Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream is akin to adding a second layer of pretty, natural, radiant skin and I really wasn’t expecting it to last all day – but it does. You’ll be able to tell from my ‘naked face’ photo above left that I have a generous sprinkle of freckles on my face. I also often suffer with fatigued and sallow looking skin so I was interested to try the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream because it claims to colour correct problem areas on the skin such as fatigue, redness and dark spots. I wanted to see how well it performed as I’m already a big fan of Bourjois Healthy Mix and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum.
First up is the packaging – I’m not a fan of the squeezy tube, it can get a bit messy if you don’t twist the lid tightly back on. I much prefer a pump dispenser. I squeezed a 20p sized blob on the back of my hand and blended it in using my Sigma F80 – Flat Topped Kabuki Brush.
The results: 9/10 – my new fave high street foundation!
It was really easy to blend and I immediately noticed that it provided medium coverage – muting down my freckles nicely. Even though it’s medium coverage, I must say that it looks really natural on the skin. You can’t see it. I especially liked that it evened out areas where I have pigmentation (mouth and chin area) and even though my freckles are less apparent, you can still see them. It’s a satin finish and gives the skin a lovely natural and subtle glow and it wears really well during the day. This is a really lovely base for normal, dry and mature skins. I also found that it’s also a good colour match on me – I have shade 33.
What I like most is that my skin still looks and feels like skin which is really important to me – check out the last photo to see what I mean. I’m really happy I picked this up and it will be a nice addition to my already growing Bourjois foundation collection.
I’ll keep this short and sweet – the Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation is beautiful. I’m shade B50 and the colour match is spot on. It’s a medium coverage foundation which evens out my skin tone nicely without completely masking my freckles – see photos above. I was actually quite impressed with the coverage – even though it’s medium coverage it doesn’t look cakey as YSL have used a soft focus gel in the formulation rather than an opaque powder which tends to mask the skin. If you want a lighter finish just use less than a full pump. It feels lovely and light on the skin, blends easily and gives my skin a natural radiance without being too dewy or greasy. It lasted 8-9 hours on me and I didn’t need to touch up. It’s not as dewy as Vitalumiere and is similar to Vitalumiere Aqua in terms of a semi matte finish. Even though it’s SPF19 I haven’t experienced any flash back and damn, it does photograph well.
I’d say this foundation would suit all skin types except really dry or really oily skin.
Love that it’s available in a whopping 22 shades which have been split into 3 groups depending on your skin tone -rose, beige and gold. When the sun actually re-appears in London, I’ll probably have to pick up BR50 which has a more golden undertone. The glass bottle and gold cap screams luxury and we all know I am a sucker for that.
It gets a massive thumbs up from me and has earned a coveted place on my beauty shelf.
So I will fess up now -I owna lot of foundations and every morning I relish deciding which one I am going to use. Recently I’ve found myself constantly reaching for Vitalumiere because it’s creamy, hydrating, blends like a dream, smells divine and gives my skin a real kick. It contains ingredients which specifically target tired and dry areas so it’s good for dry, very dry and mature skin. If you have oily or combination skin, forget it and move on to Perfection Lumiere. This foundation is not to be confused with Vitalumiere Aqua.
Because it’s super hydrating and moisturising – doesn’t emphasise flakiness or cling to dry patches – glides over and just makes everything look fresh and dewy. It also doesn’t make your skin look oily. You can even apply it without moisturising as it is has such a creamy formulation.
Coverage wise, I would say it’s light to medium and it also contains SPF 15 which doesn’t flashback. The Chanel foundation range is more suitable for yellow skin tones. Saying that, if you suffer from redness or pink pigmentation – the yellow pigments counteract and cover these areas very well. It comes in 8 shades and I wear B20.
It’s a great buy if you are curious about the Illamasqua range as individually they would cumulatively cost £70. I went to the Flagship store in London and was served by the very helpful Mark who made my shopping experience so much fun and exciting.
