This has to be the worst foundation that I have ever put on my face. It adhered to every single dry patch that I never knew existed (Yes. I moisturized before application). I am between NC37-NC40 and was matched to Beige 30, because the SA said the colors run dark. I am 40 in Vitalumiere Aqua as well as Vitalumiere. I was looking for something that wouldn't get as greasy as the original Vitalumiere, but had more coverage than the Aqua, howeve after about 4 hours, my pores looked huge, the shade turned pinkish, and it just wasn't what I had paid $$$ for. I wanted to love this, but for Chanel, I think it should be performing to much higher level.
Sigh... Chanel, i really wanna be positive and love the foundation cause i cannot get it return, i really wanna love it and make myself feel better to spend so much money on this foundation.
The package is just beautiful, makes me just wanna bring it eveywhere with me to show off to everyone how beautiful it is, however behind this beautiful cover, the foundation itself...
Coverage is good, the finish looks great the sense is nice, it even lingers on my brush that i use to apply it with, doesnt bother me, i love it.
However it does not last as long as i would like it to be, no more than 7hrs, when i touch up, i need to touch up with powder that offers bit of coverage after 7-8hrs if i still neec it to last and look good, getting oily after three hours or so, its a great foudation, just have to blot and touch up often, which bothers me the most. Esp when on daily basic like at work, its just impossible to check up too often.
Now i start to liking it now, for myself with oily skin, i just have to put a good primer that helps to control oil longer, like the dior crystal nude perfecter, its a great primer that works a wonder with every foundation i have, it works so great and a huge difference, this foundation is nice, dont give up on it yet guys.
I bought this right away as I was so excited about a new Chanel foundation. I had previously used vitalumiere and pro lumiere (and since vitalumiere aqua too) and loved them all. Perfection Lumiere was touted to replace Pro, but oddly enough it's NOTHING like that one.
This is a nightmare on dry skin and for whatever reason it oxidizes like crazy, which I have never had a problem with until now. I wear the lightest shade and within 30 minutes the colour changes dramatically.
Tried it several times in 3 different colors and I'm not switching from Mat Lumiere. I wear Cendre (Shell) and the similar colors in this foundation were way off. Just didn't like it...
I had/have some difficulties making this work for and with me. Now in winter skin is more dehydrated/normal and it stuck to every dry patch known to mankind (sides of my nose) that I didn`t even knew existed. No brush worked because it dries fast. Lovely muaer told me that she uses only SS under and vitamin C to moisturize. Chanel uv or Shiseido cream spf 55, which sounds perfect for my skin atm. No primer and I have tried many with no luck. SA suggested Le Blanc, but I`m not going to get it cause it Might be ok with this and I own enough. In order to get everything right I have to exfoliate just before or clean with Olay regenerist cream wash w/peeling beads Toner, then hydrating enough moisturizer f.e. Avene skin recovery, Chanel hydramax +, Babor calming sensiteve, Gerard`s sos relive after Olay regenerist serum or EL idealist pore minimizer (original) and sometimes Dior capture uv finish for extra spf. Fndn has only spf10. Applying w/fingers is best, 1 section at the time again because it dries fast. Still occasionally I get dry flakes on sides of nose. It helps if I apply fndn there right after moisturizer before it sinks in. Also putting MF facenity compact or Chanel vitalumiere eclact compact helps and give extra coverage for broken caps. After all this the finish is very beautiful natural skin-like; exactly what I`ve been looking for. Covers some uneveness and redness. Coverage is medium at best. SG has better. After awhile it does get bit darker but not so that it`s a wrong shade. I set it with my HG Clarins 3D all over radiance powder (LE). Lasts 10h w/o touch-ups.
Would be HG material if not for all extra steps! *sigh* :/ I regret not getting VA.
My match is the lightest B10. In Nars SG Mont Blanc and I can also wear Deauville, GA #4, Dior 020...
This is a product which the user really needs to get used to - but the payoffs are worth it. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a small sample which was exactly my shade (30 Beige) and learned how to work with it before buying the full size.
Yes, you apply Perfection Lumiere in sections - it dried ridiculously fast and the traditional 'dot-all-over-then-blend' method won't work. I literally apply it working from one side of my face to the other. Also, what other commenters have said about it oxidizing is true - so it's really important to sample before you buy. It's definitely not the easiest foundation to work with and because of its idiosyncrasies you might not find it suitable for every day wear.
However, IT IS the best damn thing I've ever put on my face.
I'm Chinese, fair-skinned and in my early thirties, so for most of my life I've managed to get away with only wearing concealer, tinted moisturiser with SPF and powder.
