Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation* £10.99
UK launch - mid April available from Boots and Superdrug
There are many makeup items I take to the drugstore for, but sadly foundation has never been one of them. I have always favoured the quality I seem to get by going high-end and would never really peruse the aisles of Boots to find my next must-have foundation, unless it was the aisle that led to the double C counter! Last year it was hard to dodge the fact that every blogger and their mum was raving about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation, but after trying it myself, I was left a little underwhelmed. I was far more excited however about their brand new 123 Perfect Foundation which is a new generation liquid foundation containing 3 colour concealing pigments for an even complexion.
1. Bid farewell to dark circles with the specific yellow concealing pigments for a rested complexion
2. Bye bye dullness with mauve radiance-booasting pigments to light up your complexion
3. Au revoir redness with the green anti-redness pigments to eradicate high colour and even the tone
The consistency is medium to heavy and melts into the skin so easily - buffed in flawlessly as always with my Real Techniques stippling brush. The coverage is medium, possibly leaning towards the heavy side, but surprisingly feels really light on the skin. The formula has 24 hour hydrating benefits, letting the skin breathe, and also contains SPF10 to shield the skin from UV rays. The results of the 123 Perfect Foundation boast an even, flawless and anti-shine complexion, and I would nod in agreement to all these points, as it leaves your skin with a soft matte finish. I liked the idea of the three colour concealing pigments and definitely think they helped in creating a more even skin tone without having to laden more product onto those troublesome areas. I felt I needed less under eye concealer and it eradicated any redness in my cheeks, but I would worry that if you used too much of this product, it might leave your complexion looking a little flat and monotone. Less is definitely more.
The downsides to this foundation are as follows...it is only available in a disappointing five shades which is a shame and culls a wide spectrum of possible customers. I luckily found my ideal match amongst the five shades on offer, and can say that 53 Beige Clair is definitely one of the best colour matches I have ever found in a foundation. Another slight criticism is a little scoff at the claim that it will leave you with unseen perfection for up to 16 hours. I felt after a full working day it was beginning to cling to dry patches around my nose and chin, so for me it was near on 9 hours rather than 16 hours - still very impressive and a fair performance for any foundation really.
I have pretty much worn this foundation every day for the past two weeks so if you skim through any of my recent outfit posts, it is most definitely the Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation in shot. At £10.99, it is probably the higher end of the drugstore elite but it really is a good, reliable foundation that helps give you an even and unfaltering matte finish, with a delicate sensation of lightness on the skin.
Are you tempted to try this new Bourjois beauty? Do you shop high end or high street when it comes to foundation?