Sunday, April 17, 2011

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Review


Wow, this review is overdo!
Presenting my overall review/impressions on Chanel's newest foundation, Vitalumiere Aqua


I purchased this I believe the same week it was released in early March.

Short stats:

I was matched to shade B20, I am about NC 25


This comes in a standard 1 Fl oz. container but its small and light. The plastic packaging did not seem too cheap to me. It was light and easy for travel. This could have easily been popped in a make up bag due to the size, and I think this is far more practical than typical glass bottles.
I think this packaging is more for the modern day, busy women who are on the go.

Look how small 1 Fl. oz can be!


Now to the actual review

The foundation itself is scented. This was my first Chanel foundation, and I have heard they can be fragrant but I did not know what the aroma would be. To me this was faintly reminiscent to paint, but the scent luckily does not linger, and seems to fade shortly after application.

Once applied - (I tried fingers, damp sponge, and a brush)
The consistency was very thin, and watery which would usually lead to a far more sheer coverage, which could be built up with layers.

I found the color I was matched to was a bit ashy in my opinion, then as the day progressed, seem to oxidize unfortunately, and went slightly dark on me, despite various primers.

I found that I could counter act this by applying a more yellow based powder.

In terms of the color selection, I believe due to the light consistency, Chanel may be relying on the color itself adapting well to match a wider array of skin tones with less shades. Since I was matched to the 2nd lightest shade, I believe if you are fair, which is about lighter than NC/NW20, you will not be able to find a good match in this line.

The finish was semi matte, not very glowy, or dewy, quite a natural finish.

Sanitary opening


I am going to be honest with you all, I returned this last month. Very shortly after purchasing.
I did not like the way this sat on my face. It felt, just like that, something was sitting on my face!
In March it was pretty cold here, so I had a few dry bits, this foundation was not very moisturizing, and definitely emphasized any single flake I had on my face, along with making it feel itchy on top of it.
I tried spraying fix + to make it more "moist" but to no avail.
Whatever areas I had on my face which was semi oily, the foundation seem to disappear at the end of the day, leaving only the dry emphasized bits =\

To be honest, I returned this because every time I put this on my face, I just wanted to take it off. It just did not feel very comfortable. Despite the thin consistency, it just felt very apparent on my face.

In fact on two occasions it actually looked so bad on my face, with just the weird coloring, and flakes, that during my lunch break, I would actually rub it all off with make up wipes, that I purchased just for this purpose! and went on the day with no make up on.
The fact that I went through this more than once, pretty much said to me, I was not enjoying the product enough to keep.

I think this foundation is more suitable to those with normal skin types.
Oily skin types might find this disappearing before the end of a work day, and dry skin types will not find this moisturizing at all ( but I do realize it never claimed to that) and would fully emphasize any flakiness.

I am pretty bummed this did not work out for me, due to all the hype I had heard when this was first released. As my first Chanel foundation, and for the pretty hefty price tag, I was quite unimpressed.






23 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for reviewing this foundation, because I really wanted to try it. I think I will ask for a sample at local Sephora to see how it's gonna look on my face. Although I'm pretty pale, so I'm afraid I won't get the right shade. Too bad it didnt work for you. I heard that Lancome's Teint Miracle foundation is a good one, have you ever tried it?

    <3
    www.kasiabelhadri.blogspot.com

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  2. @Kasia : Yup! I have tried lancome's teint miracle, I wore it all winter. My review is right here!

    http://tinyladylife.blogspot.com/2011/02/lancome-teint-miracle-review.html

    Thanks!

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  3. I definitely agree that this foundation isn't for everyone. I picked up a sample and LOVED it, and then bought the full size. On me this is a Holy Grail product, but I've heard from others that it's their least favorite.

    Love your comment about the packaging, it's definitely appropriate for a busy, modern, young woman!

    ♥ Jessica

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  4. Aww, how sad that it didn't work out for you either! It didn't work on me because my skin is sooo oily that within an hour, my face literally looked wet all over. Not just oily - wet. But before it got to that point, I actually LOVED how it felt and looked on my skin, which is why it was so much harder to deal with the reality that it would never work out for me. Oh well. Great review though!

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  5. How disappointing! At least it's off your wishlist :P So many other people made it sound like it's the must have product lol I think might see if I can snatch myself a sample first before buying it. The description sounds like the perfect foundation but who knows how it'll actually end up on me..Just wondering what foundation have you been using instead?

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  6. Thanks for giving it your honest opinion, even though it didn't work for you. I don't think it would work for me either, as you and Tiffany seem to have very similar skin to me. I have been getting much better at returning products I am just not thrilled with than I used to be.

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  7. Aw, that's not fun :/ I hate the feeling of something sitting on my face. But it's good that you are completely honest about that fact :)

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  8. This is a really awesome review! sorry it didn't work for you. I'm kinda scared of venturing out expensive foundations because there are no refund policies on makeup both in Japan and UK! This sounds like a flawed product - thank you for your honest opinion!

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  9. oops I posted last comment btw!

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  10. @ Jessica: Im glad this worked for you! HG's are hard to come by!

    @Danielle & Tiffany: The search goes on, MUFE F+B? lol

    @mandy:I had been using Lancome's Teint Miracle all winter, now I am trying MUFE face and body for spring and summer

    @Rainy Days and Lattes & Nic Nic : Thanks! I try my best to be honest about products esp $ ones!

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  11. Word for word, this is how I felt about MAC Face & Body, so I'm not going to be trying this. Great review - thanks for the heads up!

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  12. Thanks for the review, the Chanel bottle is so cute! Sorry it did not work out for you but it's good that you returned it.

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  13. Havent try this one!!I tried once Chanel Matte lumiere and it was amazing!But I have normal to oily skin!!Great review doll!!Thanks for sharing!!

    xxx

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  14. I only tried this once from a sample i got.. It wasn't too bad on me.. And I'm surprised that you felt it was heavy..

    But honestly? I loved your review.. It's always good to hear rants ;)

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  15. Havent try this one!!I tried once Chanel Matte lumiere and it was amazing!But I have normal to oily skin!!Great review doll!!Thanks for sharing!!

    xxx

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  16. oops I posted last comment btw!

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  17. How disappointing! At least it's off your wishlist :P So many other people made it sound like it's the must have product lol I think might see if I can snatch myself a sample first before buying it. The description sounds like the perfect foundation but who knows how it'll actually end up on me..Just wondering what foundation have you been using instead?

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  18. @Kasia : Yup! I have tried lancome's teint miracle, I wore it all winter. My review is right here!

    http://tinyladylife.blogspot.com/2011/02/lancome-teint-miracle-review.html

    Thanks!

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  19. Awww...I LOVE this stuff. I have combo skin that leans dry. Maybe I'm able to combat the flakies enough so they aren't emphasized. Don't know, but I've been waiting til I'm not too poor to buy it!

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