Chanel Perfection Lumiere


393 reviews

51% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$$



on 4/18/2012 10:50:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This has a very 'flat' finish when compared to other Chanel foundations (I've tried them all!) so while it might be ok for oily skin it is no good for dry skin like mine or for anyone who wants a radiant look to their skin. I would recommend the Vitalumiere Aqua over this because it 'sets' to the skin in a similar way to the 'Perfection' and has a similar light feeling and good coverage but with a little more 'oomph'!!!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 4/16/2012 4:04:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Green

MY FACE IS MELTING! Got a sample of this and as soon as I put it on I hated it. It was difficult to blend in, had a strong rose scent, and looked a bit powdery. By noon the foundation was separating on my face and really emphasizing my pores and fine lines. Arguably the worst foundation I've ever used. Really disappointed as I wanted to try a Chanel foundation-I think I will try the Vitalumiere next.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 4/16/2012 11:31:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Brilliant colour. I'm a Mac NC20 and i bought 20 Beige and it's the best colour match for a foundation i've ever used. If tested on the back on my hand, when dry the colour looks a horrid orange but when on my face it matches perfectly.
Major downside, i have large open pores and it sits in them and makes them look like craters.
I found this formula easy to spread across the face using a buffing foundation brush, but even trying to blend well and spend time blending with a brush ( i tried many types and brands), the liquid left brush marks. I found using fingers the best way to achieve a more flawless result. I expected a better or more easy application from such an expensive foundation.
I liked the finish. It looked between matt and satin. Wavering on the more matt side.
It didn't last very long on my skin. Maybe i should use more product but it looked like the wind had blown the product off in places. Strange way to explain how it wore on my skin but that's the cosset way i can describe it.
I used 2 pumps on my entire face and i can see the product lasting a long time, so if it works for you i can see the cost of the product being justified but the amount of use you would get from it.
Pros, Great colour. Love that it has a yellow undertone.
Minus,sits in pores badly. I can see this clinging to dry areas too.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 4/16/2012 7:26:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I bought this although I suspected that it wouldn't work for me (nothing longlasting ever has), so I can't really complain, but I must say: if your skin is on the dry side, stay away. I have tried it on top of different primers, with rich moisturiser, with sunscreen (Shiseido, LRP...), but nothing really works, and it sinks into my normally invisible pores before I have gotten my shoes on to leave the house, and it accentuates flakes I didn't know that I had. I really wanted it to work, because I love the feel once applied, but I can't get it to work and look nice on my dry skin. Also, I have an issue with the Chanel colour range, although I must admit that it has become better with the splitting up of the range into colour families. My skin is neutral, but the B range (B10, B20) is far too yellow, and the BR shades also don't look perfect. For this, I bought it in BR12, the lightest shade, which may seem a bit light, but which oxidised on me to a good enough colour. If only I could get it to work... I will try again in summer, but don't really have high hopes.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 4/15/2012 10:13:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is actually for the 'Lift' Lumiere which is currently in the lineup at Chanel, clearly aimed at the older consumer. It is nicely emollient and easily blendable up to a point, but on me does that strange thing where it forms minute cakey pools and catches up in any tiny imperfection. Its been many years since I had a makeup do that...what is it??? an imbalance between oil, silicone, pigment??? Whatever, its a shock to find it in Chanel! Though the shade Cendre is quite good as a summer match on my pale olive skin, and not overly pink like a lot of these designer brands tend to be, all in all a disappointment.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 4/13/2012 11:12:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I received a sample of this, and I was so excited to try it. I forgot the color I used, but it was a good match. If I was going to purchase this I would have gone one shade lighter, but even so, I am impressed with the color selection and the way this products blends into the skin. It looks very natural. I applied this with my fingers. After blending in it felt kind of dry, which made me nervous, but my skin looked smooth and even as satin. I was impressed, so impressed I thought about paying for a full bottle. However, after a couple of hours of wear I checked myself in the mirror to find that the foundation had made my pores looking like huge craters, when they in fact are not. I was shocked and mortified. Hence the two lippies.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 4/13/2012 9:26:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I sampled this one, and I admit I did go to a few shops to get samples.....because if you read my other reviews you can tell I have a lottttt of foundations.

Well, firstly this oxidies so I would get a shade lighter than what they test on you. I also think this is a full coverage foundation and is not for day wear, I wore this all day (looked very greasy) and by the end of the day had smile lines ?? :p So was not best pleased with aging in a day....also when it wears off it looks awful. Also, clogged my skin SO BADLY!!!! Goshhhhhh I am still dealing with the spot marks and I tried this Christmas time...really not HAPPY!

