PackagingLet's start with a complete love-hate relationship! I bought this because I wanted something that I could carry around with me but with buildable coverage so I can touch up my foundation. The packaging is so small, simple, light and sturdy so it's perfect for that. However, it's so sturdy that it's hard to squeeze to get the product out! Which means unless you've just shaken the product (which is a must-do each time), you'll struggle. So I place it upside down when I'm applying so I wont have a nightmare for the next dollop!
FormulaI think 'aqua' may be a bit misleading when it comes to the consistency (it's obviously true that it's a water-based formula), because it's not MAC Face & Body-watery - the finish makes it look like it was a creamier foundation, but lightweight and so easy to blend!
So it's great for combo skin as the water-base really hydrates the parts you need it, but the creaminess still gives you a natural, non-dewy finish. Oily/combo people will still need to prime and set, because it doesn't have much oil control of its own. I've also heard a lot of normal/dry skintype people really love it, like Fleur from Fleur de Force. So really - I think anyone could use this foundation, but oilier skintypes may not be the most suitable.
Top: Diorskin Forever Bottom: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua - both was about the same amount, you can see Chanel spreads easier.
CoverageThe coverage is a very natural, light-medium buildable coverage. With fingers, this could be a few steps up from a tinted moisturizer, and with a brush, it can be smack dab in the middle of light and medium. As I show in the video below, you can stipple it to build coverage on certain areas, which is great for touch ups on the go. Lots of options on how you can use this for different levels of coverage, which is great :)
It very much lets your skin show through, which is why I called it an 'easy-going' foundation - the description on the bottle of a "skin perfecting make-up" is the perfect wording really! It's nothing so industrial or high coverage, but not so light that it wont cover much up - it just mildly works on whatever issues you may have on your skin.
I wouldn't say it's incredibly long-wearing but it's not bad either. I always prime and set, and it'll last me a full working day, but I'll have to blot/blend where it's gathered a bit maybe once or twice depending on my moisturizer. On days where I haven't primed or set it, it doesn't last very long maybe 4 to 6 hours on my combination skin, but it's great for just popping out because it's quick and natural-looking. That being said, I've heard that this slides off some people within a few hours - so you may have to go with your instincts!
To me, it has that 'second skin' that and a semi-matte/dewy finish that really mimics the skin. It's just incredibly natural-looking, both in finish and coverage. It can end up dewy sometimes, but with enough buffing, it turns into a semi-dewy/matte finish.
This foundation is available from any Chanel counter for around £32 - I usually go for Debenham's to get me some Beauty Club Card points! :)
Have you tried the Vitalumiere Aqua?
What are your feelings on it?