Since I nabbed the newly released Bourjois Happy Light Foundation around a month ago it’s barely left my face. Of course there’s the odd competing formula that gets an application, but for the month of October the Happy Light has reigned supreme as my face base of choice. The question on everyones lips has been ‘Why?’ so I thought I’d get down to the nitty gritty and give you lot the low-down on the good, the bad…and for once there’s no ugly.
Happy Light boasts promises of a ‘luminous and flawless complexion in any light’ on the bottle – a bit of a bizarre claim. I would peg it as a straight-up liquid foundation texture that when applied leaves the skin with a satin finish – nothing too dewy, nor too matte – just a skin-like sheen. The coverage is light-to-medium depending on how much you dollop on and your application. With fingers it’s tinted moisturiser-esque (for instance my little red cheeks pop through a little), but with a buffing brush things get a bit more covering. I’m sporting it in the picture above (excuse the dreamy appearance, #NewLensProblems) for reference. Sans powder it goes for about six hours or so before things need touching up and the light texture means that powders and creams can be built up over the top without things getting cakey.
The good part? I managed to purchase it at a mere £7.99 while on introductory offer at Boots, though its full price is not too wallet walloping at £11.99. The bad? The colour range. It’s pants. I slap on 50 which is the lightest shade, though I wouldn’t say it would be suitable for the English roses amongst us and at just a total of five options in the whole range they’ll be more than a fair few who are stuck without a colour match.
The question is this or Healthy Mix? I’ve given the various guises of Healthy Mix a go over the years – the original, the gel textured one, the radiance reveal one (my favourite of the bunch), but I have to say that the Happy Light comes out on top. I sometimes find the Healthy Mix formulas to be a little bit oily-looking, whereas this imparts just the right amount of dew with just the right level of everyday coverage. The staying time is around the same, but finish wise if you want something with more coverage and a glowier look then go for a Healthy Mix option or for a satin finish with a more tinted moisturiser feel then Happy Light is your guy. Bourjois bring it with the base, again.