Model Karen Fitzpatrick showcases the new Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur

Once the unloved elder sister of makeup, compact foundations are in the middle of a bit of a makeover. Nars and Giorgio Armani both have a new-gen take on one each hitting the market and Chanel’s not far behind with Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur, a powder foundation which’ll land on counters on October 18th.


As part of the dewy, glow-giving Vitalumiere franchise, the idea is that this product is hydrating and luminising, two things you can’t generally say about pressed powder, being often moisture-sucking and texture-heavy.

Attention was paid during the production process, in the emulsification of ingredients and heat treating at a low temperature before finely milling the powder into the compact. That results, apparently, in a process Chanel says is not unlike the dedication required to make macarons. 

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It also means that this isn’t necessarily a product you should shy away from if you’re dry or mature complexioned.

Christine Lucignano applying makeup to Karen Fitzpatrick

While it’s designed for use as a solo base product or to set liquid makeup, artist Christine Lucignano advises that if you’re dry skinned, go up a shade from your normal colour and apply sparingly with a brush as opposed to the sponge the compact includes. 

That way, you’ll get the result the powder offers plus some coverage – and with an SPF10, this does offer some sun protection too. Built-in hydrators in the form of peach extract, water and the whipping process which results in a creamy finish which is then sifted, means this feels comfortable on skin.

In six shades, Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur​ will cost €52; refills will be €39.50.​ Will you be checking it out?