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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Review

Vitalumière Aqua in shade 40 - courtesy of assistants who cannot match foundations.

Vitalumière Aqua is probably the most raved-about foundation from the Chanel foundation range. You can literally say everyone loves this foundation if you look at reviews or videos on the web. That is everyone, except me.
Seconde peau, huh?! Guess you're right: this feels like a mask on me!
Vitalumière Aqua is targeted to all skin types, although I genuinely think it suits only normal to dry, and dry skin types. That is probably my problem with it: I have combination skin. Not oily, but combination, still. And what this foundation does on combination skins is, it makes them greasy on the T-zone.
I hate powdering my skin because it is a normal to combination, so if I powder it, some parts of my face become uber dry in a completely unhealthy way. However, this foundation forces me to use powder. That is the first reason why I am disappointed.

The second reason why I don't like this foundation is because it is too light in coverage terms. As you all know by now, I have little red scars from acne right below my cheeks, so I feel the need to cover them up. I know I can use concealer for that purpose, but for everyday use, I tend to use a medium coverage foundation that assures me an evening out effect at least. This foundation does not even cover redness on the cheeks if you don't apply it twice. And when you apply it a second time, rest assured, the "light" feeling will disappear, because your skin will look just too dewy.
Say hi to an oompa loompa beauty secret!

If you look closely, you can see the oranginess, which is even more evident on my face. It doesn't look bad here, right?! Well, just know if I have the driest skin ever on my body. Especially on my hands.

Third reason why I don't like Chanel Vitalumière Aqua is the absurd color range: the colors are either rosy or orange! I mean...who the hell has orange skin? You're supposed to match the warm tones to beige/olive skins. Can you find any orange tones in them?! Because I cannot. And from a high-end foundation, I cannot accept that. No one should pay almost 40 euros only to end up looking like an oompa loompa.

There is a fourth reason why I do not like this foundation, although I have never heard anybody else saying this, so you might not have the same experience: it oxydizes on my skin. That is, only from my cheeks down. It becomes so dark and orange, I feel ridiculous. I cannot even wear it to the gym, because I just feel ridiculous. Has this ever happened to you? And boy, how much I hate a freaking 38 euros foundation that dares to oxydize!

That being said, I don't think this foundation is horrible per sé. I just think it should not be advertised as something for all skin types. I know people (dear friends of mine, so I know they're not lying or anything) that swear by it: well, they all have dry skin. They all have flawless skin. No redness. No acne scarring. This foundation looks awesome on them.

However, I think it is very unfair for Chanel to push this as something for all skin types, when combination, oily, and problematic skins will find this horrible. The foundation costs 38 euros and they're tricking you into buying something that will deeply disappoint you if you do not have dry skin. Not to mention the profoundly discriminatory color range, that only serves caucasians and UV lamps aficionados (and I tell you, girls, that kind of color range is drugstore worthy).
Listen to me, non-dry-and-non-pink-skinnies: invest those 38 euros in a MUFE, Mac, or Madina foundation. You will definitely be happier with it.

PS: the dewiness in this foundation also accentuates enlarged pores, so this accounts for a fifth reason why I..well...HATE it.

What is your experience with this foundation? 
What do you think of products that are marketed as being suitable for all skin types?
What do you think of brands that sell orange foundations for yellow and neutral undertones? 


  1. I'm so pleased somebody else hates it! Im not alone :) not my cup of tea at all

    1. I am so happy too! All of my (fortunate) friends love it, I thought I was the only one!

  2. oltre a non far impazzire neanche a me (per fortuna me lo ha regalato una mia amica perchè non piaceva neanche a lei), credo che Chanel abbia per la prima volta toppato anche la confezione, bruttina proprio!

    1. Sì, è bruttina, ma è pratica. Plastica poco pesante, occupa poco spazio...per viaggiare o portarselo appresso è l'ideale. Il problema è che il prodotto va solo su pelli secche...sulle altre fa un po' schifino...

  3. Hi Lydia!

    Thank you for your honesty! I'm sure it will help people with the same skin type as you to save some (a lot of) money!
    You know I love this foundation, in fact it's my holy grail! My skin is normal to combination in the summer so it stays really well on my face. I can get away with no powder in the winter, but I always powder my T-Zone in the summer.
    I agree with you on the coverage, it's very light and just evens out the skin tone. I hate heavy foundations, I don't like to wear a mask so I would rather put concealer on my blemishes and keep the rest of the face very light!
    The first time I bought it the sales assistant didn't color matched me correctly and I ended up with an orange face!
    Now I use the shade BR 20 beige rosé tendre. It's a great match for my pale skin!
    I like the packaging, light and portable with a small applicator to avoid wasting product.
    I'm really surprised it oxidizes on you... I understand that you are pissed (sorry for my French!) on a foundation that costs 38€... I would be too!
    Thank you very much for sharing your bad experience with us, I'm sure a lot of girls with combination skin will thank you!
    Big kiss, buona domenica! ❤


    1. Thank you, Anne :)
      As I said, this is my own experience, and I know that who has a drier skin type loves this type of foundation. After all, the dry skin types are often the less problematic in terms of discoloration, so the do not even mind the very light coverage provided.
      I really wish I loved it, but I don't. :(

  4. io ho la pelle tendente al secco ed è la terza volta che ricompro questo fondotinta, sia in B40 che 20 per l'inverno. unico inconveniente è che non dura tantissimo e durante la giornata svanisce, però è comodo da tenere in borsetta e ha un profumo che adoro.

    1. Come ho scritto nella recensione, chi ha la pelle tendente al secco sicuramente ama questo fondontinta. Di per sé stesso non è affatto male, ma sicuramente non è per tutti i tipi di pelle e mi sembra una grossa (e costosa) presa in giro, dire che invece è un fondotinta adatto a tutti.
      Concordo sia sulla praticità del flaccone che sul profumo.

      Peccato che purtroppo lo abbia dovuto abbandonare subito, mi sarebbe piaciuto non dover sprecare 38 euro.
      Contando, poi, che son la sola a portare il B40...direi che li ho proprio sprecati.
      Magari cercherò di rivenderlo qui per rifarmi almeno di qualche soldino...

  5. ....ciao cara anche io lo ho e non mi trovo molto bene...fortunatamente mi è stato regalato...ma mi sarebbero girati i 5 minuti se avessi speso 38 euro per un prodotto chanel che non mantiene le promesse...
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  6. Finalmente qualcuna che lo odia quanto me!!! I peggiori 40 euro (!!!!!!) spesi nella mia vita!! :(

  7. Ok, ora so che non devo farmi abbindolare dai cosmetici griffati solo perchè griffati appunto! :) Hai un blog delizioso e ricco di spunti molto interessanti, lo sai? Ti seguo davvero volentieri!

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