Jenny J.'s (jennybish) Beauty Product Reviews
This is basically everything I love in a foundation--smoothing, long wearing, light weight, coverage without really looking like coverage. I tend to always stay with a natural look, but my skin tone is uneven and I have to cover the occasional break out or two and this foundation is able to take care of all those issues without making it look like I have a pound of make up on my face. I've never had a foundation (that is not set with powder, primer, and/or anything else) stay on as long as this foundation does and it stays on even longer when set with powder, primer and/or anything else. Also, it really only takes 2-3 little pumps of product a day, so this foundation will last for a while so I feel like I'm more so getting my monies worth. :)
Does it all.
I have similar skin to Shandy and I do agree that using this as a cleanser helps with getting rid of dryness, but it does make break-outs worse. I think it's because it's basically impossible to not leave an oily residue when using it in this method. But, I basically use this for everything else: body moisturizer, makeup remover (super gentle), deep hair treatment before washing my hair, anti-frizz shine serum, and I'm sure there are more uses. It's such a good product to have and it has worked wonders on my hair. Also, you don't need a lot of it so it lasts for a long time.
When I first smelled it, I was underwhelmed because it didn't seem like much and I didn't get the hype. After spraying it on myself and starting to walk away from the counter, I got it. It is very much like an arpeggio in that the scent keeps building as it reacts with your body--so much so that I kept smelling myself every so often the first time I wore it because I got something different every time I smelled. It starts out very understated, almost powdery but the floral notes of peony and wisteria with a just an ever so slight hint of musk build as you wear it. I tend to use a bottle of something and then go on to the next, but I will definitely buy another bottle of this once it is empty.
The quintessential lip/cheek stain. I've had a bottle of this for about three years and I'm still only have way through and I used to use it everyday on both my lips and cheeks. It's easy to use, swipe on your lips or dot and blend onto cheeks to give a natural flush. Oftentimes I use this after putting on lip liner and before putting on lipstick to help my lipstick last longer. Really great for creating a seemingly effortless, natural look.
Off and On
I have mixed emotions about this product, but I always seem to come back to it. I really adore ocean salt for the body, but I don't love it as much for the face. I don't have particularly sensitive skin, but it is chronically dry so I exfoliate at least once a week and I found ocean salt to be a tad on the harsh side. It does make your skin cleaner, smoother, and brighter though. Overall, it's worth the bit of harshness for the outcome.
My all time favorite nail polish. I own a lot of these (I have problems). Normally, I have to do at least three coats of whatever I'm using in order to get the real color punch I like, but with Chanel it never takes more than two and they dry super quickly. Also, I've worn these without topcoat and they last for quite a long time. With top coat they last even longer. A tad on the pricey side, but totally worth it in the long run.
I think this is great for really any skin type. I have mainly dry skin (sometimes it can be a little combo in my T zone) and this works great. Removes makeup well and smells good, but not over powering. Most importantly, it makes my face feel really clean! I feel like a blank canvas after washing my face with this so I can add all the good stuff from my moisturizer and goodies.
I like these enough to have two of them, but not enough to go gaga over them. Mainly because they don't last as long as I was expecting them to. Ease application is great, color is easily adjusted but I just wish they would stay on my face! I've actually started setting them with just a light touch of NARS' powder blush and they've lasted longer. Portofino is great for both cheeks and lips (with clear gloss on top) and Maldives is a great highlighter or eyeshadow base (make sure you use primer or it will crease in a flash!). They're good to have on the go and fun little things.
Okay, so if I was a newcomer to the Chanel foundation game, this would get five stars. I buy far too much Chanel, so I tend to compare red delicious apples to granny smiths. I was absolutely head over heels in love with the foundation they discontinued (teint innocence), so much so that I stocked up on it the minute I found out, before they released this one, so I can't help comparing the two.Vitalumiere aqua starts out great--natural with enough coverage/evening out of my skin tone (which made me happy because it reminded me of teint innocence), but throughout the day it gets kind of cakey on me, regardless if I set with powder or not. The feel is really nice, though--which is to be expected of Chanel products--basically feels like nothing.
I think this is one I'll have to put on the back burner for a bit and then maybe return to it.