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Chanel makeup is very well known but very expensive. It is a luxury brand and without a doubt, just by knowing that a product is Chanel, you automatically know it there is a 95% chance that the product is going to be amazing. I heard many many positive remarks about Chanel vitalumiere foundation and I had never thought of buying it. Instead I was lucky enough to be give it as a present by a member of my family and I now I know what every beauty addict raves about.
This product is amazing but only if you have great skin. It is very important that your skin be moisturized and a little dewy prior to applying this foundation for a smooth finish. If you have dry skin, it will become a little difficult to blend and will also look a little blotchy which is the last thing you want when wearing such a high end foundation.
For over 35 pounds, this product is a rip off I have to be honest but there is no harm in wanting to try something new. It does make a really good foundation if you have combination skin. I believe that this foundation will work best in the summer months when our skin isn't so dry.
It comes packaged in a glass bottle with a black pump. Very sleek looking but also very dangerous. I have to be very careful of where I put my foundation as I am scared it will fall and break and all that foundation will go to waste.
The coverage is lightweight and pretty sheer but depending on how you like your foundation, you can get a full heavy coverage if you keep building and blending. It gives a slight sheen to your face which makes you look pretty healthy and radiant. I am the colour B30 as I have Asian colored skin. There are many shades to choose from and it seems to be a pretty popular foundation. I feel very lucky to be given this as a gift and I am loving it so far. It isn't the best and the ultimate foundation, but if you want something lightweight, sheer, something that will make you look groomed, pretty and healthy, this is the foundation for you. I probably will go and get myself a bottle when this one runs out.
I first came across this foundation a few years ago as a free sample given to me at the chanel counter, I wasn't really expecting a matching shade, since most brands don't even match my skin, but I was shocked to find that vitalumiere in 50 naturel blended perfectly into my skin! Obviously at that point it was more of a miracle my mum was buying me something from there and i didn't really consider it till much later.
I was getting quite bored of MAC foundations, as i knew there were better on the market and the shades in higher end brands were likely to match me anyway. Unsurprisingly, the first choice I wanted was vitalumiere, since i was already aware of this skin shade, and the consistency gave my face a beautiful glow when i first saw it. After serious contemplation I went to pick some up, very pleased with my purchase. Obviously this foundation is not cheap at all, retailing at £29.50 at most Chanel counters, but I'm sure this can be found cheaper online.
At first I was quite impressed, I bought this at the beginning of April and the weather had just begun warming up again, the foundation lasted pretty much all day, but the glow seemed to fade away. However as temperatures got higher, I was less impressed. Firstly, this foundation is built for dry to normal skin, which I have, especially in winter where it can get quite dry, but in summer my skin is well hydrated, so this foundation was beginning to look greasy on my face, as well as not lasting long enough. I took this with me on holiday for a few days in sunny London, obviously being outdoors a lot, by the end of the day my skin was looking far too tired and well foundation-less.
Another big dismay for me is that I really wish I bought this around the winter time. Unlike most girls in the UK, I do not want to tan! My natural skin tone is at an NC42, but tanning makes it up to NC43 and maybe even up to 44 on other parts of my face. It was quite inconvenient for me to have to invest in another foundation (expensive as it is) as well as high SPF sunblock to avoid further tanning! I should have known all along, oil makes tanning occur faster, and this foundation is more than guilty of containing it.
My skin isn't in the best state right now due to stress and the ridiculous use of products to try and avoid getting any darker, and I partly blame this foundation for causing it to happen. However, for winter it should be perfect to use because of its good moisturising qualities. If you have dry skin, especially during winter time, and are willing to spend more on a foundation, I would recommend this to you.
I first became a convert to Chanel Vitalumiere foundation 6 years ago. I tried a sample sachet out of a magazine and was amazed by the results. Even though I'm normally a penny pinching bargain hunter, this was one luxury product that I just had to have - despite the price!
Chanel credit themselves with being the first to incorporate light-correcting pigments, colour correcting pigments and photochromic pigments (adjustment for light intensity) into their make up and always use these technologies in the creation of their new foundations. Vitalumiere does not disappoint.
