|Would buy this product again.||65%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Fine Eyes: Brown
Got a deluxe sample (thanks to pinkdolphi & mua ) of it in 10! It's the lightest so I will not use my CDP primer...effect is matte without overly so. Stays on after 16h whole day without touchup.
I also apply this powder with my kabuki brush after sunscreen! Certainly getting the refill after finishing my sample :)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I use this to set foundation and it is amazing for that. I used up one compact then had to switch to Stila ipf as I couldn't get it anymore and the Stila just had no oil control not to mention a strange metallic finish. I will stock up on this next time I am in Asia.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
i thought i'd give chanel a shot, but i should have trusted my gut. firstly, the counter ran out of the shade i was matched to and the counter lady sold me the lightest shade instead - not exactly the worse thing - i look like a ghost when i first put this on but my oily skin managed to oxidise this to the point where the colour pretty much matches my neck (thankfully). the issue i have with this is that it is awfully drying - i have oily skin but this sucker made it feel really tight & itchy. and this settles into my open pores/acne scars/lines, cakes up (even though i used the chanel primer and applied only 1 thin layer because of the light shade) and even my colleague pointed out that it was not working out for me because she could see blotches of the foundation caking up and settling into my acne scars.
i pretty much ditched it 2-3 days in and that was a truly expensive lesson to learn that chanel products and my skin just can't agree.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I am fairly disappointed in this product, even though I think it's my own fault mostly. I was looking for a fine powder, which would help set my makeup and give me this flawless yet somehow dewy luminous look. However this just sit on top of my skin making it looks kind of dull. This is called a powder foundation, so maybe it was me who bought the wrong product.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue
i love this powder i use it along with the chanel matt foundation and my skin looks so clear and natural. this won't make you look powery or cakey it works great at controling oil and the thing i love most is you can buy refills so you don't need to bin the pretty packaging :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I have oily skin that is prone to acne. I was first introduce to this product by Makeupalley a year ago.
For the first few times that I used this product, it worked magic on me and many people complimented that I looked better and natural with this powder.
6 months down the road, this product doesn't absorb or control any oil anymore. I'm not sure if it's a change in my skin or had my skin got so adapted to this product that it is producing more oil.
I will be switching to something else that can provide better oil control feature.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Black
I got a sample of this in beige cendre30 cos the SA ran out of 10 and 20. Obviously, it was too dark and yellow.. anyway, i wanted to test out if my skin will react badly to it, fortunately it didn't. But i felt that coverage is too sheer and it kind of look cakey upon application. Lucky i didnt bought the full-size pact.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
This product is designed for oily skin. Unfortunately does not stand up to it's promise. On application - velvetly and matt withint 2 hours, starts to slide of skin. Very disappointing. Mac studio fix lasts longer on oily skin
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
Since I live in the States where this particular product is not available (I regularly curse Chanel and its tendency to make my favorite shades and products Asian exclusives...grrrrr), samples of this item were hard to locate. Well, after a few months of trying I finally got my grubby little paws on some of this in 30 Beige Cendre (I am MAC NC35/Warm Natural 4.5 in Bobbi Brown Natural Finish at my palest, for reference). 30 Beige Cendre is definitely a shade that will work best on individuals with strong yellow undertones and warm skin. That said, this has been a banner year for me in terms of HG foundations, as this one has turned out to be a complete and utter winner in my book - though truth be told, I suspect that the 30 is a bit too light for me, so I will try the 40. The powder is very finely milled and keeps shine at bay for hours (I should add though that while my combo skin definitely tends to get shiny, it is not extremely oily, either), and application is incredibly easy. In fact, in terms of ease of application it puts every other foundation I have tried to shame. The deluxe samples of this come with a tiny little sponge, and somehow this manages to look stellar even when I use that! If you are capable of blotting your skin with pressed powder, then you can apply Mat Lumiere Extreme successfully - no fancy brushes required. Coverage is easily buildable, especially when you wet the sponge a little bit, but if you have pretty clear skin dry application is certainly sufficient. This product has no scent - at least none detected by my bionic nose - and every single time I wear it, I receive compliments on my skin without fail. (I should note here that I have been applying it over Murad's new Hybrids primer, in either the matte or the dewy finish - it works wonderfully with this product). It leaves my skin matte, but without the flat, artificial matte finish that characterizes so many powder foundations in my experience. I also appreciate the fact that you can purchase refills for this product as opposed to purchasing an entire new compact every time. My sole issue is that this particular shade will only work for me at my palest...for the rest of the year I will need to purchase a darker shade. Time to go sample hunting again - but at least now I know that it will be well worth the effort. This is a wonderful product, and worth every penny. Now if I could only convince Chanel to sell it in the States...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Black
