8 January 2016

Best Drugstore Foundation: L'oreal, Maybelline & Bourjois review

Just the other day I had a brief chat with one of my friends (who's not a blogger) about this "go-to/holy-grail/best-thing-ever" high-end foundation we both got not so long ago. She was wondering how it was working for me. Without me going into details about it (because a review on it is coming soon), I'll just say this - we ended up agreeing 100% on our favourite drugstore liquid foundation. Beauty bloggers - and every girl who uses makeup - knows the struggle of getting your hands on "the one". After the gazillion shade, brand and bottle you know what works for you and what does the complete opposite. That's why I decided to take 3 of the most raved about foundations and put them to a real test. This post won't be about a quick swatch and description of the formula. After using them for a while (tried, put away, came back to: repeat) here is a genuine review of these 3 foundations by L'Oreal, Maybelline and Bourjois. One of them is my absolute favourite and a big-time winner.

Infallible has been around for a while. Many loved it and found it incredible for the price you had to pay. Having seen so many great reviews on this foundation, I decided to re-discover it for myself with the hope of potentially adding it to my favourite affordable foundations list. Boy, was I wrong. As much as I like L'Oreal as a brand and use a number of their products, this one is not among them.

What I initially liked about it:
+  handy bottle and a pump
+  nice texture
+  great coverage

What disappointed me:
-   scent:
The first thing that put me off was the scent. Those of you who are scent-sensitive would understand how overpowering a smell can be. It's hard to explain this one but the strong scent is there and it is just not up my street. 
-   shade
The shade that I picked matched my skin tone perfectly (Golden Sand) when I swatched it at the store. However, it oxidized badly and basically turned orange on my face. I tried another shade (Vanilla) and it oxidized as well. Oompa Loompa look was not the one I wanted to achieve.
-   lasting effect
It didn't wear for 24 hours. Either it's normal or not that so many brands claim their product would last as long as half a day to a full day, Infallible made me shiny in a couple of hours and looked "washed out" in under a 5-hr mark.

Will I re-purchase? 
No. I will stick to other lovely L'Oreal products but Infallible isn't the one for me.

I've tried Maybelline foundations before and liked one or two (when I was a teenager). Probably as a tribute to good ol' times and great reviews on Dream Satin Liquid, I picked one up off the shelf at the local drugstore. Once again, Maybelline is a fabulous brand and I wouldn't survive without so many products, including my all-time favourite The Colossal Cat Eyes. But this foundation is not my cup of tea.

What I initially liked about it:
+  packaging and a handy pump
+  smooth texture
+  lovely shade and coverage

What disappointed me:
-   it broke me out:
We all know how sometimes hormones can easily mess things up in the skin department. Having struggled with acne for the most part of my early 20s, I finally stopped breaking out much in my late 20s. However, when I started using this foundation, I went from one spot a month to 10 spots in 1 day! I stopped using it and my skin started to clear.
-   shiny very quickly & patchy
The coverage it gave was lovely and it didn't go orange (thankfully). I also got this foundation right after our holiday, that's why the shade is a bit darker than normal (Light Honey) because I had a tan back then. This foundation does go shiny super quickly though. It also looks patchy when you use your concealer and powder.

Will I re-purchase? 
No. I didn't even get to finish the bottle that I bought because it broke me out so badly.

Tan tan taaaan! What does it leave us with? Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is a 100% winner in this "battle" of affordable foundations. I could include a few more drugstore ones but yet again, this little guy beats them easily. I did a review on it once comparing it to my favourite high-end liquid foundation here. I also mentioned it a few times in my other posts (I will leave links below). It's THAT amazing and I can't stop raving about it.

What I like about it:
+  perfect shade match (mine is #54 Beige)
+  absolutely incredible coverage (medium to full & it's buildable)
+  silky texture, goes on smoothly
+  doesn't turn orange! (major bonus)
+  skin breathes, feels soft and moisturized
+  works well with concealers and powders

What disappointed me:
-   it doesn't last up to 16 hours as promised:
This is a minor disappointment, in my opinion, because this foundation wins in so many other ways. It does do well for about 6-7 hours though. In my books it's pretty amazing for an affordable product like this.

