Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Vs Bourjois Healthy Mix

I have read numerous reviews on both Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and Bourjois Healthy mix foundation so i thought i would out my tuppence in.

Chanel, shade B10 - Boujois, shade 52 Vanille

I loved Bourjois Healthy Mix and swore by it to all of my friends. I use the shade 52 Vanille, the lightest in the range which is available from boots for a reasonable £9.99. The first time i used this i was struck with how delicious this foundation smelled, very fruity. The packaging states that this foundation uses fruit therapy and boasts essence of Apricot, Melon, Apple and Ginger. I don't know if this really makes a difference to your face, but it certainly smells delicious.
I would say this foundation has a medium/light coverage and the colour is great for my very pale skin, but does have a *slight* yellow tone. I use Mac NC15 if this helps you understand the colour shades. this foundation feels very light on the skin and blends pretty easily, i would describe it as having a dewy but also matt finish if that is possible. I wore this foundation for a few months, buying a second bottle which is pretty unusual for me and loved it.

I then went shopping with mother bear who needed some more make up. We were in Leeds and visited the Chanel Counter in Harvey Nicks, i had been meaning to swatch the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation for some time as i had read some great reviews. I swatched it and loved it, as did mother bear and we both grabbed a bottle each, mine in the colour B10.  At £31 this was more than i have ever spent on a foundation but i knew i would love it. And love it i have, on my third bottle this has become a rather expensive staple in my make up bag. This foundation is described as a skin perfecting make up and has a light coverage. My skin is generally pretty good but i have began to suffer from break outs and an uneven skin tone. My trusty Chanel does not always cut the mustard with these days and i have to use a lot of concealer. I bought a new bottle of this only last week and i feel i may be falling out of love. My mums bottle has over 80% left and did not seem such a fan.

After hearing these two foundations were similar i have decided to put them to the test.
L: Chanel R: Bourjois

Slightly blended

Fully blended

The Chanel has a slightly more watery consistency than the Bourjois and is also slightly lighter in colour. Once blended both of the foundations blend nicely and sink into the skin quickly. The Chanel has a more dewy finish and the Bourjois is slightly more matt but both radiant looking. I would say the biggest difference between these foundations is the price, £21 of a difference. The Chanel is more luxurious, it does melt into the skin easier and does not feel like you are wearing anything and suits my pale complexion perfectly. The Bourjois however is also a great foundation and has a much better coverage but slightly yellow on my skin.

My verdict:

I tried both of these on my face to test them properly side by side, but as i am a little poorly i did not want to share my ugly mug with the world so my hand swatches will have to do, sorry!
They are both fabulous and i would recommend both, however if you are on a budget go for the Bourjois, it is well worth the £9.99 price tag. I feel i have rediscovered this foundation and will be using this again and saving my Chanel for those better skin days.

I hope this was of help to somebody!




  1. My mum likes healthy mix, I've never tried the Chanel! I love collection 2000 lasting foundation and I love it, £5.99 and it's perfect perfect for my skin. xx

    1. I tried that and just did not get on with it - even though i probably really need a heavier coverage i try to stick with light because i hate the feeling of layers on my skin, the healthy mix is slightly pushing it! I wish i had such a bargain fave xxxx

  2. I would love to try Chanel but it's way too expensive.
    And Bourjois here is really expensive too... I believe the healthy mix is around $30 here.. -.-'
    dewey but matte? sounds like my kind of finish!

    1. It is very expensive, i cant believe the healthy mix is that much! The finish is quite hard to describe, maybe it seemed matt next to the Chanel which i think is very luminous looking. Maybe you should go and swatch the shades and do an international swap and get hold of some goodies you want! xx

  3. ok dont get me wrong but doing a comparison of the foundations on a non-perfect skin would just really reveal the texture and coverage they both provide.
    Excellent comparison, nonetheless!! xoxo

    1. I gave my opinion knowing how they apply to the skin just did not want to take a picture of my face that day and my camera was playing up. You are right though, i will try and upload some face pictures soon :)

  4. Boujoirs is the generic brand of Chanel, which is especially noticeable when you compare the Boujoirs eyeshadow trio's side by side the Chanel eye shadow's. I've noticed that the healthy mix in the serum version is a closer match to this Chanel foundation than the regular healthy mix.

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