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Is this £10 foundation better than a £34 one?
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Good, longlasting and lightweight foundation is hard to come by, so I’ve been on the hunt. I've been searching for ones that stay put through each and every antic that I get up to, that don’t melt off my face by the time I'm running out for my lunchtime Pret sandwich.

I’ve tested out two sought-after foundations from both ends of the budget. In the purse-friendly corner, we have Bourjois City Radiance Skin Brightening Foundation at £9.99. On the blow-the-paycheck side, we have Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation at £34.00. Ding ding, let’s go.

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Blow-the-budget buy: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation £34

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. Go on, say it out loud. Doesn’t it make you feel fancy? Chanel’s foundations have always held cult status and this one is no exception. It sure makes your complexion look rather fancy too.

The formula: Thanks to it’s water-based formulation, this foundation is ultra lightweight and non-comedogenic. Ingredients like brown algae, hyaluronic acid and lotus water boost skin’s hydration levels and protect skin from environmental damage. It also contains an SPF15 so it’ll protect against ageing UVA and UVB rays.

On the skin: This melded with my skin beautifully. It imparts a finish that is neither matte nor dewy – just a faultless luminosity that is almost undetectable on the skin. So my skin, but better. The coverage is on the sheer side but you can build up to medium if needed.

Lasting power: I’ve got oily skin, so I was apprehensive that this might end up a little messy on my face. I was pleasantly proven wrong. It stayed put all day and only faded slightly on my chin where I am exceptionally oily – nothing a little concealer touch up can’t fix.

Another thing I loved about this foundation was that it smelled of sun cream; when I apply it in the morning, it tricks me into thinking I’m on holiday. And, guys, it’s Chanel. And every girl needs a little Chanel in their make-up bag.


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Bargain buy: Bourjois City Radiance Skin Brightening Foundation £9.99

This is a really great, lightweight foundation and though I’ve always loved Bourjois’ foundations, this one is a standout for me. And, it’s under £10 which makes it a real bargain for the great quality. So, how did it compare to Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua?

The formula: With slightly more coverage and a thicker consistency than the Vitalumiere Aqua, Bourjois’ formula also has a higher SPF (30) and antipollution ingredients that help defend skin in the city. Two gold stars for you, Bourjois.

On the skin: Once applied, it’s very tricky to tell the difference between the two. This one delivers a lot more glow, along with a blurring effect that makes skin look almost airbrushed. The coverage errs on the medium side and feels slightly heavier compared to the Chanel; but it’s much lighter than most foundations and dries to a silky smooth finish.

Lasting power: The formula put up a pretty good fight but it didn’t last quite as long as Chanel’s foundation. Despite this, it did give me a glow that lasted all day and faded evenly. If you have dry, normal or combination skin, it will last longer.


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The verdict:

On the whole, Bourjois’s City Radiance is very similar to Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua and once on the skin it’s almost impossible to tell the difference. However, fast forward a few hours into the day and it’s clear to see that Chanel’s has better staying power. It’s comfortable to wear and I found that it worked with my skin, rather than just sitting on top.

For these reasons, Chanel bags the prize for this week. It’s the perfect weightless foundation that offers ‘my skin but better’ coverage, good staying powder and a bonus SPF. If the squeezy nozzle bottle came with a pump, I might just marry it.

However, if you don’t fancy spending too much, then Bourjois’ is an excellent alternative and actually offers a higher SPF too. And at just £9.99, you can’t go wrong.

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