Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation Review

by Rati on September 28, 2011 · 114 comments

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation Review

chanel vitalumiere aqua foundation

Claims : A new-generation texture. An unprecedented sensory experience. A unique makeup result. Rapid and easy application. VITALUMIÈRE AQUA. Apply your makeup without thinking about it.

Its soft and evanescent ultra-fine fluid texture is a real surprise. Although it is exceptionally delicate and light, an incomparable “second-skin” perfecting result is achieved. The complexion appears amazingly even, fresh and energized. The skin glows with seemingly nude beauty. As if glowing from within. Bathed in light…

Its formula, endowed with a UVB sun filter and mineral sunscreen, protects the skin from damaging sun rays (SPF 15). Its crystalline fragrance accentuates the sensation of freshness and pleasure on application.

Price : 2,500

Shade : BA 40 Beige Ombre Desert

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My Experience with Chanle Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation:

  • Love-Hate : I have had a love hate relationship with this foundation. I thought I’d be completely “wow-ed” by it but I was slightly disappointed initially. To start with I have normal to dry skin type. I’d start with the hate part first.  I bought this foundation last month when the whether was slightly humid. I wore it the first day and after almost 2 hours my face was looking super shiny. It barely ever happens with any foundation of my mine. I did one touch up during the day and my face looked fine. This continued happening for a few days and I was really not happy.  I stopped using it for a few days and started using it again when the whether got slightly dry . I totally fell in looovee with this foundation.  It does not make my face shiny at all now. It gives a slight glow to the face and stays on like this the entire day. I have come to the conclusion that this is entirely a winter foundation and that too for those with normal to dry skin.
  • Texture : It is a thin foundation with slightly runny texture. It feels super light on skin and glides on easily.
  • Coverage : It has light to medium coverage. IMHO, it is best for people who already have pretty good skin. If you have lots of blemishes or acne scars to cover, this may not be the best bet. It is buildable without any trace of cakiness but still it is definitely not a full coverage foundation.
  • Finish : It is neither matte nor dewy but bends a bit towards matte only. It has absolutely no shimmers (which is awesome) but still manages to give a slight glow to your face.
  • Feel : It feels ultra light on skin and looks amazingly natural. One can never tell if you are actually wearing any base makeup, it looks THAT natural. It is almost like a tinted moisturiser with a bit more coverage.
  • Fragrance : It is slightly perfume-y but in a nicer way. It’s not over the top.
  • Staying Power : I think that’s the most impressive part about this foundation. With or without primer, it goes strong for good 8 hours (& more) on me. On so many days I have had meetings during the day and then outing in the evening. All I had to do was a little powder and blush touch up to transform from day to night. The base has held pretty strong for me. I feel this would change from person to person but still the staying power in general is very good.
  • Transfers : It unfortunately transfers if you don’t set it with powder. With powder it just goes on strong .
  • Shade Selection: I feel it would be difficult for dusky skin girls to find their shades. I got BA 40 which is slightly peachy for my skin tone . The BA 30 that i tried was slightly yellow for my skintone and was looking a little ashy. But since it is not a heavy coverage foundation the shade works very well for me. The color kinda adapts to my skin tone perfectly after 5-7 minutes of application. I suggest that you try 3-4 shades before you choose one for yourself.
  • At no point of time it makes your skin feel uncomfortable.
  • Never broke me out.
  • It is best applied with finger tips or a stippling brush.
  • Packaging : It comes in a travel friendly plastic bottle with a squeeze top. The bottle is not transparent so you can never tell when the foundation would get over. But otherwise it is quite a convenient and easy to use bottle.
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Swatch of BA40Chanel vitalumiere aqua swatch

Overall, I am highly satisfied with this foundation. But I would try to finish it up during the fall winter months only. I don’t have to bother about my foundation looking un natural or cakey. Chanel Vitalumeire Aqua does live up to its claim of  “it is exceptionally delicate and light, an incomparable “second-skin”  “.The finish is beautiful without it being too matte or too dewy. I barely touch up my face with powder during the day. Would be best for those for dry-normal to combination skin types. It does not have very high SPF so it looks quite nice in photographs as well. 🙂

I have worn Chanel vitalumiere Aqua HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE 

Phew! that was a long review. 😛

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anks September 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

i am loving the pics these days… very nice and creative!

