14 Aug 2014

Bourjois Paris Happy Light Matte Serum Primer - Review

I have combination-dry skin and when it comes to primers, I always have a hard time getting the perfect one. I was using the flower perfection primer from Bourjois for a long time. After using it up, I decided to go and buy the same one but as it was not in stock, I decided to buy the happy lights matte primer. :D

Bourjois Paris Happy Light Matte Serum Primer review

Packing: It comes in a glass bottle with a pump dispenser. They could have made it out of a plastic bottle like the healthy mix foundation or atleast in a plastic tub. Glass bottles are such a pain during travel. The dispenser however is handy and it dispenses the right amount of product.

Price: I am not sure but definitely more than INR. 1000 but less than INR.1200 :D

Bourjois Paris Happy Light Matte Serum Primer review

What Bourjois claims:

Happy Light Matt Serum Primer mattifies complexion in any light whilst maintaining skins natural radiance. Its airbrush action hides pores and blemishes for a soft, velvety result.

Its lightweight, non-drying serum texture melts onto the skin, for all day comfort.

The result: mattified complexion and velvety skin with a non-masking effect.

And it's good for my skin:
Non-pore blocking, non comedogenic formula
Non drying
Dermatologically tested

Bourjois Paris Happy Light Matte Serum Primer


Bourjois Paris Happy Light Matte Serum Primer


I have tried various primers which all ended up making my face dry. The flower perfection one suited me better in the winter months. The airbrush tag lured me into buying this one.

It makes my skin look even and flawless. It smoothened out my pores and perfected my skin in all ways possible. :D I am not exaggerating. I love using the Bourjois healthy mix foundation and inglot concealer along with it.

I use my fingers and sponge to blend the foundation into my skin. It is so much better than the flower perfection one which in my opinion has slightly lesser oil controlling properties than this one. 

It makes my makeup stay fresh for a decent amount of time. I was surprised to see my face looking all glowing and pretty even by the evening. My T-zone does get slightly shiny after 5-6 hours but I am ready to overlook it. It is does not clog pores so I did not have any acne issues due to this.

I have slightly visible pores which this primer smoothens out impressively. It does not dry my skin out. Though it is labeled to be matte, it does not impart that plastic dry matte look. Skin looks nourished and healthy.

During those lazy days, I just add my Revlon compact over this and I am good to go.

Though many have complained that this primer pills, I never faced any such issues with this primer. May be because i have combination-dry skin?  

Bourjois Paris Happy Light Matte Serum Primer

What I like:
  1. Pump dispenser.
  2. Imparts velvety smoothness to the skin.
  3. Minimizes the appearance of pores to a great extent.
  4. Light weight and non-drying.
  5. Keeps my makeup looking fresh for a decent amount of time.
  6. Non-comedogenic.  Did not cause any acne breakouts.  
  7. Does not make my skin look super-matte and artificial like other primers.
  8. Nice fragrance.
  9. It spreads on the skin like a serum. So a little goes a long way.

What I don’t Like: 
  1. Glass bottle!
  2. And yes, the price. L

Indian Beauty Maniac’s Rating

I absolutely adore this primer. Though I am not sure about its mattifying properties on an oily skin, I Highly recommend it for combination skinned ladies. It is like a mini-Photoshop in a bottle!

Have you tried this primer? If so, how did you like it?

Latest Update: I wrote this review couple of weeks ago and now I have another reason to hate glass bottles. This primer fell down from my table and the bottle shattered. I did not even finish half of it. :’(

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