This is a review that I have been dying to do. I know there have been mixed reviews of the CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua Loose Powder Foundation ($79), so I really wanted to wait a few weeks before I made my final decision. The verdict is…I love it!
I should start by mentioning that I am a powder lover. Having oily skin that is turning into more combination skin, a great powder over a tinted moisturizer or foundation has been an integral part of my makeup routine for as long as I can remember. Trust me; I’ve tried a lot of powder foundations.
What I really like about this loose powder foundation is that it adds a significant amount of coverage without looking cakey. I have hyperpigmentation on my chin, which I usually find myself slapping (too much) concealer over in a desperate attempt to completely cover it up. With this powder, I’ve just been using a light coverage foundation or tinted moisturizer, the smallest dot of concealer on the center of my chin and then I buff in this loose powder with the small kabuki brush that comes with it. The loose powder does an amazing job at masking the hyperpigmentation on my chin. You really can’t tell that it’s there and my skin still looks incredibly natural.
This powder is probably the best I’ve ever tried for all-day wear. It doesn’t start to separate and doesn’t make my skin look overly shiny; my skin looks very uniform at the end of a full day out and about. I found that if I use the loose powder over top of liquid bases that get blotchy on me after a few hours, the powder really helps prevent any separation from happening. I don’t find that it sticks to any drier spots on my skin but if your skin is particularly dry, I would definitely test it out at a CHANEL counter before dishing out the $79.
That being said, I don’t think I would ever use this powder alone. I would highly recommend using it over some sort of liquid base. I find that on top of a liquid base it leaves a lovely cohesive finish that’s long lasting on the skin and has next to no fading, blotchiness or separation. I don’t think does as good of a job on its own.
One thing to keep in mind is that when first applied this powder can set on the skin weirdly and looks over powdered, a make-up artist who put this on me at a CHANEL counter told me about the powder’s less than great look when it’s first applied. I saw what it looked like after it was first applied and then I looked at it after the make-up artist worked on my eyes. The powder has basically melted into the skin and that over powdered look was completely gone – it’s like a magic trick! The same thing happens when I use the loose powder myself at home so definitely don’t judge this product once it’s first applied, you have to give it a few minutes to properly set into the skin (yes, more time consuming but I think it’s worth it).
This is definitely an expensive product, there’s no doubt about it. I think it’s one of those products I could have lived without if I hadn’t purchased it but now that I’ve been using it daily for a few weeks to test it out, I need to use it everyday and I can instantly tell the difference if I don’t (I have basically abandoned my two CHANEL compact powders). If you have any hyperpigmentation or discolouration on your skin, I think it’s a must-try.
Have you tried CHANEL’s loose powder foundation? What’s your verdict?