It’s been quite some time since I’ve used a foundation that comes in a jar. Never mind that it’s not a favourite type of packaging of mine; a lot of the jar foundations I’ve tested for the past few years have fallen short of my expectations. So far, the only jar foundation that I enjoyed using is the best full coverage foundation I’ve ever tried, which is the Revlon ColourStay Whipped Creme Makeup foundation.
On one of my trips to Priceline, I stumbled upon Bourjois’ Nude Sensation Blur Effect Foundation. It also comes in a jar. To be honest, as soon as I saw the jars, I was already disappointed because I’m just not a fan of that sort of packaging. But at that time, the Nude Sensation foundation was a new product so I decided to at least swatch the product to see what it was like. Upon first swatch … hmm, not bad, I thought. It had an introductory offer price at that time so I thought I’d get it and see how it goes. You know how Priceline (and other drugstores) are dangerous like that. 😛
Turns out, this happens to be another good foundation that has the misfortune of coming in a jar.
The revolutionary formula of Bourjois’ Nude Sensation foundation, smoothes fine lines and refines pores to create a perfectly even complexion. The light-weight texture creates a beautiful bare skin sensation.
DIMETHICONE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, AQUA (WATER), HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, VINYLDIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), ALCOHOL DENAT., CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CI 77492 (IRON OXIDE), PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDE),TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA (BITTER ORANGE) FLOWER EXTRACT,MALTODEXTRIN, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDE), THEOBROMA COCAO (COCOA) EXTRACT, CASSIA AUGUSTIFOLIA SEED POLYSACCHARIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL,SILICA, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE.
Unlike all of the jar foundations I’ve tried, this didn’t come in a glass jar but a plastic one. It looks like brown whipped cream and feels like thick whipped cream. It reminds me of Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse foundation but creamier and lighter. When I first applied a swipe of foundation on my skin, I thought that this was going to be a heavy one as I recalled how Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse felt on my skin, but to my surprise, while it goes on thick, it blends out very well and the consistency thins out almost immediately. This has a cream-to-powder effect and by the time I’ve applied this on my face, my skin appeared matte but not overly so.
This foundation contains a lot of silicone, which accounts for the smooth velvety feel and finish on the skin. This is what gives the skin that “blur effect” it claims to give (very similar to what “blur effect” primers these days give you). This amount of silicone may not sit well on some, so if you’re not a fan of those sort of velvety-feel-and-look foundations, this is not for you. Thankfully, it doesn’t bother me. In fact, without that amount of silicone to spread the foundation out, it would feel and look thick and cakey on the skin. It would mattify the skin too much, which unfortunately, is what Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse does. It was fine with me when I used it in my early 20s but these days, that sort of foundation is no longer my cup of tea. This foundation, on the other hand, while it leaves a matte finish on the skin, the “blur effect” reduces the amount of cakiness significantly.
In terms of coverage, this gives me at least a medium. It’s certainly buildable to a full coverage but I would happily stick to less so that it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It also has good lasting power. I’ve had this on my skin all day and it didn’t fade much by the end of it. It has a slightly soapy scent which isn’t offensive.
All in all, it’s a good foundation, and one that I’d happily recommend, especially if you have oily to combination skin and you’re all right with the high amount of silicone in the foundation. It made my skin look natural and flawless and when I find foundations that do that, well, that’s just A-okay in my books. Bourjois rarely goes wrong in the foundation department and they’ve definitely done it again with the Nude Sensation foundation.
Bourjois Nude Sensation Blur Effect Foundation retails at AU$29.00 for 18ml and is available in 4 shades. You can get this at Priceline pharmacies nationwide.
What I like about it: Feels lightweight on the skin even though it looks and feels thick upon swatching. The blurring effect makes the matte finish not so, er, matte. Looks very natural on the skin. Not cakey.
What I do not like about it: Jar packaging. Never been a fan, never will be a fan.