I like this foundation, it has a very nice finish. However, wether you are light or dark skinned, you should buy a shade lighter than your skin color. I've never had a foundation oxidize this much. I cannot emphasize this enough. Do not listen to the sales rep. Try to choose it yourself, I tell you this because my friend works the Chanel counter and he picked the wrong color for me. I had to go through the hassle of exchanging it. I also suggest trying the yellow based that end in "0". If you have pink undertones the"2" are red and with the oxidizing you will be even more red.Maybe they don't know it oxidizes that much. I will not buy this foundation again. It's too expensive and Chanel products tend to break me out. It hasn't happened yet, but the paranoia is still there...lol. I will say every time I've worn this foundation I get a compliment on my makeup. I use it for special occasions.
simply...the worst foundation I have ever tried ! Horrible ! nothing else to say...looks disgusting like in 2 hrs....
I have used over 60 foundations and this is by far one of the best I have ever used. It is a beautiful buildable coverage and it makes my skin look like silk. It smells good and I really love the mild yellow undertone ( I use the Beige 20). It really does last all day long without the need of a powder touch up later in the day, definitely a must for anyone's makeup bag.
My first chanel foundation and I'm a little disappointed. It comes off stark white upon initial application, it's extremely challenging to blend, tried few different brushes and my fingers, I think it works best w/Sephora #55 brush. I recently purchased beauty blender so will try it soon. It dries too matte, initially don't like the finish but after one hr after application, really liking the finish, looks kinda luminous but not oily. It's very long lasting and transfer resistant. MUST use primer, over moisturizer didn't really work. For reference, I'm around NC30-35(winter shade is tricky), purchased it in 032 Beige Rose but pink undertones having been working w/my skintone when usually I always buy yellow undertone foundations. Fragrance is very strong but doesn't really bother me.
I am really enjoying this foundation. The color matching can be tricky compared to other Chanel foundations. I am normally a beige in all other formulations and I am a beige rose 22 in this due to the amount of oxidation of this foundation. The undertones seen very strong. The beiges were very yellow. I was first matched to br 32 but it dried too pink for my liking. The br 22 seemed too light at first but dried to match me seamlessly. The finish on this is unique and beautiful! Matter but yet highlighted in all the right spots. Very long wearing and transfer resistant. All w/o feeling like I have makeup on. I find this is best applied with my fingers in sections. I can build coverage where needed with no cakiness. I am about a nw 25 right now for reference with combo to dry skin with hormonal redness(due to me being 8 months preggo) and this neutralized that well
I have been using this for almost 2 weeks now and still haven't really made my conclusions.
This foundation gives a really nice matte finish and it is probably the first one I tried which covers quite good but does not feel like a mask on my skin. However, the coverage is less than, for example, the one of Mat Lumiere, even though the woman at the Chanel counter was convincing me that PL covers better. Comparing to Mat Lumiere, though, it does not dry my skin out that much, and it also lasts much much longer (I managed to fall asleep wearing it and actually it looked almost the same when I woke up in the morning).
I apply it with MAC 130 brush right after the moisturizer.
I guess, if I would not have relatively deep acne scars and if it did not broke me out, this would become my favourite. Now I am still searching for something with the same feeling and finish, but with a better coverage. Overally I think it's a good foundation if you like a natural matte finish. And if you skin doesn't have a lot to hide.
Forgot to add that this is the first foundation ever that matched my skin tone perfectly. The lightest shade in Mat Lumiere (20) has always been too dark and yellow for me and Perfection Lumiere is just perfect in B10. One more plus.
EDIT: Almost 2 weeks of usage - my skin broke out horribly. It never happened with other foundations, even though I am used to quite heavy ones. I really wanted to like this foundation, but it does not work on me. Thumbs down.
