Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation

I have a bit of a love affair with the Bourjois foundations and rate all of the ones I have. So I couldn't resist heir latest foundation 123 Perfect which looked great so I couldn't help but pick it up and have a try. And I must say that I really quite like it! Although not quite as good as the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in my eyes! But anyway this is available from Boots for £10.99. 

As always I've included a summary at the end :) 

The Basics
Like pretty much every foundation this has 30ml of product in it, with this particular one having a pump and coming in a glass bottle. It also has an SPF10 in it, which is lower than I tend to see, but still better than nothing! Apart from that it also has yellow pigments to combat dark circles, mauve pigments to prevent a dull complexion and green pigments for anti-redness. But none of these colours show up on the skin - it's a normal foundation colour! With mine being in 51 - Light Vanilla, but there are 5 shades available in total. 


The Claims - My Thoughts 
The Three Colour Correcting Pigments - As I said previously this has yellow, mauve and green pigments to improve dark circles, complexion and redness respectively. I wasn't 100% sold on this idea but this actually works! It doesn't work miracles (what does!) but there is a definitive improvement that can be seen! 

Upto 16 Hours wear - This is a pretty average claim for a foundation. But this one lasts alright, I only get very slight oiliness in this hot weather by the end of the day (with primer), but it does tend to oxidise a little. 


What did I think?
Overall I have and will continue to like this foundation for the colour correction it does, but to reiterate - it doesn't work miracles. The coverage is light to medium and has a mainly matte finish to it. Although it's not a powdery dry matte, making the finish more natural. The colour is a tad too yellow for me, but it's perfectly doable and warms my face up slightly, but I do find that if I have dry patches on my skin the colour will cling and oxidise on these patches through the day making the finish a little patchy! But if you don't have dry skin this is nice! 

Below I am wearing the Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation with no concealer/powder! 


The Good - colour correcting pigments work well, SPF10, glass packaging with pump, wears well if you don't have dry skin, quite a natural finish.

The Not so Good - A little on the pricey side of highstreet, colour oxidises obviously on dry patches, but much less noticeably elsewhere, limited colour choices.

Would I repurchase? I think I would, yes. But I would wait till there was some kind of deal or offer going on.

Who might like it? Those that want to cover mild colour imperfections whilst keeping a vaguely natural finish. Not great on dry skin though.

The Bottom Line -  Does what it claims well, but doesn't work miracles and comes with a pretty natural finish. 

To think 2 years ago I only worn foundation on special occasions and now I have far too many and wear it most days! It is a pretty nifty invention though! I'm thinking of doing a post on my best and worst drugstore foundations? Is this something you'd be interested in? Let me know, but as always thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed bit, H :) 


  1. I would really like to see your reviews of drugstore foundations, good and bad :) I like the look of this foundation but I think it would be too drying for my skin :(

    1. Thank you Rachel, I'm working on it ;) As for this one I didn't personally find it particularly drying, just that it didn't look/wear nicely on drier skin.

  2. Thanks for the great review! How much is 123 perfect oxidized compared to Healthy Mix and Healthy Mix Serum? My skin is very picky for coloring. Most foundations I've tried change their colors quite a bit after 2-3 hours of wearing.

    By the way, I love your blog and follow you now:)

    1. I'd say it's more oxidising than the Healthy Mix foundations on my skin. The only way to know how it'll work on you is to try it I guess, sorry if that wasn't too much help! And thanks for following :)


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