Bourjois is the budget-brand queen of luminous bases. I loved its previous foundation launches, immediately buying new formulations when they hit shelves, so I was giddy with want when I heard about the launch of Happy Light foundation, €16.99.
This was a tough one to get to grips with, at first, but confusion quickly turned to awe – this stuff is incredible. I was used to the serum and gel based foundations that the brand is famed for, and Happy Light is a horse of a different colour (and texture, and finish).
The 9 shades available are numbered like all Bourjois collections (50, 52, etc.) but they’re different colours altogether. In Happy Light, 52 is darker and more pink than its counterparts from other ranges.
It’s more velvety than silky, imparting a semi-matte finish instead of the dewy glow that you get from Healthy Mix and the rest. But, and it’s a big but, there’s some magic in the mix. When buffed in, the foundation creates a moisture-free radiance – an effect that usually takes a whole lot of faffing about with illuminating powders and blotting paper.
This absolutely knocks it out of the park for those with combination skin who still want to look fresh-faced. Areas that are prone to excess oil (forehead, nose) are kept shine-free all day, while drier patches are brightened up. The pairing of an almost-matte finish with a soft-glow effect works wonders in grey autumn lighting.
I needed some concealer for my dark circles but this masked redness and blemishes very well.
So, while fans of the established foundations might prefer to stick with the more hydrating formulations, I can see this one becoming a holy grail product for a new wave of Bourjois devotees. It’s on shelves now, with complementary primers and concealers. Boots currently have a special introductory price of €11.99 in store.