Product Type: Chanel makeup
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The best my skin has ever looked
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
Member Name: pink_glitter
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
Advantages: lightweight, easy to apply, makes my skin look amazing
Disadvantages: stupidly expensive
I decided to purchase Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation following several excellent recommendations from people I trust when it comes to this sort of thing. Although not cheap, I decided to buy it as a birthday treat for myself last year and have been using it ever since.
Vitalumiere Aqua is a water based foundation designed to feel ultra-light on the skin. It contains SPF15 (better than nothing I suppose) and Chanel say it is so easy to apply you can do it without thinking.
The foundation comes in nine different shades. I have B10 Beige - Pastel which I think is the lightest of the colours available. I'm sure anyone who is very pale will tell you that it can be a chore finding a natural looking, non-orangey foundation to suit pale skin, but Chanel have managed it and this one blends to perfection.
The packaging of the foundation is sleek, simple and elegant as you would expect from Chanel. Housed in a black and gold box, the bottle is a flesh tone (not clear as I first assumed) and has a twist off black lid which opens to reveal a small nozzle.
The first thing you need to know about using this product is that you MUST shake the bottle before use. I learned this the hard way, which was my own fault for not reading the box. As this is water based it separates a bit in the bottle, so if you don't shake it you will end up with a trickle of flesh toned water instead of foundation.
The foundation itself has a very mild yet pleasant scent and is a nice consistency whereby it feels light, yet it's not runny or messy to apply. Chanel weren't kidding when they said you could apply without thinking, this is genuinely the easiest foundation I've ever applied. It rubs into the skin extremely easily, and blends so well that it doesn't leave any tidemarks or orangey patches.
The look Vitalumiere Aqua gives is brilliant and perfect for me. It gives light coverage - enough to even out my skin tone, brighten it up and make it look dewy and radiant. Chanel say it's like your skin has been lit up from within and cheesy though that may sound, I would have to agree. One thing I would say is that if you are looking for a foundation to cover spots, blemishes or other imperfections, then this one is probably not ideal. Whilst it will mute the redness on my cheeks, it's too light to cover the dark circles under my eyes and when I have had spots, they have still been visible with this product, so it's really only for those looking for light coverage.
The staying power of the foundation is fantastic; it usually lasts all day, which is perfect as I do tend to save it for special occasions. I have used on its own and with a primer and I find it lasts long and stays looking good either way. Another thing I absolutely love about it, is that it feels amazingly light on the skin so I am not constantly conscious that I am wearing it.
I suppose the main downside of this product is the price. A 30ml bottle retails at £32 and is available from places like Boots, John Lewis and Debenhams. As with all high end make-up it's important to buy from an authorised retailer as there are fakes around. Each bottle should be used within 12 months of opening.
Overall I am extremely pleased with this product and despite the price tag it is one I will buy again. It leaves my skin looking the best it has ever looked, the colour is natural and wearing it boosts my confidence. Thoroughly recommended by me.
Summary: It's amazing