A few weeks ago, on a rare shopping trip, I picked up a couple of new releases from Bourjois. The City Radiance Foundation, and the Radiance Reveal Concealer. It’s taken me a little while to get my thoughts together, but I thought I would check back in and let you know how I got on with both products.
The Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer got my hopes up, I’ll be honest. I genuinely have about 30 concealers. If you aren’t familiar with me and my ‘issues’ then I will fill you in. I have super dark under-eye circles. A mixture of not looking after myself properly, not having slept solidly for about 11 years (kids), and genetics. I am fairly sure that they have become worse over the last couple of years, probably due to ageing (although – strangely – this also coincides with the birth of my youngest, who was definitely sent to test me). Therefore, I am constantly searching for a concealer that will work on these panda eyes. To add to the torture of dark circles that can break through every concealer ever made, the skin under my eyes is as dry as, well, a very dry thing. So, anyway, back to the Radiance Reveal concealer. It seems – on first application – to be a creamy hydrating concealer. It applies beautifully, and blends out nicely without dragging the skin. The coverage is light to medium (no good for me, but that’s not the fault of the concealer), but the creases! Oh, the creases. Even after setting with powder, I was left with skin like an elephants knee under my eyes. I don’t think Radiance Reveal is a complete waste of time, it may well work for more oily skin types, and it does cover redness well. It just isn’t a match for my darkness, sadly.
One of my favourite foundations is from Bourjois (this one), and I was expecting more from the City Radiance Foundation. Especially as it is described as a hydrating foundation. Apparently, it has ‘an anti-pollution screen that reduces the presence of carbon particles on the skin, resulting in a fresh and luminous complexion’. Firstly, the coverage is not what I would expect from a foundation, it is more of a BB cream in terms of flaw hiding properties. It is very thin, and I could barely see it on my skin. Except for the areas of my face that are dry. There, the foundation clung on for dear life. Suffice to say, this is not attractive, and not what I look for in a base. Perhaps it would work better when mixed with a moisturiser – although this would hardly increase the coverage. I will not be beaten though, and will probably try again in the summer, when my skin is less dry.
So, while I can’t recommend either the Radiance Reveal Concealer, or the City Radiance Foundation for dry skin, it’s possible that they could work better on a different skin type. I think the concealer could be great for someone with less of a problem with dark circles (and with normal skin under the eyes). The foundation? I don’t know. If you are looking for light coverage, and don’t have dry areas, then it could well work for you. The SPF 30 is a plus, but I think I will stick to my BB cream for now.
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