Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Empties, Favourites and Repurchases

Hey Guys,

How many times in a year does it happen to you that you completely finish off a beauty product and repurchase over and over again (here, I am not talking about body lotions, body washes and shampoos/ conditioners, which I finish almost every second month)? Well, this doesn’t happen quite often with me at least and I am sure not with many of us makeup/ beauty hoarders. So, when I saw some of my empty jars and tubes, I was quite ecstatic and started saving them for an empties post. While my trash was growing real slow there were some products that I had already repurchased. So, I thought why not do the ‘empties’ post a little differently and show you my repurchases with mini-reviews of these products. 

The first product that I really want to talk about is Clarins HydraQuench Cream Gel for Normal to Combination Skin. I have actually finished using 2 jars of this moisturizer and purchased it third time (I threw away the third jar after saving it for a really long time). I discovered this product in mid-2014 and since then I am hooked to it. Of course I used many other moisturizers, but, there was nothing which was as good as this for my dehydrated combination skin. This makes my skin so soft and supple and keeps it hydrated through the day. Never caused any irritation or break-outs and doesn’t make me greasy or oily. I like that this doesn’t have an SPF so, I can use it under my make-up without any fear of flash back/ white cast. However, this could be a con to many who like an all in one product at this price point (INR 3300.00). I find it comparable to Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Gel Cream, which is a tad bit more expensive (love Hydra Beauty range). If you don’t mind a heftily priced moisturizer, give it a go, highly recommend. While I am using it, I am also planning to try Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Lotion (I have tried the cream but found it heavy for my combination skin and passed it on to my mom who has terribly dry skin and she loved it) and Clinique Dramatically different moisturizer

I have hereditary dark circles (thanks Mom) and I am always on a hunt to find concealer to cancel out darkness around my eyes. I had been using MAC’s Prolong wear concealer for quite some and wanted to try something new. So, I picked up Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in two shades, Ginger and Biscuit, because I was not sure of the right shade for me. I used both shades alternately and liked Ginger better. It covers like nobody’s business. It’s thick in consistency and drier than MAC Prolong wear, and that is the reason, according to me, it creases in one prominent line under my eye. If I use my UDPP underneath this concealer and set it with my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder, it’s sealed for the day. Not so long ago I got myself a Bobbi Brown corrector and love my Nars concealer on top of it. Before I run of Ginger I got myself a back-up and last week I finally ran out of it, after using for good 7-8 months. However, I haven’t opened the new tube yet (except for taking some photos), as I am trying to finish Biscuit shade and MAC Prolong wear (I have discovered a trick, which is for another post). While I am trying to finish them, UD Naked Skin Concealer, MUFE Ultra HD Concealers (recently launched or yet to be launched) and Clea de Peu concealer are in my wish list.

Bold, thick, bushy, sculpted brows were quite a trend in 2015, thanks to several brow product launches, but, primarily to Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products. I also jumped into this trend early this year and got myself Browwizs’ and Pomades in couple of shades. When the first time I used Browwiz in Dark Brown (cooled toned ashy-brown but warmer than Ash Brown shade), I immediately fell in love as to how natural and defined my brows looked. The nib of this pencil is so fine that you can create hair like strokes with it. I like that this pencil is waxy and just by changing the pressure with which you are applying, you can control the intensity of color. Mid-2015, I colored my hair warm chocolaty-burgundy and thought of changing my brow game and got myself shade Chocolate, which is much warmer and red toned than Dark Brown. I have finished using two Dark Brown and one Chocolate Browwiz. I am currently using Dark Brown shade and another Browwiz in Chocolate is on its way. Love this product. 

This makes me feel quite content and feel satisfied that my hard earned money spent on make-up is put to good use and also help me categorize them in to what I really really love and would buy over and over again. How about you? What products did you guys used up and have repurchased over and over again?   

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. 

Lots of Love 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Try this combo of you are looking for a longest wearing base!

Hey Guys,

Hope you all are having a wonderful year so far. We are almost towards the end of 2015, and I feel like I am writing my first post of the year. Well, only reason - excessive occupation at work and work related travel - leaving no time for me to do anything for the blog. And, not that I am not buying new stuff to try and in the hope that I will write for the blog one day I always take pictures of new products before using them! I use these products religiously but no time to take pictures – I am always running late!

Busy at work and excessive travelling works = long working hours for me. Now, that we are almost in colder months (pretending, as days are still warm in Mumbai if not humid) I need a base that is long wearing, non-cakey almost skin like, non-makeupey and does not make me look like a grease ball by the end of the day.

