Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer

Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer
“Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer prep and prime the skin for a matte or luminous complexion in any light”
£10.99 for 15ml
So I picked this up quite a few weeks ago when it first made an appearance and I’ve been testing it out ever since! I have quite a mixed review on this and please remember this is my opinion/experience, it may be different for you!

Bourjois Matte Serum Primer

Lets start with the pros

I enjoy the consistency of this product, it’s lovely and creamy.  It’s very light on my skin and when it dries onto my face, it doesn’t leave it feeling tight.  I use about a pump and a half if I’m using it all over my face, however, I currently just use half a pump to mix with another primer.  Although there is a peachy tone to this primer, it doesn’t transfer to the skin.
This does definitely leave my skin looking matte after application.  I have used this with all my different foundations, both liquid and powder and I feel it works better with a liquid foundation.
Another pro for this primer is that it helps my radiance foundation from YSL last a few hours longer!  My YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation has been gathering dust because normally it only lasts 5 hours – which means for me it’s breaking up on my face by lunch time. With this primer it lasts an additional 3 hours, which makes all the difference for me – that’s almost until the end of my day!  So I’m really quite pleased that I am getting more use out of this foundation.

I do think this is good value for money, the pump is easy to control so you don’t pump out more than you need.  I’ve used about a third of it in about 2 weeks, so I’ll get about 6 weeks use as I now mix it with another primer and use less.

This primer doesn’t irritate my skin or break me out in any way, so that’s a definite pro.

Now for the cons

There is only one massive con for me.  My foundation is very easily removed.  Let me explain, I was utterly in love with this primer until the day that I wiped my finger across my forehead and my foundation  wiped right off.  I attempted to blend it back in, no joy.  Normally if I notice my foundation breaking up during the day I would just using my fingers to dab it back into place, I can’t do that with this foundation at all.  So you need to have my foundation handy for touch ups and even then, you have to do it very carefully!  Another con, if you continue to rub it in it after it has dried slightly, will rub off in wee bally bits.  So you have to use the amount you want and rub it all in nice an quickly.

So in conclusion, although the cons are very few, they are rather big in my opinion.  I worry about touching my face during the day, I’m a face toucher, so I’m high risk of wiping my face off!   I have taken to mixing this with my Smashbox Light photo finish primer and this helps a bit with the rubbing off, unfortunately it doesn’t stop it entirely, but it’s an improvement.   I doubt I would repurchase this because of the cons unfortunately.  It is such a good mattifying primer aside from that.  This may work better for you.

If you fancy watching a review on this – I even demo the bally bits (exciting right!)


Thank you for reading!

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