lot of these ingredients score an average of 3 on the EWG Skindeep website (on a scale of 1-10) therefore, it’s not the most harmful product but it’s also not necessarily the best. If you’re going to wear foundation then you can’t expect much less than that. If you have a non-oily skin type that’s rather clear and you don’t have redness, then this product will work very well for you!


This foundation is rated ‘okay’ in my books. It’s made for non-oily skin types with minimal redness. If you want a light coverage foundation then I would highly recommend this for you otherwise don’t waste your money!

What are your thoughts on the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation?

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  • Thank you for your honest review! I’ll be looking into the BB cream that you mentioned, thanks for the recommendation dear! xxxxx

    • lindseyelyse

      That’s what I’m here for! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • This is definitely one of my favourite foundations, but as you indicated, it really works well for people who don’t have much to cover up. Plus the smell… mmm love!

    • lindseyelyse

      The smell is really nice! But obviously, I can’t buy it again for that haha! I wish this worked better for me.

  • In the UK this is a highstreet option for us, I personally think it’s really lovely for the price I pay although maybe a little too yellow toned! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

    • lindseyelyse

      Yeah, I guess it’s a bit different here! It’s available at a few out our drugstores..I found the Vanille Clair to be an excellent match for myself, but there were others that definitely looked pretty yellow!

  • Love the honest review! Was really curious about this one since a lot of people rave it as an awesome product. Thanks for sharing!


    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks for reading! Hope it helped you out 🙂

  • I loved reading this review and I love the colour match ♥

  • I’ve heard a lot of people rave about this foundation and was tempted to try it but now I don’t think it would work for me. I have redness and some rosacea, plus blemishes and extremely dry and sensitive skin. Finding a good foundation is so hard. Thank you for your honest review! Katie xx

    • lindseyelyse

      I know! It’s definitely a very light coverage foundation, so save your money!

  • I have a regular Healthy Mix and LOVE it, it works perfectly for me and it has such a beautiful texture and coverage. As for the Serum one, I had a similar experience to yours, hon. So I guess that sums up that those two are quite different. I love your honest review and thanks for sharing, babe.
    What’s your staple/”holy grail” foundation at the moment?
    xox Nadia

    • lindseyelyse

      Oh maybe it’s just the serum version! I don’t know if the regular one is available here… I’ll have to look (but this time I’ll test it at the drugstore first!) The only foundation I’ve ever really fallen in love with is the Rimmel Lasting Finish!

  • I freaking love this foundation.

  • I’ve got this foundation too but in shade 52. It’s in my okay books as well, I’m happy to finish it up but probably won’t repurchase. I’m also not too fond of the smell, too artificial for me. I do like how light weight it is though!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    • lindseyelyse

      It feels like you’re not wearing anything at all! Which is nice! Too bad it didn’t work out for you either.

  • I haven’t tried this foundation but it’s been on my radar as lots of youtubers and bloggers have said good things, thanks for the detailed review! I think the price has made me hesitate in buying this, as it is somewhat of a drugstore brand but costs around $30?! 🙁 Maybe when shoppers has a redemption bonus haha..

    • lindseyelyse

      Right!? Seems like everyone’s tried this! I was very hesitant about the price as well, but you live and learn! That would have been a good idea…

  • Shame it didn’t work well for you, it’s a really nice foundation 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Pia

    It sounds like a nice product but who doesn’t have some sort of skin blemish?! I’m just waiting for a foundation that just makes me look like Miranda kerr haha!
    xx, Pia

    • lindseyelyse

      Hahah true… I think I exaggerate my skin woes a bit 😉 Oh man, if you ever find it please share!

  • I haven’t tried any Bourjois products before but I’ve heard many great things about their bronzer! Anyways although the foundation was just ok, the colour matches you so well

    • lindseyelyse

      This was my first experience with Bourjois, the colour match is spot-on so I’m pretty happy with that! Just wish it worked better for me. Alas, the hunt continues for a good foundation.

