Bourjois Happy Light Foundation Review

Bourjois Happy Light Foundation

Hello Pretty ladies,

Since the temperature is a little bearable now in the place where I stay, I wanted a break from my heavy duty MAC foundations and try something light and skin-like. Hunting for a good foundation for someone with oily-sensitive skin is always a pain. So one day while I was randomly trying to search for a foundation with the above mentioned qualities, I came across so many YouTube gurus rave about a foundation which sounded perfect for me. So without a second thought I went ahead and purchased this beauty, Bourjois Happy Light Foundation. I matched to shade N 53, Golden Beige. Read on to find out my opinions on this product.


About Bourjois Happy Light Foundation:

What the company claims:

Happy Light foundation gives a luminous and flawless complexion in any light. Its translucent pigments correct without masking giving your complexion a flawless radiance.
Its supple texture glides smoothly onto the skin for a flawless complexion with no caking.
Result: complexion is left luminous and flawless for 16 hours in any light with an ultra-natural finish.
Please refer to the snap below for further detailed claims of the product.

Price: 1485INR for 30ml

My take on Bourjois Happy Light Foundation:


The first thing which attracted me to this product was its packaging. It looks just so cute with pinkish coral pump and not to forget, the smiley which makes me feel happy looking at the very bottle 😛

The foundation is housed in a glass bottle. The pump works smooth, thus hygiene issues are taken care. The shade (N 53, Golden Beige in my case) is mentioned on the lid as well as on the body of the bottle.

The packaging is not cumbersome and thus can be carried in your makeup bag. Initially I was a little skeptical about carrying it since it was a glass bottle, but I faced no issues with it whatsoever.



Slightly gel like, slightly Serum like texture. Yes you heard that right. The consistency is extremely light and runny. This foundation amazed me the first time I put it on my face. It feels like you are applying a skin care serum with a little tint and not a foundation. I fell in love with it right away.

Ease of Application and Coverage:

If the foundation is smoothed on the face with fingers, it takes less than 10 seconds to apply on my complete face and neck. It is that easy to work with, takes zero efforts in blending. However with this application, the coverage achieved is Very light, as that of a tinted moisturizer.

If the foundation is applied with a foundation brush, it gives far more better coverage which is light to medium. Still no efforts are required to blend and need not hurry up as it does not set immediately.

Even when the foundation is layered on to achieve a better coverage; it does not look cake-y at all.This is one of the best foundation I have come across, which makes me look oh-so-natural and healthy and plump. It just blurs out the imperfections in the most natural manner and makes your face look healthier and glow-y .



I don’t know if it is only with me, but the shade which I opted for was perfect was what I thought while swatched in the store. But when I got back and applied it on my entire face, it went a tad bit dark on my face. I have heard similar issue with another friend of mine. However after topping it with a compact powder it adjusts to my skin tone without any effort. By this, I suggest you to go for a shade lighter than usual for this foundation. For reference I match to NC 40 in MAC pro-longwear foundation.

Finish and Longevity:

On my ever oily skin, the foundation settles to a satiny finish which is between dewy and matte, and I adore how natural and healthy it looks. It makes my face shine-y but not greasy,after 3 hours of application.However with light blotting, it goes fresh again.

Beauties with dry-normal-combination skin would be able to wholly enjoy the benefits of 8hours hydration as claimed by Bourjois. It does not go patchy or streaky whatsoever.

I have worn this foundation for straight 14 hours, and at the end of 6-8 hours I can see the foundation is half gone from my face.Oily skin madness. But even then I can see that the foundation does not oxidize no irritation and no eruptions. It has a pleasant fragrance which vanishes two minutes after application, so nothing too unbearable. And oh did I mention, it photographs amazingly well.

Overall, it is a fantastic foundation which actually suits a range of skin types(dry-normal-combination-oily), goes light and glow-y on the skin providing light to medium coverage.



Lastly, summing up the Pros and Cons:

Pros of Bourjois Happy Light Foundation

• Lightest texture when compared to any other foundation I have come across till date.
• Blends like dream.
• Provides satiny, my-skin-but-better finish.
• Provides light to medium coverage.
• Buildable without looking cakey.
• Lasts for 6 to 8 hours on my oily skin, before it starts fading.
• Does not cause skin irritations.
• Pump mechanism and packaging as a whole is a winner.
• Photo friendly :P.
• Works well for many skin types.

Cons of Bourjois Happy Light Foundation

• Shade selection can be a little tricky.
• 16 hour claim is false.
• Not best suited for very oily skin beauties.

IMBB Rating: 4.5/5

Will I repurchase Bourjois Happy Light Foundation?

Definitely yes, until I come across a better foundation which is more lighter in texture than this ..
Until next time, stay healthy and gorgeous!!

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26 thoughts on “Bourjois Happy Light Foundation Review

    1. Thank you Neha *thankyou* yes it is pretty expensive for a light coverage but the finish is something to die for *preen*

  1. Nice review *clap* *clap* , even i have heard a lot about this foundation…..this seems so good *drool* *drool*

    1. Thank you so much jomol *thankyou* *puchhi* yes it would go flawless and look beautiful for summers *preen*

    1. Purva i have the same issue too.. Not all foundations are good for very oily skin type. If you want something a little dewy and natural finish you can try this foundation, if you like a matte look try the mac pro longwear and lakme absolute mattreal mousse. I have been using them for years and they withhold the worst of climatic conditions.. Hope this helps *hifive*

    1. *thankyou* for your comment mals.. Yes it stands out as a clear winner interms of application and finish *clap*

  2. I have been using Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation for last 2 years..wanted to change it…this might be good option.but the seem to have increased the price…healthy mix used to cost me Rs. 1240.. *scared* !!

    1. I am not sure about the cost of healthy mix foundation Vaibhavi.. But yes if you had liked the healthy mix, you would also love this for sure *hifive*

  3. Hi, I also use this and love it … Though its more like a tinted moisturizer … like the my-skin-but-better kinda feeling .. and You just need one pump for full face & neck!!

    Lastly, agree to the color thing.. Pick a shade lighter .. I also picked 52 after checking the sample which turned out orangey/dark at home .. The very next day, took it back to the SA who gave me a shade 51 which matched perfectly!!

    1. I second you over that Shweta, this feels amazingly light on skin and very small amount is required for each usage *happy dance*
      ohhhh i never went back to the SA as i fell in love with the foundation and also i like to look a little tan *shy* so i actually liked the shade on me *hihi*

    1. That is the next i would be trying with this foundation Neha, thank you for putting in your idea *thankyou*

  4. I love glowy foundations. Or rather, my dry skin loves them. Nice review, I do want this foundation as well as the Healthy Mix Serum foundie!

    1. I have heard and also read that there is a very thin line of difference between this foundation and the healthy mix serum. So do it out at the store *happydance* i am sure dry skin would love this foundation *hifive*

  5. this sounds sooo good. haven’t tried a bourjous foundation in a while and this loooks really good. i agree the bottle is sooo prettyyy :))

    1. Thank you for your comment Rati *puchhi* Do try out their foundations as they are known to produce one of the best base makeup and i am sure you will not be dissapointed with this one *pompom* *happy dance*

  6. Hey..
    Have been using this foundation for a week now, n it has worked quite well for my combo oily skin.. 🙂 🙂

    1. Hey Raeesa, I have heard that Helathy mix foundation suits best for very dry-dry-normal skin types. But this foundation goes well even for combination to oily skin types.. Hope this helps *hifive*

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