Well, I don’t wear makeup to work every day, but, whenever I have to visit client locations I like to look more put together without taking attention away from work – that’s for another post. And client meetings always mean longest days of week/ months – 10 hours + excluding travelling.

On such, occasions at work I always used to wear my trustee Dior Forever Flawless Perfection foundation, which is a long wearing foundation itself, but, by the end of a long day it would become shinier if not greasy, even after staying in controlled artificial environment for most part of the day. So, having heard of lot of good things about Hourglass Mineral Veil primer, I thought of giving it a go.

I first wore this combo of Dior Forever Flawless Perfection foundation + Hourglass Mineral Veil primer a couple of months back when it was much more hot and humid! I wore this at about 8 in the morning and when I checked it through the day I was already sure this combo is going to be may holy grail, and my belief was reinforced when I checked my face after getting home at about 9 in the evening. My face was as fresh as it was in the morning and with almost no signs of oiliness on my face. My face was not matte for sure, but, it was not shinny or oily by any means – it was glowing, if I may say so!

I also wore this combo one day during my Singapore trip last month for sightseeing in the evening, it worked equally well in natural environment and Singapore’s humidity is no joke, I tell ya! I sweat like crazy in humidity and that evening was no different, but, when I got back to hotel room after a few hours of roaming around the city, my face was neither oily nor my base makeup had moved!

Having shared my love for this combo, a word of caution about those who want to try this for a occasion where you would take lot of photos. I haven't tested it for flash photography, but, I suspect a flashback as the foundation as SPF and the primer also has active titanium dioxide as active sunscreen ingredient. Do your home work before wearing it for photos and regretting later! 

Ever since, this combo has been my favorite and I use it every time I want my base to last longer! If time permits, I will also try to upload before/ after photo to given you guys a better idea, after all a picture is worth thousand words! 

Now, that we are getting into colder (Mumbai readers, read drier) months I am trying Hourglass primer with other foundations and if find one working equally well, I will report back. Till then, ciao and take care of yourselves.

Lots of love 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Coppery-Bronze Look for Summer | Chanel Méditerrannée Collection 2015

Hey Guys, 

So finally got to play with makeup and take pictures to share the look using some of my picks Chanel Méditerrannée collection for Summer 2015. 

I have been using Lumière D'été Illumination Powder as bronzer non-stop and the stylo eyeshadow Laurier Rose, which is a rosey-coppery shade. This look is largely inspired by the look that the model is wearing for campaign of this collection. Little bit of color in eyes and glossy red lips, bronzed skin and glossy red lips, makes it super summery and much more wearable. 

Products info:

  • Diorskin forever flawless fusion wear foundation #30 + Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhance #SX11 (sample) 
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector 'Dark Peach' + Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 'Ginger' + Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder 
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder 'Dimlight' 
  • Chanel Lumière D'été Illumination Powder (Pictures here
  • Chanel JC Blush 'Mallice' 
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter 'Moonstone' 
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion 
  • MAC Paint Pot 'Idyllic' (LE) 
  • Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Croyon 'Laurier Rose' (Pictures here
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette 'Candied Violet' 
  • Urban Decay 24x7 eye pencil 'Ransom' 
  • Maybelline the Falsies Mascara 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz 'Chocolate' 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade 'Chocolate' 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel 
  • Chanel Glossimer 'Allegria' (Pictures here
I quite like this look as it hardly takes any time and still looks glamorous. I finished this look in straight 20-25 mins, which is very fast considering how slow I am when it comes to makeup. 

I hope you liked the look and my interpretation of the Chanel Méditerrannée Collection's campaign look. 

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Méditerranée Chanel Collection 2015 - My Picks - Photos and Swatches

Hey Guys, 

Few weeks back I was very depressed and stressed out because of my hectic work schedule. I had no time for anything but work and travel. But, one day me and husband decided not to give a s**t to anything else and just have fun and roam around the streets of South Mumbai with hand in hand. 

Same day, I also went to Chanel to see their new collection for Summer 2015, the Méditerrannée, was already on display and I went crazy shopping. The collection is inspired by vibrant colours of Mediterranean - vivid skies and blue sea - bronzed glowing skin and mesmerizing eyes with bold nails and colorful lips. 

Without further adieu here are my picks with first impressions/ review, as I have them all. 

Lumière D'été Illumination Powder, the signature product from the collection, in Camellia flower pattern. Chanel never goes wrong with the patterns such signature product. Remember Power Signee the Chanel Illuminating Powder and several others. I can keep staring at how beautiful it looks in the pan. 

