Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua vs. Clinique Moisture Surge

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Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Clinique Moisture Surge TM
Full Review Full Review
Price $45.00 for 1 oz $24.50 for 1 oz
Shades 10 shades divided equally
between warm and cool undertones
NC/NW15 – NC/NW35
6 shades, not categorized by
undertone (some cool, some warm)
NC/NW15 – NC/NW40
Coverage Sheer Light
Finish Semi-matte Slightly dewy
Wear Starts to break down after 3-5 hours, gathers in pores Looks good for 8-10 hours, skin remains smooth looking
Sunscreen SPF15, mix of chemical/physical SPF15, mix of chemical/physical
Packaging Hard plastic squeeze bottle Soft plastic squeeze bottle
  • Travel-friendly packaging
  • Broad spectrum sunscreen
  • Travel-friendly packaging
  • Broad spectrum sunscreen
  • Provides hydration + coverage
  • Doesn’t set too quickly
  • Alcohol is a primary ingredient
  • Looks shimmery in photos
  • Slightly chalky texture
  • Sets quickly – work fast!
  • Limited range of shades
  • Silicones can be problematic for clog-prone skin
  • Finish may be too dewy for oily skin
  • Limited range of shades

I think it’s safe to say that based on this chart, I will definitely be bringing Clinique Moisture Surge on my vacation and leaving the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua at home. Even my mom (a longstanding Chanel customer) agreed that Clinique’s tinted moisturizer feels and looks better on the skin. Add that to the fact that Clinique costs about half as much and you’ve got a winner.

Any suggestions for products to compare next time?

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13 Responses to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua vs. Clinique Moisture Surge

  1. Perilously Pale May 31, 2011 at 10.35 am #

    I’ve really been loving the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua even though it’s a bit too dark. Now you have me interested in trying out the Clinique!

  2. jeanie May 31, 2011 at 3.52 pm #

    Thanks for the comparison review. I have been loving the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua but I went though the first bottle so quickly! I wonder if this would be longer lasting because the coverage is a little more apparent.

    • Katie May 31, 2011 at 4.57 pm #

      Agree! I think I used up about 75% of the Chanel in less than a month because I found myself applying 2-3 layers of product. With the Clinique I use a light layer all over and then another light layer through the center of my face.

  3. Jessica May 31, 2011 at 11.30 pm #

    I really love both!

  4. reene June 1, 2011 at 12.31 am #

    I’ve been loving the Vitalumiere Aqua so far, but I’ll definitely give the Clinique a shot! :)

  5. Larie June 5, 2011 at 1.52 pm #

    What a great comparison review – love the organization of it! I would love to see more posts like this, especially for other foundations.

  6. MJ June 10, 2011 at 12.07 am #

    I’m surprised the Vitalumiere Aqua has not worn well for you. I put it on at 6am before a flight to Vegas and 18 hours later it still looked great. I do use a primer before applying, but I don’t think that made a difference as my other foundations separate after 3-8 hours. Goes to show you how personal foundation can be.

  7. Delyteful Speaks June 27, 2011 at 1.08 am #

    I really like the Chanel foundation that I also dedicated a post to it.. I don’t find it to be sheer.. For me, I think it’s light – med coverage.. It feels so lightweight and is long lasting on me.. I think it’s great for summer..

    But now I’m really curious to try the Clinique moisture surge..

    Amazing comparison! Thank you for that hun

  8. Sarah July 18, 2011 at 5.56 pm #

    Just wanted to stop in and thank you for this review and comparison! I had purchased the Chanel but found that it broke me out, and because I thought the Clinique would be too much moisture, I wasn’t really considering it. After reading your post, I decided to give the Clinique a try and I LOVE it! I usually wear a powder foundation, but in the summer and for travel I prefer a liquid, and this one is working out perfectly and is NOT breaking me out! Thank you!!!!

    • Katie July 18, 2011 at 11.06 pm #

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoy it. I’m just about done with my bottle and already ordered another because I’m not sure what I’d do without it!

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