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.