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My Holy Grail Base Trio

chanel foundation, chanel vitalumiere aqua, nars concealer, hourglass primer, hourglass veil mineral primer, radiant creamy concealer,

Everyone wants to find that mix of products that makes their face appear flawless, I've been through several foundations, primers and concealers never being fully satisfied with the result, until now. I received all of these products at Christmas time and I am so happy with what I chose, I've discovered my HG base. I have dry skin, I rarely suffer with any spots apart from a few hormonal ones mid-month, (ew.) I never suffered from teenage acne so I don't have any scarring, and my only problem with my skin is really it's dryness but that's easily tackled! I would not recommend the foundation featured in this post if you have oily skin, it would work great for dry and normal skin types. 

chanel foundation, chanel vitalumiere aqua, nars concealer, hourglass primer, hourglass veil mineral primer, radiant creamy concealer,

After moisturizing I first apply the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (£52.00), which comes in a glass bottle with a pump. I try to use as little as possible because of it being so expensive, I can usually get away with two pumps, focusing mainly on my nose, cheeks and chin where pores are most visible. This primer leaves your skin feeling amazing, it feels like silk, like no other product I'v had before; I could not live without this primer. It is pricey, but so worth it, it makes any of my foundations look so much better, and keeps them in place all day. Not only that, but my skin just loves this stuff, it's so loving to skin (well, mine anyway.) It's hydrating, brightening, gives it an amazing texture and minimizes every flaw, when I wash my make-up off at the end of the day after wearing this, my skin looks so even in tone! The texture is quite watery, which means it spreads pretty well, the product is white coloured, but don't worry, it applies clear.

The next step is applying the Chanel VitalumiĆ©re Aqua Foundation, (£33.00.) I have the lightest shade (BR10), which is a perfect match.
It just seems that this stuff was almost made for my skin! It is the most hydrating foundation I've ever used, so this foundation is obviously made for the more dry skin types like my own. It's water based, and very light, so before use you have to shake up the bottle a little. The only downside to this foundation is that there's no pump, no squeezing, just a case of tipping the bottle upside down until a reasonable amount comes out, which could be a little risky, but so far I've had no problems with pouring too much out, just be careful.
You can't feel this on your skin, it's ultra lightweight, it gives you a light coverage which basically looks like a second skin, it's your skin, but ten times better!
I can't forget to mention that this stuff also has such a lovely scent, it's not too strong and it's never irritated my sensitive skin.
All of Chanel's base offerings are amazing, I can't wait to try something else.

Finally, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, (£22.00.)  
Hands down, this is the best concealer I've come across, it's perfect for everything.
It covers any areas of redness, covers blemishes/scars and brightens the under eye, it's a multi-use product for me. I apply it to my face using a Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (which is amazing with this product, by the way.) Just like the name states, it's such a creamy formula which provides medium coverage which is slightly buildable to a higher coverage. The smallest spot of this spreads out well to cover quite a good sized area of my face, I use it around my nose, under my eyes and just generally any little imperfections to ensure a flawless finish. I honestly can't see myself changing concealer now I've used this, well done, NARS. I have the lightest shade which is named Chantilly. I also use this after doing my brows and eyeshadow, just to brighten/highlight the areas and sharpen the edges up!

chanel foundation, chanel vitalumiere aqua, nars concealer, hourglass primer, hourglass veil mineral primer, radiant creamy concealer,

In total, this complete base routine costs £107.00 which is obviously a lot for three products that aren't all totally evident on your face, but it's the results that count for me, the 'quality not the quantity' if you will. Left with a radiant healthy glow, with no flaws on show, bright eyes and a perfect texture which is neither drying or oily, not quite dewy, but sheer and lightweight. The primer and concelear can be bought from Space.NK and the Chanel foundation from a department store such as House Of Fraser, Fenwicks, John Lewis etc.

Have you found your perfect base products? Or do you use any of the same products I do?


  1. Oh I've been wanting to try that Chanel foundation for so long! Really enjoyed how detailed your review was, and your photography is great. I bought the NARS concealer a few weeks ago and fell head over heels in love with it, nothing comes close in terms of coverage and longevity for me.

    Lucie x

  2. You should it's fantastic! Thank you so much! X

  3. I've been wanting to try the Chanel foundation for ages. Too bad I have acne prone and oily skin. Either way, this was a lovely post! Very detailed and helpful.

    -Saan x

    1. Try the Vitalumiere Velvet? that's for oily skin and it might be just as great :-)
      Thank you!


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