CHANEL

Chanel has recently added a new foundation to their Vitalumiere line called Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation with Mini Kabuki Brush SPF15 recently. It is a new generation of foundation that looks light loose powder  but gives the result of a fluid foundation without a sign of cakeness and thickness with an excellent coverage. I have splurged on so many foundations in the past months, but I still decided to get this one as it just sounded amazing to me, and I loved every single product I have tried from their Vitalumiere line so I had a strong faith in this product.

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Below is the official product description which I think is pretty accurate:

Product description

“Inside its new “LIGHT BOX,” which holds the secrets of a naturally luminous and even complexion, CHANEL unveils an unprecedented duo. A loose powder foundation and a precious accessory: the MINI KABUKI BRUSH. The surprise: a texture with the evanescence of a loose powder and the smoothing result of a fluid foundation. For a natural second-skin result with no hint of thickness and an amazingly even and smooth skin texture.
-A new generation of high-definition light pigments that makes it possible to capture and diffuse softer light that is more flattering for the complexion.
-Mica powder, which optimises light reflection for a natural satiny effect.
-Canola oil derivative, which improves skin suppleness and provides a sensation of comfort on application and all day long.”
-A sunscreen for SPF 15 protection.”

My thoughts:

Packaging

The foundation is housed in a sturdy and frosted plastic jar, and the design is user-friendly as you can press the brush into the mesh to get the powder to avoid the mess. It comes with a cute mini KABUKI brush, which is made of synthetic bristles and feels very dense and soft. If you are not so fussed with makeup tools, then this brush is good enough for applying the foundation. As for me I prefer other larger brushes that I have in my collection for a quicker application. Having said that, this mini brush is particularly great for working around the small and hard to reach areas.

Color
I always seem to have problems with foundation color matching at the Chanel counters. I am normally BC15-BC20 for Chanel foundations, and I was told that this foundation runs a little lighter than the others so BC20 would look too greyish on me. I went by the SA’s advice who matched me with BC30 which turns out to be a tad darker and more yellow on me. It is still wearable, but if I get to choose again I would have picked my normal BC20 shade. If you are in between a shade, then I would suggest to go for the darker shade.

Surprising that the Vitalumiere Loose Powder appears to be the lightest in this comparison swatch. I think it’s because that the regular liquid foundations are more oqaque and thicker in texture so they look darker when unblended.

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Coverage and Finish

The texture of the powder is extremely finely milled, and once it is applied on to the skin it does transform into a soft and non-powdery airbrushed finish.  I never liked the mineral powder foundation as it just looks heavy and drying on my dry skin, and I can assure you that this one looks very natural and light on skin without enhancing any dry patches and settling into the pores. It gives a semi-satiny finish that is neither dewy nor matte which would be ideal for normal to combo skin, and it also serves as a good base for adding highlighters later on to achieve your desired finish. The coverage is medium to full – it evens out the complexion and covers up mild to moderate imperfections. Lasting power is similar to a liquid foundation and I get 6 to 7 hours wear out of it without oxidization. Last but not least this is the type of foundation that looks better in a more translucent and luminous way after several hours of wear.

Overall

I really like this foundation for a flawless and airbrushed look, but it’s not my holy grail because I have dry skin and I prefer foundation that gives a more dewy and radiant finish. If you have oily normal to combo skin, this foundation will most likely play really well in all seasons without making you look overly matte. As for me this will be reserved for the summer and traveling as it can pretty much be used as a foundation as well as setting powder.

The Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation is available here and here with international shipping available, and there will be a 15% VAT deduction at the final checkout at Harrods for orders outside of Europe.

 

 

 

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Every year Chanel releases some limited edition nail colors exclusive for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, and it’s the stunning Chanel Le Vernis Sweet Star this year. It’s a very unique and complex color with iridescent shimmer in duo-chrome finish. I had a very hard time taking swatch pictures of this one because the color is so reflective due to its mirror-like shine. After half an hour of struggling, I managed to get some swatches at the best of my ability. As you can see the color on my nails looks different at every angle – it’s silvery grey when you look at it from the front, or a rich eggplant, or a greenish black from the angles. Texture is smooth and you get an opaque finish with 2 coats.

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Life has been extremely busy for me lately.  Returning back to work full time, and trying to spend as much time as possible with my baby, and blogging after he goes to bed along with several other projects going on is really a juggle for me. As a result I’ve learnt to cut down my makeup time drastically, which is something I swore I would never do because I absolutely enjoy putting makeup on with my endless stash of makeup! Anyway I figured that my top priority right now is to catch up on my beauty sleep so I have carefully edited a selection of my favorite makeup that give me the look I am after under 5 minutes.

When it comes to quick makeup – perfecting the complexion is always my number one priority. If I can get a nice clean and fresh complexion then it makes the rest of the makeup application a breeze. My current favorite combination is the Bobbi Brown Enriched Vitamin Face Base (reviewed here), then a sheer layer of the YSL CC Cream Lavender (reviewed here) which gives me a well-rested glow, followed by YSL Touche Eclat Foundation applied with Beauty Blender. All together takes about 2 minutes, and these three products are guaranteed to give me a natural and flawless complexion with a moist and dewy glow.

For the eyes and cheeks, I go for cream based products and I like to apply them just with my fingers. I use the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 93 Impulsion for highlight around the eyes, and Mirage on the crease. The By Terry Hydra Blush 3 Bubble Glow gives an effortless coral-pink flush to the cheeks that instantly brightens up the complexion.

