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.
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.
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.