123 Perfect is the newest range from Bourjois. Today I’ll take under my magnifying glass their 123 Perfect liquid foundation in Light Vanilla shade (no. 51).
Rested yet radiant complexion and a flawless, even result for up to 16hrs, 24h hydration, has 3 correcting pigments (yellow – dark circles, mauve – anti dullness, green – anti redness), SPF 10, non-comedogenic, lets skin breathe …
Matte. But in combination with my SPF emulsion, finish quickly becomes more semi-matte like.
Water-silicone based formula that has almost liquid to powder like properties. It’s lightly scented. Does oxides on me, but still manages to look OK. Building layers to achieve better coverage is easy.
Easy to apply and doesn’t really look bad when applied with any of the tested methods. I got best results with stippling method. Real Techniques stippling brush or Sigma F82 round top kabuki … with Sigma giving me slightly better result. One pump of product for more sheer application and 2 for heavier coverage. Sponge also gave me good results, while buffing didn’t look too hot on the parts with flaky skin … or larger pores. Flaky/dry skin needs either primer or second layer of face cream to stop acting up.
Medium to heavy, covers all the redness and smaller blemishes with one pump of product (my preferred amount as it does everything I want without giving me the “super artificial masked look”).
Glass bottle, clear plastic cap with the shade number on top. Pump works great and dosage is good. 30ml (1fl.oz) of product with 12month shelf life … after opening the product.
~14 EUR in Slovenia.
Not a perfect match, but doesn’t stand out too much either. This is light beige shade with slight amount of yellow undertone and maybe grain of orange? But as foundation “drys” it becomes more orange-y and darker. I have no clue how this kind of color looks good on me, but as I said is does not stands out too much … darker hue is bigger problem than orange undertone but still kind of blends in + setting powder probably also plays part in minimizing the oxidation as frankly – I almost never notice the major color change on my face, but it looks really freakish when I look at hand swatch.
I compared Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation Light Vanilla with two other liquid foundations in 51 shade … Healthy Mix and Healthy Mix Serum. 123 is the darkest of the bunch. My arm does not have the same undertone as my face, so none of the shades will look as a perfect match. The closest to my face undertone is Serum … but I like it’s formula the least and 123 the best.
This is matte foundation so I never expected from it to look like “my skin”. I tried bunch of matte foundations and none achieved that goal. Full matte effect does not last long on my extremely oily skin, but I prefer the slightly dewy look anyway. I can wear it without blending it half down my neck, so the color is not that “off”, transfer is minimal after I set it with powder.
Stying power is not bad even without powder on top of it, but I need it if the weather is hot, I know I’ll be more active …
Smell I could live without, like all other foundations this one is also comedogenic for me (isononanonates, zinc …), but it’s not bad. I would say that foundation is more appropriate for oily skin.
Foundation gets plus for not causing any unwanted reactions and the fact that is not heavy … half of the time I forget I’m even waring it.
My female friends tell me that this is one of the foundations that looks really good on me, while my male friends say that all foundations look icky. What do you think whose opinion counts more?
Would I recommend it? I would suggest that you first test it, but my impressions are good.
You can get miniature testers in drugstores, but all of them come in 53 shade. Luckily all shades are available as store testers.
*I received the product for review purposes