When Bourjois comes out with a new base, I always sit up and take notice because they've given me some of my favourite foundations over the years and have put some of the high end brands to shame. A few weeks ago, Joanne and I headed up to Belfast for the day and did a little bit of damage in Superdrug, buying just two nail polishes and the Bourjois Air Mat foundation. That's restraint right there people. Here she is in all her glory.
Coming in a squeezy tube making it perfect for travel or popping in your makeup bag, I bought the lightest shade on the counter, 01 Rose Ivory and it matches my skin pretty well, but for anyone who's paler than me, you might need to look elsewhere. There are only five shades available which is a shame.
For reference, I've got normal cheeks and an oily t-zone and my face can be prone to dry bits if I don't look after it properly, especially during the colder months. As you'll see in the before photos, I also have areas of redness around my nose and on my cheeks which always helps me figure out the level of coverage with a base.
Bourjois Air Mat foundation is a lovely thick, full coverage foundation which is a finish I favour during the winter months. For me, I pack on the makeup when the evenings get darker so a flawless base is always a must have. This foundation leans quite yellow on me, which is grand as it counteracts the redness and while it might look at bit stark in these before and after photos, when I've a full face on, it looks normal.
Despite being full coverage, it doesn't look cakey on me once I don't apply too much and I've found that the best way to apply a thicker foundation like this is to use a beauty blender rather than a brush. I do the same with Estee Lauder Double Wear and it's the way to go lads. It has a really light floral fragrance which I love but if scented bases aren't your thing, then keep that in mind.
It has a claim of an "undetectable matte finish" and I'd agree with half of that statement. It's definitely matte but not undetectable. If I'm not careful with the blending, it can sit in pores and if I have any dry patches, it definitely clings to those. So if you're someone with dry skin, stay away from this as it's one for the oilier skinned.
I rarely apply a primer under my foundation during the week and I've tested this with and without powder and found that powder doesn't add much to the longevity because either way, I get the full work day out of it without it breaking down too much. Now you don't actually need a powder with it, I just wanted to try it with and without for the review. I find by about lunch time, it starts to fade every so slightly on my nose and I kind of blame that on the increase in my heavy duty skincare routine over the past few weeks.
It'll set you back €13.99 and is on Bourjois counters now. So oily skinned bridies, check it out but make sure you've taken care of any dry patches before using it. I'm really enjoying using it and have to give Bourjois another thumbs up for creating yet another base I love!
*Purchased by moi*