Bourjois City Radiance and Air Mat Foundations Review

When I think of a culture that is most associated with beautiful skincare, makeup and fashion I always point at France. So many amazing brands which are adored around the globe have made a worldwide name for themselves starting at the streets of France. And Bourjois is one of those much-loved brands, that can be found in little shops all over Europe.

So today I am very excited as I have two relatively new foundations to talk about. I have always been a fan of the French brand, however, apart from their lipsticks, I haven’t really had the chance to play with much of their makeup.


Bourjois has come up with the City Radiance and the Air Mat foundation. Both of them have almost identical packaging apart from the colour and both of them are priced the same – at £10.

The City Radiance Foundation is designed to be worn in a polluted environment such as big cities. It claims that it has a filter that doesn’t let the dirt to stick to your face. It has the SPF of 30, which is quite an unusual thing for a foundation as the majority of them have only an SPF of 15. When I swiped the formula in the drugstore it went evenly across my arm and it wasn’t at all heavy. The colour range is not the greatest but it definitely has a mix of the average skin colours and you can also mix and match them until you get the right shade. Upon application, however, the foundation doesn’t slide evenly. The coverage is medium even though I though it was heavier in the shop. If you have dry skin or any patches of dry skin it will collect and would sit very obvious so that is a flaw. The wearability is good. My skin is a combination of dry and only so it does get shiny during the day. You can definitely smell the fragrance, but I would not say it’s unpleasant. It is more on the citrusy side so for any orange lovers out there this is great.

Overall this foundation is, in my opinion, beautifully packaged. The shades could be better but it isn’t a struggle to find the right one as it has both – pink and orange undertones for the different skin types. It is a big plus that it has high SPF which means you could skip the sunscreen and it would keep your skin protected.

The second one is the Air Mat. It is supposed to last 24 hours and has a good, matt coverage. In my opinion, however, the formula is almost the same as the City Radiance. The only difference is the smell. The Air Mat has a stronger citrusy smell. It does wear beautifully but like the Air Mat if you have any dry areas it would show through. The packaging is the very similar but they both stand out.

Final thoughts:

Both foundations are great for everyday use. They are easy to carry around. The coverage is about one idea more than medium. I would say they would be best match for anyone who has normal to oily skin as it really sits on top of the skin and picks up any dry areas and makes them really apparent. Compared to other drugstore foundations, this is a good middle ground one as it a good quality, has great ingredients and is not too overpriced.

Both foundations can be found in Superdrug and Boots in the U.K.

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