Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation Fond de Teint

Best. Foundation. Ever. Chanel Vitalumiere

This is a big call. I mean, how do you choose the best of something that is so specific, and so personal? After all, it is supposed to replicate the skin you’re in. And whilst this is my Number 1, (and 2, and 3) foundation in my kit because of how it meets the demands of my work, it may not be right for you.

But I do want to tell you why I love it so. For a start, it’s nice and dewy, just like gorgeous healthy skin should be. It blends like a dream and doesn’t get dry or cakey. I use this on everyone – models on shoots, real people, for the red carpet, for the shows, straight beauty, advertising – I can hardly think of a job I DON’T use it on. You can sheer it out or beef up the coverage, go all over or just where needed, use it with a brush or a sponge or your fingers. Sigh. Can you tell I’m still enamoured after all these years?

Oh sure I’ve toyed with many other foundations – in fact I have a drawer full at home! Even other Chanel foundations don’t rock my socks off like Vitalumiere. I flirted with Teint Innocence and had a brief decamp to Pro Lumiere (too heavy for winter, doable for those who like a more matte finish), but always, always I go back to my trusty VL (I’m Australian so we abbreviate everything, even things that shouldn’t be abbreviated, like Chanel products). Anyways…

It does have its drawbacks however – if you have very oily skin it might be too glowy for you. For me it doesn’t matter because I’m always there to top up with powder to keep the shine at the right level, but equally if you live in a hot or sunny climate (Australia and the American South, I’m talking to YOU!) it’s probably going to move around too much and be a bit heavy. In which case can I recommend something lighter like MAC Face and Body, or Chantecaille’s Oil Free Future Skin?

Chanel Vitalumiere only comes in 7 shades in Europe, so it’s great for lighter skintones, not so ace for black or mixed race people – this is the only downside of this foundation for me. So I keep Bobbi Brown and Becca foundations also in my kit to cover all the bases – so to speak!

Vitalumiere gives your skin the glow it wishes it had, and every makeup artist I know has this in their kit. For me as a makeup artist, it’s the Best. Foundation. Ever.

121 thoughts on “Best. Foundation. Ever. Chanel Vitalumiere”

  1. I went to a salon in Hereford the other day today for a consultation and she did a patch test to determine whether I’d have an allergic reaction, yada yada, then before I left, she let me sample Lycogel uk. Well, it’s absolutely incredible. It provides amazing coverage. It doesn’t block pores and gives a dewy look so you don’t really look like you’re wearing anything. I think it is the best foundation ever!

  2. Hi there

    I am busy putting my make up kit together, it’s costly!. My core focus being shoots/filming & brides. I need to purchase my foundations and would sincerely appreciate your recommendations. Could you please tell me how you feel about the new Aqua Vitalumiere for shoots?. Also, which shades(of whichever foundation you recommend!) would you suggest that I purchase, the essentials? I’m in South Africa and most likely have very similar toned ladies as you do in Australia;). Thank you for your advice X

    1. It certainly can be expensive! I’ve not used the Vitalumiere Aqua yet – I’m really happy with the foundations I have and I’m reluctant to add another range of foundation to my kit as that stuff is heavy! I actually find in Australia people tend to me more tanned than in Europe, and thus more golden-toned. I love the Armani Luminous Silk range here, and also Bobbi Brown’s foundations are good as they tend to be more yellow (then I have Chanel VL for less yellow skin tones). With any range of foundations I usually carry about 4-5, and choose from the spectrum ranging from quite pale through to deeper colours, and having about three in the middle of the spectrum that you will end up using the most. I mix and match them though to get the right shade. For instance, I have run out of Chanel 30 so I mix Chanel 20 and 40 together and that works fine. For Armani Luminous Silk I use the 5.5 and 6.5 the most. Hope that helps!

    1. It does have good coverage (medium weight as opposed to heavy though). For darker spots on your face I would recommend a good light to mid weight foundation, and go over the darker spots with Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealer and a brush – this will give you the most flawless finish without looking heavy or masky.

    1. No, it’s not oil-free. And it has a very glowy finish, so if you have oily skin I wouldn’t recommend it. I believe Clinique have a good range of foundation with salicylic acid in it that’s good for breakouts (although I haven’t personally tried it), or Bobbi Brown has an excellent range of oil-free foundations. As ever, check the colour against your skin tone before you buy.

  3. Hi I am 46 and never worn foundation ! but I feel now i :( unfortunatly I have dry , sensitive with the odd outbrake of eczema ….. Would you help ?

    1. I understand that as time goes on, sometimes you feel the need to even out your skin tone (I certainly fall in that category!) Without meeting you it’s very hard for me to suggest the right foundation as I don’t know your skin colour or undertones. However, if you have dry and sensitive skin I would suggest visiting a few counters and getting samples to try first, to see how your skin reacts. Bobbi Brown has an excellent and comprehensive range of foundations, including ones for dry and mature skin. (I particularly like her BB Cream at present, which is quite moisturising and provides a good basic level of coverage.) Chantecaille’s Future Skin will give you a bit more coverage than a BB Cream or tinted moisturiser, and a dewy finish. And if your skin is very sensitive, you could try Dr Hauschka’s Tinted Moisturiser (which I’m yet to try), but I find her products good for sensitive skins generally. But do be careful with matching it to your skin tone – each brand tends to favour different tones within the skin and it’s important to choose a brand which is right for you. Good luck!

  4. Hi there!
    How would you compare Chanel Vitalumiere to Armani Luminous Silk in terms of how they photograph?
    I was curious if Vitalumiere causes white face/flashback because of the SPF.


    1. I like both the Armani Luminous Silk and the Vitalumiere and use both in my kit. I’ve never had problems with either of them being photographed. They both have a luminous finish although I would say the Armani was a slightly heavier coverage (I often apply it with a damp sponge to make it more sheer).

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