Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I heart CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua!

Late February I bought CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua from a Nordstrom in the burbs to replace a different foundation that just wasn't working for me. I wanted something light that wouldn't mess up my skin, so I don't have to be dependent on foundation all the time to look good. At the time, I'd given up on foundation, thinking that I just must be reactive to foundation in general. However,  after reading Beauty Look Book's foundation series, I realized that other people have the same problems, and there are foundations out there that might better for sensitive people. So, after seeing a rave review about Vitalumiere aqua, I took the jump.

I bought the color B10, Beige Pastel, which is the lightest of their yellow-toned colors. I'm really not the palest person you'd meet, however this matched the color of my neck although my face is half a shade darker. I'm a little worried as to what will happen in summer when I tan a little! The initial finish is a little matte, which is fine by me because I don't like too dewy, which can appear oily later. I have combo with an oily T-zone later in the day, however this foundation looked better as the day wore on! I'd heard that before, but now I actually believe it! I don't know if I can ever go back to other brands now. Color oxidation was also very minimal, if any. I was also amazed because my previous experiences in other foundations resulted in me feeling too yellow/orange at the end of the day. Coverage was light/medium with the amount I used. My skin looked flawless, except for the scars, which still showed through. I didn't use any powder (a first) and the foundation seemed to last the entire day. Oh, and it feels weightless. So essentially, awesome, love,  love.

I'll report later about break-out issues. So far, not much problem. I think if I leave it on from morning to night, it might cause my skin to be unhappy, but no major issues thus far. If I find I have more problems, I'll update.

The bottle is plastic, which seems less luxe, but it doesn't really bother me. It's really pretty though I wish you could see the actual color inside! All the bottles are opaque with the same color on the outside. I guess practically, it's good for the foundation, because there's no light exposure. The bottle is a squeeze bottle, like you see in the photo below. I think squeeze is mostly a good idea, however sometimes it makes me nervous. I think the foundation can get a lumpy quality in the bottle (which is ok, just shake), so it doesn't always flow easily out--- you have to squeeze. And that makes me nervous because I'm afraid with too much pressure a lot of foundation will explode out!! I think the squeeze is hygienic, but not perfect.

I only use two or three small drops to cover my entire face. A little really goes a long way. Chanel recommends application with fingers, and I really think that's for real. A brush would be horrible--- you'd get way too much product. In fact, I read a comment somewhere complaining about the foundation because it was too heavy (well--because they used a brush to apply!!)

OK, so this is definitely a two thumbs up. Pros would be weightless feeling, lack of break-outs, and looking better as the day wears on. Cons would be color selection and difficulty dispensing.

On a final note, how do you guys feel about makeup counter sales associates? I feel like it is such a mixed bag. When I bought Vitalumiere Aqua, I went to a Nordstrom that wasn't my usual downtown location. I was at a Nordstrom in the really rich burbs. I've only been there twice, but each time, I felt like the SA's were a bit snooty. Granted, the store is busy on Saturdays, but it took for. ever. for a Chanel SA to even ask if I wanted to be helped when I clearly did. I had the same problem with Bobbi Brown last time I came. The SA did do her job and swatched colors well, however the feeling I got was lukewarm. It seemed really clique-y, with them focusing on their usual clientele. (On a side note, MAC SA's were nice.) Next time, I'm sticking to downtown. I guess I'm just surprised that city SA's are nicer than the ones in the burbs!

OK, well lesson learned! On a more positive note, I'm loving yellow right now. I recently bought China Glaze's Happy-Go-Lucky, which I'd been wanting since last year. And the yellow flowers in my photos were a surprise from my fiance the other morning. Life is always happy with a lot of yellow!

On that note, hope things are happy in your neck of the woods, and thanks for reading!

Love, Dovey


  1. First of all, I love the Nordstrom on Grand/Michigan. Everyone is always really nice. The shoe people were even nice when I was trying on Prada spring 2009 shoes (obviously I was not going to buy them since I was dressed head-to-toe in H&M and, y'know, not Prada). I've had great experiences at the Dior and Chanel counters there. Love.

    Second of all, surprise flowers are the best. Are those daisies? Daisies are my favorite.

  2. I'll have to give this a try ;) Thanks for the review!

  3. Steph - I agree. Maybe I'm just really spoiled by their good service! And yes, daisies. Makes me want spring (maybe it'll come in a few months or so...)

    Guorun - Yay! I think it'll be a lot like your Diorskin Nude (which I also wanted to try)

  4. I want to try this foundation.. it's getting a lot of hype! I am not sure if I like the bottle, but I guess it's the product inside that really matters.
    SA are so up and down! Sometimes they treat me nicely, sometimes I get completely ignored. I guess it just depends on the individual.
    Those flowers are gorgeous! Enjoy them :)

  5. Tasha- Yay! I do recommend it, although there are a lot of good fish in the proverbial sea of foundation =)


Thank you for taking the time to comment! I truly enjoy hearing your thoughts!

Comments are moderated to prevent spam. Please note that links, promotions, and offensive / irrelevant / questionable comments will be deleted at my discretion.