The sun spots and wrinkles are starting to creep up though, and my routine needed a kick in the pants, especially if I want to look extra-polished for a night out or work.
I've found Perfection Lumiere to be very buildable without being the slightest bit cakey; so much so that it actually eliminates the need for undereye concealer completely.
The coverage is even and smooth, and I get a satin matte finish even without powder. Currently it's summer here in Australia, so although I'm using translucent powder to set my face now, I can imagine going without in the winter.
I've tried other foundations and am really picky - to be honest, foundation is my least favourite product because so much can go wrong. And I know it's weird, but I just hate the feeling of it on my face. I don't get that with Perfection Lumiere - it's super-light, makes my skin look brighter, hides imperfections and it's generally a great product.
My daily routine is moisturiser, then a layer of Clinique CityBlock Sheer SPF 25, then a Bloom stick concealer under eyes and base of nose, then powder.
When I wear Perfection Lumiere, I just moisturise and it does the rest.
PRO - Great workhorse product, and you don't need to use a lot of it. Very long-wearing.
CON - Price (of course!) and it's a high-maintenance product. For best results, careful application is a must.
Love this. I'm sad to see so many negative reviews. I never tried Pro Lumiere, but based on comments and what've I read the Perfection Lumiere probably wasn't a good replacement as these two foundations are completely different.
However, I have oily skin and tend to get clogged pores and pimples here and there. This foundation is perfect for me, and I haven't had any skin reactions to it either. I am Beige 30 and don't find it too yellow/orange. I love YSL's Teint Resist, but I found the coverage was a bit light for my liking (while at work, I still use YSL on the weekends bc it's not as heavy). Perfection's coverage is on the medium side, but could be full coverage with layers.
- Long wear - still beautiful coverage after wearing for 12 hours. Not sure how much longer as I take my makeup off after then. My blush was still visible after the 12 hours too so it really keeps the makeup looking fresh and on your skin all day.
- Good coverage - do need extra help if trying to hide a pimple, but I don't mind
- Awesome color match (for me)
- Doesn't make my skin cakey or dewey.
- Face stays matte for most of the day. I do gently powder my T-Zone once per day which is good considering I used to have to powder my whole face multiple times per day with other founadtions.
-Good for oily skin
-Didn't clog my pores/cause breakouts
Honestly, the only cons I have are the pricing and it contains SPF. Some people say it is hard to apply. It does dry fast, but it's not impossible people. I use MAC's 187 brush and have no trouble with streaking or caking. The way I look at it is if I'm going to dish out 55 bucks on a foundation I better make sure it's working for my skin.
I wanted to also note that I think this foundation is meant to be pampered. Meaning you're not just applying it, but working with it. So the way I can try to explain this is with your morning/night moisturizer - you don't just glob it on your face and go about your day... you take a moment to really work it into your skin and make sure every inch is covered to avoid dryness. Same thing with this foundation. That's not supposed to sound negative, I guess I'm trying to say love this foundation and it will love you back (dorky, I know but that's how I feel).
This is another great Chanel foundation. I purchased it a few months ago and wear it when I want fuller coverage. The scent is nice and the foundation does not oxidize on my skin. It goes on easily and provides a lovely finish. I apply with a foundation brush and that works well with this foundation. I definitely recommend it!
I bought this as soon as out came out because I had read about out in magazines and it sounded like Chanel had put so much work into creating the perfect foundation. I was a good match for the lightest shade, which I swatched on my hand and walked around for a bit. When I got back to the counter.. Was it always this orange? I was like no way, there's no way it could have oxidized this fast -- this is Chanel's super foundation! So like a doofus I bought it. When I wore it the next day it was almost outrageous how quickly it turned orange. I brought it back the next day. I don't understand how they put so much work into the formula of this foundation without realizing that it oxidizes crazily on half the people who wear it. Too bad because it does look nice on application.
I tried a generous sample of this product - looking for a new foundation after I developed an allergy to Diorskin Nude and Forever. Perf Lum is extremely underwhelming. Not really longwearing (looked ghastly patchy after 5-6 hours), accentuated my pores and minimal dry patches (have normal/dry skin, in very good shape right now) and the shade range is too limited (the palest shade available here in Italy was tangerine on me, I think it was 22 - it's sister was Hepatitis A yellow). Coverage also questionable, didn't help me much, would need a good concealer still. Didn't give me a nice finish either. In summary, doesn't stay on but is devilishly hard to remove. Felt like bad car paint.
An old bottle of Revlon Colorstay is ten times better (and they have better pale shades) - wears much longer and gives better coverage. Don't waste your money!