Sunday, 4 March 2012

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Review

I'm converted!
I love this foundation. It's almost Superfit [Clinique- discontinued blah!] which was my holy grail foundation.

I used the shade B30 Beige which was perfect. The coverage was so much nicer than Perfection Lumiere, which clung to my dry areas, peach fuzziness and round my nose. I would also say that the shade B30 Beige in Perfection Lumiere is much more orangey in colour.
 Vitalumiere Aqua is so much smoother to apply and you can really work it in and build up a flawless base. it does a good job of covering blemishes pre-concealer too, unlike it's Chanel counterpart PL. I used the Samantha Chapman stippling brush to apply this, although I should point out that I didn't use any brush to apply Perfection Lumiere, so a slight disadvantage to PL's review outcome
 I will also apply Vitalumiere Aqua with my fingers tomorrow, and then sans primer the next, and see if I'm still as happy with it.

Description:  ''Ultra-light skin perfecting makeup. Instant natural radiance with SPF15''.
It's an oil-free, water based foundation.
Chanel state:
''Its soft and evanescent ultra-fine fluid texture is a real surprise. Although it is exceptionally delicate and light, an incomparable “second-skin” perfecting result is achieved. The complexion appears amazingly even, fresh and energized. The skin glows with seemingly nude beauty. As if glowing from within. Bathed in light…


My Opinion: There is definitely a dewy glow from this foundation. I used it over the Witch Anti-Blemish Primer (I will review this soon) with no moisturizer prior to the primer, to see if VA would cling to my dry areas too- it didn't!
 I have dry combination skin, so it's only my t-zone that can get slightly oily, but it's more just my nose and the crook of my chin that gets a little shiny late in the day. I don't actually use any pressed or loose powder to 'set' foundation, as I like to contour with bronzer and just sweep the remnants on the brush over my head/nose/chin etc. However, I don't think this foundation is for people with combination oily or oily skin.
The coverage is supposed to be light/medium although I found it more medium, but still natural looking. It allows you to build over blemishes without caking. Vitalumiere Aqua feels so lightweight for the coverage it gives, and it smells lovely (although kudos to PL - it actually has a nicer scent)
 I need a rather long-lasting foundation as I work 13 hour  crazy-busy days/nights, and touch-ups are usually impossible for me when I'm at work. 
Vitalumiere Aqua's staying power (with primer) for me was  very good. I wore it for at least 8 hours and it still looked great
When I go back to work I will update on how this holds up.
Price: £31.

Repurchase: Yes. Although it's more than I would usually pay for a foundation (my HG was ~£22), I think this foundation is just about worth it.


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  2. Just read your other Chanel review, and came looking for this one! I definitely want to try it. Have you tried the rimmel wake me up foundation? It's a similar concept, to brighten and appear more dewy/awake! Really liking it but want to try the Chanel as it has some great reviews! :)

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