I’m forever trying to find the ‘perfect base’; being the most pale Greek/Italian hybrid in history means that finding a foundation that doesn’t leave me looking like I’ve been Tango’d is always a struggle. I have to say though, Bourjois has always been one of the brands that I feel offers a better range of shades for the ‘pale girl’, so when I spotted their latest offering on my lunch break – ‘City Radiance foundation’ – I practically dashed for the palest shade (‘Rose Ivory’), and could barely contain my glee as I headed back to work.
City Radiance has SPF 30, and is sold as leaving the skin looking radiant and keeping it hydrated for 24 hours; Bourjois also claims it has an ‘anti-pollution formula’, that stops Carbon adhering to the skin – perfect for city life, right?
As always, I applied this with my go-to foundation brush, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, and my first thought was ‘oh my gosh, this stuff smells amazing!’ – not something I’d ever really cared about with a foundation, but a nice bonus, anyway – my second thought was how smoothly the product applied. I needed a tiny amount for my face, because it’s super blendable. In terms of coverage, it definitely takes the redness out of your skin, but if you’re like me and have occasional flair ups of bad skin, you’re still going to need a good concealer. However, the durability was what most impressed me about this foundation; I wore it on an 8.5 hour shift at work, and despite having super-shiny skin, naturally, this stayed flawless, and I didn’t need to reapply or touch up my powder once, and my skin looked really healthy, and much brighter than usual, throughout the day!
Would I recommend it? Yes, if you fall into one of the (slightly limited) shades that Bourjois offer, go for it!
Bourjois City Radiance foundation retails for £7.99 and can be found in most Boots stores, or on their website, here.
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