Sunday, 16 February 2014

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream- Review

I never really bought into the whole BB cream phase to be honest, and I quickly tired of every second product claiming to have BB benefits. I've tried BB creams but as a rule I generally prefer a little more coverage and for days when I don't need alot of coverage, I rarely don't stray beyond my beloved Smashbox tinted moisturiser.When I heard that there was a genre of CC creams sweeping out across the people, I am sure I probably rolled my eyes up to heaven and vowed I wouldn't buy into the CC fad. But when I heard that one of my favourite drugstore brands was releasing a CC cream, my interest was piqued. I am a longtime fan of the Bourjois Healthy Mix, Happy Light and 123 Perfect foundations that I decided that it just had to be mine. I picked this up at the end of January and have been trying it out since.

The technology behind this is pretty impressive also. Like the 123 foundation, there are 3 pigments packed into this CC cream- Apricot to combat signs of fatigue, green to battle against any redness and white to camouflage any dark spots. Not only that, it also promises to leave you with a luminous complexion and smooth skin and 24 hour hydration with SPF 15 if you don't mind. It promises the colour correction of a foundation with the skincare action of a cream. Now all those pigments and promises might leave you feeling a little afraid about looking like the lovechild of Shrek/Casper/an Oompa Loompa, but the actual CC cream itself is not coloured and looks rather like your average tinted moisturiser. It comes in three shades I believe which might be a bit limiting- however if you are pale like me, no 31 Ivory is a nice match. 

I used a flat top kabuki to apply this CC cream but I am sure you could use your hands. For the purposes of trialling, I didn't apply any powder over it, which is good, because I learned I don't have to put on any powder with this. It's not a matte finish, but it's not shiny- enough luminosity to please me minus any shiny patches. I didn't apply any concealer with this either but I did notice that my complexion was evened out and any blemishes/ freckles/ imperfections that I wanted concealed were concealed. The cream feels light and comfortable on the skin, and I did not notice any visible signs of this disappearing over the course of the day. I cannot comment on the 24 hour hydration comment because I would never have any foundation on for 24 hours but my skin certainly was not adversely affected or dried out by it and like I said, it is very comfortable on. What I love about this in particular is that my skin still both feels and looks like skin, and I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of this coming into the summer months when I naturally veer away from the full on coverage of a conventional foundation.

Have you tried yet or do you think you might give it a try? Am I the only one that's skeptical of the BB/CC cream evolution?



  1. Hey girl. I have tried a few BB creams from the drugstore and I do not like them one bit. If you want to try a REAL BB cream with coverage and visible skin perfecting you need to try an asian BB cream. My favorite is from Dr. Jart. But skin 79 is also a nice brand. Western BB creams are just sheer tinted moisturizerrs with poor coverage IMO. This CC cream however, looks quite nice.

  2. This is my favourite visage product for the last few months, I feckin love it!

  3. I'm actually trying it for the first time today. A friend brought it over from Ireland, and thus far I'm very pleased. Would like for a bit more coverage, but as I haven't washed this off yet (upon trying it I immediately washed Lancome's new foundation off), and really feel like it's my skin but better. Initial thoughts though, and will post a more thorough review of my own in due time :)

  4. I tried to get this the other day but Boots didn't have it :( was looking to pick it up in their 3 for 2 aswell :( new follower!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan


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