Bourjois 123 perfect: Review

Hello 🙂 
I’ve always quite liked Bourjois foundations, I think they always smell nice and fruity and offer a nice finish. I saw the advert for the new ‘123 Perfect’ and was obviously intrigued by the claims of perfect skin… who wouldn’t be? I thought the idea of combining three different colour correcting pigments was quite interesting, and not something I’d seen before.
Bourjois claims that the foundation has “3 correcting pigments – 0 imperfections.

1)  Yellow pigments – anti-dark circles
2)  Mauve pigments – anti-dull complexion
3)  Green pigments – anti redness.”

I got the shade 51, light vanilla – it looks a bit pale in the bottle, but 52 looked waaaay too dark for me.. 
The shade range seems limited – I could only see 5, and those were all definitely in the ‘fair’. The shades also all seemed fairly yellow toned, which I think is standard for Bourjois. I wish drugstore brands would do a more varied shade range! It annoys me. The foundation has an SPF10, which makes it lighter, maybe? Hmm…
(I’m wearing MAC woodwinked/NARS Isolde on my lids and MAC costa chic/Barry M lipgloss 11 for reference)
I like the finish, it’s fairly satin – I gave it a quick dusting of MSF natural to set it, but I do that generally. 
I’m not a massive fan of a dewy finish, and this foundation doesn’t make me look too glowy 😉
Blended out lightly – I am tanned at the moment so it looks pale on my hand aha..
Completely blended 
I’m not sure about the pigment claims – I have a fair bit of redness in my cheeks, and this didn’t seem to make a massive difference – I use a primer to counteract the majority of the redness, and this didn’t seem to add too much of a difference. I do have a bit of redness around my nose and that seemed to cover it up fairly well. 
In terms of the mauve, I don’t think I really have a ‘dull complexion’ so I don’t think this added anything?
The yellow pigments did seem to cover my dark circles, so yay for that. 
I also don’t think it wears for up to 16 hours, as it claims. I’d say 7/8 hours, on my fairly normal skin. 
The recent surge in foundations claiming to be 16-24h is annoying – a) who wants to wear foundation for that long and b) the claims are never true!
I like the smell though – very fresh and fruity, yum. 
Overall I am liking this foundation, and will keep using it over the summer. I think it’s quite a natural, medium finish. 
Available now at Boots/Superdrug for £10.99
Have any of you tried it?
Laura xx
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