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

thank you. 🙂

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Vaishnavi September 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm

ahh…Rati…u no good…with all the teasers and Chanel…my wallet is crying!!! :waaa: :waaa: :waaa:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:)

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Ramya September 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Rati, I was waiting for the reviews of this and the cream since u posted the Chanel haul.. Awesome pics.. The foundation does sound great, 8hrs stay!! :stars: But then its CHANEL :jaiho:

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Ramya September 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Oh, and I simply LOVED the pics… I was staring at it so long. Had to practically tear my eyes away n look at the review 🙂

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

yeah ramya. The staying power is like super impressive. :)) Thank you. 🙂

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Ramya September 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Ok, I need one suggestion from u. Which would u recommend, the cream or the foundation?? I mean which is more like a must try…?
I’ll save up acc to ur reply 🙂

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

i guess foundation. Ramya i do makeup and swatches one after the other. all the testing and trying really takes a toll on my skin. i really need heavy skin care dose ramya so i am not minding too much spending on skin care these days. If your moisturiser is working well for you then there is no need to buy such an expensive cream. But foundation is something which is a pain to find. This is really good. I mean it’s just like your second skin and you would really forget what cakiness means. 🙂 So i guess my vote would go for foundation. 🙂

and this one only if you hve normal to dry skin.

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Ramya September 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Oh!!!!! What u said makes a lot of sense. My current Lotus Alphamoist n Neutrogena oil free r kinda HG now.
Same can’t be said for foundation :(( And I’d LOVE the second skin feel.
Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation :thanks: Maybe I can find a variant for combo skin.

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

do give this a shot anyway. this is a water based foundation. may work for you. 🙂

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Ramya September 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Right!!!! I will DEFINITELY buy this 🙂 🙂

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Pooja A September 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Daboo Ratnani Ban gayi ho tum Rati!!!!!!! Berry Berry nice fotusssss …Foundation ke liye islye nahi bola kyunki I am Oily Queen :specs: :specs:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

If ever i meet daboo ratnani, i will tell him this. :preen: :puchhi:

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm

daboo ratnani jump from his terrace same day 😀 😀

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

:waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

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Pooja A September 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm

😆 :lol2: 😆 :lol2: 😆 :lol2:

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monika September 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

not for oilies like me

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm

yeah!

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Parita September 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm

can try in winters but definitely not for summers! quite expensive also..one day may be will try this one out 🙂
Pics are awesome!

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

thanks parita. I am def not using it in winters. 🙂 actually a considering chale i found the price decent. MAC foundations come for rs 1800-1900 and they also give 30 ml products. So if you compare the price that ways, it sounds fine. 🙂

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

:love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:
noh noh
:smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

when i came to meet you na.. i was wering this. 😀 😀

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

oh sachi kyaa….. :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: i lobbb ur new dp :rose: :rose: :rose: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

n bluch kaunsha thaa :toothygrin:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

errr…. bhool gayi 😐 😐 😐 next time copy mein likh kar laaya karoongi :headbang:

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

yesh yesh…. pleeejjjj……likh k lana wht bluch, eye sadow, libiishtik, lip balm sab detail pooraa chhiye meiko :teeth :teeth :teeth
oh l/s toh i knw… cosmo :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

n likh k copy laana mat bhool jaana bas 😀

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

hehehhhehe yesh!! 😀 lift mein libishtik was fun :makeup: :makeup: :makeup:

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

yaaahhhhhh funnnnnnnn :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
radiga has warned me, that she can put libishtick anywhr :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

:huh:

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm

:hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

has nhi had*

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

me love yours :hihi:

