Thursday, 25 April 2013

Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

Hello Everyone, 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

I have been using Chanel Perfection Lumière Foundation for a while now. Actually I am alternating between this and Lancôme Teint Idol Ultra depending upon the mood. 


PERFECTION LUMIÈRE controls every detail of a perfect complexion to offer a tailor-made result.

In a simple step, the skin-embracing texture becomes one with the face. It follows its every movement, with adjustable coverage. 

The results: 

Multi-faceted long-lasting wear for a matte finish, radiance and color thanks to the Perfect Skin Affinity complex. It ensures a second-skin effect and perfect hold for 15 hours.

Perfect correction of all imperfections and optimal radiance that stays true all day long, provided by the patented Perfect Light Control Complex:
- redness and dark spots: -52%,
- complexion evenness: +65%,
- complexion radiance: +84%.

6 easy-to-wear shades suit Asian skin perfectly, with a no-makeup sensation.

With PERFECTION LUMIÈRE, perfection has never been so simple.

If you are an oily skin babe like me, then this foundation is for you. This foundation gives a flawless matte finish without making it look garish or cakey. This actually looks radiant and looks like second skin. This foundation sets really well on it's own. You can skip the powder over this foundation. I, however, powder my skin in the T-Zone. My skin gets extremely oily during summers and especially in Mumbai, it gets even worse. This foundation dries & sets pretty quickly, hence, one needs to be fast with blending it out. As this foundations dries to give a matte finish, so those with dry skin should skip this foundation. Also, if you have any dry areas on your face, you will have to exfoliate and moisturize your face really well before using this foundation, otherwise, this foundation will emphasis those patches and would not give an even finish. 

The foundation has medium to full coverage, covers my acne scars and discoloration on the chin extremely  well. If I feel the need of extra coverage I dot a little bit extra & blend by just patting my ring finger. For a full coverage I prefer to pin point conceal my scars using the heavy duty MAC Studio Finish concealer using a Sigma E05 brush rather than packing a whole lot of foundation on my face to look cakey. If you have a naturally flawless skin without any scars and discoloration, you will need a very tiny amount get a perfect radiant matte finish. I dot about half a pump on my cheeks, forehead, nose (tiny bit, because of redness on my nose) and chin and blend it out. 

As claimed by the company, it's a long wearing foundation, which this foundation actually is. This stays on me the whole day without moving or fading over the day. It comes with SPF 10, which is again a plus point. But, you may have to be careful if you are getting photographed at night. I used it for an evening event and tried taking a few pictures myself, it did gave a bit of white cast. Or it could be a wrong technic of using flash. I don't really know, because during the day time, I have taken pictures (including the one's below) with flash without this foundation giving any white cast.  

It comes in 6 different shades suitable for Asian skin. For some reasons unknown to me, the shade which  I am matched with is not visible on the Chanel's website. The SA at the Chanel Store at Palladium Mall matched me with shade #24 Beige Ambre. If compared with my Nars Sheer Glow foundation in Stromboli, this shade is bit darker and more yellow. But, during this season I do get tanned a bit so shade is not a problem. And otherwise also, this foundation blends very well into my skin  to give a second skin effect, so a little bit of darker shade doesn't give me a Zombie look. I didn't like the shade range, especially for those with darker  & deep skin colors, there are no options. 

I tweeted last week that this foundation bottle survived a major fall. Yes, I am talking about the sturdy frosted glass bottle. It just slipped off from my hands and fell on the floor from about 3.5 feet height and nothing, believe me, nothing happened to the bottle. In fact the pictures of the bottle below are taken after that fall. It comes with a pump dispenser which is very cute and dispenses just the right amount of foundation The pump is very smooth to operate and hence very easy to control the quantity. 

Price: INR 2700 only for 30 ml of the product. An expensive foundation, but, its worth the money if you get your shade matched. 

Overall, a great foundation which holds good on all the claims made by the company. Great for oily skin babes but be careful if you have dry patches. I wish, this foundation had a better shade range, especially for those with darker & deeper skin. 

Here are a few pictures of the bottle and an FOTD wearing this foundation. Please note that in the FOTD picture below, I have concealed my acne scars using MAC Studio Finish Concealer, you can still notice how beautifully covered the redness on my nose and the discoloration on my chin. 










I hope you all found the review helpful. Have you used this foundation or any other foundation from Chanel? Which is your favorite foundation for summers, suitable for oily skin and Mumbai's hot & humid climate. 

Have a lovely week ahead and a great weekend. 

Lots of love


24 comments:

  1. I use this foundation - has been the closest match I have found for my skin tone, and it really suits my skin type - me love :D

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    1. Hi Radhika... that's nice. Which shade are you?

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    2. BA54, but I think it's a bit dark for me..I should get myself matched again and check the lighter shade. When I bought it, I had a lot more marks, and the SA gave me the option between whatever the lighter shade number was and this one, and I thought it's better to go with the darker shade. Now I feel it makes me look a bit too dull..

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  2. I love this foundation but here's the problem with the shade range: they have different shades available in different parts of the world. In Paris, Malaysia, and even London they don't have the full range of shades. I'm medium dark (NW43 in MAC) and I use Ambre 94 in Perfection Lumiere. They only seem to have it in the US. Technically there should be 17 shades I think.
    The thing i like most about the foundation is that when you apply it and let it sink in, it somewhat blends itself.

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    1. Hi Fieran, that's true. Chanel should consider expanding the hade range forth is foundation.

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  3. it looks very natural and love the coverage! i agree its a tab bit dark for your skin..but perfect for summers na :)

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    1. Hi Parita, yeah it does look very natural.

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  4. lovely review Eesha :D i just cross checked .. i have 2 sample of these in # B40 ...
    and checked on karlasuger .. it should be fine for me i guess :D :D
    will share how i find the foundation :D :D

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    1. Yeah, do let me know. I love this foundation to the core.

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  5. and your lashessssss :D you and shivu makes me madddd you know

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  6. seems a good foundation bit pricey though

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    1. Hi Shikha, yeah, it's pricey. But, you get everything from it that the company claims.

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  7. Hi
    Does it give a better finish than MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation? MAC tends to look a bit cakey at times.

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    1. Hi Tamanna,

      Yeah, it's way better than MAC's studio fix. It doesn't give that cakey finish which studio finish gives at times.

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  8. Thanks ! Will try it once my Studio Fix is over though by then it will be winters and in winters my skin tends to be on the drier side !! Phew..tough calls in life ;-) Thanks again !

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  9. Lovely review...this foundation is just so flawless...I'm buying the color that u bought as it seems to be quite universal...

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  10. You skin looks amazing and flawless :)

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  11. ohhhh i rem your review on this :) and i mentioned i have # 40 ...
    but i guess you bought # 24 now ?
    is it true Eesha ?
    i then try both the shades ...
    seriously thinking of getting this up :D

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    1. Rashmi.... I have #24 from the beginning... Never tried #40!!

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  12. Hey a you mentioned for oily skin.. i too feel my skin oily but have seen that i had to moisturize my skin very well before foundation else it leave white dry patches.. not sure now what skin i have :(

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  13. My skin i think as oily as i tend to get pimple, but i have moisturize it really well before applying foundation else it gives white dry patches.. so will this work for me?

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    1. Hi Neha... you should always moisturise before applying foundation. As it also acts a barrier between your skin and the foundation. I think this should suit you, as I also have oily skin.

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