Ahhh... Bourjois... one of my favourite "drugstore" makeup brands. I am using the term drugstore loosely because while in Europe it certainly is offered at drustore price points, here in Canada the price point is more akin to something like Clinique. Nonetheless, it's a brand worth checking out if you have the chance. You can find it at larger Shopper Drug Mart beauty boutiques or at ASOS online.
The strong point of Bourjois, in my opinion, is their base products. I love the Healthy Balance Powder and the Healthy Mix and Healthy Mix Serum foundations get a lot of love online - I have used both over the years and found them to be on par with many high end foundations on the market. Unfortunately neither of those two offered enough oil control for my combination/oily skin, so when it was time to make a new foundation purchase, I was excited to purchase the Bourjois Air Mat foundation.
It promises a lightweight, undetectable matte finish that will last all day. I paid $29 for this little tube, which is pretty steep, but the colour match Vanilla 02 is pretty great so I bought it and ran. My thoughts? It's a great everyday foundation. It has medium coverage and it really does feel lightweight on the skin. It feels like you aren't wearing a layer of foundation at all. It has a pleasant floral scent upon application but it quickly disappears. I apply it with a kabuki brush (like a Sigma F80 or Marc Jacobs Buffing Foundation Brush) when I want more coverage, or a damp Beauty Blender sponge if I want a light coverage.
Both applications give a long lasting result. Some powdering in the T zone is required in order to keep the shine at bay but other than that, I don't need to powder the rest of my face and I still feel comfortable with my foundation and the coverage all day long. The finish is matte but not powdery. You can add highlighter (cream of powder) if you feel like you need an extra glow. I usually add a light dusting of highlighter on my cheeks for some extra luminosity.
Bourjois Air Mat has been my go-to workday foundation over the last several weeks because it's just so easy and lasts until the end of my day. Slap it on, touch of powder, and go. Think of it as a lighter, less coverage version of my other oily skin drugstore foundation staples Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous and L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte.
I definitely think this is worth a try if you've got combination/oily skin are are looking for a lightweight light/medium coverage foundation to wear to work every day. If you're looking for more medium/full coverage, I will steer you in the direction of Covergirl or L'Oreal.
What foundation has been getting you though the work day?