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Primer/ Corrector - Chanel - Base Lumiere - Illuminating Makeup Base

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rated 3.7(83 reviews)

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  • 57% would buy again
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rated 2 of 5 on 5/9/2009 9:47:00 PM More reviews by littleleech

Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I really wanted to like this. I tried using it multiple ways... mixed with foundation and/or TM, under foundation (liquid / powder / TM), with different loose powders on top, etc. etc.. However, after a few hours, my face would get really shiny... no amount of blotting helped. I also developed tiny little pimples in random locations.

As far as making my makeup last longer, I *think* it did do that. I seemed to have more coverage at the end of the day (despite the shininess).

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 3/30/2009 5:31:00 PM More reviews by oneofmylies99

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Black

This is a really great primer. It noticeably extends the wear of foundation, and slightly minimizes my enlarged pores and fine lines all while giving me a subtle lit-from-within-glow. My mildly sensitive, acne-prone, combination skin doesn't suffer any breakouts or irritation. I have to re-powder my nose much later in the day when I use this primer. This stuff claims to have some moisturizing properties. I don't feel it adds any substantial moisture but it really seems to help retain moisture in my skin. Chanel really got the illuminating part of this primer just right. It could never be described as shimmery, more of a very, very subtle sheen. When I first tried this, before putting on foundation, I thought the subtle glow would be useless - to be completely covered up by foundation. To my surprise, it manages to show through resulting in a beautiful finish. For added glow I'll mix this with the foundation itself or even apply right on top as if it were a regular luminizer.

It has a gel-like lotion consistency. It has silicones in it but it doesn't have that super-slick silicone-slip. My foundation doesn't glide over this as easily as some other primers but definitely more so than when I'm not wearing a primer. This is scented but only very lightly. The packaging isn't the best. I wish it came in a squeeze tube that is easier to squeeze. It's not too big of a deal because the product comes out very easily and without much squeezing. My gripe about it is that when you get to the end of the bottle it's difficult to get the last remaining drops. The boxy rectangular shape is also difficult to cut open in order to access those expensive traces of product. But I'm guessing Chanel doesn't expect it's targeted demographic to care about that kind of stuff. That said, it is a nice, sleek and simple bottle.

I used this with the following foundations over the course of 5 months: Sue Devitt Triple C-Weed Whipped Creme, Chanel Teint Innocence, L'Oreal Age Perfect, Shiseido Tinted Moisturizer. All of which worked really well with this primer.

Don't expect miracles but my face/foundation def. gets an added lift from this and is highly recommended. About $42 for 1 oz.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 10/13/2008 4:13:00 AM More reviews by condesadepitimini

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Other, Fine Eyes: Green

I am not a huge fan of primers as I have a T-Zone that gets shiny in a second if I layer too many products in the morning under my foundation.
Well, we are in Autumn and probably the cooler temperatures have a part in this but I am very happy with his Chanel base.
I used it now for 3 days in a row under 3 different types of foundation and in all 3 cases it worked wonders!
I use my serum/moisturizer (that can be Lancaster serum, Advanced night repair or La Prairie plus a cream like Guerlain Issima or EL Perfectionist or Idealist), then my sunscreen (Clarins) plus the Chanel base. Then I apply the foundation (I used, in the 3 days, La Mer Foundation, Chantecaille and a combi of Cargo Oli free plus EL Max Cover.. not all together of couse!!!).
Obvioulsy I set it with loose powder (Guerlain, of MUFE HD or Dior).
In all 3 days the Base did a great job: I made the foundation last for good 7 hours without the tiniest bit of shine.
And the whole make up got an extra glow I never experienced before.
As I said, we have cooler tempereatures and this may have helped - I need to chack this in summer to give a full 5 lippies rating, for now I give a cautious 4.
To me, this base is a winner!!!

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rated 4 of 5 on 10/10/2008 8:03:00 PM More reviews by ralcan01

Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

i bought this when i was on the hunt for a good foundation and i absolutely love it! i only use it on special occasions like a nice dinner or a party. It's sheer but comes through/works well with foundation to give a nice luminous glow. Took a lippie off because of the price and how small the bottle is.

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rated 3 of 5 on 10/4/2008 7:20:00 PM More reviews by dreamwatch

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green

I bought this after deciding I would need a primer to keep my make-up in check at a wedding a few months back. I didn't really have time to go shopping around, so after checking reviews here this was the one I plumped with.

As mentioned the packaging, though very stylish, isn't the best for this type of product, but I can deal with it. It has a beautiful scent which many will hate; scented products don't bother me, but if they bother you then make sure you try before you buy. I have to be honest, I don't think this is the best product for me. Though I'm very pale, this managed to make me more so, and I felt that I just looked very white and shiny all day. I'm willing to accept that I may have not used the product correctly, but I've used it a couple of times since, varying the coverage, and it hasn't seemed to make much difference. It did keep my foundation in place though, so it wasn't all bad. Plus it does give a nice smooth texture to your skin.

I'll use up the bottle, but I won't be repurchasing.

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/30/2008 11:49:00 PM More reviews by whirled

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I love this primer! I have yellowish skin so the Rosee color suits me really well. Do not use too much or else your face will be a tad too "oily" and your final makeup may slide and look too "white" on you. So, a little goes a long way! I use this before I use my Chanel Teint Innocence or my BB Cream and I get the final result that I want - a dewy, rosy, glowy look! I love this item! You can totally tell the difference if you use this primer or not. Without it, my foundation looks a little blah on my skin. Sure you can't go wrong with Chanel foundations (I've been a faithful user for many years) but the effect with this primer is just plain amazing! My only complain is the packaging. Not so user friendly. But would totally purchase this over and over and over again!

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/1/2008 11:50:00 AM More reviews by littleliverbird

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I bought this a while back when I was on a mission to find the perfect make up base. I started using this again recently and am delighted with the results. It really makes my foundation (MAC studio fix fluid) glide on flawless and gives my skin a gorgeous glow. It's expensive, but as you only need a small amount you definitely get your moneys worth. I've already stocked up on another bottle for when this runs out!

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rated 1 of 5 on 7/29/2008 12:13:00 PM More reviews by sandyroy01

Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I don't notice a difference when I use this prduct. I feel like it made my face a little more oily than normal and I couldn't really tell a difference in keeping my makeup on all day. I wouldn't purchase it again. It was expensive and the packaging was annoying.

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rated 4 of 5 on 5/25/2008 7:40:00 PM More reviews by castanerj911

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Dark, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I LOVE THIS PRIMER! it works really well. Everytime I wear it I get so many compliments on my skin. It really does make my makeup last all day. If it wasn't so expensive for such a small amount I'd buy it in a heartbeat. It would be even better if it came in a pump.

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rated 3 of 5 on 5/18/2008 3:37:00 AM More reviews by ropey

Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

Chanel products are always luxurious... but expensive! Honestly I can't really tell the difference in my skin when i've used this. It feels great on and I guess it does brighten your skin a bit, but unless you have money to burn then I'm sure there are other less expensive products out there that perform equally well.

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