There is an inner lid that covers the product to keep it moist and protected from... I don't know, debris and germies. Check out Karlasugar's post that shows the available shades in the US.
I used the enclosed sponge to apply at first, but it uses way too much product so I don't recommend it. The sponge is handy after application to smooth and give a nice finish, but really, don't use it for application. I've use a paddle brush to apply and then my fingers to smooth.
Some pros that I experienced: the formula is very moist and feels slick and cooling when applied. It has a really pretty dewy finish and a light coverage. I tried this originally in the sumer time and thought it was too moisturizing for me, so I brought it out again now that it is cooler around here parts. I'm combination skin veering heavily into oily but I make a sharp left towards dry in the cooler months.
I mentioned the pros. Now the inevitable cons. Am I a foundation hog? I find myself going through this really quickly.
It may be because I was originally using the enclosed sponge to apply, but whatever I use, I find it just too easy to slather myself with this particular foundation. It does feel very nice. Unfortunately, it settles in terribly into the pores on my nose. I think I've mentioned that this is one of my major no nos. And while I thought that I would like this in the cold weather, it also clung tenaciously to all my flaky bits.
If you have relatively nice skin that runs a bit dry, but not flaky and do not need a ton of coverage, you may find this to be a good foundation. For me, this is not a good fit. However, since I seem to go through a metric ton per application, I think I will be finished with this pretty shortly. I'll just bring it out when my skin is having a good day and then tolerate the beige nose plugs. Gack.
For your viewing pleasure, some swatches and comparisons to Vitalumiere Aqua with the Compact.
|(L) Vitalumiere Aqua in B20; (C) Vitalumiere Aqua Compact in B30; (R) Vitalumiere Aqua in B30|
|Same order as above: (L) VA B20; (C) VA C B30; (R) VA B30|