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
This is one of my favourite foundations of all time. It gives a medium to full buildable coverage but also looks natural on the skin and is not cakey at all. Perfect if you need more coverage especially covering any red pigmentation on the cheeks as this cancels it out effectively. Amazing shade selection and I like to wear this when I am going out for the evening and want to achieve a flawless base. I’d say its good for Combination, Normal and Dry skin. I wear SB09.
Illamasqua Skin Base Lift
OK, so HOW pretty is the packaging? There should be diamonds in this not a concealer. I digress…..This may have kicked my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to the curb! It provides full brightening coverage for my under eye dark circles as it has colour correcting peach tones. I love it because even though it provides opaque coverage it is not cakey at all. I like to apply this with my fingers as I find brushes tend to leave too much debris in the pan which isn’t hygienic! I wear Medium 1.
Illamasqua Hydra Veil
This contains sodium hyaluronate which is a moisture boosting ingredient. The hydra veil can be used instead of a moisturiser and has a gel consistency. It rubs on to the face easily leaving it tacky so that the foundation glides on. I’ve heard that it’s good for both dry and oily skin and I like it on me. The dinky spatula also means that it is hygenic -horray!
I have a love hate relationship with under eye concealers. I love them because they correct the appearance of dark circles concealing any signs of tiredness and lack of sleep. But I also hate them because they can settle in creases and emphasise the appearance of fine lines. It’s essentially a choice between the lesser of two evils- dark circles or fine lines? Personally, dark circles are a NO NO especially when I want to achieve a flawless make-up base.
My favourite under eye and blemish concealer is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I love it because it’s full coverage and completely covers my dark circles making me look fresh and rested. It doesn’t smudge my mascara, it’s long lasting and has a nice creamy consistency. It claims to provide 16 hours of coverage -( I can’t confirm this as I’ve only ever worn make-up for a maximum of 12 hours). It’s also very versatile as it not only conceals dark circles, but also blemishes and red pigmentation. It’s cheap as chips and is extremely economical as a little goes a long way. I just love this concealer.
I apply a small amount under my eyes using the doe foot applicator, I gently buff it in to the skin using a small flat foundation brush and then tap lightly with my fingers to seal the edges. Remember to set with a loose or pressed powder to add extra staying power and minimise creasing.
If you prefer not to wear a full face of foundation but want something to cover problem areas this may be the answer as it provides full coverage.
The only drawback is that there are only 4 shades in the range Light, Fair, Medium and Deep so do test before you buy.
Affordable and effective
I think the consistency and effect of this concealer matches if not exceeds the performance of other higher end competitors. You can purchase 6 Collection concealers for the price of 1 YSL Touché Eclat. Absolute bargain!
Available to purchase for £4.19 from retailers including Superdrug and Boots.
I have been using Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation for the last 6 months and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it. This is a liquid skin perfecting foundation which gives a semi-matte flawless finish without being cakey or visible to the naked eye. I am a big fan of Chanel makeup and their foundation range is one of the best I have come across. I really believe in spending a bit more and investing in a quality foundation as it’s the base of your makeup which you want to last all day.Staying power and longevity are a big thing for me as I don’t want my makeup sliding off my face as the day progresses. It is a high end foundation, but I believe you get what you pay for. I recently recommended the Chanel foundation range to 2 friends and they too have fallen in love with their purchases.
The consistency of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is light and watery because of its silicone and water formulation. It therefore needs a good shake before you use it. I would say that it’s a semi – matte finish as it gives my skin a glow without being as dewy as Chanel Vitalumiere. It contains SPF 15 and has a fresh floral scent.
Why I love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
I love this light liquid foundation because it gives me a flawless and natural finish. It perfects my skin in terms of blurring the appearance of my pores and it’s also very long lasting . I really like the light/medium coverage as well as the scent – it smells expensive! Most of all, I don’t feel like I’m wearing a mask because it is imperceivable to the eye. I wear shade B30.
Could it be for you?
I think this foundation would suit dry, normal and combination skin. It doesn’t cling to my dry patches around my chin and it doesn’t make my forehead look luminous or shiny. The finish is light/medium coverage so I wouldn’t recommend Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua if you prefer a fuller coverage foundation.