Eyeliner and mascara are essential items for me which I would never skip. I have been wearing a brown eyeliner instead of black lately as it makes my eyes appear softer. The Creer Beaute makes the best waterproof and easy to apply liquid eyeliner in my opinion, and their latest Sailor Moon Star Power Liquid Liner (brown) is a medium warm chocolate brown liquid eyeliner that goes well with my neutral eye shadows. It leans a little to warm and reddish for my liking so I am still on the hunt for a perfect dark cool brown eyeliner. The Le Volume de Chanel Mascara came as a surprise for me. I didn’t like any other Chanel mascaras that I tried before but this one is a gem and worth the hefty price tag!

Last but not least, having lipstick on defines me! I  always have at least 5 lipsticks that are on high rotation every week, and the Chanel Rouge Coco 60 Triomphe (reviewed here) is my go-to lipstick of the week that goes well with my By Terry blush.

 

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Chanel is known for having the most classic and timeless nail colors. If you don’t have Chanel Le Vernis Frenzy 559, I urge you to get one please. It’s the most beautiful soft pale gray nude with a hint to taupe undertone that I have ever seen. The finish has just the right amount of sheer and translucency that makes this shade so soft and delicate with a sophisticated edge. Quality is excellent! And what I love about this shade is that it’s such a neutral shade that goes really well with either gold or silver jewelry. Bottom Line – whether you are into Chanel nail polishes or not, Frenzy is a must have!

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On my nails this week is the Chanel Le Vernis Mirabella 623. It’s such a bright and happy neon orange color (has a hint of coral tone in some angles) that is perfect for both hand and feet. Swatch below is with 2 coats and a topcoat.  With nail polishes the most important criteria for me is whether the color is flattering against my skintone, and Mirabella certainly gets a big tick for that. It’s such a flattering color that I would wear on a regular basis.  And we all know that the quality of Chanel won’t let you down. This one is also of standard Chanel Le Vernis – smooth to apply to a streak free finish with 2 coats in a glossy cream finish.

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This is a more detailed review for the new reformulated Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Tisse Mademoiselle 214 (see this post for general review). I have been playing with this quad for several days, and I absolutely love it. It is such a unique and subtle neutral quad with complex undertones. I’d like to emphasize again that the reformulated eye shadows are extremely creamy – certainly the creamiest powder eye shadows I have ever owned and you can almost apply them with your fingers for a wash of color. For precise application it is best to use brushes that tend to pick up more pigments. All shades go on very smooth and they adhere nicely to the skin without aging the eyes, and that’s what differs a good quality high-end eye shadow to the drugstore brands.

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Except for the darkest shade in the quad, the rest of the shades are very neutral and quite light so you might not like this if you are into bold colors. The shades might only serve you as a wash of color if you have medium to dark skin tone. As for me they work really well together for illuminating as well as adding some depth. As you can see from the below swatch, the colors show up differently depending on the angles. They can pull slightly muddy on yellow toned skin because of the tinge of olive undertone, so I like to prep my eye lids with foundation first.

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In the below tutorial, I also included the new Chanel Stylo Yeux in Marron Glace 906 , which is  a lovely shimmery dark brown color. Other products used include the Chanel Cream Blush Intonation, and Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Nectar (absolutely love this one!).

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EYES

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Chanel has released 8 new reformulated Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadows (available at Nordstrom online now!), with some old ones being discontinued. I picked up 226 Tisse Rivoli and 214 Tisse Mademoiselle yesterday at the Chanel Makeup Studio. As usual I gravitated towards the neutral palettes, and I thought I’d do a comparison review on these new quads.

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QUALITY

The texture of the reformulated eye shadows are pretty phenomenal – they are the creamiest powder eye shadows I have ever seen from Chanel. Trust me I have a fair share of them in my makeup stash – ranging from the US formula, to the exclusive seasonal limited edition palettes. The texture of these feel like ‘creamy jelly’ -  they are so buttery soft with a slight cushiony touch, and smooth like velvet. The pigmentation is also richer than the old formula, and easier to glide on to the skin. I find it much easier to swatch these new palettes (with only 1 -2 swipes to get full intensity), whereas for some old mediocre quads I had to swept several times. In terms of finish, they still retain the soft and subtle sheen that Chanel eye shadows are known for.

In short, my conclusion from comparison in terms of texture is as follows:

Softness of reformulated quads > US version > Limited Edition palettes such as Topaki and Harmonie de Soir > Euro/Asia baked version

Pigmentation of reformulated quads are identical to US version/LE palettes

COLORS

I pulled out some Chanel quads that I think are similar for comparison.

Close up of Tisse Rivoli

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226 Tisse Rivoli is very similar to Raffinement but more warm.

214 Tisse Mademoiselle is the closest to Dune but more warm with a hint of very light olive tinge.

On a side note, according to the Chanel SA, Lagoon,  Eclosion, Raffinement, will be discontinued along with several others which I can’t remember.

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I bought the Chanel eye shadow quads in Australia for AUD$90 each. Also available at Nordstrom online (link here).

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On my nails today is the Chanel Le Vernis Tutti Frutti (621) from the Summer 2014 Collection. A stunning saturated pink based coral shade that will definitely make your nails the centre of attention in a good way. It’s a neutral shade that would brighten up most skin colors. Like many Chanel nail polishes, Tutti Frutti contains micro gold shimmer (as you can see from the bottle) but applies to a cream finish. A must-have color for the warm season, yet an instant ‘brighten-me-up’ shade for a gloomy day!

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