Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

Vitalumiere Aqua in B30 (Sable)
After wanting to try this foundation for so long I finally caved about a month ago and bought it. Like many others, I absolutely love this foundation. It has become my favorite light coverage foundation. I have three types of foundation favorites: a long wearing one (MAC's Pro Longwear), my "going out" foundation that looks great in flash photos (NARS Sheer Glow, has no SPF), and my anytime foundation (Vitalumiere).

Formula:  This foundation is watery. You have to shake it well before applying it. Once you squirt it out the consistency is mostly liquid but also a little mousse-like. 
Coverage:  The coverage is very sheer. If you just want to cover redness and not any serious acne then this foundation is great for you. It looks very natural. To me the finish is satin/semi matte.
Longevity:  This foundation lasts a long time on me, although that is subject to a person's skin type. I have normal skin so I typically don't have a problem with fading foundation. I either don't set it with powder or just do so on the T-Zone because the foundation sets on its own.
Scent:  It smells really strong and floral while you apply it. I wish it didn't have the fragrance, but it doesn't irritate my skin and I don't notice it after I'm done applying.
Shade:  I use B30 Sable. The B's are yellow based and the BR's are pink based. I was going to get B40 but I'm glad I didn't. All my other foundations are more suitable for summer or when I'm more tan. This is my "winter"/palest shade. The coverage is really light though, you can get away with a shade darker or lighter easily. 

The only thing I own that I can compare it to is MAC's Face and Body (with the exception of the finish). Both are very watery and sheer. I like Vitalumiere better because the dewy finish of Face and Body makes it transfer easily and fade quicker.
I recommend it if: you like sheer coverage, you dislike dewy finishes, you're looking for a very natural looking foundation.
Wearing no makeup (left) and Vitalumiere without any concealer (right)
As you can see the coverage is quite sheer, I would still apply concealer over blemishes and under my eyes. Overall, it's an excellent foundation. The only thing I don't like is that it's expensive and since it's really sheer you have to use more. I can see myself running out of this quickly. I don't think I would repurchase it simply because it's so pricey.

30 comments

  1. Ooh this is interesting, I wanted this because I thought it was dewy - but if not, back to the drawing board haha!
    Great review xx

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    1. It's not dewy at all. I think you'd love it xx

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  2. wow it looks great on you! beautiful skin, looks like you picked the perfect shade :)thanks for sharing x

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  3. Wow I love the before and after pics. I really like the sound of this foundation, since I only need light coverage and it sounds right up my street. I'm definitely going to look into it :)

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  4. This is my holy grail foundation. I love it! :)

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    1. Yay! I'm glad. It's really good x

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  5. Ohh great review! I really want to give this a whirl! x

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  6. This looks really nice on you! I like a foundation with a little more coverage though...great review as always :)

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  7. Great post! The coverage looks really good! xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. This looks so lovely! I have been debating whether to try this foundation but I on't like scented foundations


    Black and Vanilla
    xx

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  9. I feel the same. It's lovely, but it runs out very quickly just by how much I have to use! Thanks for your honest opinion!

    Jo x amomentwithjo

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    1. I know :( I feel like I have to use a lot each time. More than with any other foundation. xx

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  10. Love how sheer it is, thats a definitely a plus to me. I don't like the scent though, scented products always make me have hives!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella
    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

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  11. It looks gorgeous! I really want to try this one...

    www.ruelalips.blogspot.com

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  12. It suits very good tho I would not buy it since I need more coverage. Also I think it gives you a pretty awake finish, I dont know how to say it.. it makes you look pretty fresh and glowy!

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  13. I really want to try this but the lightest colours are too dark for me, even with fake tan on. It looks like such a beautiful foundation :(

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  14. The luminosity it gives the skin is just amazing, no wonder everybody likes it ^^ I'd love to try this one and the Neutrogena Healthy Skin because I've heard they're pretty similar, one beign a lot closer to my budget than the other hehe : )
    This foundation looks lovely on you, very natural and glowy.
    xx

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  15. This is my everyday foundation I love it but I really want to try the vitalumiere for when I need more coverage. xx
    kittymakesup.wordpress.com

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  16. There's a few things I want to try from Chanel and this is one of them! xo

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  17. This sounds right up my street! I use Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum and, really, the two could share the description because in coverage, finish and scent! I would buy this if it weren't for the $77 AUD price tag. Ah well, maybe someday I'm feeling a splurge coming on. :p xx

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  18. Thanks for such a helpful review! Because my skin is fairly oily, I usually have trouble with sheer foundations because they also tend to be quite dewy (as with the Face and Body). Nice to hear that this option might work better! :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  19. I've been wanting to try this foundation for a while but i don't like light weight/Coverage foundations so i didn't get it but it looks amazing on your skin , but let's be honest you have perfect skin to begin with haha :) ! i still think i will give this a try , see if i like ! great review and pictures.

    xx Liyana

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  20. gotta try it



    herdollface.blogspot.com

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  21. Great review Coco! My sister had this foundation and I loved the finish it gave to her skin too. The only thing really holding me back is the price tag haha! But a great base is hard to find, isn't it worth the splurge? It would be my first step into Chanel makeup xx :)

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  22. Thanks for the brilliant review! It looks great on you, perfect coverage for the winter.

    http://thumbelinalillie.com
    Megan xxx

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  23. I bought this foundation about a month ago and I love it SO much! It really is fantastic. I love the sort of velvety finish. And a little goes a long way!

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  24. My HG foundation. I swear by it, it's perfect.

    http://beautywitha.blogspot.ca

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  25. I've been eyeing on a more high end sheer foundation for a while, ah I can't decide between this one and Clarin's Ever Matte. But this ons does look very lovely and natural though.

    x Astrid | http://petitmocha.blogspot.be/

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