Absolutally disgusted with Chanel for 1) discontinuing Pro Lumiere and 2) thinking they can pass Perfection Lumiere off as anything close to a replacement. This was hands down one of the worst foundations I have ever tried. I applied this as I usually do my foundations, to a face that was cleansed, toned, treated and moisturized. I was shocked to see how streaky, drying and matte this came out on my skin. No amoung of smoothing and blending would have made any difference because it's all about the ingredients. Pro Lumiere is a very creamy and somewhat full coverage foundation with quite a bit of "slip" when you first apply it. Over moisturizer, it is heavenly. You have quite a bit of time to smooth it on and then spot cover any remaining imperfections that show through. Unfortunately the Perfection Lumiere has zero oil or true creaminess to it. It feels very silicone-like and dries up on your skin almost immediately. Very streaky and dry looking and feeling. I literally felt like looked 10 years older with this on. If you liked Pro Lumiere for its dewy quality, I suggest you stay far, far away from this.
I'm surprised at all the negative comments about this one. I always thought Pro Lumiere was too cakey, and it was too dark for me, and now at least I'm finally able to buy a number 10 shade in this foundation (as in the Vitalumiere Aqua) -- 20 is always too dark for me, unless it's high summer.
I'm having no problems blending it in (don't forget to shake the bottle first), though I usually don't wait until all of my moisturizer has sunk in, so this may help. I love the fact that I don't get a shiny T zone ALL DAY, I even forget to powder (and I am usually an oil slick after 2 hours, despite my dry and sensitive skin, my T zone is horrendous). It feels good on, smooth, and doesn't seem to transfer much. I do miss the dewy sheen of the Vitalumiere Aqua, but I like that this one has more coverage, which I definitely need now it's getting colder. I wonder how it will keep up during the winter, if it's not too drying. But so far so good. So hopefully I can keep the VA for summer, and this one for the other seasons. While waiting for PL, I tried a dozen samples from other brands, like Diorskin Forever, all the Laura Merciers, all the MACs (let's say I was a daily reader of the reviews here), and I liked none of them well enough, or got the color right. Chanel makes the best foundations, IMO, and while I'm not 100% behind this one yet (I have been using it for a week), I'm pleased enough. Lastly, the bottle is nicely developed, with a pump, but a bit heavy compared to the VA (I like that that one is so light you can just toss it in your bag).
I've come back to add an extra lippie. I'm very happy with this foundation - the color (10 Beige) is perfect, the staying power is great, it photographs well, it's not drying now that the weather is so much colder. I've bought the Chanel foundation brush too, and it blends beautifully with it, with buildable coverage (I don't even use undereye concealer anymore). If I want it to 'glow' more, I use Laura Mercier Radiance Primer underneath. Will definitely buy again.
I HATE, HATE Chanel's Perfection Foundation. I loved the Pro Lumiere and this is supposed to replace it?!! It's nothing like Pro Lumiere. Perfection makeup must have a lot more chemicals in it than Pro Lumiere because It literally made me sick. I got a bad headache, blotchy skin. It smells horrible, like a chemically insect repellant. I am furious they discontinued Pro Lumiere. The Perfection Foundation is garbage. I'm returning mine today!!! They should fire the group that decided to discontinute Pro Lumiere, along with the group that created Perfection Lumiere Foundation.
I was extremely excited to try this foundation after seeing a number of good reviews on blogs and on YouTube. I had high hopes for this after reading that the foundation would leave a beautifully natural, yet flawless coverage on the skin. Unfortunately, on me, Perfection Lumiere accentuated the flakes on my combination skin, did not cover well, and also looked unnatural and streaky on my skin. I tried different application methods -- fingers, using my BeautyBlender sponge, and a brush -- in hopes that a different application method would be more effective, but alas, the different application methods didn't help. I also tried building up the coverage to see if I could get more of a flawless finish, but it started to cake on me, especially on the drier areas of my face.
I ended up having to return this foundation, and much prefer my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. For reference, I'm MAC NC30/NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab/MUFE HD in 120, and the closest match I was able to get in Chanel Perfection Lumiere was Beige 30, which was still a bit too dark and orangey on my skin. I would recommend those interested in trying Perfection Lumiere to get a sample first!