We all want different qualities in a foundation, if I had to describe my perfect foundation it would be 1)hydrating on my dry skin 2) perfect colour match 3) easy to apply (product has pump too) 4)gives a luminous, healthy looking finish 5)provides medium-full coverage. I think Bourjois Healthy Mix is pretty close to a perfect foundation for me. I have watched numerous videos from UK bloggers claiming this foundation is great, and have wanted to try it out for a while now. Bourjois is a French brand (division of Chanel) but it is accessible to Canadians through Shoppers Drug Mart (I think this was $30ish CAD, $27 for the serum version). I however purchased mine on Asos.com, a website that I stalk on a regular basis (they have Illamasqua too), they offer Free Shipping worldwide! And I got this foundation from them for a fraction of the price that I would pay in Canada. Asos' stock does vary day to day however, and the colour selection is limited.
Bourjois' Healthy Mix is supposed to give "16h perfectly glowing complexion and toned skin" "Perfect coverage, semi-matte finish, oil-free, tolerance tested dermatologically, maintains essential skin hydration". The package also states that the product has fruit therapy radiance boosting elements, apricot for radiance, melon for hydration, apple anti-oxidant and ginger for energy. This foundation is like a fruit basket!
The packaging is perfect on this, it has a pump, the bottle is slim and lightweight. I would have no reservations taking this with me in my purse or for travel. I purchased this in the lightest colour, 51 (Light Vanilla). It's pretty close to my spot on colour match.
Here are comparisons with other foundation that I like at the moment. I am an NC 15 in MAC, I opt for yellow toned foundations to even out my complexion. As you can tell Bourjois Healthy Mix is the last on the right, it's pretty close to NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi (touch lighter) and Bobbi Brown Skin in Warm Ivory (more peachy). Chanel's Pro Lumiere in their lightest colour, 10 Limpide Nude is much darker.
Bourjois Healthy Mix feels really comfortable on dry skin, it's moisturizing which is a huge plus for me since a lot of foundations feel tight and look crackly on my skin. When first applied it goes on quite thin and watery, but then it settles to a semi-matte finish on the skin. The new Healthy Mix with serum foundation is said to give less coverage and dries to a more dewy finish compared to this (I will be trying that next). I would say Bourjois Healthy Mix gives a medium coverage with a satin finish. I do not set this with a powder (if you have oily/normal skin you may want to). The smell of this is amazing, it smells of roses (very similar to Chanel's Pro Lumiere). If you don't like fragranced foundations this may put you off, but I love it and it dissipate once your foundation sets. I love this foundation and can't wait to try out others from them.