Nov 18, 2011

foundation overview #19: Chanel Perfection Lumière.

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


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  1. nice review!!and here is the question:if you could only have one foundation,which would that be?? it's a tough one i know,but my skin is similar to yours so i'm really interested in your answer! :)

  2. I tried it a few days ago in a chanel event and I really love the finish, it´s a great foundation, thanks for the review

  3. I recently picked up MUFE HD Invisible Cover foundation and I like it so far. Curious what your favorite foundation has been so far?

  4. i've seen many reviews of this im keen to try it maybe after christmas when I have more money... xxx

  5. For me Perfection Lumière is my favourite foundation atm. The staying power is awesome on my normal to oily combination skin and it controls oil better than any foundation I've tried. I really like the velvety mat finish that doesn't look dull or mask like.

    The shade selection is even worse here in Finland btw, I think we only have 6 shades available.. Luckily I was able to find a mathc in B10. Bugs me that Vitalumière Aqua is not available in that shade here, the lightest B shade we have is 20 and it's too dark for my Nc15:ish skin.

  6. This foundation is very temping, I want it! Your review is really good. xx

  7. thank you everybody!

    @afro: i can't answer this! soo hard! well, it definitely changes, but over the last year, my top choices have been: Guerlain Parure Gold, Lancôme Teint Miracle and now Sisley Phyto Teint Éclat.

  8. Keto, what do U think about the difference between Chanels Mat Lumière and the Perfection Lumière?
    I really like this subtle glow and the longlasting effect of the Mat Lumière.
    Maybe U have the possibility to compare them?

  9. you cant clearly say yellow tone for yellow tones and pink is for pink undertones. There are MANY exceptions. People dont pick it out that way. There are even people who get into arguments at makeup counters because they are a cool and someone insisted they were a warm. Some people are yellow toned which is light but with alot of splotches of pink. Ive seen many clients who are light/yellow but certain foundations made them look like "jaundice/yellow" they complained.The right combo of pink and yellow made them soo bright and radiant. Its all on personal preference,thats all.Our skin is very diverse. One of the world's biggest makeupartist said everyone in the world can at least use 2 foundations, many people can wear 3 or more. It depends on what you are trying to bring out the most. On some days some people prefer to look more rosier so they use a pink undertone. Some people want that more rosier undertone because it looks fresher/young. We all know that NC is gold and NW is pink in MAC. NC is lighter than NW, NW is more reddish/pink. An NC40 and NW40. There are people who see both yellow and splotches of pink on them like I said. A yellow person will not look "ashy" when wearing pink undertones, they will look PINKY. Usually we humans are not one tone! we are not all yellow! there are fair skinned yellow people with pink undertones. Its actually preferred to use a combo of tellow/olive and red/pink undertones. You have to experiment. If you are yellow and use only yellow foundation than you will appear more flat( which is great if thats what you like) but addingpink makes you look rosier and many people love that.
    Alot of times darker toned women like African American/carribean women have to mix more than one foundation ,everyone on earth is different
    After years of being a makeup artist. The rule stands true. There are no rules to makeup, only rules of thumb. Nothing called "too anything".I disagree with telling anyone how to wear their foundation/blush/powder/eyeliner/eyeshadow. Makeup is subjective. Everyone has their own makeup style. Many light people tend to go light/lighter or mix it with a luminzer to make themselves brighter/radiant/porcelin like. A great example of this would be dita von teese, who even stays out the sun to maintain her light skintone and wears light foundation. Others prefer to be dark/darker and darken in the sun or use bronzer all over their skintone. Different people have different preferences. If I spelled "Horse" "Howrse" than there is no "ifs" "and" or "buts" because grammar isnt subjective. What is wrong is wrong!However. Makeup is subjective. I hate nude lips. Does that mean its right to say "dont wear nude lips" ? No.
    I might not like it but someone else might. There is no rule to makeup. Thats the beauty of being a makeup artist. There are soo many different styles.
    I hate bronzer. But maybe there is someone who loves that deep bronzed look. I cant go to them and say "dont go soo deep in the bronzer" and say its "constructive". There are soo many different styles.who is anyone to tell someone theyre wearing a too light or too dark foundation, because there is no such thing. Nicole and Sam from pixiwoo(huge makeupartists in Britain) sometimes wear paler or darker foundation and it looks gorgeous! as long as people blend it to the neck its fine....some people prefer to look bright and radiant.

  10. i have addressed your issue on the "foundation overview" post.
    additionally, i want to say that it's not easier for anyone if you'd tell them they could wear whatever foundation shade they feel like. most people are not that into makeup. if they come to you searching for quick and practical help, they want one thing that is versatile and would go for different occasions/with different looks. as a makeup artist for the normal people (excluding artistic looks for events/foto shoots etc.), you have to find out what suits this person the best and would be universally flattering for this one person. you can't talk generally then. and i think it's most convenient to have a well matching foundation colour, a reliable matching concealer and the possibility to vary the looks with other base makeup products like effect powders, contour and different blushes (warm, bronzey, rosy, light tones).

  11. To LadyinRed, while it's true you can wear different shade foundation to correct or alter your skintone to some degree, it certainly has its limit. A good example is how in the country I grew up in, women are OBSESSED about looking white. I have seen very dark-skinned people (think MAC NC/NW 45-50) wearing WHITE powder. Believe me when I say the result is not pretty. They look GREY. They don't look like they have lighter skin at all, instead they look like dark-skinned people wearing base make-up that is obviously too light for them. However, I know some pink-toned people who prefer not to wear pink-toned foundation because it makes them look sunburnt. However, they tend to go for the next shade which is peach or neutral undertone, not yellow.

    Shortly, unless looking like a clown, Oompa Loompa, or boiled lobster is the look you're going for, I'd say stick to the foundation shade that looks natural on you, whether it's the exact match to your skintone or a shade that corrects your natural skintone.

    To Keto, I'm sorry for rambling here, I just feel it's necessary to address the issue. I miss your reviews so I've been reading old posts in your blog. :)


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