Will I re-purchase? 
YES. I already did. And will do it again when I run out of it. It's the best drugstore foundation I have discovered so far. 

I hope you enjoyed these detailed reviews of 3 different foundations and my genuine opinion. 
I wrote this post based on the experience of how they worked for me. 

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Leave a comment and let me know if you've ever tried these foundations.
Which one worked for you the best?
What drugstore foundation would you call "#1"?

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Have a fantastic weekend, lovelies <3


  1. This was such an enjoyable post to read! I didn't like the L'Oreal Infallible much either. The Bourjois sounds great though, I definitely want to give that a try! Right now my favourite drugstore foundation has been Maybelline Better Skin Superstay Foundation!

    xo, Liz

    1. Thanks so much, Liz :) Infallible disappointed me, sadly. I did hear it suits some people pretty well but the way it turns orange was a major deal-breaker for me. Thanks for the recommendation - I will make sure to check out Better Skin Superstay.

  2. I haven't tried either of them, but the first two don't sound very appealing after reading your description. The last drugstore foundation I picked up was the Catrice 24h Matte (?) one, and I am still in the process of trying it, so no final verdict as of yet. The 16-24 hour claims though... I feel they are ridiculous. Who would want to wear a foundation that long anyway?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Yeah, those claims are not even funny :) It's a great thing though if the foundation stays put for at least 7 hours. Major win!
      Looking forward to your review on the Catrice one, hon!

  3. Мала BOURJOIS? також дуже нею задоволена! Дякую за гарний пост, приємно читати)


    1. Дякую, Вікуся! Хотіла поділитися своїми експериментами. Буржуа-справді дуже класна!

  4. Awesome post, i love that bourjois foundation, i reach for it quite often. Definitely keen on trying out that L'Oreal Paris foundation, my sister has been using it every day and it's made me eager to pick one up for myself.


  5. Great post Nadia! I love the look of that Bourjois foundation and it's a great price too! Gemma xx

  6. This is awesome, I love how in depth your reviews were! I don't like to wear heavy foundation, but I'll have to check that last one out! Awesome post :)
    xo Kiki

  7. Далеко не первый хвалебный отзыв на Буржуа. Обзор получился отличный. Задумалась о покупке.

  8. Great review😊 I really like it too the Bourjois one, now Im trying the other one the Bourjois healthy mix Serum Foundation and comparing these two, I like more the serum one 😉

  9. I've never tried the other foundations but I recently just purchased the bourjois one! I've seen so many great reviews so I really hope it works well on my skin- here in Canada it sells for $28 so it's definitely not the cheapest....
    Great review!


  10. I was actually debating about getting the Maybelline Dream Satin one, but now I'm thinking maybe not! I hear the Maybelline Fit Me! is absolutely amazing though, although I can't say much for it since I haven't tried it yet. The Bourjois one sounds amazing though; I'll have to check it out once my Almay one runs out. Great, thorough review, Nadia!

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

  11. Thank you so much for this honest review, Nadia! :) I've always been on the lookout for the perfect foundation (I still haven't found one yet, though the MUFE HD one is pretty close), but I never really thought about trying drugstore brands before. I'm glad to hear that they're not too bad as well, so I'll definitely be looking into it! <3 Missed your blog so much! So glad you're posting regularly again <3

    XO, Elizabeth

  12. I've tried the Bourjouis one, but it's hard to find light shades here.
    I really love L'Oreal Infallible Matt one, you should try it!)

    Thanks for a honest review, Nadia!)

  13. That was a fab blog post and had so much detail about each product. I love the bourjois foundation, it's the best drugstore one I've tried!
    Lauren xx

  14. I really liked this post, it was informative and well done. I am definitely tempted to buy that Bourjois foundation now. In fact, I almost bought it a year ago, but Rimmel's Match Perfection was on offer, so I bought that instead. When I start running low on this bottle I'll have to get it!

