Review & Application: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua & Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had a bit of an impulsive splurge early June on Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. Since then, I don't actually think I've worn another foundation! I apply this with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - but there's a separate review on that through the link. Anyway, I thought it was about time to give this baby a review and a video to go with it so you can see how it applies - I hope it helps! :)

Let's start with a complete love-hate relationship! I bought this because I wanted something that I could carry around with me but with buildable coverage so I can touch up my foundation. The packaging is so small, simple, light and sturdy so it's perfect for that. However, it's so sturdy that it's hard to squeeze to get the product out! Which means unless you've just shaken the product (which is a must-do each time), you'll struggle. So I place it upside down when I'm applying so I wont have a nightmare for the next dollop!

I think 'aqua' may be a bit misleading when it comes to the consistency (it's obviously true that it's a water-based formula), because it's not MAC Face & Body-watery - the finish makes it look like it was a creamier foundation, but lightweight and so easy to blend!

So it's great for combo skin as the water-base really hydrates the parts you need it, but the creaminess still gives you a natural, non-dewy finish. Oily/combo people will still need to prime and set, because it doesn't have much oil control of its own. I've also heard a lot of normal/dry skintype people really love it, like Fleur from Fleur de Force. So really - I think anyone could use this foundation, but oilier skintypes may not be the most suitable.

Top: Diorskin Forever Bottom: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua - both was about the same amount, you can see Chanel spreads easier.

The coverage is a very natural, light-medium buildable coverage. With fingers, this could be a few steps up from a tinted moisturizer, and with a brush, it can be smack dab in the middle of light and medium. As I show in the video below, you can stipple it to build coverage on certain areas, which is great for touch ups on the go. Lots of options on how you can use this for different levels of coverage, which is great :)

It very much lets your skin show through, which is why I called it an 'easy-going' foundation - the description on the bottle of a "skin perfecting make-up" is the perfect wording really! It's nothing so industrial or high coverage, but not so light that it wont cover much up - it just mildly works on whatever issues you may have on your skin.

Lasting Power
I wouldn't say it's incredibly long-wearing but it's not bad either. I always prime and set, and it'll last me a full working day, but I'll have to blot/blend where it's gathered a bit maybe once or twice depending on my moisturizer. On days where I haven't primed or set it, it doesn't last very long maybe 4 to 6 hours on my combination skin, but it's great for just popping out because it's quick and natural-looking. That being said, I've heard that this slides off some people within a few hours - so you may have to go with your instincts!

To me, it has that 'second skin' that and a semi-matte/dewy finish that really mimics the skin. It's just incredibly natural-looking, both in finish and coverage. It can end up dewy sometimes, but with enough buffing, it turns into a semi-dewy/matte finish.

See for yourself! :)

So overall, this is a great everyday foundation, especially in the summer but also for the winter for those who like a natural coverage/finish year-round. Like I said, "skin perfecting foundation" really sums it up because it just seems to touch up on areas where you need it, and leaves you with the second skin effect! As I said in the video, it's such an easy-going foundation in every way - it's easy to apply, it's a casual/laid-back amount of coverage and finish, and the packaging is very simple and easy too. If you have any questions feel free to ask :)

This foundation is available from any Chanel counter for around £32 - I usually go for Debenham's to get me some Beauty Club Card points! :)

Have you tried the Vitalumiere Aqua?
What are your feelings on it?



  1. Great review! I actually have never tried it, but I now defo will! x marina

  2. Ive wanted to try this foundation for so long but because I need to order it online I have no idea what colour will work best..and for the price I want to be as close as possible:)

    1. Aww that's such a shame! Have you checked Temptalia's Foundation Matrix? If you know your MAC colour, you could Google "Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua" and your shade maybe, it works sometimes :)

  3. I do enjoy using this foundation for my lazy days.. It is very natural looking as you said.. It's nice and light-weight but definitely not a holy grail foundation for people who have imperfections..

    Great in depth review!

  4. I'm still using a sample of this, def liking it so far!

    1. I'm glad! :) It's such a popular foundation.


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