When it was launched worldwide, I was contemplating whether it would show up on my medium-tan skin. So, I tried it on before buying and roamed around the Palladium Mall and it just freaked me out how beautiful it looked and the 'glow from within' glow was just immaculate. 

The Lumière D'été Illumination Powder is an illuminating bronzer that gives the most gorgeous sun-kissed glow without getting baked in actual sun. Its golden-bronze shade with a golden sheen that's just enough for a sophisticated glow. Apply on its own or as topper on your regular bronzer. I like it most with my Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing base. 

Without rambling further lets jump to some photos: 

I was also very intimidated with the glossimers when the collection was launched internationally for how nicely pigmented they were. I went ahead and bought both, Rose Paradis and Algria from the collection. Rose Paradis is a re-promote from the permanent line while Algria is limited edition. 

Rose Paradis is a rosy-pinky red with very fine shimmer with coverage just shy of opaque/full coverage but light weight and non sticky. 

Allegria is a beautiful warm red with same opaque coverage as Rose Paradis. 

I also picked up the Stylo Eyeshadow crayon (my first ever) in the shade Laurier Rose, which is rosy-coppery shade that goes on so smoothly and stays through the day on my oily lids. 

And the final product from the collection is the nail polish in Coquelicot, which a beautiful creamy poppy orangey red. I was contemplating between Coquelicot and Lavanda, but, when I tried both in the store I did not how Lavanda looked on my fingers and settled for Coquelicot. 

Its been quite sometime the Méditerranée Collection for Summer 2015 is in stores, so call the store before you start your journey to one and only Chanel store in Mumbai. 

So my friends, how do you like this kind of first impressions/ review kind of post, I will surely post a pic of wearing all these beautiful picks from the collection. So, stay tuned for that. 

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Two Miraculous Skin Care Products I am Hooked To!

Hey Guys, 

My travel woos continue and I don't want to bore you more with that. 

In last few months I tried a lot of new stuff, make-up as well as skin care. I generally refrain from posting about skin care stuff here for two basic reasons, I generally don't alter my skincare often and I don't find myself knowledgeable enough to write about skin care stuff. 

Alpha H Liquid Gold and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate are two skincare products that I am extremely happy to have stumbled upon.  

When I saw YouTube beauty gurus, Sharon and Karima, rave about Alpha H Liquid Gold, the other day, I was quite intrigued to try it out. So, I researched online about it and everyone had amazing things to say about it. Then Luxola, which is a Singapore based online beauty shop, had a kit of decent sized 5 Alpha H products, and Liquid Gold (50 ml size, which is quite decent and I still have about half the quantity left which would last me about 1-1.5 months) being one of them. So, I decided to get the kit instead of full sized bottle and thought of it as an opportunity to try few more products from the Australian skincare brand. 

Alpha H Liquid Gold is a Glycolic Acid based skin resurfacing treatment that helps fight fine lines, acne, dark spots, unevenness, etc. to reveal skin that you dream of. The most active ingredient of Alpha H liquid gold is Glycolic Acid, which, if used appropriately, has many skincare benefits that are readily available online. You can check the full ingredient list below in the pic: 

Apply it in the night like you apply your any other face toner and wake up in the morning with fresher, smoother and recharged skin. Yes, Alpha H liquid gold did work for me. My pores have reduced, lightened dark spots (from previous acne) a lot and no more dry patches around my mouth and nose. I now have a much more smoother, healthier and firmer skin. I do get hormonal break-outs now and then, but, with Alpha H Liquid Gold, I noticed they go faster and the scars also fades faster. It does sting a bit on irritated areas the first time, but, after repeated use you would get used to to it and it stops stinging! Check out below, how, the brand recommends to use it: 

The product is colorless and odorless liquid, is resembles water and is very thin and runny in consistency. I take few drops on a cotton wool and apply it all over my face, neck and décolletage. When I applied the first time, I was shocked to see the cotton wool afterwards. It removed almost every bit of dirt and murk sitting on my skin. I use it twice a week at night and I can visibly tell the difference next morning. But, a word of caution, don't forget your sunscreen following day as it exfoliates skin very deeply and exposing new skin surface to sun is not a good idea. 

