Sep 28, 2014

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation with Mini Kabuki Brush (SPF 15 - B50)

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Mini Kabuki Brush SPF 15 Beige B50 -  Review Photos Swatches FOTD
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation with Mini Kabuki Brush
(available HERE - £55)
 
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation is the newest foundation offering from the brand and claims to bring the benefits of the "Chanel Light Box" to the skin - a new generation of high-definition pigments to smoothen the skin and blur imperfections, giving the skin a radiant, natural look.  Chanel has also included an adorable mini kabuki brush with the foundation.  As far as I know, this foundation comes in 5 shades, and I picked the shade Beige 50.  I have been using this foundation for a while now and finally got around to posting a review.  The post is a bit picture heavy, but do scroll on for a peek at the new Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder foundation.

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Mini Kabuki Brush SPF 15 Review Photos Swatches FOTD Indian Beauty Makeup Blog
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation and Mini Kabuki Brush
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Mini Kabuki Brush Review Photos Swatches FOTD
The foundation comes in a tub packaging with a plastic seal over the mesh - peel off to reveal the mesh/sifter underneath.
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Mini Kabuki Brush Review Photos Swatches FOTD
The top of the powder case is covered with a mesh/sifter through which the powder is dispensed.  This mesh moves when you press down on it with a brush - like how cloth would move.
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Mini Kabuki Brush Review Photos Swatches FOTD
I like the mesh for how conveniently it dispenses the powder - just pressing down on it gets some powder out on to the brush.  The packaging is a nightmare to travel with, though.  Even tapping ever so lightly on the tub/jar brings out a lot of powder.  It doesn't fly out of the packaging, but once you open the lid, there will be quite a lot of powder over the mesh, and you cannot tap or push it back in through the sifter.

How to Use the Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation:  Chanel suggests turning the powder case once (with the cap on, of course) and tapping once to dispense the powder.  Swirl the brush over the sifter to pick up the powder and buff it into the skin in small circles.  I find it much easier to just press on to the mesh/sifter (without any flippping or tapping) with a brush to pick up a light dusting of the powder.  Using the kabuki brush to buff in the powder gives a heavier application.  I use the Suqqu Face brush for a sheer application over my regular foundation - more like a setting/finishing powder.

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Mini Kabuki Brush How to Apply Use
Chanel mini kabuki included with this foundation -it's supersoft and does a great job of blending the powder foundation into the skin.
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Mini Kabuki Brush How to Apply Use
Pressing the kabuki (or any other brush) on to the mesh picks up just enough powder to blend into my skin without overloading it.

As I mentioned earlier, this powder foundation is available in 5 shades, and I picked the shade Beige 50.  This is the darkest shade, and it's just about right for my skin tone.  I could have gone a teeny bit darker, but there was no darker shade for me to try on and the lighter Beige 40 was definitely a bit ashy.  This is a neutral shade with no shimmer in it.  The powder is fragranced, much like a lot of Chanel products are.

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Beige B50 - Swatches Darker Indian Skin
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation - Swatches (B50)

While this is a powder foundation, I didn't really buy this to use as a foundation on it's own.  I have been on the lookout for a good powder to use over my current foundation (Chanel Perfection Lumiere), and that's how I have been using it.  For the photos below, though, I have used it on it's own (concealer for my undereye area) to give an idea of the coverage this provides -  light/sheer coverage that blurs and softens blemishes and definitely tones down the shiny spots, thus making pores a little less obvious.

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Beige B50 - Review
Without foundation - I have used a bit of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel under my eyes.
Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine - Confidence
Eyes/brows: Browns from the Avon True Chocolate Quad and UD Perversion eyeliner applied lightly.
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Beige B50 - FOTD
With Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation, applied using a kabuki brush.  I haven't changed anything else with the rest of the makeup, though the outside light did change a bit by the time I took this photo.  The powder foundation on it's own just blurs and softens the blemishes, but when it comes to more heavy duty, raised acne marks, I would definitely need a concealer if I was looking for any degree of coverage. 

I bought the Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation to use in an addition to my current foundation-concealer routine.  I was not looking for any sort of coverage, and I definitely was not planning on using this on it's own.  I use a soft, fluffy brush to apply a very light veil of this powder, and it helps brighten my skin and keeps my makeup looking fresh through the day.  The powder feels quite smooth, and the finish is almost matte while giving a lovely, lit from within sort of glow - without any shimmer.  I have oily-combination skin, and it's perfect for my skin type.  It doesn't make my skin overly shiny or exaggerate any dry patches and has definitely not caused any breakout so far.  The SPF 15 doesn't hurt either.  Overall, a definite must-have..for me.

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation Mini Kabuki Brush
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation is definitely the most expensive in the Chanel foundation lineup, and part of that cost, I guess, is because of the kabuki that comes with the foundation.
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation Mini Kabuki Retractable Brush
Chanel Kabuki brushes - Mini kabuki that comes with the Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder foundation and the Chanel Retractable kabuki brush.  The mini kabuki is almost the same size (just a little smaller) as the retractable kabuki (cost about $70).  Is just as dense and feels just as soft.
As much as I love the Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder foundation, I think it can be a bit disappointing depending on how you plan to use it.  This does a great job of brightening skin and giving it a luminous, radiant appearance, but I don't find it all that useful in terms of coverage when used on it's own.  It's labelled "foundation," but the coverage it provides is quite sheer, almost like using a powder.  Of course, it lasts longer than a powder would.  A heavier application just looks cakey without doing anything useful for the blemishes.  This powder foundation seems best suited for someone with problem-free skin who doesn't need any coverage and/or if you want to use this as a powder over another foundation with more coverage (which is what I do).

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation (50) - Ingredients
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation Beige B50 Ingredients Makeup Beauty Indian Blog

For more on the Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation:

Video - Lisa Eldridge - How to Use Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation
Beauty Glitter - Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation (30)
  


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3 comments:

  1. This looks great! Something of Chanel that's tempting me after a long time, esp as we hit hot summer here.... U been good? :)

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  2. It's so disappointing when makeup brands forget that there are people like us who have brown skin! I hate the whole '50 shades of beige' mentality :P

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  3. Hello, thanks for your review! I was checking this powder foundation. Somehow I feel, most powders and foundations are best suited for perfect skin :) Nevertheless, I like powder foundations more than liquid ones now. I use concealer for blemishes and discolorations, and go over with powder, enough coverage for me, but everyone likes different effects and coverage.

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