Chanel’s online site now has its new Vitalumiere Aqua online for sale, and I understand that it’s appearing at several Nordstrom locations. Late last week, I got a few colors to try out the line. Although I don’t have the range I would have preferred to select (I want them all!!), I’m doing my best to get you quick information as I receive it.
I got three colors: B20 Beige, B30 Beige and BA30 Beige Rose. I know, I was confused too (I was hoping for B10, BA10, and BA20 but here we are). Swatches, compared to some of my current foundations for comparison: Chanel Tient Innocence in 20 Clair Cameo, Chanel Lift Lumiere in 14 Ivoire and Burberry Sheer Foundation No. 4:
Generally, I enjoyed Vitalumiere Aqua. I have the following thoughts:
- There is a scent–a very expensive sunscreen-type scent. It fades after about 1/2 hour
- Coverage is medium. Vitalumiere Aqua seems to provide more coverage than Chanel Tient Innocence and Burberry Sheer. It is about the same as Chanel Lift Lumiere. It is not as heavy as Pro Lumiere.
- Let the foundation dry before you judge it’s color. Honestly, wait at least five minutes before you commit to a color. There is a color shift that happens as the foundation settles into your skin.
- Although B20 looks dark in the swatch, it actually looked pretty nice on my MAC NC15 skin tone (Liz confirmed it, and she can be quite honest! Trust me!) Unfortunately, I did not have a B10 sample to compare it but I’m working on it.
- Like several other Chanel foundations, the foundation tends to look better throughout the day. It’s quite long-lasting (12 hours at least).
- The texture is slightly toward matte on the B20 that I tried, but still luminous.
- SPF 15 sunscreen included (octinoxate 6% and titanium dioxide 5.6%).
The numbering system still isn’t sorted out in my mind. First, BR 30 seems much darker than B30. B30 is only slightly darker than B20.
I hope you find this useful. If you have more information (I’m trying to get some more myself), please leave it in the comments.