Friday, 4 April 2014

The Love/Hate Foundation : Bourjois 123 Perfect

As much as I love bloggers and their recommendations; when your favourite products become unavailable for weeks on end - it gets a little annoying (I kid, kind of).

After completely running out of my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Shade 51 (which is apparently as rare as unicorn turds these days) I made a quick decision, after swatching, to pick up the Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, Shade 51 - because, it can't be too different, right?


Just to get things straight - I definitely expected a different foundation, it's a different product after all. I was prepared for more semi-matte than dewy, more coverage than HMS and perhaps a different texture & application. What I didn't expect was something that highlighted every remotely dry area on my face, that made my skin look like mine but worse, and that also gave me a slight 'surprise! you've been tangoed' effect. 

I think the most disappointing thing about this is that Shade 51 of Healthy Mix Serum (which matches my pale, winter skin perfectly) is so different, even though labelled as the same. The 123 Perfect's idea of Shade 51 is definitely slightly darker, but then proceeds to oxidise on top of that, leaving you with a less than ideal shade on your face. It looks better in some lights than others, but after looking in a mirror in broad daylight… It looked like I'd rubbed Doritos all over my face. 
left : Healthy Mix Serum // right : 123 Perfect

As for the yellow, mauve and green pigments that supposedly correct and enhance your skin? Not really something I'd noticed. Any blemishes and scars still need concealer (even the very slight ones), my complexion looks worse, if anything and my dark circles are still very apparent (but then, not much really covers those anyway)

You also have to work with it quite quickly, as it does seem to dry out and not necessarily 'glide' nicely across your face, so not one for dawdlers! Plus I wouldn't advise you try 'build it up' either, as it can all look very cake-y, very fast. I rubbed my nose the other day and it almost created a 'crack' like effect on my skin - no bueno.

As the title suggests; there are times when I do like this foundation. It's very lightweight and the semi-matte label is true to form, it is very 'skin like' in appearance and I'm sure would look great on oilier skin types. It also does have very good staying power. I can't say whether it's quite '16 hours' as it claims, but it will last me through a full, hectic day at work, but that's probably where the positives end.
If you have dry skin, I can't advise you to stay away from this enough. I have combination skin and I've never noticed my dry patches more than I do when I wear this - no matter how much I hydrate, prep and moisturise my skin beforehand. However, if you are on the normal/oil side, perhaps this something to try - just make sure you get the right shade!

Overall, I'm really quite disappointed with the foundation, perhaps I'm being slightly picky or it's just not my type of base, but it wouldn't be something I'd repurchase in a hurry. 
Have you tried 123 Perfect? Am I crazy for still wanting to try the CC Cream version?



  1. I had been really tempted to give this a try but I'll avoid it now because I think it'll be too dark for me!

    Jennie xo |

    1. To say its their lightest shade, it definitely has an orange tone to it! Such a shame, as I think that's my biggest issue with it! Otherwise, it's not terrible x

  2. I've been using the 123 Perfect foundation for a while now, I agree the yellow, mauve and green pigments don't do very much to correct and conceal blemishes, I prefer Maybelline's Super Stay 24 hour foundation, it gives much better coverage :)

    1. Ah! Interesting, I've not heard much about that, will have to give it a test :) xx

  3. I did like this at first, but when I wear it for a full day I look so so bad by the end of the day - Never again!

    Sarah xx
    Friday is Forever Blog

    1. Strange isn't it?! It does look good at first & with indoor light, but going outside is just a no no xx

  4. I really dislike this foundation. I bought it months ago and I've hardly used it because I find it really oxidises whilst on the skin too, which then leaves me looking awful.

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    1. I don't think I'll be using this much more either! The oxidisation is ridiculous xx

  5. That is very different, such a shame, I hate it when brands do that!
    Daniella x

    1. Me too! I really wanted to like it, but no such luck! Xx

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  9. It works on my oily skin. I feel a bit weird because this is actually a foundation that I really like ^^
    But I can see how it must be horrible on dry patches because of the texture.

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