At the end of summer Chanel graced up with a new addition to their Vitalumiere range in the form of a powder foundation - and when I had some House of Fraser vouchers I put them towards this rather pricey present for me to me. This puppy is £55 so certainly not something you'll be picking up in every colour but I thought I would give it a whirl and pen what I thought.
First up let's talk about the Kabuki brush included. This puts all 'free' brushes to shame (free is in inverted commas because the price quite clearly reflects it's inclusion) but I will say this brush is of such high quality, in fact I would imagine it's as good quality as the stand alone 'Touch Up' brush which retails for £32. A 'refill' option currently isn't available so hypothetically if you wanted to repurchase this you'd end up with multiple brushes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just you'll end up with a large tab. The packaging is reminiscent of Tarte's powder foundation offering with that genius yet simple piece of netting which minimises spillages as general wasted product, it also lets you work the product onto brush so you can buff it in. The container itself is sturdy and I reckon could survive a few drops on the floor, although it isn't terribly travel friendly (but which loose powder foundation is? Am I right?) Now onto the good stuff inside - it has that beautiful Chanel base smell and blends in with that soft little brush like an absolute dream. Is this the base to slap on in thirty seconds flat? No. This is the foundation where you take that little extra time to buff it in and pretend that birds are helping you get ready, but not in a chaste Snow White type of way, but in a I'm fabulous Marilyn Monroe type of way. It blends seamlessly into the skin and doesn't leave you looking powdery but leaves a nice veil of even colour, and you can choose to put on a light dusting or build that coverage up without it getting heavy. It sticks around for a good amount of time, but if you decide to top up mid afternoon, layering doesn't get cakey or thick at all. I genuinely think the only drawbacks to this product are the price and the shade range catering for basically just French women.
Let's be real, that price tag is grimace-inducing, but I thought if you're lucky enough like me to have a couple of vouchers or are gifted money this holiday season, you might want to put it towards something a little more luxury to tide you over the typically austere January. Chanel rarely disappoint in the base department, I think it's just all about finding the formula for you, but if you ask me, you're onto a winner with this one!