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

hehehhehe next i put this one–> :happydance:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm

😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

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Poo September 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Awesum picss Ratiii :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: . and i m really liking ur new dp… poutmati… :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: .. The foundation is good but at this price i expected it to be wearable in both the seaons..Summers+winters… :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

haan i would have love that too poo. But whetever i would have hated it if it didnt work in winters too. :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :toothygrin:

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Maansi September 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm

There should be a sighing smiley :struggle: :struggle:

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

this one is lil like sigh i tink :methinks: :methinks:

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Maansi September 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

ismein guzara nahi hota hai na btw, I like the new pic 😉

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Nupur September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

guzara nhi hota 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐
thnkx b/w O:)

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Maansi September 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Read the make up haul post for further detail :struggle: :struggle:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

😛

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Maansi September 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I like your new pic too and I finally understood why they called you poutmati :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

thankoo O:) O:) O:)

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bhavna September 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

nice review rati.one thing rati just wanted to ask you that the review of lakme gloss no-11,read it today morning i mean almost by 11am,but now its not showing in the site.what happen to that review not getting it,beautiful non stcky wine colour gloss.

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

bhawana that has already been rev on blog. didnt realize it earlier. 🙁

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bhavna September 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm

ok,plz give me that link,thats really lovely colour.

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Aruna September 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm

i love the way these bottles look. the packaging is so amazing..feel like buying it when they look so good and you almost feel that it will live up to what it claims na? such a sexy bottle..

I wish someone out there would review these brands for other skin types too.

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

aruna you may check out mate lumiere foundation.

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Aruna September 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm

is this from Chanel too?

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm

oh yeah . it is from chanel. actually it’s not for any skin type. Just a matte finish foundation that is loved my many oily skin people. 🙂

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jyo September 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

lovely pics and nice review Rati. :)) ‘ll definitely try this out along with Mac whn i feel the need for a foundation. :makeup: :makeup: :makeup:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

great jyo. hope you like it. 🙂

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Gaea September 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Been wanting this ever since, esp since it promises light skin n saw the MUAs video on their site but wasn’t sure. Guess will get this. Since I oscillate bet dry to combo, won’t hurt. But like u said shade mayb a challenge for me. N trying 3-4 shades, mmm, time!!! These ppl should also have some home service like some clothe boutiques do lol.
Neways thx 4the review 🙂

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

lolll!!! gaea shades are really confusing plus the lights here in boutique dnt help much. 🙁 yeah I guess you’d have to try 3-4 shades. It would help. I have vitalumiere powder foundation also.. This does not match with my powder shade so i got all the more confused. :hunterwali:

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Gaea September 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Awww. Hopeless then for me 🙁
I do quite like their liquid foundation in vitalumiere. So Thot this would be good.

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

oh may be vitalumiere liquid liquid have same shades.. is very confoosing gaea. you go and try okay? 🙂

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jomol September 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I don’t like shany shany foundations for dry skin :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

jomo they have mat lumiere that gives matte finish :makeup: :makeup:

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Shai September 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

wow! Glad it worked for you during the dryer days, Rati. Chanel packaging is soo classy. Hope I get around to owning a lippie at least sometime!

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

do that soon. You have dior stuff na. you’d love chanel. 🙂

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Shai September 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I’m gonna start saving up now!

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dimpi September 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Really amazing pics rati :yes: …..n gr8 that this one worked so well for you :waytogo: ….but me oily skin….n mumbai climate….bad combi for the foundation….better to give this a miss…. :-/

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

yeah that would be the best. 🙂

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bhavna September 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

yeah yeah got it,thanks rati,but colour looks bit diff,anyways thanks

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dimpi September 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Really really amazing pics rati :yes: …..n gr8 that this one worked so well for you :waytogo: ….but me oily skin….n mumbai climate….bad combi for the foundation….better to give this a miss…. :-/

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ramya September 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Is that kesar? awesome pics Rati…. they are getting interesting everyday 🙂
and the foundation looks great….the packaging and everything too 🙂

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

hihihih yeah that’s kesar. 😀 😀 thanks. :))

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Bee September 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

The packaging only is so great. Oh God plz make me rich LOL

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

you are rich only bee. :-* you complete your padhaai likhai to become more rich. :hihi:

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shivani September 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

saffron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………itna mehenga foudation usper se kesar!!!!!….but lovely pics Rati….u r turning out to be quite a pro!!

