If you’ve read my post on the liquid version of this foundation, you’ll know I’m a fan. A couple of years ago, I was travelling a fair bit for work so I wanted a purse friendly version. A quick trip to Myer and I walked away with this baby. I’m nearing the end of the compact so this one is from the stash.
|VOLUME/SIZE||12g/ 0.42 oz.|
|FORMULATION||thick, water-based cream with SPF 15/ PA++|
|TEXTURE/FINISH||medium coverage, satin finish|
|PACKAGING||circular dish housed in a refillable*, mirrored plastic compact with applicator sponge|
|RANGE||5 shades in Australia x 3 harmonies
(beige, beige rosé and beige ambré)
I bought this in the shade #50 Beige.
I always get compliments when I wear this foundation. If that isn’t a good intro, I don’t know what is.
The packaging is sleek and beautiful in Chanel’s signature style – glossy plastic ebony compact with the CC monogram. It has heft but isn’t weighty. The package opens to a decent sized mirror in the lid and sponge sitting atop the compartment holding the (refillable*) cream pan. It’s tidy and tiny enough to slip into your bag without worrying about spills or leaks.
The circular sponge is not half bad and but I only use it to roughly spread the product over my face before sheering it out with a dense brush. The cream itself is quite thick but does not drag or pull on the skin. It’s got an emollient quality that helps it slip and melt into the skin. I do find I have to work quickly because of the consistency of the cream which lends itself to setting fairly quickly.The foundation has a faint delicate scent to it, like a fresh flower, perhaps lilies. It is quite pleasant and non-offensive; it also dissipates quickly. The shade has a good amount of ochre to keep it natural looking and suited to olive skin. When I first swatched it, I thought it might be too light but it just disappeared into my skin.
You don’t get much product to be honest but a little goes a long way with this foundation. I find the best way to apply it is to start by working a small amount of it in the pan using the sponge to soften it up. Using the sponge, I apply a tiny bit across the face then and blend and sheer it out using a buffing brush. I simply build up the coverage for when I want more oomph. You could wet the sponge if you’re worried about wasting product.
Because the foundation has a good amount of pigmentation, I have found I save it for special days when I know I’ll be attending functions and there will be photographs. The coverage is terrific and the foundation applies very smoothly without settling into lines and pores. It leaves a beautiful dewy finish that looks very natural and fresh. I find it gives me that glow like I’ve been drinking lots of water and I’m standing in the beautiful morning sun. Quite lovely really!
The Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Cream Compact wears beautifully all day. It doesn’t just sit on your skin, true to claim, it is lightly hydrating and quite comfortable. I do find I have to touch up because I have combination skin and so my t-zone gets shiny in about 4 hours, particularly in the summer – it’s a bit more so than with liquid foundations and I think this is because it is a cream – a little translucent powder takes care of the oiliness.
I love wearing this foundation on those really long days because I know it won’t let me down. I just have to make sure I powder my face a couple of times during the day. It’s a worthwhile investment if you are looking for a travel-friendly, long-wearing foundation that will give you excellent coverage that can be sheered down. It is a splurge but it’s lovely to have a bit of luxury in your handbag.
*I haven’t been able to source the refill here in Australia – does anyone know where I can purchase it without having to buy a whole new compact?
The full breakdown for this look is here.
Have you tried the Chanel Vitalumière Cream Compact Foundation? How do you like it?