Review of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua by LPomona
I've read that CHANEL is discontinuing Teint Innocence (my HG) and replacing it w/this foundation. I decided to try it immediately, because if I don't like it I'll still have time to stock up on TI before they pull it out of the US market.
First, it's important to note that the blogs that have started talking about this foundation are wrong about a very important feature - the finishes. There are 3 different formulas available & they each provide a unique finish. The categories are: Rosy Beige, Beige, and Ochre Beige. The blogs that I've read have reported that the Beige category provides a dewy finish. This is INCORRECT.
Per CHANEL's site:
Rosy Beige: for an energising & radiance-boosting result (dewy!)
Beige: for a natural skin tone-matching result (NOT dewy!)
Ochre Beige: for a natural result (specially developed for Asian skin)
"Each category offers a range of light to dark intensities to adapt to the skin tone of every woman."
I will first say that this is truly a breakthrough formula. It provides the same sort of coverage as TI, but because of the real-skin finish, the look is different. On me, this really does look like I'm not wearing foundation - it looks like I don't need any. Note: I did not say it makes me look flawless. As a woman of a certain age, a flawless look is also an unnatural, and usually masky, look. So it evens out my skintone perfectly & camouflages the sunspots well enough so that they're just barely noticeable, at close range; thus, a realistic, but *very nice* realistic look. Again - I truly look like I'm not wearing foundation. In this sense, this is a remarkable, cutting-edge formula.
I am NC20 (Cameo in Teint Innocence) and I chose B20 - Beige Tendre because I *thought* this would be a dewy/radiant formula. Wrong. This is as close to matte as you can get without actually being matte. The finish is absolutely a real-skin finish.
This shade (B20) is an absolute dead-on match for my NC20ish, semi-pale w/yellow skin tone. B20 is actually a very neutral shade, with just a slight hint of yellow. I prefer the stronger yellow tone in Teint Innocence's Cameo for neutralizing the pink in my face, but perhaps this new shade just takes some getting used to. I'd like to test the Ochre Beige at some point, as that appears to be much more yellow than the other shades, since it was "developed for Asian skin."
I also prefer the semi-dewy, satin finish of Teint Innocence, as it provides a more polished look. Then again, a *polished look* is not what this new foundation is about - it's about looking natural & real (nicely, though!) - and it does that, as promised! So for times when I want to look completely natural - but still lovely! - Vitalumiere Aqua would be the way to go.
Application: CHANEL site says to apply w/fingertips. No thank you. I applied w/a 187 brush one day, and with a damp BeautyBlender the next day. Finish looked the same w/both methods.
Consistency: Yes, you really have to shake the bottle well, but what I've found is that if you shake it for at least 1 full minute, it's not watery at all. It comes out in a virtual cream consistency!
Fragrance: I know "fresh" is overused on the board, but there it is. It has a fresh, non-perfumey smell. Smells like a light soap to me.
Durability: Lasts all day without setting it w/powder.
Feel on the skin: There is no feel. It is completely weightless & non-tacky to the touch. Feels like real skin w/nothing on.
Hope this was helpful.
Edit 11/19: After using this 3x, I've decided that I prefer Teint Innocence, so this is going up for swap :(
Link below for CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua site.
(NOTE: Click "DISCOVER VITALUMIERE AQUA" in top right corner of the CHANEL page!)