Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Testing out Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation!

I got a hold of a couple sample packets of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua a couple of weeks ago and finally decided to try it out today. When I asked for a sample, I expected they were going to pour some product directly from their counter tester bottle, but they actually had sample packets of each shade. I was a little disappointed because the packets are so small, I figured I'd need both to cover my face. With the little bottles they fill up from the testers, they can typically last me a week - sometimes more if I'm lucky.

Anyway, the Sales Associate matched me to B30 Beige Sable. My shade in the regular Vitalumiere is 40 Beige. Right away, I noticed that B30 looked a little light, but when it was applied to an area of my face, it was undetectable. I'd say it's a good MAC NC30 color match.
I've read several reviews for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and the majority of the reviews stated that this particular foundation looks best when applied with the fingers. I tend to use more product when I use my fingers, and considering I only had a couple of small packets, I wasn't about to waste any product. I first moisturized my face with a little DDF Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew and then I applied the foundation like I normally would any foundation. I squeezed out a small amount and placed a dot on each cheek, nose, chin and forehead. Then, with my Sigma F80 brush, I lightly buffed it in my skin with small circular motions. I then placed a tiny bit more product on my cheeks to build the coverage and again, buffed it in with my brush.

The consistency is a bit different than any foundation I think I've tried. I figured because it's water based, it would be really thin and watery. It's incredibly light and has an airy, whipped texture. Once applied to the face, you can really tell it water based because it has that slight cooling sensation of water. The color seemed to oxidize slightly after a few minutes, but it didn't oxidize too dark, orange, etc. The color is perfect. I was a little surprised by the coverage. It evened out my skintone beautifully and even covered my blemishes pretty good. It's a light coverage and can be layered easily to medium coverage. The finish is a lovely illuminating satin. I'm wearing it right now and it still looks great after almost 7 hours, with the exception that my chin and nose has become a little shiny.

Really loving it so far - and I'm pretty confident that I'll be purchasing it for my summer foundation! I'll have a FULL review to come later!

FACE: DDF Ultra-lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer in Light & Medium (mixed 50/50) applied under my eyes
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30 applied with my Sigma F80 Brush
Chanel Bronze Universel/Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer applied with my Coastal Scents Tapered Duo Fiber Brush

MAC Espresso Eyeshadow
ELF Eyebrow Treat and Tame in Medium

Urban Decay Naked Palette ("Naked" and "Buck" blended in my crease and smoked outward, darkened my outer V with "Smog") 
Nars Coconut Grove Eyeshadow lined my upper and lower lashline
Wet n Wild Silent Treatment Trio applied the pink browbone shade to my lid
Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Eyeshadow applied on my lid over the Wet n Wild shadow, and my inner corners
MAC Blackline Pearlglide Eyeliner on my waterline 
Covergirl Lash Perfection Mascara
Revlon Beyond Natural #91169 False Eyelashes snipped in half

MAKE UP FOREVER Aqua Lipliner in #4C
OCC Lip Tars - Divine and Hush mixed 50/50
Sally Hansen Lip Inflation Extreme Lipgloss (clear)

Hope you all have a wonderful night! And, if you haven't already, please check out my giveaway HERE!


  1. Your hair is beautiful.
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  2. Wow. This look is amazing on you! I also have a sample of the VLA but I have put myself on a foundation embargo. Must. Finish. Something. before I splurge on new foundation. :) and your eye makeup looks stunning! Love the combo.

  3. i've had this on my wishlist for some time now

  4. Wow this looks flawless on you, Btw have you tried Trollop and Memento lip tars from OCC? I hv a video on them they are very similar to those you have mixed.

  5. So pretty :) Your so lucky that you don't have to set your foundation with powder- if I don't set my foundation then it doesn't last.

  6. I wish I could wear the Vitalumiere but because my skin gets oily I have to use the Matte Lumiere. It's good still but I'd like to be able to use hydrating foundations. :,(

    Anyway you look gorgeous as usual--I love the OCC mixture you made. Very pretty.

  7. You look gorgeous in the pics!! The foundation sounds very promising!

  8. You look great in those pics! I like how the foundation is light and airy..may give it a go!

  9. you look great wearing this! i really want to try out this foundation. sad they only gave you the little packets for sample. oh well at least you got use out of it!

  10. this is probably the best looking foundation on you - comparing it to other ones you have posted recently. i hope you get it! and the color is a perfect match.

  11. You are so gorgeous. I heard about this foundation and should try it out!

  12. It photographs really pretty too! love!

  13. looks great on you


  14. I actually got a sample of this recently too :) thanks for the review, it was good to see what you thought of it. It looks amazing on you! x

  15. The foundation looks great ! You look beautiful :> Can't wait for the full review :)

  16. Love your glowing skin! The foundation looks amazing on you as well as the lip tars :) Can't wait to read your review!

  17. i love your skintone! so glowy and finE! pretty =]

    tzeyien89.blogspot.com xxx

  18. The way you described the foundation makes me want to give it a try! I usually like full coverage foundation but I'm intrigued!

  19. I know this is a foundation review, but your hair looks simply amazing!


  20. I agree with everyone else that has commented, you look amazing! I want skin and hair like you ASAP heh:)

  21. You look so pretty! Love the top too!

  22. BEAUTIFUL!!! I love Chanel face makeup!! I've never been able to find anything that works as good! You look stunning!!

    XOXO, CC



  23. I think this is the best foundation I've seen you wear since reading your blog. Makes me want that foundation prontoo!!

  24. WOW Natalie you look so beautiful!!!
    Your skin is perfection... You should be in the next Vitalumiere Aqua ad!


  25. Thank you for this review. Now Im going to have to get it myself.

  26. I just purchased this foundation yesterday at Macys. I agree with you on your review, this is really good quality foundation and its worth every penny. Its good for sensitive, oily skin and super light weight. Great for summer! but also perfect all year long. Made for people who look for minimal to medium coverage only.

  27. i do do do do do do like your lips and this so natural looking make up ... regards from vienna

  28. It's not water based, it's alcohol based. that is why you get that cooling sensation

  29. You look a bit like Kim Kardashian :)

  30. hi there
    do you have a youtube channel
    would love to see you do 5 minute make up challenge ;)