Even when I have my daily foundation (usually liquid) sorted, I tend to always have some kind of cream compact foundation on the go too. I love creamy compact bases because they tend to be quite hydrating and offer good coverage – I keep this in my handbag for emergencies and touch ups.
My latest purchase thanks to a random £5 credit to my Debenhams beauty card was the new Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact Make Up. I chose 40 Beige.
I am fussy, really fussy about my cream foundations. I haven’t really found the one yet.
When it comes to Chanel foundations, well, I’ve finished every one I’ve ever bought because they are so expensive but that doesn’t mean I like ’em! I have yet to use a Chanel foundation that I want to repurchase.
Vitalumiere Aqua comes in a black shiny case which is quite chunky and therefore takes up a fair amount of space in my little make up bag. It comes with a thin sponge and a lid for the compact so it doesn’t dry out.
I chose 40 beige and I admit I bought it online without checking first! In my experience 40 is usually the right colour for me in Chanel bases.
Beige has a hint of yellow in it but it is also quite neutral which suits me pretty well (I am about a NC30 right now).
I have dry skin, and this definitely works well without being too creamy and greasy, which is a common trait of compact foundation. I was surprised by the coverage too – it’s medium I would say as it covered my pores well, redness and uneveness but some of my freckles poked through.
It seems to set a little to a non powdery finish. I wore it today on a very very hot day and it kept my skin slightly matte and glowy. I like!
The foundation also has a SPF 15 which is fine but I wouldn’t rely on it in this weather! (It’s very hot in the UK at the moment).
This foundation stayed put for around 5 hours then needed touching up. I am not sure how well this will last on oily skin to be honest, probably not as well as on dry skin.
Overall I am happy with this base, it’s a staple in my bag now! Most importantly it’s not too greasy and offers decent coverage.
This retails at £39 which is EXPENSIVE especially as cream foundations seem to disappear quickly!
Would you try this foundation?