CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Compact Swatches

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact foundation replaces the old Teint Innocence compact foundation. It is a cream foundation which promises fresh, moisturized skin. The foundation is intended for those with normal or dry skin. It contains Vitamin E, antioxidants and SPF 15.

It comes in a 12 grams refillable compact. The full price of the compact is 48,90 euros, while the refill costs 36,90 euros.

Several months ago I have swatched all the shades of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact foundation available in Croatia.

Since I don’t think I’ll ever try the foundation, here are only the swatches. I haven’t even tried the foundation on the face at the counter, I can’t say much about its properties. It seems very creamy, blendable, but the coverage appears light.

The foundation is swatched from the darkest (left) to the lightest shade (right). You can click on the picture to englarge it. These are the shades available in Croatia. Depending on the country, the shade selection may vary.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact in 50 Beige –dark, neutral to yellow undertone

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact in 42 Beige Rose – medium dark, strong pink undertone

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact in 40 Beige – medium dark, neutral to yellow undertone

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact in 30 Beige – light/medium, neutral to yellow undertone

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact in 22 Beige Rose – light medium, pink undertone

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact in 10 Beige – light, neutral to yellow undertone.

If I had to pick one, I’d go with the shade 10 Beige, although even this one would be a match only during summer, when I get a bit of tan.

CLINIQUE Superbalanced foundation in 05 Vanilla Swatch and Review

I’m not a huge fan of Clinique and the main reason is their insane prices in Europe (for that reason I avoid several more brands). I can understand that if something costs $25 will cost 25 Euros. It is a bit expensive, but not too much (1 euro is around $1,22), but when something costs almost double the price, no way. I don’t mind paying much for make-up, but please, don’t make a fool of me. I can count the exchange rate.

This is another Clinique foundation I’ve been wearing for the past month. I also got 1,5ml sample which lasted for 8 days. The full size foundation comes in a 30ml bottle and cost $23 or 31 euros (or $38) in Europe.

Superbalanced is also very runny, but less than Superfit. A little goes a long way. It blends easily and it takes some time to set, so I don’t have to hurry.

The shade 05 Vanilla is a bit too dark for me (NC15-20) with neutral that leans to yellow undertone. It doesn’t oxidize on me. The finish is luminous matte. The coverage is light to medium, but leaning more towards medium.

I have oily but dehydrated skin which often flakes. I don’t even have to mention huge pores. Just like Superfit, Superbalanced doesn’t emphasize flakes at all. However, it does nothing for pores.

Unlike Superfit, Superbalanced is much better at oil control. I need to touch up with blotting paper after 5-6 hours, but otherwise my skin is pretty matte.

I haven’t noticed any breakouts or clogged pores.

Superbalanced wears well – the foundation started disappearing only after 8 hours, which is pretty decent in my book.

This is the foundation I could see myself wearing if I get bored with current HGs (and only if I can get it at US price).

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CLINIQUE Superfit Foundation in 05 Neutral Review and Swatch

Clinique Superfit foundation is only the second product I have tried from this brand (other being Mild Clarifying lotion).

I got 1,5ml sample which was enough for 12 days of use. The full size foundation comes in a 30ml bottle. I have to mention that this foundation is discontinued (that’s what I get for keeping the sample in the drawer for so long), but I’ll publish the review for reference.

The shade 05 Neutral is too dark for me (I’m NC15-20) with rosy undertone. The shade adapts to my skin colour to an extent several minutes after application, but even then it is far from a good match. The foundation doesn’t oxidize on me.

The consistency is very runny, the foundation is surprisingly thin and liquid. Because of the consistency a little goes a long way. It blends easily and it takes some time to set, so I don’t have to hurry with application.

I have oily but dehydrated skin which often flakes. I don’t even have to mention huge pores. The foundation doesn’t emphasize flakes at all. While in summer my skin is less flaky, there are still drier areas and that the foundation doesn’t emphasize any is a huge surprise for me.

Unfortunately, the foundation does nothing to minimize appearance of huge pores. The foundation didn’t control oil well. I got greasy after an hour.

I haven’t noticed any breakouts or clogged pores while I was using the foundation.

The coverage is light to medium. The finish is natural.

