Bourjois Air Mat Foundation…

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation Review

I’ve done it… as unbelievable as it may seem, I’ve FINALLY popped my Bourjois foundation cherry gals!! You see the teeny tiny issue I have is when I find a foundation I love (and I mean adore here) I tend to buy ONLY that brand for the rest of my days – ever fearing that the formula will change or the company will dissolve over night leaving me grasping onto my final dregs. However lately I’ve been hopping about from foundation to foundation like a dismissive cosmetic tart.

Bit of a mini back story to this purchase… a number of weeks ago (when summer declared it had finally arrived) I was getting rather tedious of foundations sliding of my face at the mere sight of a single sun ray. Deciding it was high time to tackle the issue, I took to the aisles of Superdrug in search of my next purchase… something that suggested “hey you, I’m a summer-lovin little bottle of goodness that won’t chase your concealer half way down your chest” So when I spotted the bright and chic looking bottle of Bourjois Air Mat (coupled by a rather tempting deal for a pair of free sunglasses) it comes as no surprise I was loading my basket with beauty goodies that seemed to fill me with confidence for facing the sweltering summer sun. After a few weeks of wear here’s my findings…


So What’s The Hype?!

According to Bourjois…

“Bourjois’ Air Mat foundation has been specially developed to give skin a smooth, matte finish that lasts for up to 24 hours. Its non drying, lightweight formula lets skin breathe throughout the day and provides high coverage for a flawless finish.

Enriched with mattifying micronized powders, it elimates shine with no mask effect for an undetectable result.

Starting at the centre of your face blend the formula outwards and upwards for a flawless finish whilst erasing any imperfections.”


Application Results

As any thorough beauty blogger would, I’ve pretty much tried this with every application tool I would normally apply foundation with. Here’s a quick peek at how it fairs with half of my face blended with the Air Mat compared to my natural skin tone…


Stippling Brush: Tends to lean towards a dry and uneven appearance. The more I worked the brush the more disastrous the results appeared. Looked dry, skin felt very dehydrated and super difficult to blend = 2/10.

Beauty Sponge: For this I trialled it with both the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge & the original Beauty Blender. Personally I felt the RT sponge left a slightly better finish as it seemed to retain less of the product whereas I had to use a little more product with the Beauty Blender. Strange but true *sigh* Not the best coverage and looked rather patchy as the day wore on = 5/10.

Fingers: Low and behold my very own digits seemed to be the best for the job as the warmth generated when smoothing really helped to blend the product out around the edges of the jawline and across the face = 7/10.



The consistency of the product is actually really lovely, it’s not too watery but at the same time it’s not like smearing peanut butter across your face (though I must admit I’m yet to try that so I could be wrong *ponders pensively*) Considering I picked up the shade ‘Ivory Rose’ it’s surprisingly yellow toned & should be valued as ‘warm ivory’ than what I assumed had slightly more pinkish undertones.


Initially the smell of the foundation seemed pleasing, slightly unusual and reminded me of something I couldn’t quite place… something that I’d smelt before that could be a tad offensive if whafted in large doses. After a week of slowly agonising over the aroma it became all too clear: seaweed. Yes, seaweed – more precisely the Lush Seaweed Fresh Faced Mask. Of course once my sniff sensors registered this I’m afraid it all went a tad downhill as I slowly turned myself against the pungency of the fragrance. Maybe my sense of smell has slightly malfunctioned, or maybe I’ve just got an over active nose canal – either way the strength of my stomach doesn’t agree with it and I’m afraid to say the pong of Air Mat has slowly turned me 50 shades of green.


 Staying Power?

I’m afraid this is where my opinions begin to landslide a little lot. Okay, so it looked decent when freshly applied but over the two weeks (and regardless what primer I paired it with) the formula began to very quickly sit in the fine lines under my eyes. My cheek bones, chin & nose all had the appearance that I’d somehow managed to miss them out during application too. Considering that it claims to be a 24HR foundation I’m assuming it’s been tested on a plastic doll as anyone with pores with inevitably find it being soaked in and (at best) lasting 4 hours, let alone another 20.

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation


At £9.99 and available from local drugstores, it’s pocket friendly and easy peasy to get your hands on.

