The Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

After my recent sift through my stash for my Makeup Collection/Storage video, I realised I was seriously lacking in the everyday lightweight foundation category, not to mention one that was right for my winter skin (I’m the palest I’ve ever been and loving it – except for the base matching struggle, obvs). I weighed up my options and even did a little ask on twitter, and eventually waddled down to boots (Why waddled? It was a Friday after a heavy day of snacking, that’s why), knowing full well that I wasn’t really just stepping into Boots to buy my mum a mothers day present. Three Essie polishes, one Chanel Lipstick and a Vitalumiere Aqua later and I was done.

I’ve already reviewed the aforementioned Chanel lipstick (link here), but I thought a second post of Chanel-ness was needed as I’ve really been enjoying wearing this foundation. Before I get started the first thing I would say is: If (like me) you suffer with facial eczema – this will cling to it. Luckily mine is clearing up, but don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s light weight, let’s your natural oils through and oilier skinned girls have been warned to steer clear. It is light weight, but not right for very dry skins, however I can also see that if you had oily skin this might need a powder too, so I feel like the audience for this foundation reduced a little here.

That being said, I find that mixed with my Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer, this settles much better over dry skin. And on the oilier parts of my face (think cheeks and nose), a little bit of my Benefit Porefessional Powder does the trick and keeps things in place all day (note: it’s not a miracle powder, I’m just not super oily).

Basically, unless you have perfectly normal skin, this foundation might need a little bit of help. But once you’re done, you have a really beautiful, fresh finish to your skin. I have the shade 10 Beige (my first Chanel foundation was 40 Beige, wow, much difference.) and it matches perfectly. However if you’re paler than me you might struggle to find a match.

I feel like I’m really not doing this foundation justice, but there are just so many factors to be aware of before you opt for such a pricey product. Even taking those into account I really do love it and can see it being my everyday foundation of choice for the foreseeable future.


  1. Mira
    27 Mar 2014 / 8:55 am

    It looks beautiful 🙂

    xx Mira

  2. Zuzana Humajova
    27 Mar 2014 / 8:57 am

    I wanted to try this because so many people love it but when I saw the swatch comparison of the B10 and foundations I'm using I new it would be just too dark :/ (The perfect shade for me is Bourjois HM 51 for reference)

    Blu Button Box

  3. Almu
    27 Mar 2014 / 8:57 am

    I love love love this foundation! 🙂


  4. Manouk Maat
    27 Mar 2014 / 9:24 am

    Hmm.. I have quite dry skin and I´m very pale (MAC nc15 is still too dark) so I guess I can never try this.. Too bad 🙁

    WOMANOUK (beauty & portrait drawings)

  5. Jenny
    27 Mar 2014 / 9:25 am

    I'm really glad to read reviews including how foundations work over eczema – I keep ending up with patches that certain foundations – Illamasqua, I'm glaring at you – emphasise grimly!

  6. IlseDanielleMartina
    27 Mar 2014 / 10:08 am

    I love this product. So natural! 🙂

    XO IDM

  7. Emma Payne
    27 Mar 2014 / 10:16 am

    I don't think this foundation would be that good for me, I have rather dry skin and I prefer just using a tiny bit of a fuller coverage instead of buying a sheer foundation.

  8. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    27 Mar 2014 / 10:24 am

    Since my skin tends to get dehydrated I might give this a miss and go for an Armani foundation instead :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  9. Katy Donnelly
    27 Mar 2014 / 10:40 am

    My skin is combination so I think it would work for me but I think I'm too pale for it 🙁

    Kay xx

  10. ABeautyRomance
    27 Mar 2014 / 10:52 am

    Looks beautiful on you! 🙂 x

  11. Sara Chergui
    27 Mar 2014 / 10:52 am

    This foundation looks amazing !

  12. Shlaya92
    27 Mar 2014 / 11:13 am

    I think this is without a doubt my favorite foundation (if only it didn't have the spf) the coverage is fantastic, and it stays all day long on my dehydrated/combination/acne prone skin. The only issue I have with it is the shade range! UGH.

  13. Style and Paper
    27 Mar 2014 / 11:18 am

    Looks beautiful!!

    Style and Paper

  14. Pippi
    27 Mar 2014 / 11:26 am

    really want to try this foundation! us pale girls do struggle though 🙁 xx

  15. Lucy Makes Up
    27 Mar 2014 / 11:27 am

    get info on this foundation really appreciate your thoughts, its one i was considering but i may try the No7 which is supposed to be a dupe for this!

  16. Lillian ParisianToBe
    27 Mar 2014 / 12:03 pm

    I tried this once and I'm not a fan of the coverage and wasn't too keen with it on my own skin. That said, it looks amazing on you!

