Rimmel Wake Me Up + Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
You’ll have to bear with me in regards to the overflow of beauty posts lately. My allergies have been absolutely awful and I haven’t had the brain power to write anything with actual substance. I promise you this won’t turn into a “I bought this and I liked it, lol”-type blog, I just have to get my lung capacity back! All excuses aside though, I did buy something and I did like it.
Battle of the foundations
I had been hearing great things about the Rimmel Wake Me Up and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundations for a while, and was pretty eager to try them both out as they were supposed to be good for very dry skin. They don’t sell them at all in stores here in Norway, but when I found out that they were both stocked on Asos.com I was all over that shopping cart like white on rice. Color matching online can be near impossible, but since my complexion falls neatly into the “really pale” category I just bought the lightest shades available, which were “True Ivory” for Rimmel and “Vanille Clair” for Bourjois. Then I hoped for the best and waited for my order to arrive.
Before I go further I feel like I have to tell you that I’m a bit of a foundation snob. I have been using Chanel and Kanebo Sensai foundations almost exclusively for a few years now. I was gifted a tube of Sothys foundation this winter, and I really liked it, but none of those three come particularly cheap. I firmly believe that it is worth it to spend money on good everyday skin products, but if these were as good as the blogosphere claimed at about a third (or maybe even a fourth ) of what I usually pay then that’s worth a shot, right?
1. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (adlink)
As you can probably tell by the photo the shade 103 True Ivory was not all that ivory-esque. Light, sure, but a smidgen too dark and pink-toned for me. It will probably work well once I get some sunlight on my face though, so it wasn’t a bad purchase in that sense, and I know there exists a “100 ivory” that would probably suit me better. The bottle contains 30ml, which is the same amount as my Chanel Vitalumiere, and the foundation is SPF 15. It is supposed to be light to medium coverage, and has a light and fresh scent. I have very sensitive skin and was therefore a bit skeptical to the scent, but I didn’t have any negative reactions to it. It is said to have a dewy finish, and the pump packaging is a big plus. No mess, very hygienic, and air won’t get into the bottle to dry out the product. For me personally I felt that it had a little too much coverage – I would say it is medium – and I also don’t think it looked all that dewy. Keep in mind though that my skin is very dry, so I might have soaked up all the dewiness, who knows. As you can tell I probably won’t buy this again, at least not in this shade. There wasn’t anything wrong about the foundation it itself, it was just too pink toned and had a bit too much coverage for my tastes. I will finish the bottle, but there are better choices for me out there though, such as…
2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (adlink)
YES, now we’re talking! As you can see from the photo, shade 51 Vanille Clair is a proper yellow-based pale-girl shade. This was a perfect, spot-on match to my skin tone. It has a pump packaging and contains 30ml of product just like the Rimmel foundation, but it does not have any SPF. I don’t mind this, as I don’t depend on my foundation for sun protection – that’s what sunscreen is for. According to the packaging it is an “instant blending gel, flawless complexion, undetectable coverage” foundation, and it is supposed to have a light, semi-matte finish. Holy smokes, this thing is perfect for me. I am not kidding you, I like this better than my Chanel Vitalumiere. In fact, I solemnly swear right here and now that I will not buy another bottle of Vitalumiere as long as I can get my hands on this shade of Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. The coverage is light, which is how I prefer it, and the lasting power is neither better nor worse than the other foundations that I wear. It glides onto my skin and blends beautifully. It has a fruity kind of smell, but my skin didn’t have a problem with the scent at all. I’m telling you, this might be a holy grail product for me, and it is about a third of the price of what I usually wear. Score!
So, there you have my 2 cents about these products! I know that this probably won’t be any use at all if you don’t have dry skin, but for you normal/oily/combination girls I can offer this video by Pixiwoo. I am sure it will be able to point you in the direction of some pretty great products.