For a long time now I've been looking for a foundation that gives a beautiful, flawless finish without feeling heavy on my skin. But here it is: Vitalumière Aqua by Chanel.
I've been putting off getting my hands on this for so long because I was worried the coverage 'wouldn't be worth the price'. When I'm buying a high end foundation, I always look for something that's really going to show off my skin. But this does so in so many ways, even with its super-light formula and Chanel go as far to call this an 'incomparable 'second-skin' perfecting result'...
The consistency of the fluid formula is very 'watery', as suggested in the name, so before applying this, you need to give it a good old shake. I find that the aqua-based formula is also best applied with your fingers to achieve its full potential. Chanel allude to the application of this as a 'sensory experience' and actually, I wouldn't question them. The foundation is so, so velvety smooth and extremely delicate on the skin, so the gorgeous light/medium coverage that it gives comes as a real surprise. My complexion is always left looking unbelievably even, fresh and radiant. It is simply wonderful and completely refreshing. I've also been really impressed with the staying power. This isn't going to last if you're dancing all through the night, but if you wear a primer and use a setting powder, I find that this will stay put for about 8 hours, which for a highly water-based foundation, is fab.
I wear the shade 02 Beige, which is really well suited to my skin tone. But I would say that the colour range is actually very limited and leaves a lot to be desired, with just nine shades to choose from. However, to swing things back into favour, the formulation also includes a mineral sunscreen, SPF 15, which I always look for in a foundation and also has that beautiful 'crystalline' lotus fragrance, that is so familiar to Chanel.
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation £32 | Avaialable here
The packaging is very basic: recognisably Chanel however for such an expensive product, it's very 'standard'. It's also really tiny, even though it's still the 30ml you usually get with their foundations, it does seem really diddy. Although, this does mean that it's very portable and easy to tuck into your handbag.
This is a quality foundation so obviously at £32, it doesn't come cheap. However, I don't think I've ever spent so willingly. This is worth every penny - it's the first ultra-light foundation I've found that gives a beautiful and truly flawless finish and is the perfect daytime foundation.
What's your favourite high-end foundation?