I put all of my new foundations and samples to the same test when I bring it home: I try it on in front of the fluorescent lighted mirror on my desk. I always look at my left cheek, which has deep pockmarks, pores, and scarring, to see how it holds up.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere failed my test. I've had even better luck with crappy foundations such as MAC Studio Fix and Maybelline Fit Me. There is nothing special about this foundation other than the shade range. The coverage is medium at most, the finish is matte but this gets patchy, so oily areas will bleed through before you know it if you're super oily like me. If I'm going to pay $55 for a foundation, it better damn well impress me. And don't tell me to spend an extra $20, $30, $40 on a primer to put under it. When I pay that much for a foundation it better do it ALL. I better see some kinda halo like glow around my face. Nope. Not with this. All I saw was patchy drugstore-quality color on my face, visible pores, visible scarring, and already saw oil peek through within 2 hours. The finish is not glowy and beautiful, it looks the same as the ugly powdery look you get from Bare Minerals.
If you are interested in high end foundations, I would check out Guerlain's foundations. Guerlain has ones for oil control, radiance, and moisture and they are effective. Only thing is their colors suck compared to Chanel. But Chanel is not worth the price for the crap quality.
Gorgeous scent and good coverage. Was expecting a longer lasting effect from such a high end brand.
I am undecided about this product. I have been wearing it for two to three months, initially through many samples and then after purchase. The samples have worn much better than the actual bottle. I find that the bottled foundation has not worn as well over problem skin (such as blemishes or skin flakes) as the samples did. Perhaps my skin is more problematic now than it was before I purchased it, but there seems to be little change that I can detect.
I have dry/combination skin, some oil through the t-zone, enlarged pores on my nose and blemishes on my chin now and then. I have slight-to-annoying surface redness on my nose and the cheeks surrounding my nose. My cheeks are quite dry. I can have dry flakes anywhere on my face. My skin is very pale and cool-toned. I wear BR-12.
Color: Amazing! I chose Perfection Lumiere specifically for the color. It is an exact match for me. Itís amazing; it looks like my skin. I may repurchase for the color alone, thatís how great it is. My previous daily foundation was Vitalumiere Aqua, which I love, and BR-12 for Perfection Lumiere is a bit lighter than for Vitalumiere Aqua. These are the only two foundations Chanel offers in BR-12.
Coverage: Iffy. Vitalumiere Aqua is light coverage, and with it, I was using too much concealer for the dark circles under my eyes and over blemishes. Switching to Perfection Lumiere dramatically cut down on my concealer use. My eyes look much better even though I still use concealer. This does not cover the surface redness on my cheeks around my nose and my nose as well as I had hoped. The samples provided immediate coverage that lasted throughout the day, but I have to layer the bottle foundation in order to cover the red and the coverage lasts for only a few hours. Pretty poor performance for a longwear formula. I find this does not layer very well, so I just have breakthrough redness with one layer.
Finish: Iffy. Itís not as radiant as Vitalumiere Aqua, but that is to be expected for higher coverage. The radiance is still head and shoulders above other medium-coverage foundations I have tried from premiere houses **provided it binds well to my skin.** That said, it frequently sits on top of my skin, sink into pores simultaneously, and emphasizes dry skin. This isnít a foundation targeted for dry skin, so thatís to be expected. I make sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and prime thoroughly, but I have problems I have not encountered with other medium-coverage, normal skin foundations. I have tried brushing in one direction, buffing with flat-top and stipple brushes, and fingers. I also sometimes have a hard time blending concealer onto the foundation. Placing concealer before foundation seems to blend better. Even though I have predominantly dry skin and rarely powder over any foundation, I find this looks better powdered over the entire face. It is because of the finish that I have doubts about repurchasing.
I do love Chanel foundations, and if they were to offer other foundations in BR-12, I would try them in a heartbeat. In the meantime, I am going to continue wearing this and Vitalumiere Aqua while sampling other medium-coverage foundations from other brands. I hope to switch. But for now, this foundation is better than the alternatives I have tried. When it takes well to my skin, it looks almost natural unlike other medium-coverage and longwear formulas I have tried; the others look like makeup. If I have a breakthrough in making this work consistently for me, I will update.
When I first bought this foundation, I was so excited. I thought I found my HG foundation. The finish of this foundation is the prettiest finish that I have EVER seen in a foundation & the smell is really lovely but.... After about 3 hours, this foundation oxidized horribly!!!! My face was about 3 shades darker than the rest of my body and it was orange! I tried using this with a primer, powder.. Nothing worked! This foundation isn't cheap either, and from Chanel I would expect more than that. If it wasn't for the horrible oxidation, this would indeed be my dream foundation. I was heart broken and sadly I will not be repurchasing.
I bought this product as I usually wear studio fix fluid in NC15, or dior forever in the lightest shade and these were far too yellow/orange on my pale red head skin. The MUA matched me up with beige rose, and it's perfect for my skin. This foundation looks great on my skin, covering up my freckles and imperfections.
I just recently received a full sized product thanks to my mum. I did try a sample before this. I like this foundation but i definitely don't love it.
It's really good for 'on and off ' spectacle wearers like me. It doesn't leave a mark when you take your sunglasses/spectacles off (unlike Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk). It doesn't get super oily which is a plus.
The things that i don't like about this foundation is that it's a lil too matte for that 'natural look' they claim it's supposed to give. It's also a pretty thick consistency for a liquid foundation which makes it a tad harder to blend but that doesn't really bother me that much.
(Wouldn't recommend this for people with dry skin.)
The soul reason i'd repurchase this would be because it doesn't leave a mark.. If you took that away, i wouldn't repurchase it. Overall i would say that there is nothing that spectacular about this foundation, it was just OK.
Hello Ladies, I have tried many foundation samples. I do feel that this or Chanel foundation is the best in the market. It is been used by many celebrates and also Lisa Eldridge. It is good enough for Lisa it is good enough for me. I think the negative comments on this foundation is due to the reason that it is Chanel and people expect a ginny to come out of bottle. It is the best foundation and most natural looking. It blends in skin as well. Chanel well done !!!!
It is extremely disappointing that Chanel would put out a foundation like this. I have honestly had better experience with almost every other foundation that I've used. This feels like a really thick paste on my skin, and WORST OF ALL - IT OXIDIZES! I wore it for about two weeks straight, and when I would look at myself in the mirror, I would wonder why I was looking so pink/orange. I thought it might have been my mineralize skinfinish natural setting powder (more on that in another review....), but that couldn't be the case. So I tried using different setting powders - same results. This awful foundation has really turned me off of Chanel base products, because a $55 foundation should be formulated much better than this. I will be sticking with my Dior, Armani, and Guerlain foundations from now on!
I love the finish (glowy, natural, skin-like), but the love stops there.
I can't get it to last throughout the day. I've tried it with HG primer, LM primer, TF primer; I've set it with UD All Nighter Spray, as well as Dermablend setting powder (don't judge, it's kicking around and I have to finish it before I buy another). I get about 4-5 hours of wear before it breaks down and melts. Fortunately, it does melt evenly, so I'm not left with any gross patches.
The color range blows. I'm rotating through 40, 20 and 14. 40 is too dark after it oxidizes, 20 is too light and 14 too peachy for me. I'm mixing like a back alley chemist but it's not working out.
No buy for me.
I got this as a sample in a magazine in the beige rose tint. It was my skin tone and it looked wonderful on my skin! The smell was floral and strong but faded throughout the day. It even stayed put on my oily skin without powder! Once I get enough money I will definitely purchase!!