Chanel Vitalumiere can be bought in 9 shades - Hale, Clair, Naturel, Beige, Limpide, Cendre, Epice, Cannelle and Moka. The shades start at a very light colour, for the fairest of skins right the way through to darker complexions. They all offer skin protection of SPF15 and the standard bottle contains 30ml of fluid foundation.
Chanel Vitalumiere has a whole range, in addition to the fluid foundation, including concealers, cream makeup and powders.
The foundation comes packaged in a white cardboard box, with the Chanel logo. It has instant glamour appeal and looks very expensive.
Inside the cardboard box, the foundation is contained within a rectangular glass bottle, approx 3 inches in height, 1 inch wide and 1 inch deep. The glass is transparent, allowing you to see the fluid foundation within. The front of the bottle has the Chanel branding and the product title written in white lettering. The back of the bottle lists the ingredients and the application instructions.
The top inch of the bottle is a black cap, with the Chanel logo at the top. When you remove the cap, the pump dispenser beneath is revealed. The pump is also black and made of very strong plastic - not the sort of thing that would break easily.
When you first dispense the product you may be surprised at the consistency. It is a lot runnier than most foundations - similar in thickness to cream. A small amount goes a long way. The packaging advises that the user applies the fluid either with a sponge or fingertips. I personally have always used finger tips as I hate to see a sponge soaking up so much of an expensive product!
This foundation simply glides onto skin like silk. It blends extremely well and gives a flawless, radiant finish. I personally have never been lucky enough to have a perfect complexion, however, this foundation makes my skin look practically perfect, evening out my skin tone, making any blotches disappear and generally giving my skin a glow. I personally used the beige colour (number 4), but I would recommend going in to a store and getting the person behind the counter to match your shade for you - worth it when you are paying so much money for a foundation.
This foundation does not give a matt effect. There is a definite shine to the results - hence the glow of your skin, but it does not look or feel greasy, just natural and healthy. When I'm wearing this product I feel like I've got a sheen to my skin, rather than being caked in make up.
This product claims to make lines and wrinkles disappear. I'm not completely convinced about that, but it certainly makes them blend in and gives you such a flawless finish, that maybe people won't notice lines and wrinkles anymore!
The price of this product is it's one downfall - around £30 for the standard 30ml bottle. However, I've always bought mine in duty free at a more reasonably priced £24. A cheap product it isn't, but you do get what you pay for and for your money you get a fabulous product.
Due to it's expense, I do not use my Vitalumiere every day, more like 3 - 4 times a week, either when I'm going out, have an important meeting - or just having a bad skin day and need a bit of a lift! At this rate of use, my bottle has lasted me nearly 3 years! It hasn't gone off or thickened up at all. It is as good now as the day I opened it, so with regards to value for money I think it is hard to beat.
This product can be bought in most larger department stores, such a Debenhams, Harvey Nichols and bigger branches of Boots. You can also find it at several online beauty stores and if you keep your eyes peeled you might find a bargain on ebay.
Overall I absolutely love this product. It looks wonderful on the dressing table and fabulous on the skin.
This can be bought in nine shades and comes with SPF 15. It gave me a nice healthy glow and really brightened up my complexion.
However it didn't cover my spots as much as i would have liked but for people who have good skin this foundation would be great as it gives meduim coverage rather than full coverage.
When i applied it in the morning it looked great, however because it gives a dewy look i noticed that by the middle of the day my face was looking a bit greasy, so this foundation would not be suitable for those with oily skin.
I then started applying it with powder over the top to keep it in place more and make it look a bit more matte and it did work.
I think this foundation would be more suited to the winter months when skin tends to be drier and your makeup is less likely to slide off your face in the heat.
It is very expensive retailing at around £30 for the standard 30ml bottle.
I purchased this foundation to use on my wedding day and it turned out to be one of the best purchases I made! At circa £30, the foundation is quite pricey however, afterwards I used it every day and it lasted for months, so I think the price is justifiable.
This particular foundation has a slightly runny consistency which makes for very easy blending. The foundation is moisturising, gives good coverage and helps hide uneven skin tones and blemishes. However, it is sheer enough that your own skin (ie freckles and beauty spots etc) is still visible underneath. It doesn't 'cake' in and around fine lines and lasts well throughout the day, although sometimes a slight top-up can be required if you like your make-up to last the full day.
