Sisley: The Answer to Vitalumiere Aqua

Hey Guys!

I discovered something WONDERFUL at the Sisley counter recently:

Meet ‘Phyto Teint Eclat’ — an oil free, medium to full coverage, weightless, ‘dries down to a powder’ foundation!
Sound familiar? The formula is shockingly similar to Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua, but with a bit more to offer. For starters, this lovely foundation comes with a pump…

…and it could be me,  but although it’s only an ounce, it looks like this bottle holds much more product than its Chanel counterpart.
Like Vitalumiere Aqua, you have to shake this foundation up first before you use it. But UNLIKE Vitalumiere Aqua, this foundation comes in a much more diverse range of colors!

This is me:

Now, that looks a little pink right? It’s not. I put it on, and it’s a dead match for my skin tone. But there’s a cloud behind this silver lining. The ‘dries down to a powder’ part of this foundation can be a problem with flash. Like the Revlon Photo Finish (still hate the smell), the ‘reflective particles’ in this foundation can make it go too light under a flash.

This is me without flash. The foundation is DEAD ON for my skin tone. It’s not set with a powder. It set that way all by itself.

With flash, it’s a different story. It appears too light. That means, this is NOT the foundation of choice for say, a red carpet event (lots of flash bulbs), but it’s perfect for natural light… say for an outdoor photoshoot or a day/night out with friends. It also looks fine under artificial light, but the additional light from a flash bulb could be a problem.

Other good news… it’s TOTALLY weightless. It feels like a light skin cream going on, then the feeling disappears. I’m amazed by the weightlessness and finish.

I’m definitely keeping it. I took the Vitalumiere Aqua back, so this will be a lovely replacement. To be fair, I should mention the price. Not cheap. 115.00 — so it’s definitely an investment. Compared to Chanel’s 45.00 price tag, Sisley is really asking you to take a leap of faith with this foundation.

As always, swatch first… then make a decision. Don’t mess with this foundation sight unseen. It’s too expensive to potentially be unhappy with it. 

Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

This is not for everyone.

In fact, Chanel has guaranteed this fact by making a shade of foundations so limited, that the darkest shade is still nearly a full shade too light for me… and I’m medium-toned.

What year is it?

These foundations are currently on display and ready for sale at Nordstrom stores across Southern California. But there are NO testers. I’m almost wondering if that’s on purpose. The Vita Lumiere Aqua is meant to replace the Teint Innocence line, which also featured a limited color range. I guess Chanel simply wasn’t interested in evolving on this one. That color you see is NOT the color of the foundation; all the bottles are small (one ounce) and opaque.

You actually have to open the bottle (after you shake it up to mix the formula) to get the true color:

That color is Beige Sienne (or 5.0). That is the DARKEST shade in this foundation formula. I was pretty bummed about it, because I really wanted to test this foundation by itself. But I can’t wear it without a dark primer or a darker bronzer around the edges of my face. Otherwise it just won’t work.

The foundation range comes with two different undertones: Beige (yellow)  and Beige Rose (pink). The range is from 1.0 (the lightest) to 5.0 (the darkest).

It applies light and even, and blends down to a powder almost immediately. In fact, Chanel MUA’s do not recommend that you use this foundation with a brush because it’s already set by the time you start trying to move it around on your face. So you apply with fingers, and blend. It’s quick and easy to apply, with sheer to medium coverage. This foundation is nothing like its Vitalumiere sister, which sets to a shiny finish. This one sets unmistakably matte.

Despite the limited color range, I did get the darkest color to try with a primer (normally I use MUFE #4). I should also mention the scent of this product… it smells distinctly like Iris perfume. I think that Chanel is trying to imitate Guerlain with the foundation fragrance.

If you’re my shade or darker, just pass this foundation by. It’s not worth fighting with the color. The formula is good… but certainly not enough to spend $45 for something that doesn’t match your skin. This is for the fair skinned beauties… no doubt about it.

I am sad that Chanel chose to go with such a limited color range. It would have been nice to include ALL beauties in the creation of this new foundation.

Totally Random:

I found a discontinued bottle of ‘Trapeze’ nail polish while poking around a department store. I never got the shade when it came out about 3 years ago. So, OF COURSE I snapped it right up! Lovely color… gold based taupe. Highly reflective and very flattering. I love it.