As long as I was wearing, and comparing, and making notes on all these Chanel foundations, I thought I'd blog on them. Rather than having a long long post, I'm going to split it into two, this one is a quick description of all the Chanel foundations I have and use, the other post will describe my Perfection Lumière trial in more detail.
I started using Chanel Vitalumière after some research and at the time it was, I thought (as a non-makeup-pro back then) a groundbreaking foundation. It wasn't thick or heavy, cloying or clogging. It gave a beautiful coverage, with a beautiful sheen. The colour was exactly perfect for me, with a yellow enough base to counteract high colouring. I really buffed the foundation into my skin to make it last on the day. I loved my makeup on my big day and got a lot of compliments. I'll always have fond memories of Vitalumière, but me, my skin and I have had to move on from this foundation.
|BEST APPLICATION||Flat brush, buffing brush|
|BEST FOR SKIN TYPES||Younger skins, dry, combination (not good for oily skins)|
|TAKE CARE TO||As it contains moisturisers, you may not need to moisturise first|
|NOTE||Tends to fade and separate on the face after a while. If you want it to last, really buff it in with a flat buffing brush|
So, moving along... Pro Lumière, Mat Lumière, Lift Lumière
|Lift Lumière, Mat Lumière, Pro Lumière|
Pro Lumière and Mat Lumière are now discontinued, so I won't discuss here.
|BEST APPLICATION||Flat foundation brush or fingers|
|BEST FOR SKIN TYPES||More mature, or puffy, or loose skin. Not suitable for very dry skin|
|TAKE CARE TO||Moisturise before applying and work quickly|
Aside from the fact that you really get an upper body workout shaking the foundation before each use, I love this foundation. It wakes up your skin and makes you look more radiant. It's at most a medium coverage foundation, but it can be used summer or winter to give a dewy skin. There are more shade variations available so it's easier to pick one that suits your skin tone. I find it goes on nicest with a combination of a flat foundation brush and/or a stippling brush. I get a really polished look to my skin wearing this foundation. You'll don't need a separate luminiser with this.
|BEST APPLICATION||Flat brush, stippling brush, sponge|
|BEST FOR SKIN TYPES||All (except very oily)|
|SHADES||Nine (with differing undertones)|
|TAKE CARE TO||Shake really really well before use|
Please click here for more detailed information on Perfection Lumière.
|BEST APPLICATION||Damp sponge|
|BEST FOR SKIN TYPES||All (except very dry)|
|SHADES||Twenty, sixteen in Ireland (with differing undertones)|
|TAKE CARE TO||Work quickly, it sets quickly.|
|NOTE||Contains powders so you may not need to set it afterwards|
My Chanel Foundation Recommendations
|DRY SKIN||Vitalumière Aqua (older skins), Vitalumière (younger skins).|
Both are dewy finish.
|COMBINATION SKIN||Vitalumière Aqua (powdered) for dewy finish,|
Perfection Lumière for semi-matte finish