I must point out that I don't use foundation and probably this is the reason why this product doesn't work for me as it is meant to be used as primer or mixed with foundation to ease its application and improve its hold. So, if you don't use foundation, either, don't spend money on this product.
Now I've got it and I use it mixed with a moisturizer and it does even out the skin tone, but it doesn't illuminate the complexion at all, on the contrary, I find it gives the skin a slighlty "chalky" finish, as it's not at all greasy. This lets me think that it could work fine in fixing foundation.
I just bought this to go with Vitalumiere Acqua and I like them both very much. The primer is liquidy as opposed to some really silicony ones that I have tried and hated in the past. It goes on smoothly and seems to help the foundation sit better on the skin. Will update if things change.
A lightweight, gel-like primer that feels amazing upon application on bare skin. I have tried so many primers--Hourglass, MAC, smashbox, Giorgio Armani, etc.--and I find this primer to be among the best. No strong fragrance and it has not broken me out. It leaves a satin finish that does not whiten or make you look pale--there's a beautiful sheen that makes your makeup go on so much smoother. Perfect for oily complexions because of how light weight it is, but it does not control oil (nor does it say it would). This primer increases the longevity of my makeup and doesn't feel greasy or silicone-y. The MUFE HD primers are similar and almost a dupe, but I find the Chanel just holds my makeup on a bit better, feels a bit better, and makes my makeup go on a bit smoother. It is rather expensive for 1oz., but definitely worth it as it is a SOLID, work horse of a primer.
This is just meh. It's a gel-ish lotion (I have the Lotus shade) that so far has been almost completely underwhelming. The pluses are that it goes on smoothly, has very little scent, leaves a faintly dewy finish on bare skin. It does seem to be moisturising, and at the end of a long winter's day in an aircon'd office Iit does seem that my skin is a bit less dry than usual.
On the downside is it's almost total lack of effect: the illumination isn't visible either after foundation or if I mix it with foundation. It does nothing to make pores less visible and doesn't seem to extend the wear of makeup. As a primer it's pretty much a waste of time.
Chanel is usually great at reliable, thoughtful and high end packaging. This looks great before you take the lid off, and the lid turns on and off with a satisfying firmness. However there are two visible plastic seams that run from the nozzle to the side of the bottle. It looks a bit cheap, and while it's a nitpicky, for the price of this product I'd expect better attention to detail.
I'll probably try to use this up in winter for it's (very) slight moisturing effect, but I see no point to re-buying.
This primer works. So why wouldn't I buy it again? One, the cost. If it truly "illuminated" my skin and did things other (cheaper) primers don't, I wouldn't care about the price. But it doesn't. I think the only thing this primer has on the Monistat chafing gel is the great scent, which is of roses, and that's definitely not worth an extra $45. I also find the packaging to be incredibly annoying -- you have to tap it before you squeeze it to get anything out, and 9 times out of 10 too much comes out which is such a waste. It's a fine product, it makes my makeup last and smooths my skin but it's not spectacular and definitely not worth the price. All you're paying for is the Chanel name and they make plenty of other great products that actually work if you're looking to buy some Chanel. I'd pass this by.
This product is very expensive and does not yield the results that I expect from a chanel product. I have combo/dry skin and use this underneath TI foundation. My skin looks amazing and glowy at first but over the course of the day my makeup just starts to slide off of my face and my skin goes into glowy overdrive (aka greasy). This would probably be HG material for someone with super dry skin.
I started using this product with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and it works well for me. The foundation lasts all day and the base has a nice light consistency. The last primer I used was Stila which was really thick and greasy but this works much better for my dry skin.
A pea sized amount is all you need so it's good value for money. It also has a pearlescent quality about it which is well controlled, not glittery and gives a nice glow.
Edit: I haven't repurchased this because it is a bit expensive and I find that my daily moisturiser and serum combo do a good enough job.
I use the Chanel whitening base in rose shade.I must say it is the best make-up base by far comparing to shu uemera & Clarins. It is very light,non drying,hydrating,fresh and non sticky,which make u use lesser foundation that can easily glides on.
Infact,I will stay on with this base for a while till I'm really convinced with other brands like RMK base,which I've heard much rave about too.
I have to admit, for the price I paid for this product, I expected much better results. It's very easy to apply with its gel consistency and does brighten up my face slightly as well as help my makeup last longer. However, the difference is only very slight and not worth the price that you pay for the product. I'll be switching back to the Dior Skin Photo Perfect primer when I finish this bottle.
PROS: If there ever was a "meh," this is it. I guess I disliked it more than I liked it. It made the foundation go on a bit smoother, but not much. (L'oreal's Magic Perfecting Base does a lot better job filling in pores, etc....just make sure you let it "set" at least a minute first.) It felt nice and soft going on. It has a very mild "illuminating" base that's a purpley-opaquey tone, but the color is too subtle. There is a very slight frost to it.
CONS: May be too subtle for some. Not impressed for this price.
APPLICATION TIPS: If you are prone to clogging, you may want to remove this with a cleansing oil before using your regular cleanser..
ALTERNATES: Laura Mercier's Secret Brightener.