I have a soft spot for Bourjois foundations, there's no denying it. A long discontinued mattifying foundation from Bourjois was the first base I ever bought with my own money, and I still can't resist browsing their new releases when I visit Poland every year.
I've heard some good things here and there about the new-ish Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream ($18.50 for 1 oz/ 30 ml
on ASOS, cheaper on Amazon or eBay), so I didn't hesitate long when I spotted it on sale - I obviously grabbed the lightest shade in the range of four, 31 Ivory. The foundation comes in a sleek squishy tube with a small spout; not particularly unique, but functional and lightweight for travel. The packaging promises luminous and smooth skin with the help of three corrective pigments: apricot to cancel out fatigue, green to eliminate redness, white to help with hyperpigmentation. It also contains SPF 15.
The foundation itself is a rather liquidy consistency (I've had some spill out on the inside of the cap when I was traveling, unfortunately) and a sweet perfumey scent - I believe all of Bourjois bases are rather heavily fragranced. Thanks to the thin, slightly siliconey texture, it spreads out and blends into the skin very easily, be it with fingers, brush or a sponge.
I'd say the coverage is a perfect medium: it can be both sheered out, especially with a damp Beautyblender, or built up in layers to be more opaque. The finish is very skin like, a luminous matte/ satin that so many brands are favoring these days, which is my preference as well. It's not as lightweight and undiscernible as my favorite Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
, but doesn't sit on top of the skin either. It doesn't pool in pores or settle into fine lines, and it's quite forgiving on dry flakes too; however, if you have a dry skin type, I think it may have a tendency to look a bit flat.
On my combination skin, it lasts reasonably well; I still get shiny on
my forehead and nose after about 4 hours, but the foundation doesn't
completely break down and melt off the face, even in extreme weather conditions (I've tested it while skiing and snowboarding). My dry areas also don't
look dehydrated or cakey by the end of the day, a big plus.
|L-R: Bourjois CC Cream in 31 Ivory, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 1, Revlon Colorstay in Ivory, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly|
My biggest issue with this CC Cream, which I kinda expected from my previous experiences with Bourjois bases, is the color match. At the moment, it's at least a shade too dark for my fair skin, and it does have a bit of an orange undertone (is that the apricot pigment at work?), unlike the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51
for example, which pulled very yellow. Once I sheer the CC Cream out and blend onto my neck carefully, I can just about get away with it, but 31 Ivory will be much better suited to summer months for me.
|Bourjois CC Cream in Ivory applied to a freshly moisturized bare face, no concealer, no powder. It looks quite glowy but not greasy, cancels out redness well, but some of my freckles, marks and blemishes are still showing through.|
Overall, I think that Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream is a solid foundation for everyday wear, especially if you can find a good shade match in the very limited shade range. However, it's not absolutely miraculous or anything, so if you can't get hold of Bourjois products easily (like us here in the US), I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it. I've been enjoying it, but once my tube runs out, I most likely won't repurchase. Have you tried this? Or are you completely over the BB, CC and DD marketing trend?
I think it's got to the point where I don't even care what alphabet it's called. If it works well, then I'm in :-) The texture of this CC cream sounds great, but too bad the shade match isn't great on you. The apricot base will probably emphasize the redness of my skin though. 51 is a better match on me because for base products, my skin prefers yellow to tone down the redness. Thanks for this review though. I can see the finish of the foundation on your skin, and it looks really good :-)ReplyDelete
Lily, I'm pretty sure 31 would be awful on you, if it looks a bit too orange on me, you'd probably look like you smeared your face with carrots, lol. But yes, the 51 had a nice yellow undertone! I wish Bourjois offered more shades in their foundations :(Delete
LOL at your carrot remark. You're so right. Hahahaha!! Maybe a carrot + pumpkin mash, actually ;-)Delete
Bourjois healthy mix is the only drugstore foundation I regularly use! I haven't had much luck with BB/CC/DD/EE/XX creams with the exception of the Cargo version!ReplyDelete
Oooh, I haven't heard anything about the Cargo one! Interesting... I've never tried the original Healthy Mix, only the Serum, which maybe wasn't my best decision at the time.Delete
I haven't used my Bourjois foundations in the longest time, need to pull them out and see if they are still usable or not!ReplyDelete
Those alphabet soup of marketing! I think even Bobbi Brown came out with their own CC corrector (the other day a lady showed me a lavender-tinted one to counteract my yellow skin. It wasn't bad, but wasn't helping either, much like tinted-sun screen). Like you, I do like Bourjois foundations in general. I also think that CC cream makes you look nicely tanned, in a good way! Sometimes I use too-dark foundation to contour during winter months but I think this one would be too light as contour. Thanks for the review!ReplyDelete
Haha, Make Up Forever just launched a whole new range of primers with tints meaning to counteract different problems. I've got a sample of a pale blue one (because curious, and it was meant to help with redness on fair skin - although the SA said much fairer than mine, which I don't know how much more pasty you can get...), but I don't think it does a whole lot actually. Thank you for the kind words, Claire - the longer I look at that photo, the more I think... ORANGE!Delete
Love it! This foundation is def a must try upon seeing this. Love the color and the coverage. It seems top blend well with the skin.ReplyDelete
This is one of my favorite CC creams. The coverage is pretty impressive for an alphabet cream! (I actually reviewed a DD cream today :-))ReplyDelete
I've been thinking about giving this a try for a while, and I'm actually surprise it isn't in my stash already. After all, it's even Lisa Eldridge approved, LOL.ReplyDelete