What is the huge deal-breaker for me is the fact that despite proclaiming the foundation long lasting, it is not long lasting at all. In fact it is probably one of the worse-wearing foundations I have encountered. It has started disappearing after only 5 hours of me sitting in an air-conditioned room. With other foundations I can get at least 8 hours (without a primer). In the evening, there was almost no foundation when I wanted to remove it.

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GIVENCHY Photo’Perfexion Light Foundation in #4 Light Beige Swatch and Review

I can’t believe it took me so long to finally write a review for this foundation. I’ve got the 5ml sample the moment the foundation came out, I’ve tested it and made swatches and then completely forgot about it. Recently, I’ve been rearranging the foundation samples box and found the tube. I’ve been using the foundation during the last week, to refresh my memories.

The full-sized foundation comes in a weird tube – it has an in-built sponge and foundation goes through a sponge. Very gimmicky and not hygienic in my opinion. The full-sized foundation has 30 ml and retails for $48.

I’ve tried a shade #4 Light Beige. This shade has a neutral undertone. I’m NC15-20, eventually NC25 if I tan and the foundation is much too dark when I’m at my lightest. I could pull it off only when I’m super dark in the summer.

The foundation has a light to medium covevrage, depending on how much layers you put on. It covers redness, but doesn’t mask acnes well. It can settle into pores, but it doesn’t emphsize flaky skin.

On the face, it doesn’t oxidize and it hasn’t broken me out.

The finish is natural – neither matte nor dewey. It doesn’t control oil and I need to use pressed powder with it.

If you are searching for a light coverage foundation and if you can get a good shade match, this might be your ideal choice. Unfortunately, I have to forego this foundation as there is no a good match fo me.

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BOURJOIS Bio Detox Foundation #53 Beige Clair Swatch and Review

I have received several sample sachets of this foundation long time ago, but I haven’t got the time to test it properly until recently. As far as I’m aware, Bio Detox line of products is about to be discontinued, so I hurried up with the testing to see if I’ll miss this foundation.

The foundation claims to be made of 98,8% of ingredients of natural origin. I have tested the shade #53 Beige Clair, which is a shade too dark for me (I’m NC15-20), but I can make it work if I put a bit of lighter pressed or loose powder over it.

When I first put on this foundation I was like “Is this a joke?”. This foundation reminded me why I have avoided them for a long time. It was extremely thick and cakey looking.

Bio Detox has medium to full coverage with matte finish. It feels heavy on the skin and my skin felt very tight. The matte effect lasts up to 5 hours, but after that I need to touch up (for your information, I have extremely oily skin with lots of expanded pores).

When you apply this foundation, you need to blend it fast, as it dries very quickly.

What shocked me most is the way this foundation looks on the photos. As you know, on the blog I always show a close-up of my skin without and with foundation. What you probably don’t know is that I take the photos of my whole face with or without foundation, but I don’t publish those. I couldn’t wait to take photos to show you how horrible the foundation is, but instead of looking thick, cakey and unnatural, on the photos my skin looked great. My skin had that healthy matte glow (not too flat), the pores appeared minimized (while in reality were very emphasized) and the foundation didn’t highlight the dry patches on my skin.

Another plus for this foundation is that it hasn’t broke me out.

I think this would be a great foundation for occasions where you need to look good on photos, but when it won’t matter how you look in real life. However, for the fact that Bio Detox is the perfection only on the photos, but cakey, thick mess in real life, I wouldn’t recommend it as a foundation for wedding day.

I still have one of the sample sachets of the foundation left and I’m going to save it for when I need to take photo for my ID or passport.

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ORIFLAME Studio Artist Foundation in Porcelain – Review and Swatch

I’ve been waiting for a long time to write a review for this foundation, as it required more testing.

Studio Artist foundation comes in 30ml plastic tube and retails for approximately $13, but it is possible to get it for a half of the price on the sale. The foundation promises to give an appearance of perfect skin.

I have oily but dehydrated skin with huge pores and occassional redness. I don’t require much coverage from a foudnation – it only needs to unify the appearance of my skin, without emphasizing dry patches. My skin is NC15-20.

I’ve tried this foundation as a sample sachet, which really impressed me. As I was finishing my Clarins Everlasting, I’ve been on a hunt for another foundation and, based on the sample, I have ordered one in the lightest shade – Porcelain.

