The Perfect Foundation / Primer Combo?

A silky smooth foundation?
A silky smooth foundation?
Flower power primer!
Flower power primer!

I love trying new foundations, I guess mainly because other than eyeshadow, it’s the easiest thing to try a new shade or texture.  My current favourite is Bourjois (my review is here) Nude Sensation, so sticking with the brand I’ve branched out to try one of their liquid gel foundations and I couldn’t resist their cute as a button, little tub of primer.

First up Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (available from Boots £10.99) – this is a super light weight liquid foundation, it’s definitely more liquid foundation than gel.  I got mine in ’52 Vanilla’ which is perfect for my just getting into Winter pretty pale skin!  It promises to be  ‘a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula for an even complexion and an instant anti-fatigue result!  Its fresh and instant blending gel texture blends and glides onto the skin for an even, natural finish with no mask effect. Imperfections are erased, signs of fatigue are smoothed and the skin’s radiance is boosted for up to 16 hours.  Made from vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula with litchi, goji berries and pomegranates.’

I found this to be a pleasant foundation, nothing particularly special though!  It’s a very lightweight liquid foundation, that gives light to medium coverage.  It evened out my rosy cheeks a little, and smoothed out the red bits on the sides of my nose!  It gave quite a nice dewy look, but it certainly wouldn’t stand up to covering any major indiscretions!  It did, however, last all day, including a trip to baby swimming where the humidity would rival the Everglades in August!  Overall I like this foundation and I’m sure it will see me through Autumn, or until I move on!

Next up a fancy pants new primer!  The Flower Perfection primer is £9.99 for a little pot.  This primer is translucent, super easy to apply, oil free and enriched with wild azalea flower for some skin youth boosting loveliness!  It is super expensive for a really tiny pot.  I found this primer to be really silky to apply.  I applied with my beauty blender before applying the Healthy Mix foundation.  This primer gets very mixed reviews online and I can kind of see why.  It made my skin nicely matte, and worked relatively well as a base for the foundation, but it’s nothing terribly special.  It didn’t blur the skin, or perfect it particularly.  I’m used to quite a high end primer, I love a good Smashbox primer, so I’m used to that kind of result, either a blur or a pore minimiser.  Sadly I don’t think this primer does either of those things terribly well.  It’s a nice base for the foundation, but not a standalone product.

Overall a bit of a hit and miss Bourjois combo.  Two ok products, that work quite nicely together, but are not standout.

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