I used a shade slightly darker than my natural skin tone (as make-up artists reading this gasp in shock!), but because of the sheer consistency it blended well so that I didn't have the obvious tide marks around my jaw and in buying the darker shade, it also worked well when I had applied self tanning lotion to my skin.
A few of my friends have since purchased the foundation as well and they all love it as much as I do!
One thing that might be considered as a draw-back to some is that the foundation has a very traditional, almost old-fashioned, perfume-like smell. It isn't unpleasant by any means, but it does take a little getting used to. I wasn't so keen at first, but now every time I smell it I am transported back to my wedding day, so the scent has turned out to be a bonus!
In conclusion, this is a lovely moisturising foundation which is great for evening out minor blemishes and giving your skin a healthy glow however, if you like your foundation to be thick or matt then I would say this isn't the product for you.
I love Chanel and I am a fan of their products but had never used the foundations so when I was looking for a new foundation I thought Chanel would be great how wrong was I. I bought Chanel Vitalumiere Satin smoothing fluid from Boots and it cost £28 me and my friend bought it on the same day while on a weekend shopping trip she cant see anything bar she has to buy it well this showed her she should have waited and seen what she thought of mine but she didnt. I tried out diffrent shades before buying I didnt think there was that much of a chioce but the sales person told me that was because the shades they had suited most skin tones so went away with what I thought was going to be an amazing product mainly due to the price and the brand being luxury. The first time I put it on I washed it off 3 times and started again It just didnt feel right it was as if It wouldnt dry it felt wet and sticky and was hard to put my make up on I have tried it a few times since and tried putting it on with my fingers, foundation brushes, sponges but it always goes the same way sticky and my make up never looks right the coverage isnt great I have normally good clear skin and dont need much foundation maybe just to even it out but it didnt even do that and when more was layered on this made the sticky feel worse. My friend hated it aswell and only ever used it the once theres something about it that makes it feel cakey and sticky. I wouldnt recommend this foundation at all I went back to my normal liquid foundation L'oreal True match I find this so much better. I have learned you dont always get what you pay for I couldnt believe for the price this product could be so bad.
I bought this foundation last year because after enquiring at a few counters about a light non cakey looking liquid foundation, the only one that appealed to me was this. I havn't tried Chanel make up before (only their kohl pencil) so I was quite new to the brand and had high hopes. The first thing I noticed was the colour selection- let's just say it's limited. I didn't feel like Chanel cater to the majority of skin tones out there like most other cosmetics brands do. The packaging of this is quite nice, with a useful pump which dispenses just a little bit at a time, I like the glass bottle too it does look quite nice on the dresser! Now as I said, I don't normally wear liquid foundations so I was really hoping this one would work for me, but I was left disappointed. It offers light to medium coverage (if you have red skin/ blemishes etc you'll definitely need concealer) so you might need a bit- something which didn't please me. When I applied this my whole face just looked greasy, not overly so but there was a definite grease look to it. Now I know this foundation is designed to give a luminous finish but there's a difference between luminous and greasy and this foundation falls in to the latter category. For this reason alone, I would give this one star. I have combination skin so I can only imagine what the results would be on someone with oily skin- definitely not a good look! It may just be my skin, or perhaps I should have finished off with translucent powder but when you pay so much for a foundation you do expect it to perform- this really didn't. Also, I found that where I have small pores near my nose, this foundation settled right in and it looked horrid- so not really a good bet for more mature skins either. I wouldn't recommend this particular foundation to anyone because I don't know anyone who would actually require a greasy face- however, Chanel do do a matt foundation which perhaps may offer better results, but I don't know because I won't be using the brand again.
I decided that it was about time I stopped buying useless foundations, and I have been trying better quality ones now for about three years. This and one other Chanel foundation which I will also review, has been by far the best I have come across. I bought it duty free and girls, even if you don't, it IS worth spending a bit more on foundation. If it costs £25 then it's worth every penny. It goes such a long way, and you have a superior product that will probably last you a year. How much is that per week? Not a lot. And you're kinda worth it I think. Which is another good reason for splurging. You not only feel good, and a bit pampered, but you look good too!
