Chanel makeover and first impressions of Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The other day I had the opportunity of getting a makeover and skin care consultation by one of the International Chanel Makeup Artists. I couldn't miss a chance like this so I headed over to the Chanel counter. 

I was met by Jesus Martínez, the Spanish Chanel makeup artist with a big smile and a happy manner. I was a bit disappointed to find out that I would be lying back on a seat rather than looking into a mirror, which I prefer when attending a makeover or masterclass. 


He first started with my skin care, applying the toner first and then going on to showing me the best skin care products for my skin type. I have quite large pores as I have oily skin so he suggested that I try the new Le Jour de Chanel and Le Weekend de Chanel. The first one contains salicylic acid which would be perfect for my skin type and the second contains glycolic acid and I would use it at the weekend as the name suggests. 

He also used eye serum and pointed out that even though I was very young and had no wrinkles I had to think about prevention for when I reached my thirties (I was feeling quite chuffed that he thought I was 22 at the most). I enjoyed the Chanel skin care very much and I have heard it is great, albeit the high price.

Chanel Vitalumière Loose Powder Foundation

He then went on to apply makeup and I thought I would be testing out the Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet but I was surprised when he took out the new Chanel Vitalumière Loose Powder Foundation. He said it was a great foundation with a matte but luminous finish and would be great for my skin. I told him I didn't really like a powdery finish and I wasn't too happy at first as I thought I would look cakey. 

He applied the foundation with the included kabuki and I was very surprised with the method. He said the way was to press down with the kabuki in circles making sure it would be fixed on the skin rather than sitting on top. I have to point out that the kabuki was really soft even though he was applying a fair amount of pressure. He applied the lightest shade and when he finished I thought it looked quite light and a bit powdery, but not as bad as I expected. 

I didn't think I would like the foundation but later on in the day I couldn't stop looking at myself in the mirror, I liked the finish and I couldn't believe it hadn't broken down yet. I even touched my face a couple of times and was surprised not to feel a trace of oiliness or shine! It didn't look powdery anymore as it had settled on my skin although I do feel it could enhance dry patches on dryer skin.

The Look

He said he would go for a very natural makeup and after applying concealer he went on to my eyes. He first dried my lids with a tissue paper which was incredibly abrasive and then applied the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in the shade Illusoire, first to the crease and then blending towards the lid. It was actually a beautiful effect and it seemed as if he had used more than one shade. 

He lined my eyes with a dark eye pencil and then applied lashings of mascara. I have to admit that the whole process was quite grueling as he wasn't very careful and I felt like the skin around my eyes was being torn off! Nevertheless the finished look was very striking, although I wouldn't call it natural. 

He used a very beautiful baby pink Chanel Joues Contraste and finished the look with one of the new Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses, in the shade #17 Supreme, lining my lips first with a slightly darker pink. The finished look on me made me seem like a dainty doll, which was nice except the overdrawn lips as the lip liner was quite noticeably darker than the gloss. 

My haul

I was a little naughty as I bought two things, which I probably didn't need. First of all the Illusion D'Ombre in the shade Illusoire, which is a lovely purple taupe and makes my eyes stand out so I had to pick it up. Then I asked about a lipstick as I wanted to buy my first lipstick and I picked up Chanel Rouge Allure #91 Seduisante which is a lovely medium pink on my lips.
I may end up buying the loose powder foundation as it was very interesting and I don't have anything like it. The lasting power seemed amazing on my oily skin! 

The makeup artist gave me quite a few samples of perfume, serums and creams and a beautiful little pouch and powder puff. Not too bad! 

Have you ever been to a makeover by a firm? Did you enjoy it?

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