  15. Тональный Bourjois многие любят) Моя подруга от него в полном восторге, говорит это один из лучших что у неё был)

  16. Ooooh foundations. I personally love foundations but I've never tried drugstores except for one or two! I'll have to try out the Bourjois Healthy Mix then! But only if I can get my hands on it! Haha <3

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin'

  17. It is quite hard to find a good drugstore foundations with a good colour match. I used to swear by Maxfactor but once I tried the Bourjois healthy mix I didn't turn back! 54 is the perfect match for me too :)

    Velvet Blush

  18. Such a wonderful post as always, hun! I've had some really back luck with drugstore foundations in the past... I've tried all of the ones on your list and unfortunately none of them worked for me! The Maybelline Dream Satin was especially bad - like you, it caused me to break out!!! =( I think it's just really bad for oily/combination skin types? The Healthy Mix, whilst deffo the best out of the three, just didn't give me the coverage I wanted (I ended up applying way too much and looking cakey!). The only drugstore foundation that's ever worked for me is the Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion foundation by Max Factor. It's just perfect for my skin type, it gives great coverage and doesn't cause my skin to break out. :) <3 x x Hope you're having a lovely weekend, my gorgeous! x


  19. What a brilliant and thorough review! I agree that it can be so off-putting when a foundation has a scent, it seems to unnecessary! I absolutely adore Clinique's Perfectly Real foundation, nothing compares to it for me - with regard to my combination-skin, at least! So glad you're happy with Bourjois foundation, finding 'the one' is so important! ;)


  20. wow, what a great descriptive review! I usually use maybelline but now I want to try the one that you said you would repurchase! It's always hard for me to find a good foundation. have a great weekend! Xx

    Lots of love,
    Kayla xo // Kayla's Vibration

  21. My all time favourite drug store foundation ised to be the Revlon Photo Ready but then they reformulated it and its not the same! My current favourite is probably Loreal Lumi closely followed by Bourjois Health Mix! I wasn't a massive fan of infallible either! xx


  22. Firstly, I absolutely loved this post! It's ideal as I've looked into these foundations previously. This post is so detailed! I had thought about the Infalliable but it doesn't sound as good as I thought. I hope to see more posts like this in the future! xxxx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

  23. Before I switched to NARS I actually use to use a drugstore foundation for the longest time. To be honest the only reason I switched is because I heard all the rave about NARS and well just had to try it. It definitely didn't disappoint. However, it's expensive and thats why I like to stick with a drugstore foundation from time to time, I LOVE Revlon Photoready and would definitely recommend it. It gave it very smooth finish and I found the colour to match really great with my skin tone. It sounds like you liked the Bourjois Healthy mix the best.. unfortunately I don't think we have that one in Canada.. Great review though! I know now not to buy the first two:-) Have a great weekend Nadia!


  24. Bourjois is an absolute winner for me too! It's the best drugstore foundation I have come to so far. X

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  25. Absolutely amazing review Nadia darling! Well done :)
    I've never tried any of these products, but I did purchase the Healthy mix serum the other night. I wore it today for the first time for a light coverage and I'm in love! Very very nice. Maybe not as long lasting as it claims to be (as seems to be the problem with the foundation), but oh well. Otherwise I'm very impressed :)
    My all time fave foundations from the dugstore must be though Wake me up by Rimmel. I love it so much and have at least three bottles of it at home, just incase I run out of it (another product you can't get from Finland). And I also like Loreal's True Match foundation :)
    Hope you've had a lovely week hon <3
    Emma xxx


  26. Theres so many drugstore foundations I want to try including the L'Oreal one! xx


  27. Sadly none of these are in the US :( But I would love to try them!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  28. How awesome is your reviews! I appreciate that you tried them each a few times to get an accurate review! I will have to try that last foundation as it does sound like a real winner!


