Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream: a review

If I have to say what is the Spring – Summer 2014 most talked about product I’d definitely say Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. Since Lisa Eldridge used it on this video everyone went crazy after it and it became one of the most fast-growing famous product in blogosphere.

When Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream came out on UK sites it immediately went sold out. I managed to get it after several tries on at a good discounted price while everyone had already bought it and was talking about it on every single blog I read with an enthusiastic tone. I must confess, when it comes to this product I admit that fellow bloggers made me buy it.


Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream


Recently, everyone loves Bourjois foundations. It’s not a surprise, indeed: it seems that Bourjois has the same manufacter than Chanel. I know Bourjois from several years and I have to say that their foundations are their top product and they are nothing less than many high end foundations.

Even if we’re talking about BB or CC Creams are always tend to consider them tinted moisturizers or foundations when it comes to Western brands because Oriental ones are considerably different in concept, formula etc.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream is more a foundation than a tinted moisturizer. I find that it has a light buildable up to medium coverage, just slightly less coverage than Bourjois Healthy Mix but the difference is almost undetectable. On my bad skin days I still prefer a light, fresh coverage and adding a bit of concealer (I use Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for blemishes and discolorations) than packing on tons of product. I’ve learnt that less is more, especially when it comes to foundations and your base in general.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream has a cream – liquid texture, a bit runny. It’s really lightweight and it feels nothing on your skin. If you’re looking for a fresh, youthful and radiant look you have to try this one. As I said it has enough coverage for me especially because it’s really buildable. I prefer using a low amount of product to begin, then I add a tiny bit if necessary. It’s really blendable and it melts into your skin effortlessly without looking heavy or cakey or fake. It’s a your skin but better foundation, definitely. I can’t really say if it’s true to its claim: being a ‘colour correcting’ cream it contains apricot ( anti-fatigue), green (anti-redness) and white (anti-dark spots) pigments to correct your skintone. Well, I don’t see a strong colour correcting effect but the colour is perfect for my skintone which is really evened out. I bought n°31 Ivory and it’s slightly more pink than Bourjois Healthy Mix range which I find a bit too yellow so Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream matches me perfectly. For reference, I’m NC15 in MAC Cosmetics but my most perfect match is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk n°2.


Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

Some comparisons


Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

How Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream looks on me



It has a luminous finish but not too dewey. On my combination acne prone skin performs quite well, I don’t get oily – and I didn’t experience break outs – but it doesn’t last from morning to evening, so I need a touch up in the middle of the day. The packaging is very handy since it’s a sleek tube. You can apply it with your hands but I always prefer using a brush: I find that this one goes best with Real Techniques Expert Face brush or Louise Young LY34 brush since they both provide more coverage.


Real Techniques Expert Face brush


Louise Young LY34 brush


Only two downside: if you’re not careful you can use too much since it’s quite runny from the tube and I really wish it could have a higher SPF than SPF15 since it’s supposed to be a CC Cream.



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