It's a waste of money and very unatural looking....its too dewy!

on 4/5/2012 10:41:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I've finally found a foundation that actually is long-lasting like it's marketed. It's a new formula meant to replace ProLumiere, and depending on who you ask, this is either a great change or a lousy one. Personally, I love this foundation. When I tried Pro, it faded from my face in 3 hours tops because I'm so oily. Perfection did not; 7 hours later it's still there, though not as good-looking as in the morning. It sets to a somewhat matte finish (not 80s/90s matte, but more natural) and it looks better as your skin gets a bit oily during the day. My skin actually looks better as the day goes on with some minor blotting.

B10 is a very natural, near perfect shade match, but be sure to take samples home to test. I was originally matched to BR22, which looked fine in store, but in natural light it was too dark and too pink/peach. (FYI I am a MAC NC/NW15 - I finally got matched yesterday because I realized that most readers look for that as a reference to shade matching)

Minor or no oxidation. Coverage is sheer to medium so concealer is needed for blemishes, undereyes, and the like. No need to powder to set. Pretty good oil control. If you have very sensitive skin, this does contain alcohol and fragrance, though it is farther down the list (i.e. not a main ingredient).

Due to the formulation, it sets VERY QUICKLY as most long-wearing foundations do. If you want a foundation that you put on in 10 seconds in the morning, you will hate this. Initially, it's a high maintenance foundation because if it's applied hastily, you will have streaks, unevenness, and settling in pores and dry patches. Fingers, a good brush, or sponge work well. You have to properly prep your skin depending on your type, but I have a feeling that those with drier skins won't like this at all. Don't use it around your eyes as it tends to be drying on delicate skin which can lead to creasing. Once applied well, you won't have to worry about it too much during the day. I didn't see any shifting or sliding on my face. If there were, it was minimal.

EDIT: For those having problems with it sinking into your pores, I found that the best way to avoid that would be to apply this the same way you would apply a BB cream or moisturizer.. That is, you use your fingers (not just your tips) and really rub it in in a circular motion and then pat down when you finished. When it just sits on top of your skin, the oil seems to make it settle. This way also cuts down on the application time I mentioned above.

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I really like Perfection Lumiere Foundation. As with all Chanel foundations, the color match is terrific on my skin. I find that Perfection Lumiere glides beautifully on and blends easily - even if I just use my fingers! I generally don't use a primer under foundation, just a moisturizer with sunscreen, The finish is soft and lovely with light to medium coverage, and the nice finish lasts longer than other foundations, easily six hours with maybe just a couple of blots or a light dusting of powder. This is my favorite Chanel foundation to date, I hope they don't discontinue Perfection Lumiere. I will probably continue to use this as long as Chanel makes it.

on 4/4/2012 3:47:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

**This review is based solely on my first impression. I have only worn it twice.**
I skipped primer (partly because I do not have a primer that I love and partly because I wanted to get a "real" feel for the foundation) and applied it over my moisturizer. I used a foundation brush (which is a cheapie ELF Studio one but it works fabulously with my Neutrogena foundation). The Chanel foundation was very hard to work with. It took a LOT of buffing and just when I would finally think I was done, I would notice another spot that wasn't blended. It just kind of sat on top of my skin and wouldn't absorb or blend hardly at all. In fact, the first time I used it I thought I was going to have to wash my face and start over with my regular foundation. Finally I was able to get it to look presentable, but I was still worried about looking streaky, and especially around my nose it just seemed very noticeable overall.

I went ahead and used my concealer, bronzer, and setting powder on top of it and finished the rest of my makeup. I noticed that as time passed it seemed to finally be sinking in and looking better.

And that is what happened throughout the rest of the day--it looked better and better. After a few hours I really started to like the finish of it, and my powder and bronzer stayed nicely in place on top of it. I did end up blotting (as I have to do with no matter what I'm wearing) about 4-5 hours after applying. It wore well throughout the day--it didn't disappear or fade or oxidize for me at all. My makeup remover wipe at the end of the day was completely dirty of foundation, which is always a good sign, I think.

However, despite liking it more and more throughout the day (and this was the case for both of the days I wore it) I will not be purchasing this. It is too difficult to work with at the beginning and I feel like a product by Chanel (i.e. as expensive as you-know-what) should not make me that nervous to apply for fear of not getting it buffed in perfectly. And for the first hour or so I do NOT care for the way it looks at all.

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