Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup

by lyn on November 28, 2011 · 12 comments

in Chanel, Foundation

Being the foundation junkie I am, Chanel foundations have always been on my to-buy list but I have never been able to find something I really liked or a good match from the shades available locally.

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Nearly two months ago, I was casually browsing through the Chanel counter and came across their Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup, which I have never noticed before. I’m not sure if it’s new in Malaysia but after doing some online research, this foundation seemed to have been around for a number of years. It’s strange that I’ve never seen it before.

Anyway, one of the reasons why I got it is because I finally found a Chanel liquid foundation shade that I can wear! The colour Limpide #10 suits my skin tone well and does not appear to be too yellow or pink, which can sometimes be dominant undertones in many Chanel foundations.

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Compared to the Vitalumiere Aqua, which is one of Chanel’s most popular foundations these days, the Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing foundation formula is a little thicker but still applies smoothly. I actually prefer its consistency than the Aqua version as that one feels very runny to me. It dries down to a semi-dewy finish and some people have complained that it feels tacky but I don’t find that to be a problem probably because I apply a very sheer layer and barely need to use more than half a pump.

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It has medium coverage that can be built up and even with a very small amount, I find that it covers most imperfections and redness well enough. I don’t usually like to use heavy layers of foundation and don’t really mind some flaws or spots or redness showing through. Skin just looks more natural that way.

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It is not a particularly long-lasting foundation and will gradually fade throughout the day. Oil control is average and I still need to blot around midday. A primer would help the foundation last a little longer. I do find that it oxidises slightly but not to the point where I look orange. Just a tad bit darker when my oils start coming through but it’s hardly noticeable and the only reason why I mentioned it is because I stare at my face upclose every few hours when I test out a new base product.

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I have been using a paddle foundation brush or my fingers to apply and have not faced any issues. It smooths out some of the flaky bits of skin quite well and does not really enhance the dry parts of my face. I usually set the foundation with Chanel’s loose powder in Clair. The foundation will start fading after five hours or so, therefore be prepared that it will not stay on the whole day. But then again, I only use a small amount each time and have not tested if it lasts longer if I use a thicker layer.

Overall, I am pretty pleased with this Chanel foundation and that the shade is a good match on me. It contains a number of skin-caring ingredients, which makes it a good foundation to use daily. It is marketed as a moisturising formula so those with very oily skin may not like it. It does contain fragrance but is very light and dissipates quickly.

The Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup retails at RM165 for a 30ml bottle and can be found at Chanel counters and boutiques nationwide.


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huixin November 28, 2011 at 2:32 AM

looks very natural on u! i am not a foundation junkie and tend to reset to what looks best on me. unfortunately this foundie oxidizes, otherwise, it'd be an almost perfect one :D


lyn November 28, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Ya, sadly it does oxidise slightly but at least I don't look orange :-) I always have to use a primer first to help it last longer too. So, it's not quite perfect but still a decent foundation especially if you have dry skin.


Connie De Alwis November 28, 2011 at 2:52 AM

Not only are you my sister, you're also a fellow foundation junkie!! I would love to try out a Chanel foundation some day but I have trouble closing my drawer as it is :xThe finish looks great on you but it's a bummer than it's not too long lasting. I'm keen on trying Prolumiere. Not sure if it's still around though


Nikki November 28, 2011 at 5:44 AM

This is one of the many few "luxurious" foundation that I would love to try!!!!


lyn November 28, 2011 at 6:36 AM

We are so meant to be ;-) I'm not sure if Pro Lumiere is still available locally as I've read that it may have been discontinued. I'll try checking out Chanel soon and will let you know.


lyn November 28, 2011 at 6:37 AM

Ya, this definitely falls in the luxurious category but a lot of other departmental store foundations are priced around the same these days. Things are getting so expensive!


Jamillacamel November 28, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Amazingly natural. A perfect match!


lyn November 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Thanks, Jamilla!


Krysabelle November 29, 2011 at 3:30 AM

whats a good brand of paddle foundation brush


lyn November 29, 2011 at 4:40 AM

Hi Krysabelle, I do quite like the Chanel foundation brush (as pictured in the post) however my favourite is the paddle-shaped brush from Bloom Cosmetics, which I find to be softer and more pliable. Bloom Cosmetics is an Australian brand and may be hard to find depending on where you are.


dom November 29, 2011 at 8:03 AM

This might be another foundie for me to try – gotta see if they've got darker shades for me! I've given you a blog award too ;) Much love to your blog and you!


lyn November 29, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Thanks, sweetie! I think you shouldn't face issues with most Chanel foundations as the shades they bring in locally are mostly quite warm.


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