Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

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Hello!  Yet another make up review and also a Bourjois review – slightly intentional I must admit!  Today I’m talkin’ ’bout the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream.  Can you believe this is my first “base” product from Bourjois?

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream - Famous in Japan, UK Blog

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

£9.99 – Boots

They say:

Correct and perfect your complexion with Bourjois’ 123 Perfect Colour Correcting cream. Its 3 colour correcting pigments give a fresh and luminous result with SPF 15 and 24hr hydration. Apricot for anti-fatigue, Green for anti-redness, White for anti-dark spots. Its lightweight texture easily glides onto your skin for a smooth application. Apply onto the centre of your face and blend outwards towards the jawline. Oil-free formula.

Ingredients:

AQUA (WATER), CAPRYLYL METHICONE, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, METHYL TRIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, PROPANEDIOL, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM CHLORIDE, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PANTHENOL, SILICA, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, LYSOLECITHIN, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, AMYL CINNAMAL, BHT, PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PANTOLACTONE, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, TOCOPHEROL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE.

[+/- (MAY CONTAIN): CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), MICA, CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77288 (CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS)].

I say:

Once again, you bloggers got me.  I saw review after review of the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and I was taken aback by the before and afters.  What ensued were multiple trips to Boots – swatching, applying (yep, being one of THOSE people) and umm-ing and ahh-ing.  Eventually, an offer got me.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream Swatch - Famous in Japan, UK Blog

What immediately struck me was the difference in the formulation of this particular CC cream.  I have tried both the La Roche-Posay CC Cream and the SEVENTEEN CC Cream – both moisture rich formulations.   The Bourjois offering is more fluid; it feels soft and silky to apply.

Bourjois CC Cream Before and After - Famous in Japan, UK Blog

Eep – I never know how bad the “before” pictures are until I look at them on a computer.  And yes, I think I may be fated to have an orange moustache for the rest of my days… I’m starting to think the problem may be me…

How’s that for a before and after?  If you look at the left side of my face, you can see that a blemish I had has been minimised, but not completely covered up.   You can also see the areas of redness I have in my cheeks have also been covered nicely.  I do agree with Bourjois’ claim that it gives a “fresh and luminous” result – do you?  In terms of longevity, I feel the “dewiness” wears off after an hour or two.  I usually set this with a powder which helps it to last about 6-8 hours in terms of coverage.  I wouldn’t say this is particularly hydrating – certainly not 24 hour as claimed – but it doesn’t cling to dry patches and it sits on my skin well.

Whilst I do like this product, there are some things I have to raise.

The scent.  It is noticeably perfumed and I can see  perfume is quite high up on the ingredients list.  I haven’t noticed a problem but do bear this in mind if your skin is easily irritated by this ingredient.

The SPF.  The SPF in this is shocking – 15!  What good is that to anyone?  I wore this CC cream when I went to the Tour de France Grand Depart in Leeds and I was there from 7:30 – 11:30, having applied this at about 6:30.  When I got home, I noticed I had suffered a little bit of sunburn, noticeable around the eyes and nose.  It has healed now but do bear in mind that this SPF is not going to protect your skin all day long. In fact, will only protect you for a few hours or so before you have to cut the summer fun short and huddle back inside.  I would recommend wearing a base product of SPF 30 with this product if you’re making plans!

Would I buy it again?  It’s a maybe.  I do like it.  The effect is noticeable, it’s a light formulation and it doesn’t give me an orange moustache as noticeable as others.  I personally need a product with a higher SPF, and if I were to buy this again I would need to make sure I paired it with a high SPF base.

Have you tried the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream?  Did you like it, or loathe it?

Danniella x

August 7, 2014
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12 Comments

  • Reply Jessica Edmunds

    I think this looks great on you, nice coverage but not too thick :) xx

    August 7, 2014 at 8:37 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Aw thank you :)) x

      September 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Laura Atkins

    I have been wanting to try this for a while now and haven’t got round to it. Is this like a base under your foundation then? Whats the difference do you think between this and BB cream?

    xx

    August 7, 2014 at 11:49 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      It’s a CC cream, so it is designed to be a base product with skincare benefits, it should replace your foundation. I think the difference between this and B creams is that CCs are thinner in formulation, and are designed to “colour correct” whereas BBs are aimed to solve all sorts of skin problems, like a one product does all :) x

      September 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Kel

    It does look great on your face but agree that I’d want one with a higher SPF!

    August 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      All my freckles have come out because of it! x

      September 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Becky

    I haven’t tried this yet but I am very tempted, especially as Bourjois is currently 3 for 2 in Boots x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

    August 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I think their two products for £15 offer is great as most of their products tip the £10 mark x

      September 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Charlotte Steggz

    I was *this* close to buying this but the Benefit woman came and got me to buy the Benefit liquid to powder stuff instead (which is a bit meh).
    The best CC cream I’ve had is the Boots 17 stuff. It’s SO good.

    September 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm
    • Reply Dannie

      I think that was a little too dark for me but the formulation was nice!
      Benefit are so persuasive! They can make you buy anything. x

      July 30, 2015 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Katy

    What shade did you get the cream in? I bought the “fair” shade in Olay’s BB cream, brought it home and it was orange. Super sceptical now!

    May 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Hello :) I got the lightest shade of the CC Cream – it will probably be “Light” :) x

      May 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

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