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I like Bourjois items I’ve got a fair few in my make-up bag now, and their foundation was the first thing I tried – purely because I was curious really. This foundation now sits in the make-up bag, which lives up in Scotland with my boyfriend.
Bourjois is a brand that’s been around for ages and it’s one that’s very much in a mid-price range. It’s not overly expensive and on a 3 for 2 it’s an even better price – and even more worth getting your hands on. Originally I wanted the healthy balance foundation but to get one pale enough for my skin I had to go for the 123 perfect foundation – in all honesty I wasn’t fussed either way I just wanted to try something that wasn’t costing me a fortune.
Apparently this foundation has three different types of pigment to give you good skin, the first is a yellow pigment to help correct dark circles and normally I try not to put too much foundation under my eyes but it does help neutralise them and I do look a bit more awake with it on. It will last me all day at work as well, so that pigment I’m definitely more than happy with.
The second pigment is mauve which is meant to alleviate dull skin, now I don’t think personally dull skin improves with anything but good skincare regime and moisturising - your foundation won’t change it much and this doesn’t do a lot without a bit of pre-treatment so it’s not the biggest plus point but it doesn’t go against it.
The third pigment is green so designed to reduce redness, and it does to be honest, a good covering over red areas of your skin will make it look a bit better. Spots not so much but your actual skin it’s not too bad on. It keeps it a less obvious red all day too, so it’s definitely a long lasting foundation in that respect.
A bottle will last you a few months, mine will last longer as I won’t now use it as much but after a month or so before I took it up I’d not got far through it – so even at the price it’s more than worth it as it’s long enough lasting even with good coverage. A thick coverage will last you all day and into the night, but might take a good scrub to get off, a thin coverage will last you the day and won’t take a lot to get off. I’ve never had any skin problems as a result of using it!
This is £10.99 in Boots at the moment on buy one get one half price – in varying shades!
As someone who owns far too many foundations already, I saw this product and decided I needed to give it a try. The packaging claims that this magic product can cover redness and dark circles with its yellow and green pigments whilst also giving an 'anti-dull' effect with the mauve pigments. First of all, no foundation can provide all of these things so in order to really combat any of these problems you will definitely need other products to target these areas on top.
123 Perfect is a good base to start with in my opinion. The formula is quite runny and, as I pump it onto the back of my hand, it sometimes runs down my hand if I use too much. It does dry quite quickly on your face though and doesn't give too much of a dewy finish which is great for those with an oilier complexion. As my skin is about as oily as you can get, I find that I need to use powder on top to set it all in place. Throughout the day it doesn't melt off entirely like many others I've tried but it does break up around my nose and forehead where I am most oily. It does cling to dry patches which is a massive problem for me so I tend to just avoid these areas when buffing it in. Another thing I dislike is that when I wear this product at night time and get my picture taken with flash photography I end up looking like I have a moon for a face because it causes such an awful white cast!!
It doesn't have an offensive smell which is a huge bonus to me as I hate the stench of some foundations! I use the shade Vanilla which is perfect for my fair skin but I have to admit the range of shades is appalling so anyone with even slightly tanned skin would find it hard to find a match, unfortunately. For £10.99 I think this is a good product but I actually prefer other foundations which have cost more around the £6-£8 mark so it isn't the best high street product out there.
Having tried and loved many of Bourjois' products, I was thoroughly looking forward to giving this foundation a go. However, I was then thoroughly disappointed.
I was particularly looking forward to the product as it claimed to contain green pigments to cover up redness. As I suffer with acne scars, this seemed to be the ideal solution. Upon trying it, I realised it did nothing to cover up the redness. On top of that, it emphasised my pores and it clung to dry skin. The overall effect was awful. I would have removed it instantly had I not been in a hurry to leave the house.
The pump isn't great as it often takes several pumps to get going, but it isn't terrible. Although I do feel there would be a lot of product wasted because of this design. Not that this will be an issue for me - I will not be using the rest of the bottle.
All is not lost though. I can compliment this foundation on is that it managed to match my skin tone exactly. This is an issue I face with a lot of foundations as my skin has a yellowish hue which I find a lot of brands don't cater for.
I'm still an avid lover of Bourjois - this foundation hasn't soured me on their products. I found their other foundations to be a brilliant alternative. For around the same price, you could invest in either Bourjois healthy mix foundation or healthy mix serum, both of which I'd highly recommend. If you suffer from acne, I'd also recommend a coloured setting powder to really give you that extra bit of coverage - for which I've found Bourjois healthy mix powder to be a great option.
