Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum vs Foundation review – the difference between the two

Those of you who, like me, prefer high-end foundations and are a bit skeptical when it comes to drugstore brands should definitely make no assumptions before testing the Bourjois Healty Mix Serum & Foundation, as something as spectacular only comes once a decade.With a formula compared to the dearly discontinued Chanel Pro Lumiere and a perfect matte-dewy finish, these products are guaranteed winners in the race for a natural, radiant complexion.

I’ve been using Bourjois Healty Mix Foundation for about 7 months now and it’s become a part of my makeup case for jobs and a favorite amongst myself and my clients. Naturally, I was curious when the Healthy Mix Serum came out, so I went and bought one to see what all the blogosphere fuss was about and to find out what are the differences between the two products.

Before I get into that, let me first tell you that both the Healthy Mix Foundations are game changers in the drugstore makeup department.  These are medium-buildable coverage, semi matte and dewy in finish foundations, that even out skin tone and brighter complexions, while providing a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula. It’s also crazy affordable and that’s always a plus!

Now because both products are really good, there is no point in deciding on a favorite before you try them for yourself, so I’m not going to lead you towards either of them. You judge that for yourself after hearing what each of them has to offer and which one is suited to your skin type.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum vs Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum vs Foundation


Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Since we’re talking foundation, we might as well start by analyzing the coverage each of them provide, the pigmentation and the finish. While the original  Healthy Mix Foundation provides a medium buildable coverage and gives a natural semi-matte finish, the Healthy Mix Serum gives more of a light-to-medium coverage and has a more luminous, dewy finish. Although the later provides sheer coverage, it works well in evening out skin tone and restoring brightness to a tired skin.

If you need more coverage, I would definitely go for the Healthy Mix Foundation, as it provides medium coverage, covering redness, minor thread veins and dark spots, yet still feel light and natural on the skin.

This is exactly the type of product to use if you have occasional break outs or localized imperfections, because you can spot paint them with a heavy duty concealer, while still letting your skin show through and achieve a natural looking effect.

However, I wasn’t pleased at how the Healthy Mix Serum or Foundation covered dark circles, I personally added some Touche Eclat to brighten the eye area better. That’s totally up to you and how pronounced your dark circles are.


The finish provided is also an area where the original foundation and the serum differ, so you might test them out for a while before deciding on your favorite.

The Healthy Mix Serum has a semi-matte, dewy, but not shinny finish, it’s oil free so those of you with oily or combination skin might prefer this one. You need to let it set into your skin properly before powdering it, or you might as well just skip the powder completely for a natural look.

The Healthy Mix Foundation, has a matte finish, yet still gives the skin radiance. I LOVE using Bare Minerals you further illuminate the high points of my face and set the foundation better, without applying too much product on the rest of my face.

It can be worn alone, for a fresh, dewy finish or with powder, for a radiant, yet matte finish. You will decide this for your own according to your skin type and well..desired look.


The Healthy Mix Foundation has a thicker, more blendable consistency then the Serum, which I found to be very light and slightly runny, although it is marketed as a gel formula.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

They both blend easily whether with a brush or with your fingers. I have tried both and was surprised and most pleased of how neatly and fast you can apply them with your fingers. Allowing a fast application by warming & applying the product with your fingers is one of the advantages of mass-market products, yet I guess I forgot this since the last time I gave my stippling brush a vacation.

Color range -foundation shades

Bourjois has developed a range of natural shades, with an ideal balance of pink and yellow, to match most skin tones. However, you can’t expect to please everybody with a drugstore product, as the color range is limited to 8 shades for the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and 6 shades for the Healthy Mix Serum.

I’ve found there are more options for pale skin than for darker complexions, and depending where you’re from, stores may have an even more limited color range available. Harsh, I know!


There’s no way it lasts up to 16 hours, like the product claims, as it tends to fade after 6h and require powder or blotting after 7-8h.
I shouldn’t really comment on this aspect, as it depends on many factors like your skin type, temperature, whether or not you’re using powder, a primer or a mattifying product underneath.

Scent & ingredients

I was surprised by the pleasant, fruity scent as you don’t get that much with professional makeup products that I normally use. Most clients I used this on were over the moon when they sniffed it, and I guess you might enjoy it too, since the perfume doesn’t cause breakouts. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation has apricot, melon, apple and ginger extracts, while the Serum has lychee, goji berries and pomegranate extracts.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum & Foundation review

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum & Foundation review


Overall, a winner for me is definitely a product which has more coverage, like Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – the original and a perfect balance between matte and luminous radiance.

However, I can’t say the same for everyone else. I use the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum when I want to achieve that fresh faces, dewy, gorgeous skin on models or mature skin and I found it tends to act better on those with oily combination skin.

They are both excellent products, that I strongly recommend. For a fraction of the price it will give you a natural, brighter complexion that you could so far only achieve by wearing high-end products like Chanel and Estee Lauder.

Try them out and let me know what you think in the comments!


As a professional make-up artist and beauty enthusiast, Luiza's expertise has become highly prized over the years. As owner of this site, she set her mind to create a publication for those who are focused not just on beauty trends and popular brands, but also on the industry's most well-kept secrets.

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4 Responses

  1. Erika Nagode says:

    I just bought a Healthy mix, so I can`t say much about it, but I loved Healthy mix serum, even thought I was always a high end foundation girl.

  2. suekyu says:

    i have pretty oily skin esp. on the t-zone.however i have occasional breakouts that leads to dry patches.
    the two points always give me headache on finding the right foundation T_T
    i thought i should get revlon’s colorstay foundation but due to the lack of shades in malaysia i hold it on.
    i only found out about bourjois’s healthy mix foundation,healthy mix serum foundation and 123 perfect foundation.
    can u suggest which one that might be ok for me(out of 4 )?thanks a lot!

    • Luiza says:

      Hi Suekyu,

      Revlon Colorstay for Oily skin is a great option for you, if you can find the right match 🙂 I wasn’t particularly fond of bourjois 123 and the healthy mix foundation or serum would only work for you if you use powder to set it.

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