Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Some thoughts on the new Chanel foundation

On 14th January, Chanel are launching the latest addition to their foundation line, Vitalumiere Aqua. I have been really looking forward to trying this out and in a couple of magazines this month there was some samples, albeit about 3 shades darker than I would have chosen- Beige Tendre (B20).

In Chanel foundation I tend to go for the lightest shade they have, either Faience or Porcelain, but even then I can find them to be a bit too yellow for my skin tone. Despite this I keep repurchasing because I find them the easiest to wear. Many people link Chanel with lipstick, but to me they will always first and foremost be the makers of beautiful bases. They were the first foundations I ever wore, one of the only I have bought more than once (Teint Innocence) and even though I sometimes stray to other brands, whenever I come back I wonder why I thought I could get better elsewhere. I suppose a case of the grass is always greener!

Vitalumiere Aqua - £31

Taking that into account I had really high expectations of the new formula. It is described as:
'Ultra-light skin perfecting makeup - instant natural radiance, spf 15'

I would say it really lives up to that description. I had recently bought the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and was very impressed and the two do feel and smell similar. However, for me the Chanel gives a better finish (as it should at over £20 more expensive!) as it is less dewy and more matte, but not in a harsh way.

The main test I have with foundation is whether or not I can wear it with no other makeup and look like a better version of myself, not like someone who hasn't finished their makeup. The Bourjois fails this test but the Chanel passes it with flying colours, even when wearing a shade too dark for me! It felt great on my currently problematic skin, and blended like a dream.

I'm actually happy that I had the chance to try out a darker shade as it persuaded me to dig out my bronzer, covered in dust for over a year, and wear a much different style of makeup that I am used to. I really enjoyed playing with warmer tones and doing a bit of contouring with the bronzer, so much so that I am seriously considering buying two shades of this foundation when it comes out, one as perfect match as I can get and one one or two shades darker, for when I want to look like I have actually seen the sun in my lifetime!

In short, I think this is a great foundation and I prefer it to the ordinary Vitalumiere and Teint Innocence that I already own. Here are the ingredients:

Aqua, Methyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium  Dioxide, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Isododecane, Polmethylsilsesquioxane, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxmethacrylate Copolymer, Polymethl Methacrylate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Alumina, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, C9-15 Fluoroalalcohol, Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Parfum (fragrance), Nellumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Methylparaben, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polyurethane-15, BHT, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Tocopherol, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben.

The only thing that I think could be a little confusing is the shade range. According to British Beauty Blogger and from what I have seen on the US Chanel website, the shades are split into 3 groups. As I will definitely be buying this in store I hope it shouldn't be a problem and maybe, there will be a shade with a little pink in it that will be an even better match for me, fingers crossed.

Vitalumiere Aqua will be available nationwide from 14th January and costs £31.


  1. I've been interested in this and it sounds really good. Thanks so much for posting the ingredients as I don't fare to well when I ask Chanel SA's to show me the box!
    I often find their lightest shade a bit too dark so I am hoping there will be one light enough, looking forward to the launch.

  2. Hi Replica,
    I was thinking of you as typed out the ingredients, especially since you pointed me to the web page on ingrediants in products. Glad it was helpful. I really hope they add a few variations of pale shades, when I looked on the US website thy seemed to have 08 etc, rather than the normal 10, 20, so maybe we'll be in luck!