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm

thankooo O:) O:) O:)

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Vid September 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm

liked the packaging and great it worked for you 😀
aweshum photus again :woot:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm

thanks vid.. :))

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Rads September 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

You finally reached a decision on whether you like it or not :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: I think I will go begging for a sample of this to try :toothygrin:

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

yeah i finally reached a decision . I like it for dry months :dumb: yesh yesh radiga you go try… 😀 There toh they give samples also easily :huh: :huh: :huh:

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Sabrina September 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

What lovely pics, Rati. And I must see their website about the Matt version of this foundation. Also, the Chanel night cream you reviewed – you said there is a gel version of that….gotta check out the details of that too. :)) :))

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Rati September 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

oh yeah they have a gel form of that. Sabrina that is both day and night cream. :)) radhika has rev the mattee lumiere powder foundation you may check that . They have the liquid version of the same foundation.

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Sabrina September 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm

That’s great, thanks Rati, I’ll ask Rads coz I love powder foundations. Am loving powder foundations these days. And also the day/night cream … I’ll surely check the details asap. :)) :))

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Rati September 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Nids September 29, 2011 at 12:30 am

luved ur review rati.. this time u sgregated the areas well… n i chked ur pics in all the links u gav for reference .. n this foundtion luks awesum on u.. coverage is great n results r rght on the spot :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :mirror: :mirror: :mirror: :mirror: .. but 2500/- is a thing to b thought of.. fir to i shud pick mac first as its lesser in price.. :dumb: :dumb:

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Rati September 29, 2011 at 10:28 am

yeah nids, it looks super natural. and for day time toh it’s like a makeup lover’s dream come true. 😀

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fahee September 29, 2011 at 12:43 am

wooooooooooooow..a well written article with such creative snaps…loved it rati

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Rati September 29, 2011 at 10:29 am

thanks fahee. 🙂

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praseena September 29, 2011 at 12:46 am

That was a very well-detailed and great review. thanks, Rati :thanks:

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Rati September 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

thanks praseena. 🙂

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Neeraj September 29, 2011 at 12:49 am

Hi Rati,
Was waiting for this review since the day you had the Chanel haul on and I am loving it! It looks quite natural and sometimes scares the person due to its amazing texture……..for me the word is “polished” skin…….Thanks a lot for the review!

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Rati September 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

Neeraj, yeah I kinda took long to review it because I was slightly confused myself in the beginning. Glad you liked the review. And “polished” is THE word. 🙂

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neeraj September 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I was waiting for it as I was so not sure about purchasing thr foundation. But now I am going to go and purchase it!! Thanks and ur haul is awesome. Making me a bit jealous now!

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Rati September 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Happy shopping :victory2: :victory2:

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Neeraj September 30, 2011 at 1:07 am

lol………thanks…

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Kimi September 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……me liked the review Rati…..but me conphuuused..me wanted to buy this..but now getting double minded for my oily-combi skin… :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle:

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Rati September 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

cali it gives that glow kinda thing to the skin. If you prefer matte, this may not be for you. 🙂

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Charu January 14, 2012 at 4:51 am

Hey Rati! This looks so great on you! Would you mind providing me the ingredients for this? If you can take a picture or something that would be great! I get allergic to a lot of ingredients so I just want to make sure I can safely use this before purchasing! Thanks!!

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Reema March 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Hey Rati….

Sorry I hate being a know it all but you’ve been spelling WEATHER (As in the temperature outside) as WHETHER. Maybe something to edit.

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