Springtime is almost here, and with it, a bunch of new foundations launched - what a horrible temptation for the foundation addict that I am.
Having heard quite a few raves about this one, I was very curious about it. I must also say that, even though I generally like Chanel foundations which are of excellent quality, I am not a fan of the original Vitalumiere. It's way too moisturizing for me, which is too bad because the dewy finish is lovely.
But I had heard the new Vitalumiere Aqua was different. In some way, though, I was expecting it to be dewy (fooled by the name Aqua, maybe?) and similar to Mac Face and Body - with a more stable formula and a smaller bottle.
Well, Vitalumiere Aqua was nothing like I expected, but I love it nevertheless and it was a pleasant surprise.
- You know how a lot of foundations claim to be like a second skin? I never felt they really were, but this time I am impressed because I do feel like this is it. The product feels very light on the skin yet gives medium coverage and evens out the skintone so well! It has a semi-matte finish, a bit luminous but not unnatural nor greasy. It is like my skin but better.
- It smells very nice, which also is unusal for Chanel foundations, in my opinion (hated the smell of Pro Lumiere, in particular). Also the smell is light and disappears quickly so it shouldn't bother most users.
- It lasts extremely well on me and I don't even powder it - easily 8-10 hours without getting shiny. Maybe it's because this is a water based foundation. I wasn't expecting it to be so long lasting and am really impressed! I also find that, like most Chanel foundations, it keeps looking better through the first hours of wear.
- Packaging: a very compact, light plastic bottle with a nose to pour the product; that's so much better than the heavy glass packaging Chanel usually uses! Looks like the industry is realizing that we don't buy products just to prettify our vanity but need to travel with them and not to break them if they drop.
- Although the shade selection includes warm (B) and cool (BR) shades, most retailers/countries don't stock the whole range and being able to find a match can be tricky.
- Very important note regarding the shade: it does change a bit during the first 15-20 minutes on the skin. When finding your match, make sure you put the product on your jaw line and check it in daylight after 20 min or you might have a bad surprise.
- It's not cheap - €39. But I do think it's worth it, really.
I am enjoying this foundation so much at the moment that I even thing I might prefer it to Nars Sheer Glow. Not completely sure about this yet, but I like it that much. And, considering the only Cons I found are shade and price related, I'd say that if you can afford this and there's a match for you, I definitely recommend this foundation.
EDIT: you can find swatches of all the colors on Karlasugar's blog. For reference, the one I wear is B10.