Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder

After my beloved Mac Studio Fix Powder hit pan and then finished as it dropped out of my makeup bag (cue shattered powder everywhere!), I began the hunt for something else that would help to seal my foundation. I've recently discovered Bourjois' Healthy Balance Unifying Powder with a promise of a 10 hour wear, and filled with Asian fruit therapy for hydration and anti-shine. I previously enjoyed using Bourjois' healthy mix foundation, and this powder looks like it complements that - what with the fruit detailing around the edges of the compact. I thought I'd pick it up and pray for good things...

I always like to look one shade darker when applying powder on top of foundation, so I picked up number 53, Light Beige, which was the second lightest shade available in my local Boots. I love it because the colour is not too dark, it doesn't make my face look ridiculously tan compared to my neck/shoulders and it doesn't seem to transfer easily which is an added bonus! I think this powder is definitely better for setting liquid foundation rather than as a powder foundation, but if you wanted a really light coverage with a bit of colour then it'd work well to use it by itself in my opinion.

 The powder itself feels incredibly smooth and silky in the pan, and it's quite easy to remove it from the pan to apply it (I hate those powders where you really have to work at getting the powder onto a brush/applicator, I'm talking those ones where you find yourself swirling your brush/applicator around in the pan a million times before it can be applied to your face).

I always like to apply my powder with the Real Techniques Powder Brush, I find gives me a nice even coverage and makes the application of the powder to your face a lot easier than using a powder puff or a sponge. There's no space in this powder compact to store a sponge/powder applicator, so you'd have to remember to bring a brush with you if carrying this around for the day/night. The mirror is a nice inclusion in the lid, perfect for on the go touch ups.

The only major downside here is that it doesn't include any SPF, which would make this my ultimate favourite powder, that and the claim from Bourjois that it lasts for 10 hours, I found myself looking slightly patchy on my cheeks/nose at around 4-6 hours, but I don't know if that's just because I have really dry skin and it needed a bit of rehydration.

Overall I'd recommend this highly, it's a lovely little powder with perfect coverage over foundation and sets my makeup nicely. At £8.49 for 9g this is a little bit on the pricer side of Boots makeup but I'd say that it's well worth the money and I'll definitely be getting it again if and when I ever hit pan!

How do you set your makeup for the day?


  1. Loving the look of this :D may have to check this out next time i'm out shopping. I'm always on the hunt for a new powder :) great review lovely!

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  2. Think I would definitely buy and use this - I currently love benefit's hello flawless powder x

  3. I've been using the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, I think I'll pick this one up next!xx

  4. I've only been starting to use powder lately, and have been using Rimmel's Stay Matte one so far, but if I decide to delve deeper into the world of powders then this may have to be my next stop! :)

    Rhiannon xxx

  5. I got this and I really liked it, but the lightest shade was too dark for me, especially as powder darkens throughout the day! I'd definitely repurchase if they brought out a lighter shade. xo

  6. I need to get a new powder, I've been using the maybelline fit me one. I might give this one a try next.



  7. That does sound nice but I think I'll stay with my trusty Rimmel stay matte powder until I run out which might take ages aha :) The mirror comes in handy though! x


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