The shade is a pretty good match. I was afraid that it might be too pink; however, it has neutral undertone.

Studio Artist foundation has a very weak coverage. It will cover discolourations and redness, as well as mask some of the pores, but if you are on a hunt for a foundation that will give you a flawless porcelain skin, this isn’t for you. I have no problem with the coverage – I’ve been wearing Everlasting for a year and I’m a bit sick of full-coverage.

The foundation has a very runny consistency and I need to use more of it, compared to some other foundations. I apply it with fingers. It feels a bit sticky upon application, but it quickly dries.

What I like the most about this foundation (and the reason I’m ready to ignore some of its weak points) is the finish. I guess it could be put under dewey, but I’d describe it as a healthy glow. Even though my skin is oily, it doesn’t look greasy with the foundation on – it simply looks healthy. Thankfully, it doesn’t emphasize patchy skin.

Unfortunately, not everything is as good with the foundation. My first issue is the fact that it seems to me like the foundation is breakin my skin out. I’ve been trying to ignore the breakouts, claiming that they are stress induced, but after not wearing the foundation for a month, I have to admit that Studio Artist is the culprit.

Another issue is the fact that the foundation doesn’t wear well. It starts to disappear after 6 hours of wear. The primer underneath helps a bit, but it is still far away from what I would expect.

I’m not really sure if I would repurchase it. I like the finish, but not the breakouts.

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How to pick the CORRECT FOUNDATION SHADE

The biggest issue in foundation purchase isn’t which foundation to pick, but which shade you should get. I think that every person, at least once in their life, hasn’t been correctly matched. This post was inspired by my recent conversation with Bee (beelovesbeauty) and our issues with Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation.

You are aware that foundations come in a variety of colours, skin tones and undertones. You have probably heard that our skin can be matched to neutral, pink (cold) and yellow (warm) undertones. To determine which undertone you are, you have to look at veins on your arm – if the majority of the veins look purple, your skin had pink undertone. If the majority of the veins look green, you have yellow undertone. If there is a similar amount of greenish and purple veins, you have neutral undertone.

However, determining your undertone is just one step in picking the foundation shade. You have to keep in mind that your body and your face may have different undertones – my body skin is yellow, but my face leans more to neutral undertone. If the same is similar for you, you will have to match the colour of your face and your body.

To do this you have two possibilities:

   a) match the body to the face (not very practical)

   b) match the face to the body (easier to do).

The better solution is under b) match the face to the body. This means that you have to pick the colour that will be similar to the colour of both the body and the face. This will be no problem if your face and body are very similar in colouring, but might prove challenging if there is a larger discrepancy in the colour.

For example, I never tan my face and I always wear at least SPF15, so in summer, my face is considerably (2-4 shades) lighter than the rest of my body. I solve this by picking slightly darker foundation shade which is still lighter than the body colour as I’m afraid that 100% match will look fake. I finish it with bronzer.

Another thing you have to keep in mind is that the greater the coverage, the better the foundation shade match should be. It is easy to pull off a shade or two too dark a light coverage foundation. However, a full coverage foundation match should be spot on.

Now, let’s get to the point.

The most important thing: test the foundation shade when the weather is cloudy. I have realized that the light during the cloudy days is the least forgiving. Even the slightest mismatch in the foundation shade will be obvious then. If the sun shines, you might be tempted to get darker foundation shade, as the sunshine washes the colour out.

You do not test the foundation shade under artificial lighting.

To correctly match the foundation, you should apply it on at least half of the face to see how the foundation shade works with the colouring of the rest of your body.

You should always wear the foundation on for at least twelve hours. That way you’ll see how the foundation works after several hours – some foundations are notorious for getting darker or becoming more orange as you skin gets oilier throughout the day.

If you are using a primer, be sure to test how the foundation works with your primer.

When being matched for the foundation shade, you have to keep in mind that the majority of SA’s are not very knowledgeable although you might get lucky and get a SA who will match you from the first attempt (I have encountered only one such SA in my life).

If you are pale, you have to be even more careful – for some reason paleness is associated with sickness and I have yet to find a SA who won’t match me with 3 shades too dark a foundation, saying that I need some colour on my face.

I hope this has been helpful. Feel free to share you shade matching stories and experiences.