Thursday, 9 July 2015

Bourjois Nude Sensation Foundation - review and swatches

Bourjois is one of the drugstore/highstreet heavyweights when it comes to foundations as they constantly churn out amazing formulations, like the absolutely best of the best. The Healthy Mix and Happy Light foundations, as well as the CC Cream, are absolute standouts in my eyes and I've gone through many a bottle. So when Bourjois released a new foundation, Nude Sensation, I did not hesitate for a second in firing it into my basket in Boots and had no qualms in forking out the €12.99 price tag because I thought I was onto a great thing. Thought being the operative word because this Nude Sensation foundation disappointed me muchly.

The foundation comes in 4 shades and I picked up the lightest shade which was 41- Fair Nude. As you can see from the packaging above, this looks very orange in the pot, but this orangeness did not translate onto the face at all. If you are still interested in trying this foundation at the end of this review and you are pale, this is the one to go for. It is the only Bourjois foundation to come in a pot- which I am not hugely mad about- and it promises a light texture. It delivers a light texture with it's moussey, whipped air formula, and when it dries on skin, it feels (and looks) powdery (check out the pic below). Now this is my issue- this is meant to feel like bare skin  but actually it just looks like bare skin. As in skin so bare that it doesn't look like you applied anything at all to your face. Nada. I often frequent a lighter coverage foundation but I still expect lighter foundations to deliver some sort of evening out of my complexion, maybe a subtle glow, something, anything that make you feel justified in forking out your dolla. Again, Bourjois allege that this foundation will leave your skin soft subtle and moisturised but I cannot attest to this. 

This foundation provided absolutely zero coverage- it is without a doubt, the most sheer base I have ever applied to my face, and that includes every BB cream and tinted moisturiser I have tried along the way. I tried applying this is a number of ways- with a stippling brush, kabuki brush etc- but I have found the best way to spread this across your face is to use your fingertips (and I hate using my hands for applying foundation), This sat horribly on my skin and sunk into the fine lines around my eyes like a mofo. As you can see from the pics, it offered absolutely zero coverage on my skin. When this is applied, it feels like a primer, a thin siliconey layer over which you apply foundation- so I did use this as a primer with some Healthy Mix over the top of it, and it did absolutely nothing to add to the longevity or appearance of that foundation experience.

Overall, and it pains me to say, I feel like this is such a pointless product. For the life of me, I cannot see why anyone would want to use this. If I wanted a zero coverage day, I would opt for a moisturiser, a tinted moisturiser or even something like my Clarins Beauty Flash Balm- not this moussey zero coverage velvety feeling foundation. It promised a flawless complexion, reduced pores and smoothing fine lines and it failed on all three counts in my eyes. This will be rehomed quickly as I honestly have no time for this and would prefer to give it to someone who will use it than have it gather dust in my drawers. I still absolutely love and adore all the other Bourjois foundations I own and I will most definitely keep repurchasing them, but Nude Sensation is not for me.

Have you tried this foundation out yet or are you planning to? 


  1. Aw no, that's such a shame, I love this base! I think it makes it look like it's my skin, only better, deffo one for lighter coverage days :)

  2. That's such a shame! I love Bourjois bases as well. May give this one a skip!

  3. I don't like this either. I have an awful lot of freckles and while I don't mind them as such - this didn't even begin to cover them. I looked like I had no foundation on at all, I do adore Bourjois' other foundations but I won't be repurchasing this. Great honest review x

  4. I was going to buy this last week, but decided to wait until I read more review, so glad I did now! Great review and now know this is definitely not for me x


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