On those nights I am not using my Alpha H Liquid Gold, I use Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. As you know, I have been travelling to Delhi a lot, and Delhi's weather is diametrically opposite to Mumbai's weather. And, on top of that spending almost whole day in controlled environment (AC's)  and I am now 30+ so age also has a severe impact on my skin making it dehydrated and dull. I had tried a few samples of this Concentrates' in the past had liked it very much, so, I went ahead and bought the full sized bottle, which comes with a dropper making it much easier to use and control the amount of product. 

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a blend of pure essential oils and botanical extracts that work through the night to wake to rejuvenated skin following morning. I use about 2-3 drops of the Concentrate after applying Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner all over my face and neck and I can see that my skin is moisturised, plumped and much firmer in the morning. And good news is that, I did not break-out at all after using this, even though my skin is combination to oily (and dehydrated). 

The Concentrate is a colorless , thicker in consistency than Liquid Gold, but non-sticky and light weight oil with aromatic scent (you can smell oils). Doesn't feel heavy on skin and gets absorbed fairly faster (not as fast as regular moisturiser). 

Alpha H Liquid Gold's full sized bottle is priced at about INR 3800.00 on Luxola (unfortunately, both the kit and ful seized bottle are currently sold out) and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is priced at INR 3200.00, Kiehl's stores provide home delivery if your order is worth INR 5000.00 or more. 

These two products have worked miraculously for me and I am totally hooked to these, atleast as long as I don't find an equally worthy product. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. 

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Blogging after 4 months | Travel make-up Essentials | Work edition |

Hey Guys, 

If follow me on any of social media platforms, you would know the reason. I joined a new organisation in January and for work I have to travel to Ghaziabad (near New Delhi) every alternate weeks. It took me some time to come to terms with such a hectic work life after a break of 1.5 years. I was just nor prepared (mentally and physically) to travel so much! Gradually, my body as well as my mind is getting used to to it. 

Although, I was travelling and was stressed out, I was still playing with make-up. There were some products that had always been with me so far. Oh, yes I wear make-up to work and at client location I just have to look put together and in no case look shabby and tired. 

I work in a very conservative construction industry so my make up also has to be understated and not catch unnecessary attention. So, I aim for flawless base, some definition in eyes with kohl and mascara and well groomed defined brows. So I carry a long wearing foundation, concealers, a couple of blushes, bronzer to avoid a flat face, face highlighter for a sophisticated glow, a black and a brown kohl with black volumizing mascara for defined eyes and brow products to get a nice and defined brows (read bold brows). 
  1. Guerlain Parur Aqua Feel Good Foundation: I am on a strict no foundation buy for last few months and I am aiming to finish at least two before I buy a new one. This one is nearing expiry so it been hanging with me all the while for last 3-4 months and going good, so, didn't feel like changing to anything else. It came out of my travel make-up pouch only to be photographed for this post. 
  2. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealers: I am hooked to this concealer lately and love how beautifully this concealer covers my under eye darkness and also help cover dark spots and hyper pigmentation marks. I use shade Ginger for under eyes and Biscuit to cover blemishes (spot concealing). It works best with a dampened beauty blender rather than a brush (a person preference). 
  3. MAC MSF Natural: A setting powder is a must for me to avoid cakey and avoid becoming a grease ball by the end of the day. And I prefer carrying a compact rather than loose powder for obvious reasons. 
  4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat and Becca Mineral Blush in Dameselfly: I have been travelling with these two blushes all this while as these give me the most sophisticated flush which I find appropriate for work (this is personal choice). Other blushes that made appearances a couple of times are Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed and Nars Deep Throat. 
  5. Nars Casino Bronzing Powder: This has been my go to bronzer lately after I hit pan majorly on Nars Laguna. Although, they are entirely different in tones and shade. But, after using this more often lately, I realized that Casino suits my skin tone better than Laguna. 
  6. Dior Amber Diamond: No other reason but this face highlighter is my favorite of all (I have many, but, I always go back to it). 
  7. YSL and Urban Decay Eye Pencils: I can't think of myself stepping out without a kohl in my water line. Generally, I like black but sometimes I like switching to brown also. 
  8. Maybelline the Falsies mascara (washable): This is the only mascara that I have currently and I don't have the urge to try a new one (actually I have the urge but other things trying a new mascara is just slipping down the list). But, this one is a my old buddy. But, I am planning to get myself a water proof version of this mascara as my eyes get quite watery as I usually struck with allergic cold due to excessive dust and dramatic weather difference. 
  9. Anastasia Brow Wiz, Dip Brow Pomade and Clear Brow Gel: And last but not the least, if you following me on social media, you would know that I am obsessed with bold brows and I can't I am more than obsessed with this combo and so much hooked that I have almost run out of my Brow Wiz. Dip Brow is such an amazing product that it just keeps my brows looking fresh the whole day. 
Now, you may be wondering, why I haven't I shown any lipstick in the photo. That's because I always switch my lipsticks/ lip glosses that are more work friendly. If I were to include lip products also, it would have become an endless post. But, if you guys are interested in knowing what lip products I carry then leave in comments below. 

