Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect Foundation in No.52 Vanilla
I've been wanting a new foundation to wear on a daily basis that was less high street and less expensive. I usually wear Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Ivory which is a perfect lightweight foundation with a dewy finish but with a high coverage. The problem I have with using this everyday is that it doesn't come cheap. At £26.50 a pop I wanted a cheaper alternative that wouldn't break the bank, to wear on days when I'm nipping to the shops, having a lazy day or going out for coffee.
I had read online that the Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect Foundation was very similar to Benefit's Hello Flawless so I decided to give it a try. It is very smooth and creamy which gives a pretty flawless finish. I find that I don't really need to apply concealer with it as it provides a slightly heavier coverage than Hello Flawless. The product claims to last for up to 16 hours which I have found to be true. On the days that I have used it I haven't had to touch it up at all. I do find it slightly cake-y as it is a bit heavier to what I am used to. However, for a fraction of the Benefit price tag I can cope with this aspect.
The 123 aspect of the foundation is that 1. it has yellow pigments which help to get rid of dark circles 2. it contains mauve pigments which provide a brighter complexion 3. it has green pigments which decrease the appearance of redness. I do feel as though this foundation does combat all of these imperfections and creates a very even tone to the skin.
The SPF in this foundation is 10 but I usually opt for a higher number. The moisturiser that I use has an SPF of 25 however so my skin will still be protected from the sun's rays. Unfortunately I think that I picked up a shade to dark for my skin tone so although it goes on like a dream it does look a smidge too dark. At least my skin is the palest it will be all year at the moment, so as soon as my skin gets a bit more sunlight on it, this should be a perfect match.
Overall I am very pleased with my find for a cheaper alternative for an everyday foundation. Although I have to compromise on a few aspects, for a third of the price I don't have much to complain about.
What do you think about Bourjois Paris' 123 Perfect Foundation? What do you use on a daily basis?