Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer | Review

Sunday 27 October 2013

I know, I know, another Bourjois product... What can I say, they're really bringing out some great products this year! I picked this up whilst it was on offer for £6.99 rather than £10.99. They do a Luminous and a Matte primer, I decided to go for Matte as I already own quite a few illuminating products and now I'm not pregnant, my skin has gone back to it's usual "combination" status and I'd noticed my skin becoming oily around my t-zone. The Luminous serum is for normal/dry skin and the Matte recommended for normal/combination skin, so if you have majorly oily skin, I don't quite know how long this would last on you.

The packaging comes up slightly smaller than the Healthy Mix foundation but with a similar feel, except this one is in a glass tube rather than plastic. The pump is really handy and one of my favourite things about the foundation and the primer as you can dispense the exact amount that you want without making a mess.

The serum is a pretty baby pink colour and has a gel-like consistency, when you put it onto your skin it feels very cooling and refreshing. After you've blended it in and you can't tell that you're wearing it, it's not greasy or sticky. I did find on my first few uses that after I'd applied my moisturiser and put it on, the product was sort of coming off my skin in little rolls... I wondered what was causing it so I tried a different moisturiser and I haven't had any problems since!

I tend to apply it just across my nose and cheeks and on my chin and forehead between my eyebrows as these are my main problem areas, leaving the rest of my face un-primed. It sits seamlessly beneath my foundation and other makeup products and it has made my skin look so much more awake and fresh, my foundation sits much better on my skin than when I apply it just after moisturising and it's given my skin more of a "finished" rather than natural look.

In terms of mattifying the skin, I'd say it does a perfect job of making my skin appear less shiny but without making it look dull or lifeless. It has also really helped to keep the oily skin at bay, keeping it mattified and shine free for 8 hours plus.
Overall, I'm really happy that I picked it up and it's become a staple in my makeup routine, I've never used a primer before so I don't have any to compare it to, but it does everything that I'd want a primer to do; keep my makeup in place for longer!

It's currently still on offer at Boots for £6.99 but full price in Superdrug at £10.99, so snap one up now before it's too late.


  1. I was looking at this the other day and annoyed that I didn't pick it up now! It sounds really lovely and I've been looking for a primer to start using so maybe this is the one.

    Hannah x

    1. Yeah I wasn't sure whether or not to get it but in the end I couldn't resist the money off offer, damn it! xx

  2. This sounds like a great dupe for Laura Mercier primer!

    Kerry @ Lived With Love! | Mummy, Beauty & Lifestyle blog

    1. Ooh really? I really want to try Laura Mercier xx

  3. Sounds like a great product! I'm always on the hunt for matte primers... will have to check this one out the next time I'm at the drugstore.

    xo, alison*elle


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