Bourjois Happy Light Foundation Review

Bourjois Happy Light Foundation Review

Hi Guys!

I’ve been using the same foundation for years now – Chanel Vitalumiere, and also I bought a fab Dior BB Cream last year too, but as much as I love them, these are pretty expensive products to replace. So I thought I’d check out what Boots had to offer to see if I could find a cheaper foundation that’s on par with these high end brands…

bourjois happy light top

I was looking for a foundation around the £10 mark, and ended up going for the Bourjois Happy Light  Foundation in 50, which is the lightest colour, and it was a very reasonable £11.99.

This product has great reviews so I thought I couldn’t go wrong!

bourjois foundation

The colour looked great when I squirted it on my hand, I’m pretty pale and I find it hard to find a decent foundation that suits my skin tone but doesn’t make me look like a ghost! This foundation really sounded like it was just what I was looking for –

‘Its velvety formula blends effortlessly for a luminous, undetectable and natural finish.It contains translucent pigments to enhance your inner glow and correct imperfections without masking.And, what’s more, it lets skin breathe thanks to its lightweight feel and moisturising ingredients. Available in 5 flawless shades’

bourjois foundation review

And here are the results… Well, to be honest I’m not very impressed. Firstly the colour came out really dark, this probably sounds strange it almost made my skin look kind of dirty. Since taking these photos I’ve tried the foundation a second time just to be sure I’m not being overly harsh and it definitely has this effect. The finish is also quite sheer, though my skin isn’t that bad I felt like I needed more coverage. Also, my skin tens a to be dry, and this foundation seemed to highlight every dry patch and imperfection!

foundation review dry skin

You can see I have a couple of spots around my chin which haven’t been covered at all, so overall I’m not very impressed with this foundation, it’s just not for me unfortunately. It’s a shame really, I’m the biggest fan of Bourjois Eyeliners so I thought I’d really like this, never mind hey!

Good points – Well personally the only good point for me would be the price! This would also be good for those with oil prone skin.

Bad points – I was hoping for more coverage really, and this foundation isn’t really suited for dry skin like mine. I think another let down is that there are only five shades available so this foundation isn’t suited to darker skin tones.

I hope you enjoyed my review and found it useful xxx





  1. Kelly
    17 February, 2014 / 9:49 am

    I think this foundation was designed for light coverage rather than anything quite thick 🙂
    Although that dirty look sounds horrible, I found that in No .7 foundation I used before they sort of re-vamped the brand :). Do you think a paler shade would help?

    I’ve never tried high end products but I adore No.7 Matte Finish for a reasonable £12!! 🙂 it’s great coverage as well!!

    Kelly from | Day Dreams & Daisy Chains

    • tsncblog
      24 February, 2014 / 10:23 pm

      Well this was the lightest shade unfortunately! xxx

  2. Rachel
    17 February, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    That’s such a shame – I have wanted to try this foundation but I do feel like I wear foundation to get a bit more than a very light coverage, so I don’t think this foundation would be suitable for me either.

    I would, however recemmend two other drugstore foundations which I pretty much love, and give a much more decent coverage. These are Rimmel Wake Me Up (it doesn’t cling to my dry patches and is quite mositurising, providing medium coverage) and L’Oreal True Match (available in loads of different shades including warm/cool tones).

    Rachel xxx

    • tsncblog
      24 February, 2014 / 10:22 pm

      Thanks lovely I’ll check these out xxx

  3. Caitriona Tighe
    17 February, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    Pity you weren’t impressed by the coverage :(( .Im using Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation atm and I love it.I really love the coverage it gives.I would highly recommended !!

    • tsncblog
      24 February, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks lovely I might give that one a look 🙂 xxx

  4. Anna
    18 February, 2014 / 9:02 am

    I’m as pale as you can get and can barely get away with light vanilla in the bourjois shades. However, the lightest shade for Happy Light was about three shades too dark for me. I tested it at Boots and walked away. However, their new CC cream in shade 31 Ivory is a pretty good match for me! And I like the coverage and staying power. I have a review up on my blog if you’re curious 🙂

    • tsncblog
      24 February, 2014 / 10:19 pm

      Ahh thanks lovely I’ll take a look! xxx

  5. Jessica Rose
    24 February, 2014 / 9:52 pm bad…I’m just as pale as you…so this would be no good for me….glad I read this…as I was going to buy!

    • tsncblog
      24 February, 2014 / 10:12 pm

      It does come out really dark unfortunately! xxx

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