As a beauty blogger, it is my prerogative to one minute love a product, proclaim it is the best thing since sliced bread and vow never to stray away from its awe-inspiring properties. The next minute I am casting that item into the realms of those loved but discarded products on the search for the next best thing. Here is where my story of foundation begins. It wasn’t long ago that I was wailing from the roof tops that Estee Lauder Double Wear IS the most incredible foundation of all the land. And yes, it is blooming brilliant. But skip forward three months and several empties later and I was in need of something new. However much I love a product, I cannot relentlessly use it day on day and pledge my faithfulness forever. The mundane repetitiveness soon makes the product lose its appeal and it seemed I, and my skin, had had enough of Estee Lauder Double Wear.
Right on cue, Chanel launched their latest foundation, Perfection Lumiere. Shockingly, I had never tried any Chanel foundations before. I felt this was a sign, an awakening for better, more flawless times. Perfection Lumiere steps in to replace Pro Lumiere, a foundation that I have always heard such good things about. Surely this meant that Perfection Lumiere was destined to be even better than its predecessor, the selling points being it is lightweight, semi matte, lasts for 15 hours and is moisturising and mattifying all at the same time. And with 23 shades, apparently this new foundation is perfect for all skin tones and skin types. It seemed too good to miss so I rightly went and got myself a sample. I was coloured matched to 30 Beige. My skin tone is yellow based and I am usually a NC25-30 in MAC. 30 Beige was honestly the best match to my skin out of any foundations I have worn in a very long while. In hindsight, Estee Lauder Double Wear was always that tad too dark and NC25 was always a little too yellow toned. This one however was spot on. Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere is a lighter, thinner consistency to Double Wear and has less coverage, but still airing on the side of medium to full. This was a welcome experience for me. For too long I have clung on to the security that Double Wear offers in regards to its coverage, but upon reflection, I don’t actually need such a heavy foundation. My skin is fine, I don’t suffer from any real spots or blemishes, I think I just liked the way it looked on my skin. Double Wear does give you a perfect, made-up finish. Perfection Lumiere still has great coverage but does leave you feeling less cakey and more natural, definitely the way to go especially as we approach the lightness and delicateness of Spring time makeup. I think I had hope that Perfection Lumiere, as deceivingly suggested from its name, would offer a more radiant, luminous finish on my skin, but I can’t say it does really. I have resorted to mixing a drop of MAC Strobe Cream in with my foundation to help create a more glowing, dewy finish.
On my skin, Chanel Perfection Lumiere just works. It sits well, doesn’t get oily or dry any areas and it really does last for a long time. Maybe not quite 15 hours, but it’s a close call. However my skin type is normal. Very normal. If anything, I may get a little oily on my forehead and dry around my nose, but 9 times out of 10, my skin is very manageable and, well normal. It was through reading Holly’s review and discussing this foundation with others that has led me to believe that it does work best with normal skin, but poses a bit problematic with very dry or oily skin types, so I would definitely suggest you getting a sample first if you want to give it a go. Chanel Perfection Lumiere is a heart-wrenching £36, a price that caused no more than a little quicken of my heart as I handed over two crisp twenty pound notes. I don’t begrudge paying money for luxury – and this foundation has all the opulence and quality one would expect from a Chanel product. It smells amazing, fruity and light, and blends dreamily into the skin leaving it velvety soft. I have been using my Real Techniques stippling brush to apply this foundation and the two work harmoniously together.
Have you tried Chanel Perfection Lumiere? What foundation are you currently loving?