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!