Shoppers Drug Mart have been handing out $10 gift cards for beautyBOUTIQUE (online only) with any purchase (from February 25, while supplies last), so I’ve recently collected two such gift cards.
Since beautyBOUTIQUE offers free shipping for $50 purchases, I ended up placing two slightly-over-$50 orders, since you can only use one gift card per order. I would hate to have to spend $8 on shipping just to use a $10 gift card!
I’ve recently been on the lookout for a new everyday foundation, because Revlon have seen fit to discontinue my tried-and-true Nearly Naked. They actually did this last year, but I haven’t had to buy any bottles since I stocked up in 2015 and so I didn’t realize. I’ve gone and bought up the remaining bottles at SaleEvent, but obviously, I need to find a replacement.
Some other liquid foundations I really like for my dry skin are Estée Lauder Double Wear, Lancôme Teint Miracle, Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream, Almay Clear Complexion Makeup, and L’Oréal True Match. But Nearly Naked took the cake for overall best: ease of application, good color match, natural look, easily found in stores and online, and of course it was quite inexpensive (CA$10–11 on sale). The EL and Lancôme are much pricier, plus Teint Miracle has been reformulated and had the shades renamed, and I haven’t gotten around to being colormatched again; Missha and Almay (believe it or not) are not easily obtained in store; and L’Oréal True Match has a tendency to make me a little bit greasy, which is pretty impressive considering I have dry skin.
So, I hit up Shoppers and headed for the Bourjois display to test out their foundations. I’ve never tried much of their makeup before (just some nail polish and blush) and decided I should really give them a proper look. I saw three main liquid foundations on display: Healthy Skin Serum, Healthy Skin Serum Gel, and 123 Perfect. I was in a little bit of a rush so I didn’t stand around Googling reviews for each formulation—I just did a bit of swatching.
[For those who may not know, Bourjois is a very old French cosmetic company, founded in 1863 by Joseph-Albert Ponsin, an actor. In 1917, the company was acquired by the Wertheimer family, who also owned Chanel. Bourjois finally changed hands again in 2015, when it was purchased by Coty Inc., an originally French company which has been American-owned since 1963. I always love background info on beauty companies!]
I swatched the second- and third-lightest shades in all three formulations, but only have reasonable photos of the two Healthy Mix swatches. Basically, I ran out of hand real estate. Also, I always feel really weird, surreptitiously taking pictures of makeup in stores. Do the SAs think I’m a weirdo? Do other customers think I’m a weirdo? I know I shouldn’t care, but I do a tiny bit!
As you can see, I appear to be just in-between shades once again. Le sigh. The two shades are pretty much the same between both formulas. I remember that the 123 Perfect Foundation colors with the same names looked a tad different (maybe a bit darker?), but not drastically so. I’m really impressed, however, at how yellow-toned these foundations are—and a bit surprised they don’t have some more cooler-toned shades available, since it was a French company, after all.
I also found that once the foundation set on my hands and I looked at them in the sunlight, there was less of a difference between the two shades. I could realistically have gone with either one, though Vanille did match my skin a little better since it is not as yellow as Light Beige is—also, my face is a smidge lighter than the back of my hands. However, it is winter now, so Light Beige would likely be a better choice for me in the summer months.
Between the Healthy Skin Serum and Healthy Skin Serum Gel formulas, I slightly preferred the non-Gel formula. The Gel formula had a bit of a sheen to it, and it settled in the lines in my skin more than I liked. Figures that the one I went with (Healthy Skin Serum, CA$35) is a bit more expensive than the other two (CA$30 each)!
Reviews also seem to concur that Healthy Skin Serum is the best formula for dry skin, and 123 Perfect is best for oily skin.
Finally, here’s what I hauled with my two CA$10 gift cards:
I am also getting six (3 per order) free samples:
- Clinique Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer, Dry/Combination
- Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup in 08 Silk Canvas
- Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Light Global Anti-Aging Creme
- Filorga Hydra-Filler Pro-Youth Moisturizer Care
- La Roche-Posay Lipikar Gel Lavant Shower Gel
- La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra
Just FYI, when I spent $100 at Shoppers, not only did they give me the $10 beautyBOUTIQUE gift card, but I also got a $10 card to spend on anything at Shoppers ($10 minimum purchase) and a $10 gift card to some random restaurants in the city. So…yeah, that was awesome! Thanks, Shoppers!
(And, don’t forget ebates.ca at beautyBOUTIQUE!)