Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation




Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation* £10.99

UK launch – mid April available from Boots and Superdrug

There are many makeup items I take to the drugstore for, but sadly foundation has never been one of them. I have always favoured the quality I seem to get by going high-end and would never really peruse the aisles of Boots to find my next must-have foundation, unless it was the aisle that led to the double C counter! Last year it was hard to dodge the fact that every blogger and their mum was raving about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation, but after trying it myself, I was left a little underwhelmed. I was far more excited however about their brand new 123 Perfect Foundation which is a new generation liquid foundation containing 3 colour concealing pigments for an even complexion.

1. Bid farewell to dark circles with the specific yellow concealing pigments for a rested complexion

2. Bye bye dullness with mauve radiance-booasting pigments to light up your complexion

3. Au revoir redness with the green anti-redness pigments to eradicate high colour and even the tone

The consistency is medium to heavy and melts into the skin so easily – buffed in flawlessly as always with my Real Techniques stippling brush. The coverage is medium, possibly leaning towards the heavy side, but surprisingly feels really light on the skin. The formula has 24 hour hydrating benefits, letting the skin breathe, and also contains SPF10 to shield the skin from UV rays. The results of the 123 Perfect Foundation boast an even, flawless and anti-shine complexion, and I would nod in agreement to all these points, as it leaves your skin with a soft matte finish. I liked the idea of the three colour concealing pigments and definitely think they helped in creating a more even skin tone without having to laden more product onto those troublesome areas. I felt I needed less under eye concealer and it eradicated any redness in my cheeks, but I would worry that if you used too much of this product, it might leave your complexion looking a little flat and monotone. Less is definitely more. 

The downsides to this foundation are as follows…it is only available in a disappointing five shades which is a shame and culls a wide spectrum of possible customers. I luckily found my ideal match amongst the five shades on offer, and can say that 53 Beige Clair is definitely one of the best colour matches I have ever found in a foundation. Another slight criticism is a little scoff at the claim that it will leave you with unseen perfection for up to 16 hours. I felt after a full working day it was beginning to cling to dry patches around my nose and chin, so for me it was near on 9 hours rather than 16 hours – still very impressive and a fair performance for any foundation really.

bourjois 123 perfect foundation

I have pretty much worn this foundation every day for the past two weeks so if you skim through any of my recent outfit posts, it is most definitely the Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation in shot. At £10.99, it is probably the higher end of the drugstore elite but it really is a good, reliable foundation that helps give you an even and unfaltering matte finish, with a delicate sensation of lightness on the skin.

Are you tempted to try this new Bourjois beauty? Do you shop high end or high street when it comes to foundation?

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  1. 4th April 2012 / 9:55 pm

    i'd really like to try this, i was put off their foundations after healthy mix but this sounds lovely. Cant wait for it to come out! Thank you for the review 🙂

  2. 4th April 2012 / 9:56 pm

    This sounds so good Millie, off to buy and try x x x

  3. 4th April 2012 / 9:56 pm

    Sounds interesting!

  4. 4th April 2012 / 9:58 pm

    I'm usually a high-end foundation wearer but this looks really good for the price.

  5. 4th April 2012 / 10:04 pm

    I'm not an avid foundation wearer; I dust on some powder (and concealer on bad days!) and head out. But I have tried the original Healthy Mix and LOVED it. I hope this one is of the same standard. 🙂

  6. 4th April 2012 / 10:09 pm

    I have always favoured high end foundations, but stopped using them a while back as I felt it was a waste of money and went for the cheaper version but I have never found a shade or formula I liked. Recently, I have gone back to high end foundation but I really like the sound of this one! Hopefully my shade is one of the few they have! I will definitely try it out.

    Great review, thanks!

  7. 4th April 2012 / 10:42 pm

    This sounds mega mega mega promising. Never been a fan of bourjpis foundation as I was once put off by their very sheer 10 hour sleep foundation. Not tried none of the healthy mix. I am fed up of seeing 'light to medium' everywhere so when I see 'medium to full' it gives me hope again. The matte effect is not good for me as I have dry skin and could do with a glow but beggers can't be choosers and I could mix some illuminator with it or put lots of highlighted on that day. Next hurdle: how it can cope, if at all, with my dry skin xx

  8. 5th April 2012 / 9:21 am

    Saw this today…almost bought it, wish I did now! x

  9. 5th April 2012 / 9:57 am

    I bought this last week (it's already at some bigger Boots) such a gorgeous foundation.
    I was all about high end foundations, but since this year I've bought a ton of high street ones!

  10. 5th April 2012 / 11:47 am

    Shame about the colour selection but I look forward to checking this out. I usually really enjoy Bourjois foundations. Probably best high street ones in my opinion.

  11. 5th April 2012 / 12:44 pm

    This looks promising! I've been on the hunt for a good high-street foundation. I swear by Estee Lauder DW but its just so pricey!
    What would be your ultimate high-street foundation you would turn to?

  12. 5th April 2012 / 4:09 pm

    I like your review!

  13. 5th April 2012 / 8:56 pm

    Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is my all time favourite – I just did a review on it!
    I really want to try this one, it's next on my list.

  14. 5th April 2012 / 9:35 pm

    Now i really want to try this 🙂 Such a good review, and you look so pretty in those photos!

  15. 5th April 2012 / 10:46 pm

    Thank you all for your comments. If anyone of you try this new foundation, please let me know your thoughts. 🙂

    @Megan, ultimate high street or high end? After trying this, Bourjois has become my ultimate (only) High street foundation. As for high end, I love Chanel and Lancome and am desperate to try Chantecaille foundations! x

  16. 6th April 2012 / 11:33 am

    This looks very good on you !! xx

  17. 7th April 2012 / 11:52 am

    lovely review, I will have to check this out! x

  18. 7th April 2012 / 1:28 pm

    Definitely sounds worth a try xo