Foundation Face Off – Rimmel Wake Me Up vs. Bourjois Healthy Mix

Hello beauties,

Do you, like me, get a little overwhelmed when looking for a new foundation? With so many different claims, finishes and coverage levels, it is a little bit difficult to know where to start. Today I’m going to compare two VERY similarly marketed foundations to give my my opinion on what I feel is worth your coin.


Both the Rimmel Wake Me Up ($19.95) and Bourjois Healthy Mix ($29.95) promise anti-fatigue, brightening foundations with the benefits of Vitamin C. Both have been recently reformulated and back on the market due to their high popularity.  The only difference apart from the price, seems to be the that Wake Me Up has SPF, while Healthy Glow does not.

I must note that I have a normal to oily skin type, that is prone to congestion and large pores. I like something a little glowy, but nothing that enhances my extreme oil production. Foundations on me do tend to get greasy-looking and wear off around my chin and nose throughout the day; I like my foundations to last a good 8 hours or more. So keep in mind that my opinions will be made in regards to this. I have trialled both formulas for a week each.


Rimmel Wake Me Up

Firstly let’s take a closer look at the Rimmel Wake Me Up. Rimmel promises to erase the signs of tiredness and daily stress by instantly brightening and illuminating while evening out the skin tone and reducing dullness. Resulting in a radiant and healthy looking glow. This formula contains vitamin C, radiance pearls and an SPF of 20.

The packaging is sleek and sturdy, with a glass bottle and plastic orange lid. The product is delivered through a pump, which is my preferred method. The formula itself is probably slighter thicker than normal, but only very slightly. I did notice a little bit of sparkles which concerned me slightly – I wanna be glowy, but there is no way in hell that I want my entire face to look like a disco ball.

Rimmel Wake Me Up

I applied Wake Me Up with a sponge, as I usually do with any foundation. Although the shade was a little too dark for me currently, it did blend out really well and the coverage was quite good. There was no sign of the glittery particles once applied. I’d say it is a medium coverage but noticed it does start to get a little cakey if built up too much. The finish is quite dewy, but I did set with powder to try and mattify slightly to get me through the day.  The rest of my makeup did apply well and was easily blended without anything going too muddy or catching on any specific areas. The finished result is fresh and glowy, but not too heavy.

Each time I have worn this foundation I have noticed it starts to really wear off around the 5 hours mark, regardless of what primer I use.  The redness around my nose starts to shine through, and it does start to look a little cakey in places. The amount of glow is nearing that ‘I’ve just bathed in a pool of oil’ look, which does start to annoy me, as I start to feel a little dirty and gross. However, I am easily able to touch up with a bit of blotting papers and a quick dust of powder. By doing this it brings a bit more life back to my foundation and makes it last for the rest of day without it looking too ratchet. So, overall I think it is a nice everyday foundation, but if you have the pleasure of being a greaseball like me, you’ll need a little extra maintenance.  Dry and normal babes, you might be right on the money with this bad boy.

But how does it compare?


Bourjois Healthy Mix

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is a foundation that is said to boost radiance while also providing an instant anti-fatigue effect. The formula is enriched with vitamins B5, C and E. Dark circles, puffiness and redness are erased, for a healthy glow that lasts 16 hours.

Similarly to Wake Me Up, Healthy Mix is in a sleek glass bottle, but with a red plastic lid and it is also a pump style delivery.  On comparison with the Rimmel, I noted that Healthy Mix has a fresh fruity type of fragrance, which I found quite pleasant. Although Rosa from Lipstick and Linguine did mention to me that she wasn’t a fan.  The formula is slightly more watery but still easy to blend and manoeuvre.  I initially noticed that this formula does have a little more coverage and is easier to build up. The finish wasn’t as glowy initially, but did give the skin a healthy, fresh look without being too heavy.

Bourjois Healthy Mix

Likewise to  Rimmel, I set the foundation with powder and the rest of my face products applied like a dream. No patchiness or muddiness in sight.  As the days wore on, I did notice a little extra dew, but it wasn’t too offensive.There was no point that I felt like it was too much. I found the wear time to be much longer and only noticed the coverage starting to fade around 8 hours, but it wasn’t anything to extreme.  On one day, I had it on for almost 12 hours and was still really happy with how it wore.


I can only assume, but I feel as if  these foundations would be super dreamy on dry skin, due to their brightening and glowy properties. Even without the addition of SPF, I think Bourjois is the winner for me. Used with a primer with SPF, it covers all my needs and wants. I love that it lasts much longer, and the ease of being able to build up coverage makes it cross the line first for me. However, I think that both formulas are great everyday foundations, if you are after something light and fresh with a decent amount of coverage. I would imagine that Rimmel Wake Me Up would last longer on someone who isn’t as oily me, so ultimately the two foundations are really comparable. If you are after something a little more affordable, Rimmel is your better option. But, if you want something with a little more oil control and longer lasting, Healthy Mix is for you.


Speak soon,


Camille x

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DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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16 thoughts on “Foundation Face Off – Rimmel Wake Me Up vs. Bourjois Healthy Mix

  1. Great review!! I’ve tried both of these and Bourjois is the winner for sure. The price is good compared to high end (Bourjois and Chanel are owned by the same company btw) and I find it to wear nicely on my skin without me feeling gross like I have a layer of foundation. I found the glitter particles in the Wake me up foundation looked really cheap and it looked so cakey! Love Bourjois. xo J

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  2. Great review Camille,
    You definately described healthy mix to a T, I’m dry/ normal , more dry though. I’m not a fan of the scent but it fades and the finish and longevity of the formula outweighs this. I’m not a fan of rimmel, I find its too heavy and cakey for me and makes me feel like wiping it off with a few hours.

    Seems bourjois suits all skin types ☺️


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