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Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Make-Up SPF 15

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It's easy to blow a fortune on makeup splurges--either by going upscale or simply by wandering around Ulta or Sephora for a couple of hours. But if you're going to make one splurge, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Make-Up SPF 15 is the one to go for--and feel totally justified in doing so. (And heck, who doesn't like to say they're 'wearing Chanel'?)

Admittedly, 90% of high-priced makeup is not worth the price tag--there are plenty of alternatives that provide similar payoff right in your local drugstore. But when it comes to creating a special formulation--such as mixing color, coverage and protection in a super-lightweight liquid--sometimes it pays to pay more as lower-priced brands can't afford to invest the level of R&D required.

So chances are you're kind of over whatever foundation or tinted moisturizer with sunscreen you bought last May when Memorial Day was approaching and you were in that get-ready-for-summer mode. You still need something that'll provide some coverage and sunscreen, but you also want something that feels light enough in the heat. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light formula is what you need.

Vitalumiere Aqua goes on so light, it feels like water--so much so that if you weren't looking at yourself in the mirror you'd swear it really is water. But surprisingly, it provides enough sheer coverage to even out skin tone and provide a natural, refreshed look. If you can imagine the look you'd get if Evian Brumisateur could airbrush you skin, that's sort of what Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua looks like.

What's almost incredible though, is that Vitalumiere has suncreen protection--SPF 15. It's hard to find a lighter foundation with sunscreen that doesn't leave your skin feeling slick with that telltale gleam.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is oil-free and comes in 11 shades--so there's enough of a range for most skin types. The only thing they're missing (and at $45 Chanel could really do better here) is a broader range of deeper skin tone shades.

You'll find Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 where else? At Chanel counters nationwide--and at Chanel.com.

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