i have the feeling that the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is one of the most popular drugstore range foundations, i've read so many rave reviews about it and it even seemed to withstand the comparison to some great higher end products.
drugstores near me don't offer this brand, but luckily i found "my" shade by reading through many reviews and Temptalia's helpful foundation matrix, so i could order it on asos.com. there was a sale going on, so i paid 8£ for it instead of 10£ (30ml). it came very quickly delivered even though shipping was for free.
it claims to give you up to 16h of "Perfectly glowing complexion & Toned skin" with the Radiance-boosting Fruit therapy (different fruit/root extracts) to nourish your skin: Apricot for radiance, Melon for hydration, Apple for anti-oxidant(s?) and Ginger for energy.
it comes in a plastic bottle with vacuum pump mechanism which is great to maintain your product staying fresh and keep it from oxidising. the pump works very precisely.
the foundation itself has a liquidy consistency without being runny and has a pleasant fresh scent of green tea.
i chose the shade 52 Vanilla for my NC 22ish skin in MAC. the colour matches me pretty well. it's a neutral shade which lacks a bit of yellow for me, though. it doesn't oxidise and get darker on my skin.
i applied it both with a brush and the BeautyBlender sponge and found it very easy to spread and blend. it has a medium coverage, it concealed my blemishes well when my skin was very touchy. but now, when my skin got better and became more calm, i still like to use it a lot. it's lightweight and the rather dewy finish makes it looking very natural. it seems to contain light reflecting particles, but i haven't noticed shimmering bits in the bottle or on my skin, just an utterly fine pearl sheen.
this is not the best for evening out or refining, but does add a healthily moisturised appearance to my skin (which you could refer to as a "glow" or "radiance"). it sets dry to the touch but keeps the nice sheen. also it doesn't settle into pores or collect in fine lines.
from texture and result, i would rate it as an in-between of Vichy's Aera Teint Pure and Lancôme Teint Miracle foundations.
on my oily skin, it lasts quite well - not the promised 16 hours at all, but good 8-10h of wear without greasing up, getting blotchy or disappearing in big parts. it's moisturising but not too much for my oily skin. i get shiny after 5-6 hours and would need to blot then.
it didn't cause me any irritations or break outs, but compatibility is an individual matter anyways.
overall i think this is a very good foundation, the fact that it's so affordable is a big plus. i wear it quite often only with a soft touch of cream blush to fake a good-skin-day ;)
|a drop of: Bourjois Healthy Mix in 52 Vanilla - MAC Pro Longwear in NC20|
|Bourjois Healthy Mix right after blending out|
|Bourjois Healthy Mix 10 minutes after blending out|
|this was in a bad-skin-phase|
|here i'm wearing it with a bit of YSL's Crème de Blush in #2 Powdery Rose, on a good-skin-day|
ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol Denat, Parfum, Panthenol, Alcohol, Aluminum hydroxide, Silica, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Pyrus malus (Apple) fruit extract, Cucumis melo (Melon) fruit extract, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) root extract, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) fruit extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, [+/- : Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77007, CI 77891]