If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will have seen me talk about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation a million times, it really has been my go to foundation for a really long time. I think I’ve got through about 4 bottles of it now. It’s one of those foundations that is quick, easy and gives enough coverage for everyday but it also very buildable. It’s quite dewy so doesn’t stick to the dry patches of your skin and it last’s reasonably well if you use a good setting powder, and of course if you prep your skin well enough too. Sounds good right? Of course. My only negative about the foundation is the colour choice – and this isn’t just a reflection on Bourjois but all high street brands – your colour choices aren’t great. The closest colour I can find is 55 in the healthy mix serum and even then it’s just a tiny bit too light, which means I usually end up having to bronze my face or then powder my neck to make sure it matches.
Despite the colour – I do love the foundation so when every one was hyped up about Happy Light I didn’t really take it into consideration until my friend Jigna told me I needed to have it. And to be fair I can’t argue with Jigna’s recommendations. In terms of finding the right colour for Happy Light, I ended up going for shade 53. This is actually a much better match for my skin, purely because I’m so convinced the foundation has some kind of colour matching formula, when I first swatched it on my hand I thought it wasn’t going to work but as I started blending it in, the colour changed so much. The healthy mix serum just remains the same colour no matter how much you blend – but the Happy Light works in a weird and wonderful way. To cut a long story short – the colour matches my skin really well. In terms of formula I like how runny it is – I hate thick foundations as they just don’t blend. I’ve applied this with a Real Techniques buffing brush and the Real Techniques sponge and lately I’ve been preferring the sponge to be honest. I wouldn’t say the coverage is as good but as the colour works better for my skin and that makes all the difference.
From the pictures below you can tell there is a massive difference between both shades, especially as your start to blend them in. I wish I could have the colour of Happy Light in the Healthy Mix serum formula, because although I love both foundations I have to say the healthy mix serum just beats it by a tiny bit. I might just need to give the Happy Light more of a chance to be honest. Especially as I have been quite naughty and been reaching for Nars Sheer glow most days. Sorry. Not sorry. For a drugstore brand I have to say Bourjois do the best foundations (and yes I still need to try L’Oreal true match!) For now I think I’m going to keep giving the Happy Light a go, and maybe I might grow to love it as much as the healthy mix!
Top – Happy Light 53. Bottom – Healthy Mix Serum in 55.