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Budget vs High End | Foundation

Saturday, 15 October 2016
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Today's post is another collaboration! In case you missed it, last month I collaborated with the lovely ladies over at The Flower That Blooms to create a unicorn-inspired makeup look, and this month I'm collaborating with the super sweet Grace from GraceBee! We had a couple ideas knocking around, but with Grace's hand being broken it meant that makeup looks weren't really on the table! So, we decided to talk about our favourite foundations, with Grace discussing high-end as she has quite a few high-end products, and me being a drugstore makeup hoarder, I obviously chose to go with a budget option! Expect a few more posts from us as we want to make this a series of posts, and hopefully we'll get to do some makeup looks soon too! You can find Grace's part of this post here!

As I mentioned above, I'm the girl that always buys drugstore - I'm always worried about buying a high end product and disliking it, because then I'm stuck with a product I don't like, unless I'm lucky enough to make some money back through selling it via Depop, but we all know that can be a bit of a hassle and there's no guarantees it'll sell. Today I decided to share with you my favourite drugstore foundation that's been a favourite for so long. I mean, I have a bunch of foundations I adore, but this one has been in the running the longest, and ever since I rebranded my blog earlier this year, I haven't spoken about it in its own post before! 

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Serum is a foundation I've had in my collection for years, and repurchased multiple bottles of. I'm always trying new foundations, and I never stick to just one, so I feel that it says a lot about this little gem that I have had to repurchase it a few times! I started initially on the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, the regular one, on the recommendation of Pixiwoo. I recall the girls saying it was really good for dry skin, and at about 17, I had no real knowledge of beauty products but I knew that there must be something to what the Pixiwoo ladies were saying because they were so talented and as MUA's, knew what they were talking about. I did enjoy the regular HM foundation, but I decided to try the Gel Serum version next time instead just to see what it was like - I'd heard amazing things about it.

It retails at £10.99 in both Boots and Superdrug (although if you're lucky, you might find your shade on Fragrance Direct for around £7.99) and comes with your standard 30ml of product. The bottle is tall and slim with a sleek red cap and your typical foundation pump. Like most Bourjois base products, it smells divine - it's a sort of floral fragrance, I think? Don't quote me on that, I'm not the best at describing smells. It's not a scent that's heavy and in your face, and it disappears once you buff the product into your face. I think the reason I prefer the Gel Serum is because of the texture - it isn't like a sticky hair gel, but it does have that light, pleasant, blendable gel-like feel to it. I'm not sure how exactly to describe it. 

For me, I find this foundation to be very buildable - I can take it from light to full in a few layers, but it never feels heavy on my skin and has a very dewy finish, making your skin look and feel natural. Oddly enough though, on the back of the bottle, it says the coverage is 'light'! I don't think this is true. It's a natural looking and feeling foundation, but as I said before, it's very buildable. I often go for this for special ocassions and nights out because it looks and feels beautiful whilst still providing great coverage. It's one that needs a concealer to help my redness, but foundations that don't require such are few and far between.

The back of the bottle claims 'instant blending gel, flawless complexion, undetectable coverage', and has ingredients of 'vitamin rich fruits, lychee, goji berries and pomegranate'. The front of the bottle says '16 hours radiance-boosting, even, revived complexion' and 'vitamin-rich fruit therapy, instant anti-fatigue'. This is a lot of claims from one little bottle, and I believe a lot of these are similar to the regular HM foundation. I do find this to be a good, long-lasting foundation, especially with the likes of the Nivea Post-Shave Balm as your primer underneath - this is the foundation I wore for the wedding with Jack last month and it lasted from midday to midnight without any issues. As the coverage is breathable and it has that dewy-finish, it's definitely one to make you look and feel fresh faced, which is another reason I love it. Some higher coverage foundations can make me feel a little 'dead', so I compensate by adding a ton of bronzer which helps to add some liveliness back into my skin, but I don't have that issue with this foundation as it looks beautiful and natural right off the bat. 

This is by far one of my favourites for a flawless complexion. My hero combination, which again I wore to the wedding, is the Nivea primer, this foundation and the 17 Stay Time concealer - they all work beautifully together, melding really well and providing me with high, seamless coverage that won't move, so I believe in the claims made by Bourjois on the Gel Serum bottle. 

There are only real downside to the product is that this doesn't seem to have a huge range of skin tones which is a shame, as it's such a wonderful product. If anyone's interested, I use shade 51 Light Vanilla. 

Remember to check out Grace's post here! Have you tried the Healthy Mix Gel Serum?

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