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Chanel Perfection Lumiere

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Review by Sileny

rated 4 of 5 on 4/5/2012 10:41:00 PM More reviews by Sileny

Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green

I've finally found a foundation that actually is long-lasting like it's marketed. It's a new formula meant to replace ProLumiere, and depending on who you ask, this is either a great change or a lousy one. Personally, I love this foundation. When I tried Pro, it faded from my face in 3 hours tops because I'm so oily. Perfection did not; 7 hours later it's still there, though not as good-looking as in the morning. It sets to a somewhat matte finish (not 80s/90s matte, but more natural) and it looks better as your skin gets a bit oily during the day. My skin actually looks better as the day goes on with some minor blotting.
B10 is a very natural, near perfect shade match, but be sure to take samples home to test. I was originally matched to BR22, which looked fine in store, but in natural light it was too dark and too pink/peach. (FYI I am a MAC NC/NW15 - I finally got matched yesterday because I realized that most readers look for that as a reference to shade matching)
Minor or no oxidation. Coverage is sheer to medium so concealer is needed for blemishes, undereyes, and the like. No need to powder to set. Pretty good oil control. If you have very sensitive skin, this does contain alcohol and fragrance, though it is farther down the list (i.e. not a main ingredient).
Due to the formulation, it sets VERY QUICKLY as most long-wearing foundations do. If you want a foundation that you put on in 10 seconds in the morning, you will hate this. Initially, it's a high maintenance foundation because if it's applied hastily, you will have streaks, unevenness, and settling in pores and dry patches. Fingers, a good brush, or sponge work well. You have to properly prep your skin depending on your type, but I have a feeling that those with drier skins won't like this at all. Don't use it around your eyes as it tends to be drying on delicate skin which can lead to creasing. Once applied well, you won't have to worry about it too much during the day. I didn't see any shifting or sliding on my face. If there were, it was minimal.
EDIT: For those having problems with it sinking into your pores, I found that the best way to avoid that would be to apply this the same way you would apply a BB cream or moisturizer.. That is, you use your fingers (not just your tips) and really rub it in in a circular motion and then pat down when you finished. When it just sits on top of your skin, the oil seems to make it settle. This way also cuts down on the application time I mentioned above.

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