Other than this I also carry my Lorac Pro Palette, just in case, if I had some extra time to smudge a dark brown shadow under my lower line. I also have some favorite brushes that I travel with, but, that is for another post. Let me know in the comments below if you want to know. 

This may seem a ton of make-up to some of you. But, this is my personal preference and as I just wanted to share what I generally for official tours. And trust this was a fun post for me. 

I cannot tell you, how, amazing I am feeling completing this post as I had been contemplating at writing this for quite a while. I haven't enjoyed writing nay post than this post and I hope you enjoyed reading as well. 

Lots of Love 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

| Tool Thursday | Review: Chanel Foundation/ Powder Duo Fibre Brush # 7

Hey Guys

Starting today, every Thursday, I will bring review of my favorite tools that I use to do my looks. I am very excited about starting a series first time on the blog. Hope you guys enjoy!  

Everyone in their make-up stash has a duo fibre brush, which we all use for blending/ buffing purposes. I have this Chanel Duo Fibre Brush # 7 for more than a year and I have been using it non-stop ever since I got it last year. It's a typical duo fibre brush - a combo of natural and synthetic fibres. I got this brush on recommendation of a lovely friend Rashmi and I must say, she has amazing taste for make-up and generally whatever she recommends suits me.

I love how soft the brush hair are, as they never scratch my face. What I also like about this brush is it doesn't shed hair even while washing it with a baby shampoo and it gets crisp clean in no effort without leaving any stains/ residue. 

As per the Chanel website, this brush can be used for buffing out the liquid foundation or for applying powder products. I don't like using it with liquid foundations, as I feel it soak up the product a lot more. However, I like to buff out my foundation if I apply my foundation using a flat foundation brush. These days I am using this brush every single day after spritzing MAC Fix+ to just make everything look more evened out. I also to apply cream blushes and sometimes even bronzer for a sheer bronzed look. This brush has never disappointed me! 

These pictures are taken after many washes and you can see that the brush fibres are neither deformed nor stained with make-up residue (well, staining doesn't always mean residue!)

I bough this brush about an year back when it was INR 2500.00. If, I am not wrong Chanel face brushes are in the range of INR 3500-4000 these days.

Hope you guys find the review helpful and like the idea of Tool Thursday review.


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in 'Exposed' - Hate >> Love Story

Hey Guys

I know, I am here after almost 2 weeks. Work load suddenly increased at office and it just became impossible for me to juggle between work and home lost track of everything in the beauty/ blogging world. However, I didn't stop wearing make-up, which is absolutely minimal now a days with just Foundation, Concealer, Bronzer, Blush for the face Mascara and a black kohl on eyes and a bright/ nude/ natural lipstick depending on the day/ mood. One product that I wore most was Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed.

I got this blush last year because a lot of my favorite bloggers and YouTubers raved/ rave about it. It landed in my kitty after waiting for almost 2 months. And as soon as I saw it, I found it to be boring, but, still kept trying it, but, never liked how it looked on me. At that time it never showed up on me. I had to really rub the brush hard to get some pigment showing on me. And then it went somewhere in the back of my drawer and was left unnoticed for many months.

Recently I thought of giving it one last try, and to my utter surprise I instantly loved how it looked on me. I saw the blush very closely to see if there was any change in the formula or texture! This when I realised, what I thought a boring shade is actually very complex. It's brown with noticeable hint of pink and plum with very very sheer sheen thrown in, which makes it even more interesting. 

I like that these blushes are not very loosely pigmented for them to become favorite when in a hurry! But, you can definitely build up the color to intensity that you like. Longevity wise, it pretty long wearing and I did not notice any signs of fading or patchiness for good 8 hours. 

Like it other counterparts, it comes in a mirrored plastic compact of the same color as the blush. I find the plastic a bit of cheap quality, but, doesn't really better so long as the product it worth it! 

Price: USD 26.00 for 0.2 oz. 

Enough rambling and let the pictures do some talking now! 


