this is one of my new foundations, the Chanel Perfection Lumière. it has been released this fall in lieu of the Pro Lumière Foundation that has been discontinued (i have already reviewed the Pro Lumière here - i loved the finish but i hated the bad staying power).
this foundation claims to have a long wear formula which creates a flawless finish -this is just what me and my oily skin always wanted in Chanel - a really long lasting foundation.
with the Perfection Lumière, Chanel has launched their greatest shade variety until now with 20 shades subdivided into 3 undertone groups (pink, peach, yellow) so that every woman should be able to find a match. now the idea sounds great but its realization isn't, of these 20 shades we only got 8 here in germany. as one of many i wasn't able to find a good match in the range, shade #20 Clair that i normally use in Chanel foundations was kept back from the german market and the next available shades are either too light, too pink or too peach/dark.
i had to order mine in the shade B20 (or 20 Beige) from the US from Maureen and have been testing it over the last month.
it comes in a beautifully classic frosted glass bottle which is a bit wider and shorter than the Pro Lumière bottle and has a nicely working pump. it has an spf of 10, contains 30ml and costs 55$/45.90€.
B20 is a good match for my skintone (i'm currently about NC20 in MAC), it's lighter than Chanel's #20 Clair in other foundations (Teint Innocence and Pro Lumière) and more yellow and less orange than the Pro Lumière. the colour stays true and doesn't become darker or orange on my face.
it has a creamy and smooth consistency with a fresh scent. it blends out ok, i find that this foundation is best applied with the BeautyBlender sponge. although i think it builds up quite much in my sponge, the BeautyBlender gives me a flawless, streak free and even result the easiest. with a brush the finish is often streaky and application with the fingers makes the foundation settle into pores, lines and dry skin with an uneven coverage. the coverage is medium and slightly buildable, the Perfection Lumière covers redness well but doesn't conceal dark marks entirely.
the formula sets quickly to a matte finish - Chanel seems to go back to the roots with the release of the Rouge Allure Velvets and this matte foundation after all the dewy-finish-trend. but unlike other matte foundations, i really like this one!
it's not a chalky or dry matte look but gives an illusion of a fine, velvety skin texture, smooth and even with a hint of radiance. if i'm having a short day, i don't like to set it with powder to keep that perfected finish.
this is not a lightweight foundation. it doesn't feel heavy either, but i can definitely tell that i'm wearing foundation with this one. it has medium oil control abilities, settled with Chanel's Loose Powder i get uncomfortably shiny around the 7-hour-mark. the staying power is not exceptionally high, but it outperforms other Chanel foundations i've tried with its 7-9 hours of (good) wear.
all in all i like this foundation better compared to the Pro Lumière, and i like to have a good matte finish foundation in my stash because it's easier to wear with shimmery cheek colours or highlighters. it's not a replacement for the Pro Lumière at all, and shouldn't be seen as that. i don't think it's an epiphany in terms of application or wearing time, but the finish is beautiful and a nice change from the sheer dewy ones. if i could only have one foundation, this one wouldn't be my choice, though.
|one drop of: Chanel Pro Lumière in 20 Clair - Chanel Teint Innocence in 20 Clair - Chanel Perfection Lumière in 20 Beige - MAC Pro Longwear in NC20|
|Chanel Perfection Lumière in B20 right after application|
|Chanel Perfection Lumière in B20 10 minutes after application|
ingredients (copied from makeupalley.com)
ACTIVE INGREDIENT(S) TITANIUM DIOXIDE 3.1% . INACTIVE INGREDIENTS AQUA (WATER), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE,CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, METHYL TRIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ALCOHOL, DIMETHICONE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE/DIMETHICONOL CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, STEARIC ACID, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, HYDROLYZED ALGIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, ISOCETETH-10, ZINC SULFATE, HYDRATED SILICA, DENATONIUM BENZOATE [ /- (MAY CONTAIN) CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77491, CI77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), MICA]