This foundation is my HG. I have tried A LOT of foundations and this is THE ONE! You're about to discover that I'm a bit of a Vitalumiere obsessive, I have this foundation in all three forms; liquid, creme and compact. This is a review for them all.
Firstly, this foundation is a great match for my skin tone. Clair is a fairly warm-toned pale colour which matches my NC20 skin perfectly. It is also well suited to my skin which is dry and sensitive, it's hydrating and doesn't accentuate any dry patches. Although my skin is very sensitive, I have never experienced breakouts because of this foundation - YAY! This is one of the many reasons why I think it's fabulous. I'm not sure why people with oily skin are trying Vitalumiere and giving it bad reviews as it is meant for normal-dry skin - if you are oily, Vitalumiere will make you shine!
I first started using the liquid form of Vitalumiere, which in my opinion is the most sheer. I like to use the liquid on my cheeks and forehead, where I only want a little bit of coverage to minimise redness. However, recently I received a sample of the cream version, which has slightly heavier coverage and blends in well in tricky areas like the nose. The cream is amazing at covering redness and I think is better for buildable coverage - the liquid can look way too shiny if you layer it. So when the creme-compact came out, I had to try that too! The cream-compact has a slightly more matte/powder finish than the others, but it is definitely not a matte finish, it's still vey luminous. I find the creme-compact great for evenings as it is really easy to adjust coverage and also for long days because it has great staying power. The compact looks best when applied with the sponge provided or a foundation brush. In contrast, the liquid and creme look far better when applied using fingers. The Channel MA said the best way to apply it is to gently pat it on, if you use a foundation brush or rub it in too much, the concealing powers of this foundation do not work.
I live in England, so most of the time it is cold. However, in the summer and in hot climates, I have found that the vitalumiere liquid can look super shiny and slip off. When it's hot the creme-compact is a must! continued >>
I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION. I am 46 years old and have been using it for 3 years. I have tried others inbetween because of the price of the Chanel, but I always come back to it. Nothing else is as perfect. I tried the Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich foundation, after reading the reviews here, and the initial application was "wow." Then by the afternoon, I thought, "what happened to my lovely skin? Where did my foundation disappear to?" Whereas, the Chanel looks just as wonderful in the evening as it does when I apply it first thing in the morning. It is amazing and I am CONSTANTLY getting compliments on my skin.
UPDATE: Feb.2009 - I am now 48 and am still in love with this. Nothing else compares for taking years off your appearance and although it is expensive, it lasts a long time (I don't use it in the summer--refrigerate it from summertime until fall).
i love this foundation. my skin is fair and dry in the winter. the chanel sales girl told me this has oil in it but i don't break out from this, although that may be b/c i have dry skin. the coverage is sheer but buildable and the texture is light and smooth. i apply w/a foundation brush and find that it goes on well. the look is dewy w/o excessive shine or glitter. i don't think this product is for very fair girls b/c the colors seem to be kind of yellow based and they aren't extremely light. i am fair, asian, and use the lightest shade. i also don't think this product is for those w/oily skin b/c of the oil in the product. but if you're fair to darker and have dry-ish skin, this will provide a dewey yet airbrushed look w/light coverage (although it is buildable to medium coverage if you want). i want to try giorgio armani's silk foundation after using this up but this may be my HG foundation.
I have acne-prone skin, which I feel is also dehydrated, so I balance it with moisture but also use prescription Differin/Triaz pads. Went to the Chanel counter, the woman was wonderful and recommended the foundation. It's.. alright. If you have a lot of dark spots and imperfections, I don't think this is formulated to give perfect coverage. It is buildable, like most foundations - but you will have to build! Finish is neither matte nor dewy, a happy balance. It glides on relatively well, blending is about average, I do not think that this product contributed to any kind of breakouts or skin irritation. My mother is an aesthetician and my dermatologist also agrees that makeup generally does not irritate acne, provided you cleanse, protect, and treat your face properly as a routine. Overall, I just didn't get much coverage out of it and felt like building it up was wasting a pricey product. Chanel's colors lean towards the warmish yellow end of things, IMO. Slightly too warm for my fair skin. Also expensive. I'm afraid of pump-products breaking all the time. It didn't break, but I'm paranoid. Wasn't amazed here, will not repurchase.
I tried this foundation some time ago, found it too oily and put it up for swap. Then when the weather became colder I tried it again and really like it. This foundation gives you that healthy look that no highlighter is needed.I found that the best application is not to use a brush or sponge, but apply it by "patting" it into the face. This way no flakiness is showing up and product goes on very even.
My shade is Cameo (MAC 20). It's not for someone with oily skin. Not sure if I will buy it again - looks like this product will last forever.
I love this foundation, it's moisturizing but not cause shine. It gives s subtle pearly glow that can make skin look really flawless. Tt also does a great job to brighten my face. Highly recommended!
I don't understand the high rating this foundation gets. Myabe it's all down to skin type? Don't know, I just wish I listened to mjmz1, who couldn't have described this product better - it sits on your skin and stays sticky throughout the day. Good colour match for me too but that's about it. Honestly, save your money!
I'm 43 and I really like this foundation. I become somewhat shiney as the day progresses and that is why I have always stayed away from this foundation. I used Double Perfection which I now realized wasn't do me any justice as the look was too mat. Vitalumiere's coverage is great, it wears through the whole day, and the look of it is as true in the evening as when it was applied in the morning. I also think the pump was a great idea.
I was given samples of this product in the color shell and absolutely loved it. It blended well and had a beautiful finish somewhat dewy but not shinny either. The thing I loved about it the most was the way it felt on my skin. It was luxurious and refreshing. No, I'll never buy it because I can't afford to pay $52 for a foundation; but I'll always wish I could.
At first I thouhgt i found the one, my HG, but after wearing it this winter( really cold here in sweden) I must say that I has too many flaws. I'll start eith the good things: I have normal to dry skin, I'm 26 with a few laughing lines around my mouth and eyes so I need a foundation with a bit of glow in it not to make my skin look dry and dull. I have this is 20 Clair which is a good match for my Mac Nc 20 skin, maybe a tad dark. When you apply it I feel that you have to use quite a lot of product, and since it is not cheap by any means, this results in that I will use up a bottle in 3 months, which is more that I ever have used before. The first couple of hours my skin looks amazing, It covers the redness on my cheeks(I have a few broken capilleries) and evens out my skintone, but I feel as it desapears quite fast from my skin (I don't use powder enough)and if I touch my skin it easily rubbs of. I'd liked more staying power, even when I use this product with powder on top. I have not had any problems with break-outs and I think this is (like many before me have stated) a great foundation for dry climates and muture skin, however to get 5 out of me( tried every foundation almost) I would have asked for more staying power, a better bottle(although pump) with a lid that would stay put when you place the bottle in you handbag, and I would have liked it to be more true in colour since it tends to darken a bit on the skin, loosening some of that radience i want. So now that the bottle is finnished half trough winter, the search continues..I'll start with chanels teint innocence.