Today I am reviewing a high end foundation on my blog. Its not a first foundation to be featured on my blog but I feel more relax while talking about high street foundations than high-end because they are not expensive. I don’t want to miss anything in my review and I don’t want to put forward wrong information for expensive products.
I also don’t want my reviews to be effected on first impression or one day test drive only. Good performance of foundation also depends on skin condition. Sometimes if skin is going through terrible phase, no foundation will give the desire results and vice versa. Hence I am more conscious reviewing the expensive foundations and take more time to try it out in different conditions to be absolutely sure about the performance.
I was in search of good high end foundation for a long time. I wanted a soft matte finish foundation which I can build to get desire coverage without looking heavy. I mentioned it a lot in my previous posts but I will here mention again that I have oily skin and visible pores. But any product with high amount of Talc makes me uncomfortable like Estee lauder DW. After a lot of research, I settled with Chanel Perfection Lumiere. My previous favourite foundation was Clinique Super-Balanced foundation for my skin type.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere comes in a solid frosted glass bottle. It gives the product very luxe feel but at the same time, not travel friendly packaging. It also comes with a pump which is an extra bonus for hygiene reasons.
It has a thin consistency and is liquid-y. This foundation has a solid medium build-able coverage. It has zero talc which makes it more forgiving towards dry patches. It is light-weight foundation with high amount of pigments. One full pump is enough to even out skin tone. Then if I want I can use extra half pump to cover pigmentation and blemish marks. It has nice refreshing scent almost fruity. I enjoy the fragrance a lot however some people may not be very comfortable with it.
I will recommend to either use paddle foundation brush to apply or use your fingers. Because of it’s watery consistency, sponge or buffing brushes can soak a lot of product. You can always go back to use buffing brush and beauty blender to buff the foundation once you apply it but I don't think it will be necessary. It sets fairly quickly so I work on one area at a time. It glides on skin effortlessly and dries to powdery finish.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere long wear flawless fluid makeup is not flat matte foundation. It has a soft matte finish. It stays fresh for more than six hours. I tried it without primer and with primer. I usually don’t set my foundation with powder unless the foundation asks for it. I can get away without powering my face with this foundation. It doesn’t budge or slip and slide. It gives the most beautiful finish to skin. Skin looks more alive and fresh. It doesn’t accentuate any dryness or fine lines. Skin feels silky smooth.
Here you can tell that this foundation is justifying it’s price tag. Chanel foundations are expensive but after using Perfection Lumiere I am converted. As I am getting older, my skin gives hard time to me. And choosing foundation has become more difficult task. Now I tend to splurge a little more on my base as my skin asks for it. It is easy and quick foundation for flawless finish with minimum effort.
All the reviews I read about Chanel foundations, most of these missed the point that Chanel foundations oxidise and can get darker up to two shades. Shade selection in Chanel foundation is never impressive. I got the shade Beige 10 which is the lightest shade available in UK and has a yellow undertone. I am somewhere between beige 10 and beige 20. I tried the shade 20 and after an hour it turned darker and was looking weird and muddy. Beige 10 doesn’t oxidise that crazy but I can see that it gets half a shade darker on me. In such cases where foundation tends to get darker, I go for lighter shade. It is more easy for me to work with lighter shade than the shade darker.
Perfection Lumiere is suitable for all skin type. If you have extremely oily skin, then I will suggest to try the Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation. Velvet is more matte than Perfection Lumiere.
I am personally very impressed with this foundation. It has everything I ever seek in my foundation. A soft matte finish, light weight, comfortable to wear and long lasting formula. SPF 10 is a bit of a gimmick. I don’t know if it is enough to protect skin but it is not effecting my review at all. In fact I will prefer my foundation to be SPF free, because I wear high end foundations for more formal events and I don’t want flash back effect in my photographs. This is my first Chanel foundation but I am now interested in Perfection Lumiere Velvet as well.
Chanel perfection Lumiere retails for £34 in Debenhams.
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