Foundation is the cornerstone of my makeup routine…or maybe it’s concealer…either way, I’m focusing on Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua foundation today. I can have a difficult time finding a foundation that works for me. I have oily but sometimes dehydrated or combination skin, it has neutral undertones when my tan has faded and yellow undertones when I’m tanned. AND I have quite a bit of post-acne hyperpigmentation.
My mother swears by Chanel’s makeup. She once used one of their foundations, can’t remember its name now, which I tried and absolutely despised. It felt so oily as soon as I put it on my face, it didn’t blend well and didn’t have much coverage. It put me off Chanel foundation for years! But then I forgot my Loreal Infallible 24-Hour foundation (which I reviewed here) a week ago when I stayed at my mum’s house and tried her Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and I was so surprised by how much I loved it.
I needed about half the concealer I usually do. The foundation seemed to blend flawlessy with both a beauty blender and a Real Techniques buffing brush and about twice as fast as other foundations, and it didn’t look heavy. FYI I prefer to blend it with the buffing brush just because I think the finish gives slightly more coverage and wastes less product.
It’s not full coverage. I’d say it’s a medium coverage foundation. In its name it does include ‘Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup’ – but don’t be fooled. It gives a very decent amount of coverage. My acne and hyperpigmented skin loves it. When I went to Debenhams Chanel counter the representative I spoke to said the more full coverage version was dewy, which wouldn’t be great for my oily/combo skin. Although this one isn’t necessarily for oily skin either, it does a good job of keeping the shine at bay until about 12pm when I apply at 7am, which is a decent amount of time for me. I usually need to powder every couple of hours. Particularly when I have to battle my way through London’s Tube every morning. That causes a sweat!
10am. Ignore my big forehead. But do you like my hair cut? I hacked off 2-3 inches.
12:30pm. Look at that shine.
1pm. After a powder touch-up.
Now, the price. It retails for £34 usually, but Debenhams is selling them for £28.90 online, not in store. I got it for £30 on Black Friday though which was nice. Mine is shade B50 Beige, which I feel may be a tad too orange on me. It’s not really noticeable since I blend it down to my neck and generally I have an olive complexion, but I may look into B40 Beige for my next purchase. I do think Chanel really needs to expand their shade range, it’s really limited to people of olive and tanned complexions, which is so unfair. Where are the shades for dark and pale skin tones? Come on Chanel, you can do better.