Current Drugstore Foundations In Rotation.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundations in 52 and 53 – £9.99. 

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in N1.5 and N2 – £9.99.

Recently I have found that drugstore foundations have really upped their game and they are slowly closing the gap between the quality of the high end foundations, and I love that. I also love that they are a lot cheaper too, who wouldn’t want to save a few pennies? There are two drugstore foundations that I have really come to love and reach for regularly and that is these two; Bourjois Healthy Mix and L’Oreal True Match. My skin has drastically changed over recent months and has taken a little nod towards the dry side, thank you Roaccutane. When my skin was much oilier, I avoided a lot of drugstore foundations like the plague as my skin just never tolerated them and by the end of a working day, I’d look as thought I had no make up on – it just melted right off my greasy skin. Nowadays I can really experiment with drugstore foundations and I have really been enjoying it, uncovering some absolute gems. Both of these foundations offer a medium yet buildable coverage that leaves my skin looking flawless and incredibly healthy looking all day.

Bourjois’ Healthy Mix foundation is one that I have wanted to try for quite some time as I have seem a large number of beauty bloggers rave about it in the past but it was never right for my skin. It really helps me to achieve a radiant and flawless complexion that is natural looking and not remotely cakey. It feels really lightweight on my skin and adds a lovely healthy glow. Bourjois claim that this foundation can last up to 16 hours and I’m not quite sold on that BUT it does last really well throughout an 8.5 hour working day in a stuffy office. This foundation boasts a fruit therapy formula containing apricot for radiance, melon for hydration and apple to protect youth – sounds like a wonderful cocktail, hey? It sounds good enough to eat but I wouldn’t recommend this obviously. The Healthy Mix foundation does have a slightly fruity scent which would normally put me off a foundation but it’s actually quite pleasant and it disappears quite quickly.

L’Oreal True Match foundation is one that I have had a love/hate relationship with in recent years. I used to really REALLY dislike this foundation where a lot of my friends, and a lot of beauty bloggers absolutely adored it. The old formula for me was a bit of a weird one, I found it difficult to blend in and that it just sat on my skin and never quite sunk in, making my skin look a bit plastic. I also found that it didn’t last well on my skin at all. Since L’Oreal rebranded the packaging and made it look much sleeker and completely reformulated the foundation, I haven’t been able to get enough. The new formula is fantastic in my opinion – it is really natural looking, true to colour and it blends really evenly in to the skin. Say goodbye to tide lines guys! The consistency of True Match is worlds apart from Bourjois’ Healthy Mix as it is quite watery but they both have a lovely way of feeling so light on the skin, like your not wearing any make up at all.

Both foundations offer a medium coverage that is easily built up but L’Oreal True Match is a little more natural looking, making it better for daytime wear but I adore both. They give your skin that ‘my natural skin but better’ kinda look, covering any imperfections with ease without making you look like you’ve troweled it on. What more could you want? I think for the price, these foundations are absolute gems – £9.99 is a steal. I do think that drugstore foundations leave a lot to be desired in the colour department and I often find that I have to mix shades to get it just right. I had to mix shades 52 and 53 in Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and N1.5 and N2 in L’Oreal True Match. Thank god for Boots 3 for 2 offers lessening the blow of having to purchase two foundations.

What are your drugstore foundations of choice?

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  • Tiffi

    Healthy Mix is for sure my staple, the quality feels so high end! 🙂

    • I totally agree. It looks and feels great on the skin. I’ve been loving it lately. 🙂

  • Hildegerd Haugen

    I adore the L’oreal infallible stay fresh foundation, I like the matte too, but the stay fresh is in a league of its own.