Today I’m reviewing the Bourjois Paris Flower Perfection Foundation which I’ve been using for the past month. Its my first one from Bourjois and reminds me a little bit of my favorite MAC Matchmaster foundation.
Price : Rs 1250 for 30 ml
What Bourjois says about the Foundation :
Discover the secret of a beautified complexion! Tested and approved by 84% of women
A youth extension foundation with a velvety smooth finish, for up to 16 hrs.
With a built-in smoothing sponge applicator, the results are spectacular! Skin is up to 70% smoother, pores and fine lines are corrected, without masking the skin, leaving the complexion perfectly even.
Skincare action: its SPF 15 formula with wild azalea flower, protects skin cells for long-lasting youth extension
– Non comedogenic formula
– Dermatologically tested
How to Use : Apply with built in sponge or directly with fingertips.
My take on the Product
Bourjois Flower Perfection foundation comes in a transparent pump dispenser bottle along with a round flat sponge applicator. The sponge applicator is of no use – it absorbs way too much product, its difficult to work with it in the area around the nose and eyes and it has a flat profile with no handle for better hold.
The foundation has a slightly thin consistency and one would need a very small quantity – barely half a pump to cover the entire face. I ended up wasting the product a few times when I pumped out 1 full pump. A smidgen of product spreads to a large area and its really surprizing how little product is needed. It has medium coverage and its best applied with a foundation brush. I’ve tried it with fingers, with the sponge it comes with and with Inglot 21T (Flat foundation brush) and I got the best coverage and finish with the foundation brush. The finish is nearly matte though not a dry matte and it gives a soft glow to the skin (but only when used with a brush) which reminds me a bit of my favorite MAC Matchmaster foundation. Once applied, it sort of ‘sets’ onto the skin after few minutes but does give enough time for blending.
It is also quite long wearing (provided you don’t sweat) and best suited for normal to oily skin. When set with a powder after application, the skin stays shine free for a good 4-5 hours which is more than I can say for most other foundations. You need smooth, moisturized skin for it apply well. With its light feel and medium coverage, I think it’ll make a good everyday foundation for oily skinned women.
Now the big drawback of this foundation is that it melts off a bit when you sweat unless you’ve got a good powder on. So it may not be the best foundation for humid summers especially Mumbai summers. However, if set with powder and provided you’re not outdoors in humid, hot weather, it will hold well for over 10 hours. It does not cover up the redness of my blemishes and the under eye darkness even at its best coverage (when applied with brush) so a concealer is required for the problem areas.
It has a soft floral scent which I find quite pleasant but everyone may not like it. It has SPF 15 which is always good in a foundation but that doesn’t mean you can skip your sunscreen because it does not have PA++ protection.
The shade 55 Dark Beige:
I am Matchmaster no. 3 in MAC and probably somewhere close to NC35 and shade no. 55 in Bourjois Flower Perfection is a close match. It matches my neutral skin quite well – neither too pink nor too yellow. As far as I know, the shade numbers of Bourjois Flower Perfection and the newly launched 123 Perfect Foundation correspond but they are not the same for Healthy Mix or Bio Detox. So I won’t be the same shade number in Healthy Mix – probably one higher or lower (don’t know which).
FOTD : Wearing Bourjois Paris Flower Perfection Foundation no.55 Dark Beige
The GOOD about Bourjois Paris Flower Perfection Foundation :
- Small quantity required
- Spreads and blends easily
- Matte finish
- Keeps the skin shine free for a long time
- Gives a soft glow when used with a brush
- Sheer to medium coverage (Depending on tool of application)
- Soft floral scent
- Feels light and natural on the skin
- Long wearing
- Non comedogenic
- Contains SPF 15
- Sponge applicator is not user friendly
- Doesn’t hold up well in humidity+heat
- Not enough coverage for blemishes/spots
- Will not spread well on dry/flaky/unmoisturized skin
Bourjois Paris Flower Perfection Foundation is a medium coverage, matte finish, long wearing foundation that is best suited for normal to oily skin. With the exception of not holding up well in hot humid conditions, its a lovely foundation. Best used with a brush for maximum coverage, it gives a soft glow to the skin and a shine-free finish for a long time.
Best suited for : Normal to Oily skin
Best applied with : Foundation Brush
Rating : 4/5
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