Monday, 14 April 2014
CHANEL VITALUMIERE AQUA
A good everyday foundation is hard to come by in my books, i like something which feels lightweight with a light-medium coverage and natural satin finish which i can go without powdering. So far my closest matches have been the Nars pure radiant tinted moisturiser and the Bobbi Brown skin foundation which i both love, but theres a new foundation on the block which has taken top spot as everyday foundation of choice.
The foundation in question is the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. I always dismissed this foundation for fear of it being too sheer, but on one trip to the Chanel counter i decided to ask for a sample, and the rest was history. From first use i loved it, its a light-medium coverage, but it does a really good job at concealing imperfections such as discolouration and redness. I still need to use concealer under my eyes and on any actual blemishes, but the brightening effect it has means its much less. The way this differs from my usual foundation choices it that its much more of a satin/matte finish on my skin. I have quite dry/dehydrated skin so i usually steer clear of this kind of finish, but i've found it means i can skip powder without having to worry about being too shiny throughout the day, as it just tends to get better and more natural looking as my natural oils come through. For oilier skins you will need to powder with this, but i can see you only having to powder once or twice. The only downsides i have is that it does cling to dry patches, so i either have to exfoliate first if i can see any dry patches (chemical ones don't really cut it) or use a good hydrating primer and eye cream (as it tends to cling by the bridge of my nose the most for some reason). In the picture above i'm wearing it over the Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel which is my favourite way to wear it as it adds a little extra glow without being too heavy or noticeable. Another thing is that it also doesn't build too well all in one go. When built up too much i feel it can sit on the skin a little, so your much better going in with two light layers of it rather than one heavy layer, which can be annoying if your in a rush but the finish is worth it.
All in all this is a great everyday foundation for me, as the good points outweigh the bad (and the bad are easily counter-actable). I'm more than intrigued to try out the new Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation for the summer. You'll know if i do...
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