Chanel Vitalumiere Glow (RM215 14g, RM155 for refill) is one of the new complexion offerings of Chanel Beauty. It is a cushion foundation, and unlike Korean brands, this cushion does not come with a refill. It comes with a puff of course, and it’s a rubbery one we find in traditional cushion foundations. It performs well, and with the sponge, cushion foundation is to be applied using patting motion. I tried to swipe it on, but it does drag my skin, no matter how gently I do it.
Let’s get it out in the open. This cushion is pricey. For RM215, you only get 14g of product, compared to 30ml of liquid foundation. So, I will be slightly more critical in my review. First of all, as the product name indicates, this is a glowy foundation. If you already have oily skin, then this is not for you. If you have normal to dry skin, you might appreciate it more, but if you have very dry skin and you live in dry cold weather, then you’ll really like this. I have normal to dry skin, and I live in a hot and humid country. I like my foundations to have a dewy finish, but I don’t like it to look wet. This cushion looks and feels tacky, unfortunately.
With this foundation, a little goes a long way. If you press a little too hard into the cushion, you’ll probably get enough product for your whole face. To be cautious, I only press lightly, then gently apply on my skin, and repeat if needed. The applicator does absorb some product, but that’s to be expected. I like to press a tissue on the applicator to get rid of residue product before putting it back into the compact. I mentioned the foundation feels tacky. It does not dry down even after 10 minutes, and I find the need to blot away the residue. Without blotting it, my face looks sweaty, and it’s not a look I like. I tried to powder without blotting, and that made things worse because the powder will then bunch up and sit in larger pores. Not a good look. If I blot, the tackiness goes away, and I don’t need to powder. However, that does take away some coverage.
The shade I used is 10 Beige, and it looks too pale for my skin, but after a while, it does oxidize slightly to match my neck (my face is darker than the rest of my body). As you can see, it covers redness very well, and even the darkness around my eyes is covered. However, due to its tackiness, it does emphasize lines especially around the eyes. The very fine lines became very visible, so when I wear this foundation, I just avoid the eyes, and use separate concealer.
This foundation somehow emphasizes flakes and it sits in the crevice of my nose. Most foundations do, but this one is really obvious. Again, once I’ve blotted the excess, all these flaws go away. I think the main problem I find with the Vitalumiere Glow is its tackiness and its ability to cling on to everything. Once it is blotted down, then there is no problem. Again, the weather here does make an impact. I didn’t see too much of a problem when it was gloomy and raining the whole day the other day.
Here is the finished look to show completion. I have already blotted off the excess, so you don’t see the shine, but you do see how this foundation clings on some places, like around my chin and nose.
Unfortunately, sorry Chanel, the Vitalumiere Glow doesn’t quite do it for me. I love the Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation though! One of my favourites for a very skin like finish. Have you tried this? How does it work on your skin?