This is shaping up to be something of a base-centric week here on the blog! In keeping with the (unintentional) theme, say hello to my favourite foundation. When talking to Sinéad and Sarah about this over the weekend, I couldn't fault it - that about sums this review up.
I was never hugely intrigued by Chanel foundations - I used Mat Lumière before starting this blog and, while I liked it, I never repurchased it. As soon as I heard about this one via Mary Greenwell's Twitter, though, I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on a bottle. A version of Vitalumière Aqua for oily skin? Sold.
I am a fussy bitch when it comes to bases, but I love everything about this, right down to the sleek and practical dinky black bottle. Wear-time is very impressive, but this isn't Double Wear. On that note, I am not a Double Wear or Studio Fix Fluid advocate (and I totally was in the past, FYI) - in my experience, it is almost impossible to wear a foundation with such a cement-like texture and have good skin. We all have different priorities, but honestly, I'd rather keep working on my skin and avoid any products that might make it worse. Back to wear time - I wore this for 6+ hours on Sunday without touching up, and was pleasantly surprised with how presentable I still was when I looked in the mirror. It had faded, but nicely, and my face didn't look too dry or patchy.
In terms of application, it's just generally a pleasure to use. It's a very thin liquid and is slightly perfumed - this doesn't bother me at all but I don't think it's necessary, either. I like to apply by dabbing it all over my face and then getting stuck in with a Real Techniques buffing brush (although I may have the Louise Young one winging its way to me after Laura's review - ssshh), and it works really well.
I find the coverage to be buildable and despite the extreme liquid-to-powder finish, it doesn't oxidise badly on me and the shade (B10) is one of the best matches I've ever found. The finish is verging on Photoshop. It feels light and comfortable but covers a lot and gives my skin an incredibly smooth appearance. I've worn this alone over moisturiser, with primer, and over a bit of MAC CC Crème, and it performs well in all situations. I don't find that I need a lot of powder when using this and have just been sticking to NARS Transluscent Crystal for the most part.
So who will get on best with this? Those on the oily side, I reckon - if you're dry, you're probably better off with Vitalumière Aqua. This has shot up to one of my top three foundations - I knew it'd be good, but damn, I didn't expect it to be this amazing! If you've a similar skin type to myself, I'd say definitely try it out - the shades, finish, packaging and wear time are all fantastic.