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  17. Ana Céline
    27 Mar 2014 / 12:26 pm

    Your skin looks flawless! I really want to try this foundation 🙂
    Ana xo

  18. sofia grigoriadou
    27 Mar 2014 / 1:07 pm


  19. Amber Hunter
    27 Mar 2014 / 1:49 pm

    I've heard pretty mixed reviews on this foundation. I think the main thing that's kept me off buying it is the price buuut I also tend to get dry patches and one of my makeup pet peeves is when foundation or concealer clings to the patches. Thanks for your review Suzie 🙂
    Lovely Notions

  20. Chaitra - PinkPot
    27 Mar 2014 / 2:00 pm

    This is hands down my best foundation. Light weight, non cakey and i also found a perfect color-match! M so happy with it x

    – PinkPot | A Tarte Blush Giveaway

  21. Imogen Stafford
    27 Mar 2014 / 2:10 pm

    I've nearly finished the perfection lumiere which i am in looooove with! Can't decide if this product would be too sheer.. I am tempted though!

  22. Shopping Obsession
    27 Mar 2014 / 2:13 pm

    I love this and it is the most natural foundation. Perfect for the warmer months to come.

    New follower 🙂
    Check out my international giveaway

  23. Marianna
    27 Mar 2014 / 2:35 pm

    Looks beautiful on you! This is probably my favorite foundation of all time. I love the finish and how light it feels, as well as the fact that I was able to find a shade match for my pale skin that wasn't too pink. I also found it to be quite buildable – basically, for me this is an all-around winner.


  24. Pink Elephant Blog
    27 Mar 2014 / 4:13 pm

    I love this foundation 🙂 It's one of my all time favourites!

    alex @

  25. Rose Paddington
    27 Mar 2014 / 4:19 pm

    I was talking about this foundation in my "Inspiration:Anna Kareniena" post, wanna check it?

  26. Lavinka
    27 Mar 2014 / 5:50 pm

    I love this foundation it's my favorite one.

  27. Maddy
    27 Mar 2014 / 5:52 pm

    I love the Revlon Nearly Naked mixed with moisturiser for a light base, but this sounds gorgeous as well! xx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don't want to be spammy, but I have a YSL Lipstick Giveaway on my blog at the moment!

  28. Caroline Davies
    27 Mar 2014 / 6:01 pm

    I'd love to try this foundation, however I'm slightly hessitant. It's a huge commitment to spend so much on a foundation so I want to make sure it will actually work for my skin. I love the finish it leaves on the face though, I just hope it does the same on mine!

  29. Melane Magdalena
    27 Mar 2014 / 6:01 pm

    Oh my, the skin is looking flawless! Wow, I am really impressed

    Melane | Oh Sweet Remedy

  30. Holly
    27 Mar 2014 / 6:02 pm

    I do have quite an oily face which has made me a little bit wary of this product since it is so expensive. Maybe I will try and get a sample out of them first because I really want to try it! You're skin looks amazing with it on.

    Holly |

  31. Jessicalaar
    27 Mar 2014 / 7:38 pm

    This is my all time favourite foundation, I love everything about it, its very lightweight on the skin yet buildable for more coverage.
    You look amazing.

    Jess x

  32. Talisa Tossell
    27 Mar 2014 / 8:59 pm

    This looks ace on your skin!

  33. Alyson
    27 Mar 2014 / 9:51 pm

    I love this foundation as well, but only on my really good skin days – ha! I also have to add a little yellow pigment in it to get it matched perfectly.

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

  34. Amanda
    27 Mar 2014 / 10:25 pm

    seriously flawless! I think this will be on my 'too purchase' list when I head to America, it is just wayyy to expensive here in Australia.

  35. Anonymous
    27 Mar 2014 / 10:38 pm

    This is good to know! I might pick this foundation up soon!

  36. Sage
    27 Mar 2014 / 10:41 pm

    This is good to know! I might pick this foundation up soon!

  37. Daniella C
    28 Mar 2014 / 1:39 am


  38. Victoria Caulfield
    28 Mar 2014 / 2:32 am

    I'm dying to try this foundation! I've been saving for a while so I can go on Chanel and buy a couple of things, and this is on my list for sure.
    Have an amazing day 🙂

  39. Zazie Bibi
    28 Mar 2014 / 4:31 am

    This sounds lovely, but i'd definitely need to use concealer (: xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  40. Anonymous
    28 Mar 2014 / 9:11 am

    Have you tried the compact version of this foundation?

  41. Aerin Downs
    28 Mar 2014 / 10:04 am

    This looks so nice ! I would love to try just a nice light foundation xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  42. Teckie
    28 Mar 2014 / 3:16 pm

    This is really pretty on you.

  43. lashesandblushes
    28 Mar 2014 / 9:16 pm

    I must try this foundation! You look beautiful. Xx

  44. London Girl
    01 Apr 2014 / 10:26 am

    also my favourite !:)

  45. Glam O'Clock
    02 Apr 2014 / 3:34 pm

    Thanks for your honest review. Everyone is so raving about this foundation I thought it was"the" perfect foundation for all skin types. It look lovely though. xo Alexandra

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