16 March 2016

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation

Hi everyone! It's honestly been far too long since I posted a foundation review I absolutely love doing them because I'm foundation obsessed! I was working my way through my little stockpile though and started to come to the end of most of my favourites, and to be honest, I'm a bit of a foundation snob. I really shouldn't be but I will always go for higher end foundations however when you run out of all your favourites basically at the same time, I do not have the funds to be repurchasing all of them! So I set out to find some drugstore foundations that I liked so repurchasing didn't completely wipe out my bank account and a lot of reviews led me to Bourjois foundations. I actually bought the Healthy Mix Serum not that long ago and liked that but it was just okay for me, I did like it but it didn't blow me away. Then I saw Bourjois had released a new foundation, their City Radiance foundation and after reading a few reviews I thought I'd give it a go.


I bought it for £9.99 from Boots which I think is such a good price and mine is in the shade 02 Vanilla. I am the same shade in the Healthy Mix Serum so I picked that one and I think it's the perfect shade for me so if you're stuck and have tried a Bourjois foundation before I'd just go for a shade similar to the one you have already tried. The big downside of this foundation is that it only has six shades which isn't ideal if you struggle to find a shade match for you anyway. 

The product claims to be a skin protecting foundation with a brightening effect to leave a fresh and even complexion. It has an anti-pollution screen, SPF30 which is very high so great for summer although I will definitely not be wearing it for a night out as the flashback would not be good, and radiance boosting pigments. The description kind of sells itself to me, I'm always more likely to opt for a radiant glowy finish and it's actually been a while since I wore a foundation like this so it was lovely to wear it and have that finish again.


The packaging is pretty typical Bourjois, very feminine and girly. It comes in a squeezy bottle with 30ml of product, it isn't the most luxurious packaging however I love these squeeze bottles because they are so much more practical than a pump foundation and far better for travelling, so I would definitely reach for this if I needed to fit some products in my make up bag to travel. Also I just feel like you are able to use every last drop of product with this packaging, so it's definitely a winner for me despite not being the most luxurious!


The formula is kind of like a gel, I am a bit wary of foundations that are gel though because I think they can often go cakey, but this one isn't full on gel and it blends so nicely! It gives a light to medium coverage but I was able to build it up a bit on areas where I need more coverage, however it doesn't cover blemishes that well so I need to use concealer when I wear this. The radiant finish description is definitely accurate! I have dry skin, however I've kind of upped my skincare routine a bit so I am actually getting a little oily on my cheeks and nose throughout the day so I will set these areas with powder when I wear this but I will never set my full face. I've seen a lot of comments comparing this to Nars Sheer Glow and I can definitely see that however I feel like this foundation is a tiny bit heavier than Nars Sheer Glow. I don't think though that you feel like you are wearing make up which is a bonus.

The wear of this is surprisingly good as well, even though you have the glowy finish it doesn't rub off or move around straight away so you can get a fairly decent wear out of this. The thing I love the most about this product is just how healthy and fresh your skin looks when you use it, I get scared that I will look too shiny with products like these but I don't find that with this at all, I do get a touch shiny on the areas where I can get oily like my nose but once I set it with powder it's absolutely fine. To be honest I was actually surprised at how much I love this! I've been reaching for it everyday since I bought it and now that Spring is rolling around I think it's perfect for this time of year. For £9.99 as well it's definitely steered me away from the thought that I will only like high end foundations, I mentioned before that I've also got the Healthy Mix Serum however I prefer the City Radiance foundation by far so I would definitely suggest trying it! Let me know in the comments if you have tried this product and what you think!
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  1. I lovee the Healthy Mix and wear it everyday so if this one is better I might die!! Must try it! x

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  2. Bourjois foundations always get such great reviews! I have tried the Healthy Mix before and it didn't work for me, as I have really oily skin. :( x I haven't tried this one, though, and I'm tempted to give a shot! Thank you for your fab review. x x

    Kay
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    1. You should try it, works lovely with a powder on my face where I get oily!xx

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  3. Oh wow it sounds like a really impressive foundation! I love Bourjois xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  4. Oooh I think I'm going to try this! It looks amazing! I also love that pink makeup bag in the background - so pretty! Xx
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  5. Sounds great! Will keep it in mind! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I'd recommend it, so good for Spring!xx

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  6. Bourjois always does nice bases ! I will definitely pick this up x

    Lubna

    themisslubna.com

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    1. I'm so impressed with their products!x

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  7. Fab review, I'll picking this up next time I'm doing a makeup shop as I've been after something with a high SPF for summer! x

    Always, Alice

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    1. It's definitely a perfect spring/summer foundation!x

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  9. This looks great, especially for spring/summer time! X

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    1. It's definitely going to be my go to when it gets warmer!x

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  10. I've never heard of this foundation before but it sounds great, the only downside is that I usually like quite full coverage but I think I will give it a go for good skin days :)

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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    1. My skin is much better recently so I've been reaching for this so much!x

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  11. This is such a great review! I don't think it's for me as I love full coverage foundations but it's great you've found something that doesn't break the bank that you still like!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  12. This looks like such a great product! I love the healthy mix foundation, so I can see myself enjoying this one too. Will have to give it a go when I can :) sounds like a great summer go to base product xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. If you like Healthy Mix I definitely recommend trying this, so good for when it gets warmer!xx

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  13. I recently bought the concealer from this range which I love, but would be eager to try the foundation next. Love that it has SPF and a glowing finish x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. I was unsure on the concealer I wanted to try this first but since I like it I definitely want to pick the concealer up next time!x

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  14. I love foundations with a glowy finish, this sounds really nice! Pity that I can't find Bourjois products in the US.

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too glowy finishes are my favourite!x

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  15. I love how this is so glowly - I have dry skin so anything glowy just sounds amazing to me!
    Aleeha xXx
    www.halesaaw.com

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  16. Brilliant review, I've never tried a Bourjois foundation but it looks and sounds better than what I would've expected! I love the glowy finish, although probably best to stay away from on a night out haha

    Will definitely look into giving this a try, thanks for sharing

    What Raj Wants

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    1. Yeah I know it will be so good for during the day when the weather gets warmer!x

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  17. I love foundations with a glowu finish! Thank you for the lovely review!

    Darriyan x | www.darriyancateland.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. great article

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  19. Such a great review :) I've never tried a foundation from Bourjois but this one sounds fab, especially for this time of year, as you said, for that gorgeous glowy skin everyone wants! xo

    ohhelloitshannah.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's so good I'd definitely recommend it!xx

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  20. I'm not really a fan of foundations which come in tubes like this as they're always light to medium coverage which is not for my at all, like you said. Great review though!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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  21. I'm looking for a new not-too-expensive foundation and this sounds exactly like what I'm after! I do struggle to match shades to my skin tone though so we'll have to see how that works out haha. I love your review of this, so comprehensive :)
    Hannah xx
    www.hannahemilylane.com

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