Aand, you guys have seen me wearing this blush recently in my Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips look

Click HERE for break-up of this look
I am sure all of us have these hate stories converted into love stories with make-up and that' precisely the reason I resist to say bad things about any product! This is my recent story and thought, why not share with you guys along with a review! Which is that product you hated it before but love now or vice versa! Do share your love/ hate stories with me down below in the comments. 

Lots of Love

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Review: Chanel Vitalumière Moisture-Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup SPF 15

Hey Guys, 

Now that's really a long name! It's the original Vitalumière foundation from Chanel. 

Of late I my skin is more combination than oily, especially around my mouth and nose. With my regular foundations that are more suitable for oily skin, my skin wasn't feeling comfortable! In fact I could feel my skin creep around my mouth, the dry patches looked more exaggerated than they originally were/ are and overall it was not a very happy situation with my base make-up. 

Then, I started to search online about foundations for combination to dry skin and stumbled upon Lisa Eldridge's video on her top 5 foundations for dry skin. This foundation featured in her video! And the only foundation that I could actually go in a store and try it myself, rather than finding a match online and giving a blind shot to it!  

So, I went to Chanel store at Palladium Mall and tried this foundation in shade B40 and roamed around and watched a movie in PVR with this on. I quite liked how my skin felt with this foundation. No creeping or stretchy feeling and it just felt so good. After the movie I went back to the store and purchased this baby.

The first time I wore this foundation, it was on New Year's Eve, my skin looked and felt fabulous. I was overwhelmed with the foundation. Next morning, i.e. on first day of 2015, started the horror of picking up a lighter shade when I applied it lightly to see how it looked in natural day light. I was freaking out, almost started crying and put this foundation up for sale on couple of FB groups. But, my heart was not ready to accept that I picked up a wrong shade. 

On my first day to office I wore this foundation to office and asked my husband and other colleague if looks unnatural or lighter than my neck. Both said it looked perfect and I also reached settlement with the shade by the evening after watching myself in the mirror 2560 times that day. Ever since, I am wearing this foundation every single day with a darker concealer blended around on my chin area to hide the darkness and unevenness. However, I still feel a shade darker would look more prettier. Which I will try/ buy next season once I have finished this bottle, as can make it work for me. 

Coming to the product, the Vitalumière foundation is specially formulated for dull, tired and dry skin. It has ingredients that are specifically target towards dry and uneven areas of skin. It has marine extracts that boosts the skin's radiance and light reflecting pigments that smooth away imperfections. It's a moisture rich and luxuriously light weight foundation that blends seamlessly into the skin for a perfectly smooth, even toned radiant skin. It comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a pump dispenser which is a pretty standard Chanel packaging. 

This foundation quite runny compared to Perfection Lumiere or Perfection Lumiere Velvet and almost watery. But, it is packed with pigments to cover most of my unevenness and hyper-pigmentation, but, the dark spots from acne still peek through, which I usually spot conceal. Instantly after application, it looks very shiny wet but settles down in couple of minutes for a dewy finish. 

Love how my skin feels in this foundation, very hydrating and moisturizing. However my skin starts to look oily after 4+ hours, if I am not in a controlled environment, and requires powdering once in my 9 hour job. But it doesn't look oily to extent of making me look like a grease ball. In Air Conditioned environment, it looks perfect through the day. So, according to me it will be a perfect foundation to those of with dry skin and great for combination skin ladies living up north or in drier areas. 

Enough rambling, lets do the pictures talking: 

Now, get ready for my bare face with just my Clarin's Hydraquench and brows done. 


In, the after picture (just one layer) you see how beautiful the finish of this foundation is, very dewy and fresh. As far as coverage is concerned, it covered pretty much everything except the two spots on my right (your left) cheek. Darkness and unevenness around the chin is still visible where it looks slightly ashy, which I conceal with MAC Prolong Wear Concealer in NC 42. 

Price: INR 3350.00 for 30 ml, which is pricier. 

Overall, I love this foundation and can't wait to wear it when I will be in Delhi next month for a work tour, where it will relatively more cold and dry. However, I will preserve it for winters or when I am travelling in more drier areas of the country/ world. Pricey, but its everything that you want for a dewy look that doesn't look caked up to make you look like a grease ball. 

Which is your favorite foundation for combination skin to get a dewy finish? 

Lots of Love

P.S.: Lisa Eldridge also mentioned about Bobbi Brown's Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturising Balm, which is for dry/ extra dry skin, which I am sure gonna give a go if I get a chance to visit Bobbi Brown store and also her Skin foundation which is good for all skin types!