Bourjois Happy Light Foundation

Hello there my favorite people! A funny little thing, as I am writing this post, the internet has been down for like 14 hours and I have no idea if or when it’s coming back. Aside from running around like a headless chicken and feeling almost physical pain from the lack of internet which is sort of sad. I thought why not get some posts written. I mean there is no actual way for me to end up procrastination so why not make some lemonade out of lemons.

Okay so today I’ll be reviewing the Bourjois Happy light foundation. Boy oh boy do I have some comments to make on this.

Coverage: It can be built up to about a medium coverage. It’s a dewy foundation and that kind of foundation doesn’t usually come in full coverage.

Skin types appropriate for this foundation: Normal – dry/dehydrated. It’s a very dewy foundation so obviously if it’s your life long goal to get rid of shine or control it, this may not be for you.

Longevity: It lasts the average amount of time you’d want a foundation to last. Obviously factors like primer, setting powder, setting spray etc. I don’t necessarily go in with all those extras because it lasts as long as you’d want it to, it’s not a five minutes of fame sort of situation.

Application: I use a foundation brush, flat top is my number one preference or any foundation brush that’s dense. If you want a light application, less dense foundation brushes will do the trick but feel free to use whatever method of application you’d like.

Packaging: Your standard bottled foundation packaging with a pump, no issues there.

Formula: The formula is creamy and blendable but it is on the thicker side so it can cake up a bit if you aren’t careful.

Pros: It gives you a dewy / radiant complexion, it’s easy to blend, it’s affordable.

Cons: The shade range is terrible – I mean awful. It can settle into the pores.

Shade range:  This is where this foundation becomes un-useable for me! I purchased the lightest shade they make and yet it was still 4 shades too dark for me. I mean I wasn’t that pale and yet this foundation – too dark. Then, when I became tanned over the summer from frequent beach trips, all my other foundations were too pale for me. This foundation – still too dark and orange-ish. I think only if you fake tan could you make the shades of this foundation work. It’s a total bummer because I could see myself using this foundation a lot but the shade range is just unusable. They may have a decent amount of options but when the lightest shade doesn’t work for you, what else can you do. I do mix this foundation into my very pale ones but I can never wear it on its own.

Price: $32.00 AUD

Availability: Priceline (some pricelines as all don’t sell it) and I know Asos sells this brand. Though I haven’t been seeing this foundation on either I mean I see it in Priceline stores but maybe it’s going to be discontinued – which it may as well be because the shade range is terrible.

Rating: 5/10 Without useable shades, this foundation sort of becomes moot.

Overall thoughts: If this foundation has workable shades it would be a pretty awesome foundation but since it doesn’t I can’t really talk it up as much as I’d like to. It’s quite odd because Bourjois usually has the back of people with really fair skin but I guess not with this foundation.


That wraps up this not so positive post. Have you guys tried this foundation? What are your thoughts? What foundations have screwed you over in the shade range department? Tell me in the comments below. I hope you all have an awesome day and I’ll see you in the next post!

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  1. Yiota

    April 25, 2017 at 9:28 am

    It’s so sad when brands do not come up with lighter options, I mean not everyone has fair skin or is tanned. I had lots of foundations that I couldn’t use due to the fact that I get a tan easily here in Cyprus, the sun is too intense in summer and my foundation does not always match my skin colour.


    1. admin admin

      April 29, 2017 at 1:55 am

      Tell me about it. I don’t know how they can look at their lightest shade, seeing how dark it is and accept that that shade is what they consider to be ‘light’. It’s the only Bourjois foundation I couldn’t enjoy I am guessing their shade range for this foundation is what lead them to discontinue it.

  2. Gemma

    April 30, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I really wish Bourjois introduced more shades to their other foundation lines. In the UK they’ve just launched a whole host of new shades for their Healthy Mix foundation so I’m crossing my fingers they do the same for the others xx

    Gemma Etc.

    1. admin admin

      May 7, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Yes drugstore foundations at time struggle with having a larger shade range. This foundation was quite nice despite their bad shade range which makes me think this is why they discontinued it – who knows they may relaunch it with a better shade range.

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