Excellent base for all skins, especially dry skin. Smooths out skin surface so that any powder, even those sold at drug stores appears so perfect! A must for all gals who wants good-looking complexion.
Edit: I have found better ones out there. Wont buy again.
Mmm super-nice! Makes your skin look pearly and glowing as soon as it goes on. It also really helps make-up (I use Yves St Laurent Touch Eclat) stay put all day. Definitely gets you noticed.
This is the first primer, I have ever used. So, I can't compare it with other primers. It's summer, and I live in Arizona. My makeup stayed on my face, though a 6 hour baseball game, plus walking around in 100 degree heat.
My foundation glided on like silk, and I used less. I Love this! If there is a better primer out there, LMK! Until then, this is HG!
I am amazed beyond my wildest dreams. I have very oily, acne prone skin and alot of acne scars and brown patches. I was looking for something that would give me a smoother palate to work with prior to applying my foundation and this did the job. I have always looked horrible with just plain foundation and this was my miracle. I am able to use less foundation and even out my skin tone with a great "dewy look" Never though I could look like this. Thanks Chanel!!! It is worth the price. Hate the package.
Love, love, love this product! Don't love, love, love the packaging. The awkward squeeze bottle is an annoyance. The bottle is square shaped, so after using the product even one time, you squeeze and squeeze and tip and shake much akin to the "shaking the ketchup bottle" motion. I keep my cosmetics in a cosmetic bag since I'm always on the go, but as others have mentioned, storing the bottle upside down alleviates this problem to some extent.
The Base Lumiere has a gel-like consistency with a violet sheer iridescent quality (sounds scary but it's not, I promise!) True to the color wheel, purple cancels out red, thus, it helps with minimizing the look of any redness or blotchiness in your skin tone. I apply the base Lumiere under Chanel Teint Innocence in Gentle Ivory and I'm a happy girl.
The foundation glides on with no "balling up" as some bases can cause foundations to do. It leaves a radiant glow and stays put all day long. No greasies, no sliding, only flawless perfection. One of my staples.
My skin: oily, blemish prone -
When I went through a period of great clear skin which tolerated silicons and chemical based products, I had a great desire to try out all these luxe highlighting primers - Base Lumiere was one of the most coveted.
As many members have already noted, packaging is ridiculous. I wouldn't know how anyone could salvage the last few mls of product (plenty for a dozen uses) with the barely squeezable awkward cuboid design. I imagine you would have to literally cut through the box tube to swipe up the product clinging to the walls.
Ok down to the nitty gritty, the base is a semi opaque white coloured serum with a very conspicuous ultra violet tint and sheer mica glitter (the nice not whore-y type). As some may have noticed, lavender (purple) powders made by Pure Luxe, By Terry, Givenchy etc, are quite the rage because this tint is supposed to help neutralise skin tone and brighten the complexion. But I really don't think the ultra violet tint in Base Lumiere has enough oomph to stand out unless it is used on someone who is fair skinned with even complexion and does not use any products except for a sheer translucent powder on top.
Basically, it is one of those coveted "luxe" products which is not really good value for money, and even if you were loaded, this is not something that would be worthy to purchase just for that sometimes valuable "extra little something special" touch to a makeup regime.
When I did use this, it was on top of a silicon primer, and under a powder. It did not irritate my normally sensitive skin, and did not aggravate oil production. But I could not single this product out to be a culprit when days later I had many tender sore blemishes (normally caused by silicon primers). continued >>
First of all, the silky gel glides on very easily after I cleansed, toned and moisturized my face. Secondly, this makes my skin looks lit-from-within and holds my makeup all day despite the hot humid weather of Hanoi summer. I learned from the other reviewers to store the bottle up side down so no problem getting the gel out even when there's only a little bit left. Also because of the gel's thicker consistency compared to Chanel's other base (Blanc Universelle), you get more control (squeeze just enuf gel out every time). My only complaint is that it is expensive and has no SPF.
AWFUL! My skin is dry and my skin looked worse with this product. I flaked all day. I usually love all Chanel products but this one did not work for me.
Price: $81.00 NZ-Package: Pure class however larger bottle would be nice considering the huge amount of cash shelled out for this product. Non greasy but still had a tendency to highlight pores. It may or may not have Titanium Dioxide in the product- not happy about that. I wish there was a more person friendly alternative out there. Update: I am really impressed by the texture of this product-almost like silk.
If you haven't tried this product, you really should. This is NOT the usual primer, but a true makeup base. Even though it's got silicone in it, it's not too greasy feeling, it's more like a gel texture. This product is the only one I use before applying makeup on anyone. I find the others are often too slippery, and thick. This product goes on effortlessly, and give a subtle glow. Instead of your makeup sliding around on a thick silicone base, this stuff will hold your makeup all day without that thick slimy feeling that can occur late in the day. You'll have far less silicone breakthough with this product than with other primers out there. This is also far better than the other primers out there especially in hot climates / summer humidity. The only trouble is that the packaging sucks. Keep this bottle inverted on your counter top so the product will come out more easily. Try it!