On Dispelling Compact Fears

I haven't used foundation in compact form since I was 12 and used my 
grandmother's Cornsilk powder (which was about 4 shades too dark for me). 
I remember being genuinely shocked at the the resultant tan leather "glow" 
I had decorated my face with. Since then I have veered away from all powder 

However, I was very happy when I received this in #20 Beige as a gift! 
I am a fond of the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua liquid foundation and that was 
enough to give me the impetus to face my compact fears. 

With tentative strokes I used this for the 1st time a few weeks ago and 
I must admit, there is plenty to like about this.

For a water based, oil free cream foundation this looks very thick and heavy,
but I needn't have worried, it applies like a dream. It does a great job of 
hiding blemishes, it even lightens the load of my under-eye bags, leaving a 
more even and glowy faced me. I found that I am able to play around with the 
level coverage and can opt for a sheer finish or a more fuller coverage without 
too much effort. The foundation stays moist pretty much all day and does not 
upset my dry/combination skin. The SPF 15/PA ++ which is comparatively lower 
than my usual BB cream choices, does mean that I will have to wear an extra layer of sun protection.

The glossy black plastic compact with the Chanel logo emblazoned upon its 
lid will have much appeal to the brand groupies. The cream foundation lies 
beneath a double lidded top which separates the sponge from the product. 

Overall, I am loving the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact, I just wish 
it was cheaper or that a spare sponge was included for the price tag 
(£39.00 in Boots). This is definitely one to make a grab for at Duty Free counters.


  1. I like the compact, but had a similar experience with a too-dark Clinique compact foundation when I was 15. I'll have to try this out, though :)

  2. £39?! Really?!?! I have a similar compact - teint innocence! I don't remember it having such a painful price tag :S I don't use it much though since it's too dark for me :(

  3. Do you apply this with the sponge?? This sounds interesting, especially since I have also feared powder foundations.

    1. I do! It applies in a light airy textured cream.

  4. What a great gift! I haven't overcome my compact fears yet, and the powder I'm using (Mac) reminds me strangely of corn starch... but it's great!

  5. *giggles at first sentence*

    Aww what a lovely gift! I'm glad to hear this works well for you. I've been wanting to get a Chanel liquid foundation next and am glad you're also loving one of those too!


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