Blurring All Those Fine Lines With Bourjois’ Nude Sensation Blur Effect Foundation (A Jar Foundation Worth Its Salt!)

Bourjois Nude Sensation Blur Effect Foundation

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.

Bourjois Nude Sensation Blur Effect Foundation

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.


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.

Bourjois Nude Sensation Blur Effect Swatch

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.

Bourjois Nude Sensation Blur Effect Before and After

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

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.

Have you tried this foundation by Bourjois? Your thoughts? Yay or nay?

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13 comments… add one
  1. Asha

    V.nice indeed, it’s a pity, I’ve wanted to try the Bourjois foundations due to Fleur’s rave reviews, unfortunately, their colour selection is nothing to write home about! *eye roll*

    1. Tine

      Sigh I know what you mean. Their shade selections are abysmal, and obviously favours the fairer-skinned. You’d think that they’d be an Asian brand, given the circumstances. Tsk tsk. *roll eyes*

  2. Emma

    This sounds great! What is it like compared to their cc cream? It’s my base of choice but I get frustrated by the consistency so this might be a good option for me!

    1. Tine

      The texture is different, and so’s the finish. The CC cream is a lot runnier, more liquid-y whereas this is thick mousse. If you don’t like the CC cream’s runny consistency, you might want to check this one out. This gives better coverage too.

  3. Keen On Beauty

    I like your detailed review. Why some brands do not invest in pump containers?! I do not like jar packaging either. But anyway, it looks pretty good on the skin, it does make a difference. I’ve heard a lot about Bourjois foundations, but for no reasons never gave them a go. I should check it out and see how it works. Thanks for the review, Tine 🙂 Have a good day! xx
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    1. Tine

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! Sigh tell me about it. I suppose pump containers are more expensive and they’ll want to keep the cost down. That or they want to vary the foundations up and stick this in a jar instead given that all of their previous foundations come with a pump bottle. I don’t think this foundation would have worked well in a pump container though, not with its thick mousse-like consistency. Tubes would be better.

  4. Allison

    I’d say that Bourjois Foundation is a keeper for you! the shade match is perfect and looks great on you! I agree about the jar (what were they thinking unless the formula just wouldn’t work in a pump since it sounds rather soufflé-like. I wish we had Bourjois here – I think it’s in some Nordstrom stores but not one near me, and I don’t want to buy it online.
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Allison! This sort of foundation wouldn’t work in a pump container, not with its consistency. Wouldn’t mind it in a tube though. Hang on, you guys don’t have Bourjois?? I thought you always had it in your drugstores! :O

      1. Allison

        No. It used to be at select Sephora stores but they discontinued it at least 6 or 7 yrs ago. Now it is at select Nordstrom stores, in the junior department cosmetics I think
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        1. Tine

          Bummer. 🙁 🙁 🙁

  5. Hilary

    They’re all going to be dark shades aren’t they? 🙁 Sob

    1. Tine

      I have a feeling the lightest shade will still be too dark for you. 🙁

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