The packaging is bright, cheery and has a hint of ‘I’m a summer staple’ about it. PLUS it’s plastic, which is great to travel with and easily trimmed in half should you need to scoop out those last remaining dregs.

It’s matte. Wait, in fact it’s VERY Matte! There’s no denying it’ll certainly eliminate shine without a hint of dewiness if that’s your thing.

Feels very velvet to touch as it leaves what feels like a very fine powdery finish over the skin.



Most definitely not 24 HR – unless you’re completely poreless of course.

The smell. Oh the smell.

Colour choice – personally there aint much that I’ve seen available and considering the shade I picked was the lightest of the bunch, I actually thought it was pretty warm and oxidised on application. Not great for us palers! Darker skinned ladies, from what I’ve seen the choices are limited – very limited in fact 😦

Dry, itchy, flaky & patchy. My skin just didn’t like it one iota *sigh*

A nightmare to blend which can lead to it seeming very cakey around the hair line etc so smooth with caution!

Definitely doesn’t cover flaws as well as other full foundations.


Final Verdict


Don’t get me wrong, once applied it looks rather pretty. If anything it actually gives the appearance that your complexion is very softly airbrushed. However, as the hours whittle away so does the staying power. Maybe it’s my skin, which happens to be combo and quite often a little unsettled with matte finishes. Unfortunately I won’t be reinvesting in this anytime soon, it’s just not for me *sob*

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Have you tried the Bourjois Air Mat foundation? If so, what’s been your final verdict? Have you any recommendations for a full coverage drugstore foundation that’s tough enough to last the sunny days ahead? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂

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34 thoughts on “Bourjois Air Mat Foundation…

  1. Omg all I would say is don’t judge Bourjois by airmat, it’s by far my least favourite foundation of theres (I find it’s really patchy although tbh it looks really nice on you!!). My go to bourjois is the healthy skin foundation which smells gorgeous and is just generally lovely (aka not matte) so I’d recommend that one.

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    • Will definitely check out the Healthy Skin foundation Jess, I’m looking for something a little more dewy than the matte finish so hopefully it’ll help. That Air Mat was atrocious on me 😦 never again. Thanks so much for stopping by and recommending huni XXX

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  2. I tried this foundation and found the same as you that through-our the day where I had applied it under my eyes, it just wasn’t there anymore, it’s good but it’s defiantly not the best and not 24hrs and I prefer the l’oreal inflammable 🙂

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    • It’s utterly baffling the way it just totally disappears… no amount of antyhing would stop it either lol Yes I tried the Infallible too but from memory I think it made my skin very itchy. Lots of people rave about it though 🙂 XXX

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  3. I love bourjois foundations and didn’t get on with air mat at all. I picked the same shade as you and I found it oxidised on my skin leaving me very orange!! If you are looking for a no-budge matte foundation I would recommend L’Oreal 24hr Matte foundation. Or for a light weight, high coverage base which is great for summer have you tried the Bourjois CC cream? I love it xxx

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    • Awful stuff Em, couldn’t believe how terrible it performed on me and I was at a loss wondering what the heck I was doing wrong. Honestly think they have a loooong way to go before this is perfected. Actually finding comfort in the fact someone else had a bad time with it too (sorry huni lol) Yes, I tried it too and from memory I liked it but it made my skin quite itchy. I think it may be the mattes I’m having an issue with *sigh* Looking for a full coverage huni – I reckon CC cream would be too light would it?! XXXX

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  4. Sorry to hear this foundation isn’t your favourite Karen! I do think this looks lovely on you and the colour looks pretty spot on but if the formula ain’t doing it for you, I don’t blame you for not being a fan xx

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  5. Oh no! I was waiting for this review as I love bourjois’ radiance reveal (actually reviewing it on the blog tomorrow). This doesn’t sound nice at all, even though I have heard a lot of good stuff about bourjois bases in the past.
    I ran into the same color issue: all shades have yellow undertones and the lightest shade isn’t that light!
    xo Anne

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    • YES!!! They’re super yellowy and just not working at all huni – cannot wait to see your review!!! Honestly, I was so disappointed Anne as I just couldn’t get it to stay put and it went so patchy! Might try the City Radiance that Kathleen suggested as it sounds lovely… but again the colour choice. Arrrgh. :-/ XXXX


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