  • I keep seeing light coverage foundations everywhere, but I am looking for a good full coverage one for special occasions and that seems impossible.
    My skin being pretty oily I don’t think that one would be a great option for me anyway.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • lindseyelyse

      Same! I’m on the hunt, so far the only foundation I’ve really loved is the Rimmel Lasting Finish.

  • Loved this review as I was actually considering purchasing this foundation. But after reading how honest you were and including all aspects of the foundation, I don’t think that it would work for me. Just because I have combination skin, so I prefer foundations that are mainly matte.:)

    • lindseyelyse

      Glad it helped! It’s definitely not matte at all haha!

  • Claire

    I’ve always heard people rave about this but I do like my foundations with a slightly fuller coverage so I don’t think it’s for me!

    Claire | xx

    • lindseyelyse

      Right? Seems like a Holy Grail product for most people! Definitely not enough coverage!

  • Bea

    I really appreciate the amount of information you included in this <3 Ive been wanting to get this foundation because a lot of people rave about it but now I KNOOWW its the one for me!

    BCfactor Blog |

    • lindseyelyse

      Glad it helped 🙂

  • Ela

    I’ve used this one awhile ago, I actually like light coverage finish. I have oily skin but it gets dehydrated in winter so this was my go-to foundation. I don’t think I will repurchase it tho, I think there are better in the market.

    • lindseyelyse

      Glad it worked for you! I don’t have super oily skin anymore (especially not in the winter) but it just didn’t wear well at all! 🙁

  • lydia

    I’ve never tried this foundation but I really don’t like light coverage so I don’t think I would like it!

  • Always so refreshing to read an honest review! To be honest I’ve always felt a little confused as to why exactly it was called ‘healthy mix’, and seeing that list of ingredients with the natural ones highlighted really brought home how it’s anything but!

    I’ve recently been have loads of skin troubles so have been trying to use more natural products. I’d not heard of that EWG Skindeep site before so thank you so much for the rec!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

    • lindseyelyse

      Yeah, it’s not the most natural foundation…that’s for sure! Glad this could help you a bit!

  • I love that you give such honest reviews and how you always really care about what’s in products Lindsey! Have you ever heard of any natural foundations before?!?! It would interesting to see if there was any???

    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks hun! There’s nothing worse than trying out a product and ending up hating it (especially if it was recommended…that’s why I want to be honest!) I have a few that I’ve got my eye on – I’m going to finish up this dreaded foundation first, but afterwards there’s a few I’ll definitely give a go! (Stay tuned!)

  • Thank you so much for your honest review, Lindsey! I don’t like buying ‘okay’ foundations since I feel like with a good base, anything looks good. I might have to give this a skip then. <3

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin’

    • lindseyelyse

      Right!? Foundation should make you feel flawless! At least this review helped (if only to say no haha)

  • I’m kinda in love with this foundation, but I definitely only wear it on its own when I’m having a really good skin day. Otherwise, I mix it with my other foundations because somehow it just seems to make the texture and appearance of all of my other foundations look better. If you just wanna use it up, I would recommend trying it that way! 🙂

    • lindseyelyse

      That’s a great idea! I’ll have to try that out. The only other foundation I have is the Rimmel Lasting Finish, but they might pair well together. I shall experiment, thanks so much 🙂

  • I adore this foundation and it’s one of my top three from the drugstore! Whenever I need my skin to look extra nice then this will be my go to!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • lindseyelyse

      Oh nice! I’m glad it works well for you 🙂 (I think it was one of your reviews that might have swayed me to try it!) I should have looked up the whole coverage thing a little more … because that’s my biggest qualm with it. No harm done though, I’m still going to use it up!

  • I think we both suffer from the same skin problems – I too feel like my pores are craters on my face and it’s what I’m most conscious of, so I don’t use alot of products because they don’t really do anything to my face. I’ve always been tempted to try out this foundation because I hear alot of people talk about it, but if your face is like mine and it doesn’t work properly for you, maybe it won’t for me and I’m not willing to spend that much money on it to leave disappointed.

    So thank you!
    Ella x

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