Chanel {Vitalumière Aqua}

::The Foundation series IV::



For the last post of the Foundation Series, I will be sharing with you my views on the liquid version of this Chanel foundation.

If you have been following this series from the start, you know I have been looking for a foundation that I could use as a complement to my skincare routine. Something light that would highlight the best about my skin instead of merely hiding the worst.

Chanel refers to this SPF15 foundation as an Ultra-Light skin perfecting make-up, soft and ultra-thin for a second-skin effect. Naturally, this type of definition attracted my attention!



I had a couple of options tested at the Chanel counter at Heathrow Airport and 30 Beige ended up being a perfect match for my Winter complexion.


Given its light and liquid texture, I have found that the best way to apply this foundation is with my fingertips, just as if I was applying moisturiser. Funnily enough, I just read the following application tips in the little booklet that comes with the product:

Use Vitalumière Aqua after your daily skincare, without a sponge or brush. After shaking, dab onto the face with fingertips and blend outwards with smoothing movements.

Well, I’m happy that was my default action!

I have used this foundation on its own, following my moisturiser and without applying any finishing powder.



I tend to be sceptical but for a brand such as this I do expect products to do exactly what they promise in the description. Still, I must confess I was surprised/amazed with the result.

The product blends easily into the skin like a moisturiser. It feels so light that it was a bit disconcerting at first, as it quickly felt like I had nothing on. But between looking puzzled at the bottle and my reflection in the mirror, I could see it evened my complexion.

It is a bit difficult to explain the coverage of this product. It feels extremely light (and I can’t stress this enough) but it conceals imperfections very well even with one application. At the same time, it has a buildable quality to it.

Every time I wear this foundation I am surprised with its staying power. Throughout a normal working day, I had to check several times to see how it was looking because the only indication that it was there was its scent (which I think is lovely). The only area I felt I had to reapply was where my glasses sit but it would be strange if it wasn’t so!

Finally, I need to note that this foundation has a dewy finish without being oily. I personally love that but I know people with oily skin tend to prefer a matte finish. This foundation won’t lead you to it unless you finish off with some powder.

{Would I buy again?}


Yes. In my teens and early twenties I was into trying new, inexpensive makeup. At 30, however, I am more inclined to put effort into finding the products that best fit my needs and invest on those.

I spent several months reading about this foundation before I decided it was worth to give it a go. For expensive products such as this, buying is not a decision I can make lightly. Nor is it deciding to re-purchase.

This is an easy-to-apply, no-fuss foundation that evens my complexion without breaking me out or making me feel like I have something on. It lasts all day and conceals any imperfections while not hiding what’s best about my skin. It’s all I was looking for.

To be honest, this foundation has reinforced my belief that if you want the best results you have to do your research and invest in the best products for you.

However, I will try to repurchase where I can get it cheaper. I noticed a variation in Chanel prices between Europe and New Zealand so I will have to wait for my next trip to Europe to buy it again (mine cost NZD$52 at Heathrow airport duty-free area, while it costs around NZD$70 at Auckland airport duty-free).

{Would I recommend?}

Even though this is quite expensive, I would definitely recommend it to those looking for the type of finish it gives.

My financial reasoning is something like this: what’s best? To buy a lot of cheaper products that don’t work or buy one expensive that does?

However, I would recommend trying it at the counter first to see if you like the scent as it is not an understated characteristic of this product. I suspect it may be something that won’t please all.


Thanks for reading!

Check out the previous posts in the series:

Lush {Colour Supplement}

Bellapiérre {Compact Mineral Foundation}

Kiko Cosmetics {BB Glow Compact Foundation}


3 thoughts on “Chanel {Vitalumière Aqua}

  1. Pingback: The Foundation Series {Intro} | Fashion pas

  2. This was one of my favorite foundations. My entire make-up collection used to be Chanel, though now I’d finding that I’m leaning to Napoleon Perdis more. And I agree about trying it out. I usually ask them to apply it to half my face and then I do the other half – this helps test how easy (or not) it is for you to apply yourself…

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