|Chanel advert- classy and flawless.|
|Chanel brochure- packaging on right.|
|After 8 hours.|
I have only used Perfection Lumiere (PL) for a couple of days. The lovely MUA matched me and then gave me enough samples for a few days. Here are my thoughts....
|Close up of foundation on my skin.|
- Light formulations- sits lightly on the skin- doesn't feel like I have foundation on.
- Slightly more liquidy than ML so it doesn't thicken so much when in contact with air. The ML pump clogs so easily, but the formulation is thicker. Chanel claims this one won't clog as much and from what I have seen so far, it hasn't clogged up at all. Hopefully this will make application less of a game of dispense roulette!
- Formulated for long wear. ML seemed to last very well but was not specifically formulated or marketed as long wear. PL *IS* specifically formulated and marketed for long wear so I hope it lasts longer than ML. So far it has held up for at least 8 hours with no retouching.
- Seems to work on oil combination skin! It is a sort of powdery liquid so the finish is a little powdery. This seems to absorb excess oil- although I haven't had a chance to use this on my really oily days yet. I hope that use of a setting powder would be sufficient.
- LOTS of shades! If you want to see the full extent then I found THIS AMAZING SWATCH POST. Chanel have tried to cater for skin with a red undertone, yellow undertone, peachy middle toned skin (which you don't want to emphasise the redness -this is me!) and darker toned skin. This is a big improvement. More on shades later.
- Provide a build able coverage. Want more coverage? Wait a minute for it to dry then apply more.
|Shade swatches on my arm- more on this at the end of the post.|
- Price. This is £36 for 30ml which is an increase on the prices of Mat Lumiere and Pro Lumiere (I think these were around £33). I wish the price was more affordable.
- ML has a higher inbuilt SPF of 15. PL only has SPF 10. Something to keep an eye on if your daily sun exposure is likely to leave you needing higher protection.
- Bottle is glass which, although looks aesthetically pleasing, is a bit heavy. Part of me wishes they had gone with the vita-lumiere plastic packaging so it was lighter to carry around. That said I guess it is not designed to be reapplied, so hopefully I wont have to carry it around with me. Plus plastic bottles infuse dioxins into the product over time- which can cause cancer. Hm I think Glass is ok actually!! PRO POINT!!
- The product sets quite quickly so you need to work quickly. Also if your skin is dry it will streak a little and absorb it quite quickly. Make sure you hydrate/moisturise your skin before you apply. Also don't dot all over your face before blending. Target the product in one area and blend then move on.
- The colour turns darker as it dries. Sometimes a whole shade darker. This means that you really need to try before you purchase, or you could end up with a colour you didn't bargain for! The don't directly match previous ML and PL shades.
- It does illuminate a little, so if you have uneven, bumpy skin or large pores then this might illuminate and draw attention to these areas. Hopefully a good skincare/diet/cleansing regime and primer will help. Not as illuminating as Pro L. Also thankfully PL seems to photograph ok so far, so dreaded white sheen!!
Although I love Mat Lumiere, sometimes it could look a bit thick, crackly and grey on my skin. So far Perfection Lumiere matches my skin colour a little better, lasts well and doesn't make my skin feel clogged or dry. It can still be thick, but I haven't noticed it as much as ML. I have noticed PL on my skin a bit in certain lights, but as I am use to wearing foundations with more coverage this doesn't bother me too much. If you are more used to less coverage (vita-lumiere aqua etc) then you might find this is a bit out of your comfort zone.
|Clockwise from top left. Perf L Beige 20, Mat Lumiere Clair 20, Perf L Beige Rose 22, Perf L Beige Rose 12|
I wear Clair 20 in Mat Lumiere and have been matched at Beige Rose 22 (Beige Rose is slightly lighter 12. Clair 20 matched Perf L Beige 20 when B20 is in liquid form. Obviously B20 dries a bit darker. In Pro-Lumiere I was Limpide 10, but this was too dark for me.
|Photo of swatches as above, but after letting them dry for a minute. Mat Lumiere is not fully dry towards the centre.|
So there are my initial thoughts. Although I have tested it over several days but I have had to have the colour ordered in. This means I cant fully review the clogging bottle issue although the bottles looked ok when I saw them. I will be posting my further thoughts on this product after a proper testing of over a month!
Do you have this product. What do you think of Chanel's foundations? Can you recommend any oily combination skin foundations? Is this post useful?
P.s. I have announced 6 winners so far of my Christmas Giveaways and none of them have got in touch. Please have a look through the last 2 posts to see if it's you!!