Bourjois CC Cream Review

Yay it’s Friday!

First off I need to say a massive HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the amazing Jess! We love you so much <3


I mean, look at that face!

Secondly, I’m going to review a product that got rave reviews all over the internet, the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. I first read about this product from Lisa Eldridge (make-up artist extraordinaire…if you’ve ever loved a make-up look in a fashion ad, Lisa is probably the artist behind it) and youtuber Essie Button. They’re both very pale and highly recommended this CC cream, so when I last ran out of foundation I thought I’d give it a try.

Soooo what is a CC cream you ask? Probably mainly hype, to be honest. But the idea behind CC creams is that they offer colour correction (so they promise to hide any problems caused by colour, like redness, dull skin, dark spots, etc). This appeals to me since the main reason I wear foundation is to cover up redness. A CC cream is generally lighter than a foundation too, which makes them good options for warm weather or if you prefer lighter coverage.



Bourjois claims that this CC cream will give you smooth skin, a luminous complexion and 24hr hydration. It contains apricot pigments to disguise fatigue, green pigments to cover up redness, and white pigments to hide dark spots. It also has SPF15 which is always a good thing!

Packaging 6/10

Bare minimum really, a plastic tube with a screw-off lid. I like that it’s not breakable and travels easily, but at the same time it’s not particularly exciting to look at. Bourjois packaging designers, get creative dammit!

Pigmentation 8/10

This is a light coverage foundation, so it’s not super heavy pigmentation. But a little product goes a long way, and covers up imperfections well. Your skin is going to show through one layer of CC cream, so this product is for those of you that like a luminous, natural look.

Longevity  8/10

I find this lasts a full work day on me if it’s not a crazy hot day. I do use powder on top of this cream as I hate a shiny T-zone, and that also helps keep it in place all day. I do also use a primer underneath, which helps it last and not settle into pores.

Application   8/10

This is a very runny cream, and I spilled it everywhere the first time I used it! It takes a bit of getting used to if you’re used to the usual foundation formula. I find it easiest to apply with my fingers, and then buff in with my Real Techniques buffing brush. It has a satin finish which looks very natural and youthful, but as I said your T-zone may need powder during the day.

Overall   8/10

I think this is one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve ever used. Great formula for a pretty decent price (R160 online). The main benefit here is how comfortable this base is, you don’t feel like you have anything on your skin. I’d particularly recommend this for fellow pale peeps, since pale drugstore foundations are a rare thing!

Have a great weekend lovelies!



One comment

  1. This is by far my favourite drugstore ‘foundation’. I love that it gives a really decent cover for the fact that its a CC cream. All other BB/CC creams Ive tried don’t cover my dark circles, whereas this does. I do also need to powder, but in general the ‘foundation’ lasts a lot longer throughout the day than I would have expected :)

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