  29. I've got to let my wife know about that third foundation. The ones at the department stores can be pricy


  30. Amazing review, sweetie! I own both the L'Oréal and Maybelline ones (I hate the Maybelline one it looks horrible on me) and the Infallible foundation has to be my all time favourite! I love it so much that I almost felt disappointed that you didn't like it.
    I haven't tried the glass bottle one, either way, I've tried the one that comes on the squeeze tub, and I believe the formula is different, so maybe that's why, I don't know.
    I'm reading this really early in the morning because I don't want to miss any of your posts but my exams start tomorrow (who's scared? I definitely am!).
    Love you lots, beautiful lady. I hope you have a great week!


  31. Love this post, very clear and detailed! I love the Bourjois one, such a great natural foundation! Thanks for sharing! x


  32. Great post! I really need to try the Bourjois one as it sounds like a winner xx

    Gemma | www.missmakeupmagpie.com ❤️

  33. I personally don't wear foundation (I did for about a year though) however I do love watching makeup tutorials with it hahaha something about it is rather calming to watch and also sparks up the creativity. Glad you found a good drugstore brand though!!!


  34. These reviews are great and super useful! Thanks for sharing!
    Fashion Soup

  35. Awesome Review, thx for sharing dear. Have to check out!

  36. I love drugstore foundations! I love being able to buy three bottles for the price of one high end! I haven't tried any of the ones you reviewed but I love how in-depth you go!

    Musings & More

  37. Love your review! I'm going to need some new foundation coming up and love your suggestions and review! Thanks!

    Darling Down South
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  38. Such a great review! It's so difficult finding a good foundation when you need to mix things up. Great to know your experience with all three! Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  39. Loved reading this post, as it was so thorough and detailed about each of the products - definitely can see why you opted for the last one x

    Pop over to my blog!


  40. Great review, hun! I've only tried healthy mix and I think it is one of the best drugstore foundations. I don't believe the foundations which claims to stay on for like hours, because they never so and who would go 24 hours with foundation on...
    Have an amazing week, lovely! xx


  41. Great review!


  42. Interesting review, Nadia! I've heard so many wonderful things about this Bourjois foundation. I hope to pick some up when I'm in London in a few months.

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

  43. 100% Agree, I love the bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, without a doubt my favourite from the high street. I am tempted by the maxfactor one with the swirls of white in it? no idea what it is called, but i'm so fussy over shades (im pale and cannot stand even being a little bit orange!)


  44. Maybelline is one of the best drugstore brand
    I love it but i never tried this foundation so i need to see it soon.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  45. Nadia, I really loved how you did this post, it was simple to see what you liked and disliked and you summed it all up nicely, great job! It's a shame we don't get Bourjois in the states (at least I don't think we do, I've never seen it) because I have heard some great great things about the brand in general. I've never tried any of these foundations but the first two do not sound like they'd work for me so thanks for doing the research and sharing with us. Hope you are having a great week gorgeous girl! XO -Kim

  46. Oh thank you so much for this Nadia - I am in need of a new foundation and I had no idea what to buy and I also have very, very sensitive skin so it's extra important to get a good one! I'll be sure to check this out and thank you again - you're a lifesaver, haha! :D

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

  47. I hate foundations with a scent so the L'oreal isn't for me! My skin has never agreed with the dream match either, I've tried all the different versions! But I loooove Healthy Mix too, I use the serum version rather than foundation but love it x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

  48. I have this in the middle but I don't like it

  49. Great items Really interesting post...thx for sharing! xx

  50. I haven't tried any of it, but healthy mix got my attention this time!

  51. The Bourjois foundation is my absolute favourite; I have extremely dry skin, but this gives me that healthy glow. You're right, it doesn't last very long, but I love it so much that I make it work - I find that using Soap & Glory's 'one heck of a blot' increases the longevity. Since switching to this foundation from my previous, I have also noticed a substantial decrease in breakouts. Do you notice the subtle scent of apricot? It's surprisingly pleasant!

    My sister on the other hand really loves the L'Oreal Infallible. It lasts ALL DAY and gives her a flawless, airbrushed canvas. She too has dry skin, but when I tried it out myself, my skin wasn't having any of it, haha.

    I guess foundation is really personal. One thing I wish the drugstore did more often is include a wider shade range, because there isn't much to choose from for our darker sisters.

    Maira | http://mxdemagazine.tumblr.com/


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