Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

Now, I have mentioned quite a few times now on this blog, my love for the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. It has been a staple in my everyday makeup routine for quite a few months now and I thought it was about time I did a full review on this on my blog.

On Chanel’s website, this foundation is described as ‘a new-generation texture, an unprecedented sensory experience and a unique makeup result.’  It also claims to have ‘rapid and easy application’ with Chanel recommending to simply apply it with your fingers.
‘Its formula, enriched with a UVB sun filter and mineral sunscreen, protects the skin from damaging sun rays (SPF 15). Its crystalline fragrance accentuates the sensation of freshness and pleasure on application.’2015-04-17 17.43.21This 30ml bottle retails for £33.00 so it is quite pricey, but in my opinion, it really is worth it! This is an oil-free foundation so you do have to give it a good shake before you use it. I think the packaging is sleek and very ‘Chanel’ and a little really does go a long way with this product. I have been using this pretty much every day since September and I am only just getting towards the end of it, so I really can justify the price as it has lasted longer than most other foundations I have bought in the past.

I thought, to give you a proper over view of what this foundation is like, I would take a couple of photos whilst applying my makeup today. My skin is quite bad at the moment so I apologise for my rather unattractive bare faced selfie in this post! I’m not a massive fan of taking selfies as I never like the way they turn out but hey ho I took three!

2015-05-09 11_Fotor_CollageThe picture in the top left is clearly pre-makeup, the bottom left is just with this foundation on and the right-hand photo is after I have completed my full makeup for today. I applied this with my fingers like Chanel suggested today and I was really happy with the effect, it was light yet still gave enough coverage for me today. I have also applied this with both a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and a Real Techniques Buffing Brush and they have also given a really nice finish to the skin. I wear the shade 20 Beige which is quite a good match for me all year round as this foundation really does blend seamlessly into my skin.

If I had to think of any quibbles about this they would be:

  • I would like just a little bit more coverage (This is why I am looking into the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow as it has been described as this foundation but with more coverage. Score!)
  • There is not a massive shade range, although this doesn’t effect me at all it could be a problem for really fair or dark ladies.
  • I would like the price to be under £30. Although I would repurchase this (probably over and over again) there is something quite heartbreaking about forking out over £30 for just a foundation!

If you are interested, here are the other makeup products I have used in this makeup look:

  • Clarins Instant Concealer in Fair 01
  • Benefit Brow Zings in Light
  • Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold
  • Maybelline Master Drama Cream Eyeliner Pencil in Dark Purple
  • Maybelline Brow Drama in Clear
  • Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
  • Laura Mercier Lipliner in Pot Pourri
  • Benefit Lipstick in Lady’s Choice

Have you tried this foundation before? Would you spend £33 on a foundation? Have you used any other Chanel makeup products?

Much Love


26 thoughts on “Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

    1. I have combination that does seem to lean more on the dry side sometime, when I spoke to the girl on the Chanel counter, she said this was one of their most matte foundations but I wouldn’t say this is matte at all really. If I were you I’d get a sample from the counter, the samples last around 3 days so you can get a good idea of whether it would work or not. You could always use a matifying primer before hand though. Hope that helps 🙂 xxx


  1. You look lovely with it on. I have mega oily skin so always struggle to find a good foundation. I would spend over £30 if it was a good product n didint slide off my face haha xx

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      1. I haven’t tried any MAC products so might look into that one. I use smash box primer which seems to help but I’m still looking for the perfect setting powder that doesn’t leave me looking flat n orange😧 xx


      2. Yes I’ve not found a powder that I would repurchase either. Constantly on the lookout! But I have the Charlotte tilbury and MAC ones in my ‘to try’ list so I’m hoping one of those will do the trick! Xx

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    1. I could buy all of chanels products. The packaging is just so classy! I’ve only tried a sample of the foundation and I’m sold! Looked amazing! A smidge dewy but I’ve got my eye on her powder too so I’d just have to buy both 😉


  2. Ugh, I avoid Chanel because it’s just overpriced for what it is. I don’t find their makeup to be THAT drastically better than other brands, like Shiseido or Lancome… it’s mostly for the 2 C’s logo!
    I’ve tested this foundation in store but I ended up buying the Shiseido Sheer and Perfect foundation which actually has great coverage and no scent.
    I did a review on these liquidy type of foundations (which I really like) here:
    Great review and you look lovely! 🙂


    1. I’ve never tried Shiseido so maybe I should have a look into them. I quite like one Lance foundation sample I had but never actually bought the full thing. I’ll have a look at your post 🙂 thanks for taking the time to comment! xxx

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  3. I got a sample of this foundation in a magazine and absolutely loved it! I was expecting it to be more like a BB Cream with little to no coverage, so I was impressed at how buildable and flawless this looked on my skin! I am dying to buy some, but I’m more of a drugstore girl!

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