I will not be repurchasing, nor even finishing the rest of this bottle. Sorely disappointed
Im a big lover of the bourjois brand. My make up bag is full with the mascaras, blushers, amd most importantly foundations they have on offer. This foundation appealed to me due to the 3 correcting pigments.
1.Yellow pigments: Anti dark circles
2. Mauve pigments: Anti dull complexion
3. Green pigments: Anti redness
These 3 points were everything I want from a foundation so I was very excited to try out the product. Sadly this foundation did nothing to compliment my skin. My skin tends to be quite red, especially in the winter so this I thought would be perfect for me, however this foundation did not give me coverage at all. It gives your skin a kind of yellowish tint, which I did not like at all. Obviously to correct the dark circles but this I thought was also misleading. It gave a very shiny finish which is not what I want at all, despite it claiming to have anti shine. I had to use a powder afterwards to dull it down.
Also upon purchase it offered flawless even complexion for 16 hours! For me after wearing it for 4-5 hours my skin would turn very dry as if the moisture had been sucked from it, leaving patches of dry skin which did not make me look 'flawless' at all! Even after removing the foundation the patches would still remain, meaning I had to buy a very expensive moisturiser to correct this. My sister had also purchased this foundation, and she complained to me about the dryness too. This I would say is its biggest downfall.
Another downside to this product is that it transfers on to absolutely everything. Trying on clothes was a nightmare, as it would leave foundation stains on the clothes. Which are very hard to remove. Speaking on the phone was another one, once my call had finished my screen would just be covered with foundation, making it very greasy.
I brought this foundation for £11.99 which I didn't think was too bad for everything it was claiming, however I see this purchase now as a total waste of money. As I mentioned earlier im a big fan of the bourjois brand so im very shocked at this product. I would not recommend this product to anyone, maybe different skin types have different results with this product, but for me with normal-dry skin, it was definitely not doing me any favours at all.
As a long-term sufferer of every skin complaint you can think of, including acne, scarring, oily skin, flaky skin, dark circles, redness etc etc. it's important to me that as well as treating my skin with various lotions and potions, I have some sort of camouflage throughout the day. They say that makeup should enhance your natural beauty, not transform you or cover you, but what if there really is little natural beauty there to enhance? I feel that my flaws need to be covered in a way that I don't look like a complete zombie! When I first heard about Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, I thought that this would be a dream makeup.
Bourjois 123 Perfect is a foundation claiming to have three different pigments- yellow (to conceal dark circles), mauve (to brighten a dull complexion) and green (to conceal redness). Together they should help to create an even-looking skin tone. The foundation can be purchased from well-known drugstores and usually costs £10.99 which is on the more expensive side for a drugstore brand. The bottle is made from a thick durable glass with a pump dispenser for ease and hygeine. There are currently five shades available which are as follows: 51 Vanille clair, 52 Vanille, 53 Beige clair, 54 Beige and 56 Beige rose.
Using the pump to dispense the product helps to bring the right amount of foundation out and is hygeinic because there is no way germs can enter the bottle. The consistency of the foundation is fairly thick (similar to MaxFactor Lasting Performance), especially when compared to other Bourjois foundations which are generally less viscous. On applying the foundation to my face, although thicker, it spreads evenly. Even with an oil-free moisturiser it is able to blend out well where many foundations struggle to do so. It has a slight perfumey scent, not as strong as other Bourjois foundations.
One or even two layers of Bourjois 123 Pefect does not seem to cover my flaws. My dark circles are still visible, my face does not appear to be any brighter and redness is still apparent. I also notice that the foundation is a lot darker that the sticky label which states what shade it is. I have used the same shade in another Bourjois foundation and it was a lot lighter.
After wearing the foundation for a few hours, my face has turned a dark orange shade and is very oily, even after using powder. The makeup has settled into fine lines under my eyes and in scars on my forehead. My flaws appear to be enhanced rather than concealed. My face also feels heavy, cakey and sticky. Most modern foundations manage to be light-weight, despite being full-coverage.
I would not recommend this foundation and will not be repurchasing. The results do not match up to the price and it does not meet it's claims. It oxidizes hugely and does not provide a good coverage. I sometimes still do use this, but only if I know I will be wearing makeup for a very short amount of time. Meanwhile, it is in my makeup bag as a back-up foundation.