I have noticed fine lines and wrinkles appearing (am now 41. Errrk) and this foundation gives me real confidence. I just look more 'rested' somehow. I have difficult skin for foundation - very pale - but it evens everything out a treat, and gives a glow. Small lines seem to disappear. Yay!
One recommendation is that you take your time. Go to a big department store and get one of the girls to make you up. They really enjoy doing it! Or ask if you can apply it yourself. It's the only way to know if you're going to get on with it. I have wasted £20 on a foundation where I did not do this and I won't be doing that again! It may be that this one isn't right for you - there are others in the range for people who like a lighter, or heavier feel. So just try it. For me it is excellent, especially for fine line busting.
Disadvanges: The lid seems to come off quite easily if you have it in your handbag. Bit annoying.
I have struggled for ages buying cheap foundations and being unhappy with the results so after reading several reviews on beauty websites bought Chanel Vitalumiere as I was passing through an airport. I have to say that it's the best foundation that I've used to date and even eradicates the need for concealer on a good day. The quality is fantastic, the foundation blends easily into the skin and creates a realistic, natural and healthy look which on my late 20's skin needs a boost. I also like the fact that it's also working on my skin while I'm wearing it with vitamins and minerals plus an spf keeping my skin moisturised, fresh and protected. I have tried so many foundations inulding a few pricey ones and I believe that this is the best one so far. So, if your thinking about splashing out on this I would say go for it!
Chanel Vitalumiere was my favourite foundation. I always chose the lightest colour there was, which was in this case "# 10 Limpid". Unfortunately the colour looked slightly yellow/orange on my skin. This is something I did not expect for the price.
The feeling is very light, and feels almost as if you are wearing nothing although I did find that it left my skin feeling rather greasy and shiny.
The reason I stopped using this product was because whenever I saw myself in photographs wearing this foundation my skin looked like it was shining almost as bright as a beacon! It did not look natural at all. The claim is that it can "restore your skin's vitality & luminosity", this I feel was a little untrue.
Like most foundations it has a SPF 15 sun protection. The packaging is a glass bottle with a black plastic lid (which unfortunately is prone to leak!). This is definitely not a day time moisturiser.
I first tried this product four years ago after a make over at a Chanel make up counter. Chanel is by far my favourite brand of cosmetics and this product did not let me down and has subsequently been an essential part of my make up box ever since I first tried it.
The product comes in a 30ml glass bottle with an easy pump applicator at the top.
There are eight different shades to choose from and something for every complexion.
The fluid is said to revive tired and dull complexions and soften the skin due to the added moisturiser which impregnates the upper layers of the epidermis
*My thoughts on the product*
I think that this product is great. The pump action bottle is easy to use and provides as much or as little of the liquid as required. There is no mess, no gloopy hardened liquid around the pump area and it is so easy and pleasant to use.
The liquid is relatively thin and I find that only a small amount is required. I use it as advised by dabbing it on the areas that I would like coverage on rather than rubbing it in and this subsequently creates a good subtle coverage and the liquid does actually go a long way.
The liquid leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth, it spreads and blends very easily for a very natural and flawless satin finish whilst giving out a subtle glow to which the light reflects and as specified in its advertisement. It most certainly radiates light and makes the skin appear revived and fresh.
The finish is very natural looking, no tide marks around the jaw line and blending is very easy. I find that it does not leave my skin oily, nor does it leave it dry. I feel very confident with the finish that it gives and cannot imagine a product that I would be happier with.
*Cost & value for money*
As of January 2009, this product costs £28 which compared to some cosmetics is on the pricey side, however, I find that this bottle will last me around six months, which when I have tried a cheaper product I feel that the product would be replaced much sooner due to diminished quality or the need to use more.
The product does as it advertises and is a fantastic foundation for a good and classy looking finish.
I would recommend this product as a good cosmetic investment and deserves pride of place in any makeup box.
This smoothing liquid covers up any lines, wrinkles and imperfections for a luminous look!