In my recent monthly favourites post (which you can read here) I mentioned that I had been loving two foundations in particular. Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua have had me singing 'eenie meenie miney mo' most mornings, but what is the real difference between the two?
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B10 - £31.00
Chanel's make up always seems to have a lovely, fresh scent to it, which makes application all that luxurious. Vitalumiere Aqua's packaging is different to most of the Chanel foundations, in that it has a twist off lid and you need to squeeze the bottle to get the product out. It's a light coverage foundation which is buildable depending on the look you're going for, or if you're like me, how you're skin looks that day. It gives the face a healthy glow and a flawless finish. The foundation only comes in seven shades which is quite limiting and I even find my B10 to be slightly too dark. This will change in the summer when I tan but isn't ideal during winter. The shades are yellow in tone, so great if you have red undertones or hyper pigmentation. I find that, personally, this foundation doesn't have great lasting power and can go patchy during a long day, even with primer. I love the finish too much not to use it.
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in 'I'm Pure 4 Sure' - £24.50
Benefit's long awaited, first liquid foundation had received a lot of hype and greatly deserved I think. The packaging embodies Benefit's aesthetic, feminine and fun. The foundation has a pump which makes life a lot easier when it comes to how much you need. I usually use between 1-2 pumps, again depending on how much skin is looking that day. Another light coverage foundation with buildability, HFOW (it's A LOT to type out...) comes in nine shades, catering for both yellow and pink undertones. It claims to be brightening which I agree with, I feel I get a much more dewy finish with this base, compared to Vitalumiere Aqua. Compared to the Chanel foundation, I feel this stays on my skin a lot longer and I now find myself reaching for it when I have a long day at work or uni ahead of me.
Both foundations have pro's and con's and are great for different things. If you're looking for a foundation for an event or occasion that's lightweight and gives your skin that sought after healthy glow - Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is perfect. If you're looking for a light coverage foundation to wear to work that brightens your skin to give you a more awake appearence then Benefit HFOW is the choice for you. Both products contain 30ml of foundation. If I had to choose between the two right now I would go for Benefit over Chanel - but that could always change!
Do you have either of these foundations? Let me know in the comments below what you think.