Friday, December 3, 2010

Bourjois Bio Detox foundation review

As I have probably mentioned in various posts, I'm on the hunt for The Perfect Foundation.  I think this will be an everlasting hunt because when I find one I love, I always think, what if something even better is out there!

Anyway, in November I went to Superdrug to see what new foundations were out.  I've been wanting to try a Bourjois foundation for a while and have had my eye on the Healthy Mix one, but when I saw the Bio Detox one, I thought let's try it.  It was €11.99 and that was with €2 off at the time.


The Bourjois website says
"Detoxify your skin
For a pure, fresh and even complexion

This foundation perfectly evens out the complexion, minimizing pores' appearance and concealing imperfections.
Enriched with chlorophyll from plants that brings oxygen and filters pollution, it leaves the skin pure and fresh.
Its formula melts onto the skin for a no mask effect.

101 women tested this foundation for you, check out what they thought about it:
"This foundation lasts all day long"=> 84% of the respondents agreed
"Imperfections are smoothed away" => 77% of the respondents agreed
"The formula leaves a light feel on the skin" => 81% of the respondents agreed

I tried it in shade 52 and I'm usually NW15 in MAC foundations.  The colour was a good match and a nice balance between pink and yellow undertones.  The smell is gorgeous.  It has a fresh, cucumber or melon scent that isn't overpowering and doesn't smell plasticy which I find some drug store foundations can smell like.

The first time I tried it, I applied a full pump to my MAC 109 brush.  This is what I do every time I apply foundation.  I dotted it all over my face and started to blend.  From start to finish, I'd say this process takes about a minute, but by the time I started blending it into my second cheek, it had dried already!  This is the first foundation that has happened with.  I also thought it blended to a really powdery texture that I didn't like at all.  I had a couple of dry patches on my cheeks that it stuck to and enhanced, so this did not make a good first impression on me.

A couple of days later, I tried a different tactic.  I applied a small amount to the 109 brush again and did one cheek, applied more, did the other one and so on.  This solved the drying problem, but I still wasn't happy with the final look, it still looked really powdery.  I have normal/oily skin and I just didn't like being able to visibly see the foundation on my face, if that makes sense.  Any other foundation I own, sinks into the skin and looks like nice skin, not dry foundation on skin.

As I started this post, I decided to apply it to my face again so I could try to describe the smell/texture etc  This time I used my hands, which I never really use to apply foundation anymore.  I did it section by section and finally got a good result!!  It sank into my skin, blended nicely and didn't dry to a powdery finish, just looked like nice skin.  I have no idea why this happened but I was happy :)  Now, on my nose it has a tendency to sit in my pores, rather than smooth over them, so I'm still not 100% happy with it.

So my search continues.  I think I'll be heading over to the Swap Siopa to see if anyone wants to do a swapsie :)  Has anyone tried this?  If so, tell me if I'm doing something wrong!


  1. This doesn't work for me either and I have oily skin. I have tried with/without primer (a few different ones) and with different brushes, my hands, you name it!

  2. I don't think you're doing anything wrong, I';ve also read a few other reviews on this saying how this foundation is really not worth the effort. The only decent drugstore foundation out there I've found is Revlon's colourstay xx

  3. Ok thanks ladies, am happy it's not just me hehe


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