Sunday, 22 July 2012

Splurge or Save Sunday: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Hi dolls,

I'm back with another splurge or save Sunday post, and today I'm looking at the much talked about Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. This product is quite a splurge as it retails at £32 - which for many people is a lot to spend on just a foundation. However I do love my little foundation and do think it's worth the investment, however if you're one of the many who don't think it's worth the money I have a little treat for you all in the form of the save option: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. 

Now that we are into the summer (supposedly) not that you would gather that from the weather in the UK, we are saying goodbye to those thicker coverage foundations and hello to lighter more summery foundations. I've used both foundations for a while now and can honestly say I love both considering they are at opposite sides of the pricing scale.

One of the first things I like about both foundations are the packaging, both are easy to travel with and have the addition of the pump and nozzle so you hopefully won't waste too much foundation.

Both foundations are considered light coverage which can be built up to around a medium coverage, and I find personally that both do this well. Both give a fresh dewy finish - however don't be put off if you do have oily skin because my skin would fall under the oily combo and I don't have a problem with either foundation. 

In terms of formula both are very different when applied on the hand, however once blended on the skin I feel both are very similar. The Chanel foundation is water based which means that it needs a good shaking before you begin to apply it on the skin, which you can see how runny it is on the photos as I didn't shake the bottle so you could see the difference. Bourjois on the other hand is a thicker foundation when applied on the hand but you know one small pump will go a long way and blend easily.

I find when applying both foundations on my face - a little goes a long way so you know both will last you a while, and both feel light and smooth once applied on the skin. Once applied I find they last for around the same time which for me is anywhere between 8-12 hours. Bourjois claim their foundation will last 16 hours which unfortunately it just doesn't.

Now with the two foundations apart from price there a big difference between them for me which make me side towards the Chanel, the first being SPF: Chanel's foundation contains an SPF of 15 whereas the Bourjois has none.

A big let down for me on both foundations is the lack of colour shades available both only come with around 6 shades to choose from, now with Chanel I'm lucky because the shade I have is perfect however with Bourjois I find I have to blend two of their lighter shades for a perfect match.

Lastly we are on price, so like I said Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua comes in at a hefty £32 for a 30ml bottle, whereas the Bourjois retails for around £9.99 for the same amount and you can sometimes bag this foundation as part of an offer if Boots or Superdrug have their 3 for 2 on makeup.

Would you splurge or save?

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