Yes, I have 11,000 foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturisers in my stash but does that stop me from buying more? Not at all! Last month on a recent shopping trip in Boots, I bought the new Bourjois City Radiance foundation as I live in a city and I would like to look radiant thank you very much.
Housed in a very travel friendly lightweight squeezy tube, I bought the lightest shade, Ivoire Rose, which would be way too dark for anyone paler than me and it's a shade I tend to bring down my neck just to be sure because as pale as my face is, my neck is ghostly! It has an SPF of 30 in it which I wish more of my bases would have, along with an anti-pollution screen and as the name of the product suggests, radiance boosting pigments.
Despite it's thick texture, City Radiance blends into my skin easily and just to shake things up a bit, I've been using it with a retractable kabuki brush from Blank Canvas Cosmetics, purely because it was the only clean brush I could find, and it works a treat. It gives a medium level of coverage on my mush and sits nicely on my cheeks and forehead. But despite having an oily t-zone, this foundation seems to cling to dry patches I didn't know I had on my nose. It also generally starts to break down on my nose by lunch time, so I'm left with an odd issue of having a dry looking yet oily looking schnozz.
I find by the end of the work day, it's started to fade from my cheeks, nose and forehead, so it's not the best foundation I've used in terms of longevity, but maybe using a primer might help that. But for the purpose of reviewing bases, I never use primers so I can compare all of the products evenly. And also, my skin is having a bit of a mickey fit at the moment and I've been breaking out lots, but I think that's due to factors other than which base I'm using. So I'll keep using it and if the issues I've mentioned above stop, then I'll update the review.
As you can see in the before and after photos, it evens out my complexion beautifully and does give a nice lift and degree of radiance to my face. I always find at the start of the year that my skin is always a bit lacklustre so this definitely gives me a nice oomph.
For those with dry skins, or those who are prone to dry patches, you might want to give this a miss and check out something lighter in texture. And if you've oily skin, you'll want to either prime and/or powder your oily bits. But for those with normal skin, I'm supremely jealous of you, but you'll also most likely get along beautifully with the Bourjois City Radiance foundation.
It's available now on Bourjois stands for €13.99 and at the time of writing this post, Boots have a 3 for 2 on Bourjois items!
*Purchased by moi*