The packaging really is terrible even full you do have to store it upside down. It really does work for me though, it makes my skin glow. I love it!!
I still have a half-full container of this in my stash, and I doubt I'll ever open it again. I bought this with the hopes it would illuminate and provide a good base for the light dusting of powder I apply every morning, and I think it did one of the two, which was fine. However - and this is a HUGE however - after using this every day for about two months, I got back some pictures that were taken during a party, and I was mortified to see that my face was pink. I attribute that to the fact that this isn't an entirely clear color, but rather has a violet undertone to it, and on my fair but golden toned Asian skin, that's just not a good thing. It's not something I noticed even in natural light, and it couldn't have been my foundation (I only usually use a transluscent powder, or, for slightly more coverage, a dusting of Shiseido's Powdery Foundation), so I know it was this. For over $50 CDN, I got what I wanted in terms of a good primer, but I wasn't illuminated - I was painted pink. continued >>
My skin, if properly moisturized beforehand, looks amazing with this product, before and after foundation (if I decide to wear it). I got this for my mother on mother's day earlier this year, and have been sneaking it whenever possible since. While it makes my skin look wonderfully glowy (think unparalleled subtle yet complex glow if possible) and flawless, this product merits it only 3 lippies in my book: (1) price (actually, the main gripe. I'm a poor student! *sob*), (2) the base is incredibly thick and difficult to spread, (3) it's very greasy and settles into my pores if I'm not careful about how I moisturize beforehand and how much product I apply (which makes me wonder if this product would be better applied with a brush or sponge...is that even a good idea to do, with a base?), and (4) I think consistent use during a one-week vacation I was home broke me out, probably because Chanel is more suited to older skin and not oil-prone early-twenties skin. Would love to love, but yet...
This primer is feels very lightweight, yet has real staying power. It is quite hard to remove, which can be a little bit of a pain, but this is hardly a disadvantage when you require real staying power. The illuminating component of this base is very subtle, as is the violet corrector. Another advantage I found was that this "dried" quite quickly so you do not have to wait for long before applying foundation.
The only main disadvantage i can see is the inappropriate packaging. Must be stored upside down, particularly when it is about halfway empty.
Overall, i believe this may be the best primer i have tried, and i would highly recomend. :)
This product did not do anything for me!!!! It made me look very dry under my eyes and for some reason it balled up when I put my foundation on. I would not recommend this product to anyone. It did make my skin look illuminated, but it went away when i put my foundation so whats the point???! It's a waste of money.
I don't normally like Chanel cosmetics because I find them over-fragranced but this is virtually fragrance-free.
It glides smoothly onto your skin and foundation sits perfectly on top of it.
Even without foundation it made a significant difference to the light, texture and tone of my skin.
Its much better than Nars (which so many people rave about).
The only negative is that its quite expensive for a small bottle. Although a little goes a long way.
I am a Chanel lover, but this product just completely miss it!!! I like the fact that there is no scent to it, but it is quite pricey for a little bottle which is SO HARD TO SQUEEZE!!! I really dont see any illuminating effect either, Blanc Universelle is better at doing this. On top of this, WHY DOES IT BALL ON ME even though i was just using the lightest amount?!?!?! Even with Chanel Vitalumiere?!?!?!? For primer, i am sure there are other problems that do a better job than this.
This is the first seriously ground-breaking cosmetic discovery that I've found since I figured out lipliner in highschool. I spread this on evenly before I apply my foundation, and it adds this fabulous dewy, natural glow to my skin. Really. If you're looking for something that will help you achieve that "dewy" look without looking like you're "wet" or (worse) "oily", this is it.
It is, however, crazy expensive. Shocking for Chanel, I know. The packaging is a joke, too; it comes in a rectangular bottle that you have to squeeze the product out of. This means that you'll inevitably have to start storing the bottle upside down after using it three or four times. For $45, they could figure out a pump.
Because it IS so expensive, don't overestimate how much you need. A little goes a LONG way. Think "the size of a pea". It'll last a long time that way, and hence better justify the cost.
I've tried Laura Mercier, MAC Strobe Cream, BeneFit High Beam.... all poo! Base Lumiere makes my make up lasts the whole night, fantastic! Hands down once again for Chanel.
Not really impressed with this, especially as it being Chanel, i expected more..I have combination skin, fairly normal most days...This did little to my skin condition..i expect a illuminator to brighten , this basically moisterised my skin...