Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation ~ Original vs Serum

by lyn on January 30, 2012 · 14 comments

in Bourjois, Foundation

I have been meaning to write a quickie comparison review between Bourjois’ Healthy Mix foundations in the Original and Serum formulas and finally got around to it. They are both in shade #51 Vanille Clair, which I think is the lightest available.

Packaging:
Original – Plastic, bottle is a little shorter and wider, has pump mechanism, solid brown cap that clicks in place.
Serum – Plastic that looks like glass, bottle is taller and slimmer, has pump mechanism, solid red cap that clicks in place.

* the foundation shades are the same but appear different in swatches due to lighting *

Texture:
Original – Liquid and not too thick.
Serum – Liquid but a bit more “gel-feeling” and fluid, not too thick.

* the foundation shades are the same but appear different in swatches due to lighting *

Consistency:
Original – Lightweight, smooth, spreads easily and applies evenly.
Serum – Lightweight, smooth, spreads easily and applies evenly.

Coverage:
Original – Light to medium, not cakey, slightly dewy finish and skin looks more glowy.
Serum – Light to medium, not cakey, more powdery finish and semi-matte.

Oil-Control:
Original – Skin gets oily within 4 hours and requires blotting, holds up well throughout the day and doesn’t get patchy.
Serum – Better oil control but still requires blotting after 5 to 6 hours, holds up well throughout the day and doesn’t get patchy.

Scent:
Original – Smells like fresh berry juice.
Serum – Smells like fresh berry juice and a tad bit fruitier.

I have been using both foundations without issues and they do not cause me to break out. In terms of texture and consistency, they are pretty much even. However there is a slight difference in the finish and oil-control properties.

I used to prefer the Original version because of the finish as it seems to look better on me in certain lighting but my skin does get oilier quicker. It is difficult to pick a favourite between the two now because they are equally good foundations.

So in summary, I like them both. And very much so! The Healthy Mix foundations help even out my skin tone, cover most redness and make my skin look brighter and better. They are still not Holy Grail material but they do come pretty close.

Bourjois Healthy Mix foundations are not available in Malaysia and the nearest place you can get Bourjois is in Singapore. I purchased the Original in Australia and the Serum version in Hong Kong but sadly, cannot recall the pricing on them as I have had both for a while now.

Ingredients (Original Version):

Aqua (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, [+/- May contain: Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77007, CI 77891]

Ingredients (Serum Version):

Aqua (water), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol Denat, Parfum (fragrance), Panthenol, Aluminium Hydroxide, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Silica, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Pantolactone, Punica Granatum Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid [+/- May contain: CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77019 (mica), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI77891 (titanium dioxide)] 10BMT001-1]

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

electronicfly January 30, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Thanks for the comparison post! I just got the original version and am quite liking it, so have been thinking of getting the serum version as well but with your review, I'm gonna give it a pass la, since they are so similar.

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Rainy Days & Lattes January 30, 2012 at 4:11 AM

Thanks for the comparison post!!! I've been wanting to see the comparison for awhile now!!

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lyn January 30, 2012 at 7:47 AM

@electronicfly There are slight differences but if you're already happy with the original, there is no need to get the serum version as well. Unless you're a foundation junkie like me, that is.

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lyn January 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Hope it helps, Jen!

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Megan January 30, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I love the Original Healthy Mix but it seems like the serum would be better for me in summer if it has a more powdery finish, might have to try it next time!

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huixin January 31, 2012 at 2:18 AM

u know what? i am really really really tempted and regretted for not grabbing one when i was in sg *geram*

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Cornelia De Alwis January 31, 2012 at 5:01 AM

<3 this foundation! I was so worried when I saw that I only had 3 shades to choose from (in Singapore) but it blends so well that 53 worked for me :)

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lyn February 1, 2012 at 3:54 AM

Hi Megan, I think the Serum version feels lighter and you're right, may be better in summer. I prefer wearing this in our tropical weather, especially when I'm out the whole day.

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lyn February 1, 2012 at 3:55 AM

@connie It's definitely good that you found a match since it's such a nice foundation :-)

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lyn February 1, 2012 at 3:56 AM

@huixin Bummer about missing out but I think you can "tumpang" a friend to get you one if you still want it ;-)

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milktea February 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

will prolly have to get this thru ebay… *sigh*

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lyn February 2, 2012 at 4:18 AM

@milktea You may be able to order the foundations from ASOS but I think they have not restocked the serum version yet. Good luck with the hunt.

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Kijmie March 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Is Bourjois available in Beijing? I’ll be going there next week and I don’t want to have to shop online for this :(

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lyn March 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Hello, Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I don’t recall seeing Bourjois in Beijing and I’ve visited most of their drugstores. I could be wrong though. I hope you have some luck finding this brand there.

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