This is my HG Powder Foundation. I've tried Mac Studio Fix, Shu Uemura, Laura Mercier, Loreal, Clinique etc etc but after I tried this I just stopped looking. For a powder foundation this really minimizes my large pores and blurs imperfections. I don't use it with concealer because until now I'm still looking for my hg concealer. It really doesn't make my skin too oily and too chalky err matte, just a dewy healthy look! We have to be realistic here girls! There's no powder that would stop your skin from producing oils! So I use oil control film for my nose, chin and forehead and there you go! perfect. It Doesn't break me out either!!! Light on the face like you're not wearing anything! I use it everyday! For Powder Foundation you have to prep your skin first! Moisturize!!! The night before and before applying make up. Make sure it's Oil free for those with oily skin. I have combination skin where I have really oily areas but it's flaking at the same time! Use setting powder or it won't last that long (that's why I only gave it 4 lippies)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Black
im afraid this has caused me much disappointment and will not be on my "buy again" list. i contemplated long before buying this, reading reviews after reviews. and the only good thing i have to say is that its powder is really fine and its good, probably the best in the market at oil control. however, the finishing is way too matte (really extreme!) for my liking and makes my skin looks sallow and dull. initially i thought i look like a ghost when im already using beige cendre with very yellow undertone. maybe i should get the mat lumiere refill next time but right now, im just disappointed =(
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I don't know what possessed me to jump on ebay and buy this non-returnable product from Hong Kong. I think it was driving me crazy that I could not buy this in the U.S. and I might have been missing out on some extraordinary mattifying powder makeup. I would normally never buy anything, not even a $.99 drugstore lip pencil knowing that I couldn't return it. Well for all of you American girls, who have been dying to get your hands on it but can't read Japanese on the websites that sell it, this is the skinny.....I can imagine that it does give young skin a poreless, porcelain look. However, I don't have young skin and found that this powder didn't mattify me enough to give me that smooth poreless, porcelain look. My T zone was shinier than usual within an hour and I don't have particularly oily skin. It did accentuate lines before I decided to layer it over "Almost Makeup" sheer foundation. It didn't rise and separate or dissipate as easily as most foundations by afternoon. But it did start to break down with the oils by the end of the day. I tried reapplication for sun protection on the sunny ride home, but it caked. Most importantly, number 01 clair is fair enough for my complexion, but is very yellow, even too yellow for me, who usually uses neutral to yellow bases. This is going into the makeup drawer. Unfortunately, all of my Asian friends don't wear makeup. If I could give it away I would. I hate to see $48.00 go to waste. Lesson learned! Don't buy anything I can't return no matter how tempting.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I felt compelled to write a review on this product (and this will NOT be a rave I'm afraid) as I've been trying and trying this past week to make this work for me... but I'm just not getting the results described by the other reviewers. I really went out on a limb for this powder as it is very expensive, but thought it might be worth it if the product could really cover my pores and keep the oil under control. Just know that my skin is SO oily that not even Colorstay can keep me matte for more than a few hours. (The best combo I've tried so far is Shiseido's waterproof liquid foundation with Kryolan anti-shine powder to set).
Tried this with various combinations of moisturizer, blemish balm cream, primer, liquid foundation and finishing powders -- and while the powder itself is super-fine and silky (you know it's of high quality when you touch it) and goes on smooth, it just doesn't give me the finish I was expecting. Not bad, but not mind-blowing either. And doesn't last on me.
Did I get a bad batch or what? *sigh* I think I'll just use this to touch-up during the day.
I did notice that the other reviewers are fairly young, so maybe this works better for younger skin.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
After reading all the good reviews bout this powder, i decided to give it a shot. its A-mazing!!! i really wanted a compact foundation that could give good coverage since i hv uneven skin tone especially near my upper lips n jaw area. i knw liquid foundation gives good coverage but applying it consumes time so i wanted a compact foundation for a quicker application. trust me this powder really works wonders! it really gives me an even skin tone after application. at the beginning i was a bit afraid that this powder might look cakey on me but the texture is just super fine. it will not cake up. the color really stays and does not oxidize or make your skin look greyish like some powder does. it's my new HG powder!! i would have given it 5 lippies if not for the price :-)
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
This powder is a must have for girls with oily skin! After trying many powders and foundations from MAC to Covergirl to MakeUp Forver to Mineral Wear & others i had given up on finding a powder that would not make me look like an oil slick, but Chanel Mat Lumiere Extreme proved me wrong. I have VERY oily skin like straight after i step out the house whether the weather is cold or hot my face turns into an oil slick, but this foundation kept my oil at bay all day. Living in Sydney, Australia we have very hot summers like today it was 39 degrees Celsius and i wore this foundation out today and just got home and even though it was so hot and i felt like my face was sweating, when i looked in the mirror my face was relatively matte. I definitely recommend girls with oily skin to try this product.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
The best at controlling oiliness and shine, and color stays true all day - does not oxydize! My HG daytime foundation (evening is Shu Uemura - I actually like Shu better but Shu is not as good at controlling shine).
