Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur

Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur


5 reviews

60% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$


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on 5/20/2017 11:43:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This was hard for me to write as I do use a few Chanel cosmetics and I rate a lot of them highly. This foundation compact was just ok, a bit disappointing really. The colour range is interesting, I couldn't get my usual easy match with their lightest shade and settled for a neutral shade one up instead. The formulation is a creamy powder, typically fine milled and lovely to the touch, with the slightest hint of a silvery reflect, which must then allow for the radiance you get. So, you will definitely get radiance and luminosity, but it didn't work well for my combination skin. I love the luminosity you get from Chanel bases (that fresh just had a facial look), but this made me look quite shiny early on, about 2 hours later - I don't have a very oily T-zone and find I'll start seeing first shine across forehead and nose about 5 hours in with most bases formulated for combo skin. It also sat odd on my skin to start with and caked a bit on application, hard to blend, which is very unusual for a Chanel base. Very interesting. It's probably best suited to a dry skin or combo normal-dry skin and someone that really wants that radiance or doesn't mind shine.

on 2/8/2017 6:58:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Such a disappointment. It just wouldn't blend and would sit on top my skin so clearly visible. On top of the product not working well for me, the case broke even though I never dropped it or anything. Does not have many shade options either, hard to find a good match.

Will definitely not ever re-purchase.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

Since my old Vitalumiere Eclat was used up and being discontinued, I was left no choice but to purchase the new version.

For the texture, the older version is definitely more finely milled. The surface of the newer version, when used, will become kind of bumpy instead of just a smooth surface. Anyway, the new version still glides on nicely on my face though I have a feeling that this provides less "slip".

Also, this powder is more shimmery, which isn't really obvious in pan and on face, unless under really bright light. Instead of providing a skin-like satin-matte finish like the old version, this is more like satin-dewy finish. If you're looking to add radiance / luminosity to your complexion, you'd probably be happier with the newer version.

The coverage of this foundation is basically the same as the old one - light to medium but unlikely to be built to full.

As for the staying power, again, it's more or less the same as the previous version but it seems to get patchy after a few hours occasionally. However, the patchy problem doesn't seem to appear when I'm back to somewhere with a higher humidity and smaller diurnal temperature variation. Therefore, I suppose this is a weather problem?

If I'm given a choice, I'll purchase Vitalumiere Eclat instead... But since there's no choice, I'm still happy to go with this one.

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on 9/26/2016 5:35:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

About me: normal skin, little bit oily tzone. Quite decent skin with little bit red around the nose and i have dark circles. I use ysl cushion compact b20, guerlain lingerie de peau beige clair, chanel poudre universelle in clair, guerlain meteorites clair, ys touche eclat pen #2 and this powder foundation in 10 beige.

About the product: i apply moisturizer, tinted sunscreen ( evenout my face 20%), ysl touche eclat pen around nose, dark circles and around mouth (additional 10%),then i apply this vitalumiere douceur all over. This product has light to medium coverage depends on how good your skin is. Medium coverage can be achieved if you have a good base to begin with ( light redness, no scars, no pimples, no dryness or discoloration). But, for those with heavy rosaceas, pigmentation, pimples, discoloration, i dont think you will satisfy with this. But, then again i dont think foundation that claim can cover heavy pigmentation can actually look natural under daylight. You still can see the foundation piling on top of your face. And, it always better to have dermatologist help with our skin or using the right regime of skincare instead of jumping using full coverage foundation.
I think this foundation is lovely and really gives me radiant and soft glow look and still look like my skin. Yes, like all french cosmetics, this powder is perfumed and took some time until finally it dissipated. I applied it at 7am, doing some errands, took a nap, and while having a flu, i checked myself in the mirror at 4pm and my face still looked decent. No migrating, patchiness or anything bad. Just fresh and glowy skin.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I live in France and hoped to replace my old Double Perfection compact in 10 Vanilla - Lumire, purchased in the US circa 2007. I wanted something to use over a bare face on hot days, to touch up my concealer or oily t-zone applied wet, and as a finishing powder over Estee Lauder Double Wear Light liquid foundation.

My first choice was Chanel's Mat Lumire powder for its silicone content, to replace a primer, and the 25 SPF, though I still wear 30 SPF daily. I compared it against Urban Decay's matte powder and Mat Lumire is more soft and natural. The finish was a beautiful, smooth, non-drying velvet matte but for some reason the shade selection in store was limited to maybe six warm shades. I have pale golden-leaning skin with peachy undertones. My closest match as determined by the sales assistant (40 Sable though 70 Pastel may have been a better option) looked nice in the store but was too tan in natural light.

So, in lieu of Double Perfection with no match in Mat Lumire, I tried the Vitalumire Compact Douceur in 12 Beige Ros. 12 is actually a perfect match for my skin, even preferable to 10, which felt heavier and could leave a slightly white cast. Though the characteristic transparence of powder probably contributes to that seamless quality, it actually does kind of "melt in" to skin, rather than feel like it's sitting on top, while still helping to control shine. The hydrating component in general is less scary for my combination-oily skin type than I assumed it would be, counteracting the tightness and creasing that can result from layering with products such as foundation or dry-touch sunscreen. Previously powders with luminizing properties have made me look like I just walked through a cloud of greenish graphite dust, but that isn't an issue here.

A kabuki-style powder brush gives lighter coverage, while the sponge used dry or wet gives buildable medium coverage that won't become cakey or obvious. The creamier texture makes it possible to use a foundation brush for more precise coverage at a level somewhere between. I'm impressed by how well a quick, dry layer on its own evens out my skin tone, including acne and redness. Pretty and (preter)natural.

As far as I can tell, Chanel pioneered the current "new" generation of powder foundations with Double Perfection, and the original in its Vitalumire iteration is still the best in today's market. 5/5 for the packaging: a practical refillable portable black compact in a velvet pouch, with applicator and mirror, elegant but simple enough to suit any age or sense of style. 4/5 overall due to the high price, missing shades in the Mat Lumire version, and exclusion of replacement sponges in refills.

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