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
My colour is RMK LF 101, around NC15-20 and both Chanel 10 Beige Clair (yellow base lightest shade) and 20 Rose Beige (pink based lightest shade) suits me. I went ahead to get a refill for Shade 10 but it's out of stock and i decide to try shade 20.
Colour wise, the SA recommend me both shade 10 & 20 the first time round, but i rejected shade 20 because i'm concerned if it will be too red for me. My skin tone is usually neutral - not yellow and not red - which is a chore when i buy liquid foundation and i usually stick to yellow based ones as red one tend to make me look like a cooked crab. the pink undertone for shade 20 is not that scary compared to most other brands (Ettusais, Za, MAC NW20). the effect is like a brighter and more radiant version of 10. luckily for me, the shade remains - it will not oxidise and turn darker and redder after few hours.
Power is really fine. I can use them for touch up on my nose and it will never have the "open pore" look - unlike many other 2 way cake i have tried. i only use sunblock below it and It last very well for me for my usual 18 hours days except for my nose - which none of any brands loose powder can control it. (edit 2012-07-03: This problem is solved when i apply Revlon Photo Ready Primer in Translucent before it but i guess any primer will do. I'm impressed!)
Mat Lumiere Extreme gives a long lasting matte look - but not a flat face look. if i want a more dewy look for the day, i will use Laura Mercier illuminating tinted moisturiser before the powder foundation or use a luminizer (TheBalm mary-loumaniser) over it.
My HG for years before this had been RMK LF + Chacott Loose powder and this compact is able to give a better effect than them.
Price is SGD$83, and the refill is SGD$63. a refill last me 3 months with daily usage + occasional day touchup. it's on the pricely side but considering the cost to buy a good LF & LP, it is actually more economical.
**** add on 2011-07-05*****
I had just bought Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat compact powder to try last week. In comparison, Chanel Mat Lumiere extreme gives a matte and slightly heavier coverage in comparison to Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat which has a even finer texture and gives a dewy glowy look. While I love Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat dewy finish, sad to say, it doesnt last for me (and i had oily tzone and dry cheeks).
For reference, my shade for Vitalumiere Eclat is B10.
*** added on 2012-10-18***
i tried other compact foundation but this is still my favorite. It hides my pores, gives my skin a luminous matte look. looks great in photos, last 18 hr days and i love the SPF factor.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
THIS IS SO GOOD! I dont own it, i tried at a dep. store in hongkong. When i came back to the hotel i saw my face on the mirror. IT IS SO FLAWLESS. Not that matte, very dewy and yet not shiny. No red acne marks. FLAWLESS as in! This is the best foundation i had used ever! My daily foundation routine is all Shu Uemura. From primer,concealr foundation, brushes and powder! And i cant believe a single powder foundation would give me results the same as my shu uemura routine without that much amount of product! AMAZING!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Finally the BEST powder foundation i've ever tried!!!! it has everything i need! Coverage Superb! very lasting.. Doesnt oxidise! Covers my open pores v,well! no breakouts!with jus one application my face looks completely flawless! i used my concealer first (for compactt foundation always apply concealer first,for fluid foundation apply concealer after ur LF) under eyes n pimples..the finishing is matte. err.. sum may find it too matte. but in order not to look V. matte, i balance it with a hint of shimmer for my blusher n bronzer... :) i absoloutely cnt live w/o this one! Shade #10 beige clair matches my NC20 VERY WELL! i was told by the SA to get #20 beige rose! but my intincts told me to get #10. im GLAD i did! cos rose beige has a pinkbase! might not be natural for my yellow undertone... i received lotsa compliments from frens/family n even strangers and said hw flawless my skin look! haha! i DO NOT hv such gd complexion. A GOOD makeup Does wonders! i fake it, this is awesome. i will defnitely buy a refill.. this powder foundation cost me sgd82 but its so worth it! love love love this! this is diffnt frm mat lumiere spf 10-gives u glowy finish. medium coverage. Mat Lumiere Extreme spf 20 not only the spf is more but it gives MORE coverage than the mat lumiere spf 10. gives u MATTE finish. if you're looking for a gd coverage,lasting compact THIS IS FOR YOU! suitable for combi,oily skin! i jz need to blot w a tissue. amazing thats all i cn say....
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I've never used Mat Lumiere, but after getting a minimakeover at the Chanel counter with Mat Lumiere Extreme, I think i'm going to stick with this one :) Right after application, i went to an hour and a half tennis lesson and walked around and came home sweating from the hot humid air, and it was STILL there! No smudging, anything..it was absolutely perfect, and still stayed on until the next day. I love it!