Chanel Perfection Lumiere

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.

chanel perfection lumiere foundation
chanel perfection lumiere foundation
chanel perfection lumiere foundation

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.

chanel perfection lumiere foundation

chanel perfection lumiere foundation

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? 

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  1. 1st February 2012 / 7:53 pm

    your skin looks absolutely flawless, if only it wasn't so expensive! xx

  2. 1st February 2012 / 8:02 pm

    I am loving Lancôme teint miracle at the moment x

  3. 1st February 2012 / 8:04 pm

    I don't know what it is, but i Love Chanel as a brand but there shade choice for us pale people is to be honest abit pathetic. I got a sample of this foundation the other week a day before it was due to come out and it was far too dark

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  4. 1st February 2012 / 8:04 pm

    Greatpost, you explain the 'foundation, boredom, relentless search' so well and it looks flawless on you! I fall in and out of love with foundations. I sampled this and I did like the results, similarly to you there's nothing wrong with my skin but I choose full coverage every time. I'm sticking with my Skin Base for now, £36 was a bit too much!x

  5. 1st February 2012 / 8:09 pm

    Wow! I'm actually looking for my next foundation..wavering between this and Jemma Kidd's light as air foundation! X

  6. 1st February 2012 / 8:09 pm

    You've got such good skin Milly! I'm the exact same when it comes to foundation, always changing my mind on different products. It's even finding the right colour, such a chore!XO

  7. 1st February 2012 / 8:09 pm

    I love this foundation! I find the coverage a bit lighter than medium though, but it's perfect for days when my skin is behaving and the colour is spot on!xxx

  8. 1st February 2012 / 8:22 pm

    I have a little sample ready to be tried but I'm hoping that at £36 I don't end up falling in love to be honest! haha.


  9. 1st February 2012 / 8:27 pm

    I have heard SOOO many good things about this foundation. I think I will pick it up this weekend…..since I have normal skin as well. Should be a good match. Thanks!

  10. 1st February 2012 / 8:36 pm

    Your skin looks so flawless!

    I always get nervous about buying expensive foundations in case they are the wrong colour, don't last long enough, or are wrong for my skin type!

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  11. 1st February 2012 / 8:37 pm

    I've actually been looking to buy this so I'm glad you wrote a review on it, I'll probably end up having to buy the strobe cream too as when i apply foundation i tend to get dry in areas, currently I'm just using a powder cover up but I'm always open to new products.

  12. 1st February 2012 / 9:12 pm

    ugh i hated it. it felt cakey around my nose and the colour wasn't quite right. £36 for a foundation is ridiculous.

    vitalumiere aqua all the way!

  13. 1st February 2012 / 10:26 pm

    I love Double Wear so much, but I find Chanel Vita Lumiere foundation wears off so fast and makes my skin oily. This looks beautiful on you, I wonder if it is any different?

  14. 1st February 2012 / 10:27 pm

    Looks great on your face! This is next foundation on my must have list. xx

  15. 1st February 2012 / 11:03 pm

    wow, it looks amazing! and your skin in flawless 🙂 xx

  16. 2nd February 2012 / 12:12 am

    i don't mind paying extra for the luxury, like you said, but since buying a Nars foundation which was too light, despite being matched in Selfridges, i'm a bit hesitant to hand over the money when my Bourjouis Healthy Mix seems to be doing fine! any tips for when taking the plunge?X

  17. 2nd February 2012 / 4:01 am

    Love the look of it, will have to check it out – I am a sucker for Chanel. x

  18. 2nd February 2012 / 11:18 am

    you look stunning in these photos and your skin looks flaweless. I think your recommendation is right, this is for Normal skin, I have very dry skin so think I will avoid it. shame they discontinued the aqua one as that would be perfect for me. great review x

  19. 2nd February 2012 / 8:19 pm

    I swear by Chanel foundations and have just finished my bottle of Vitalumirie which is great for the summer time as it's not a thick foundation at all. I really wanted to try this and have got a sample to use of it as Holly and a few others in the beauty blogging world have warned me that for dry skin (sadly me) it's not the best. I will see how I get on with the sample before I pay the as always steep price tag with Chanel! Looks gorge on you though and your very lucky you have good skin!! xxx

  20. 2nd February 2012 / 9:06 pm

    I got a sample to try in B30 (I am ivory beige in D/W) colour match was fab application was different, little hard to blend..finished result was amazing but in a good mirror in the normal daylight about 4 hours later i was a dry flaky mess on my head…and get this…I have oily skin ! if this can make my oily skin look dry i'd hate to see it on dry skin..D/W still rocks my world…i just dont apply alot of it..i sheer it out and its the BOMB !. xx

  21. 2nd February 2012 / 11:05 pm

    I looks amazing on your skin, really natural ! xx

  22. 2nd February 2012 / 11:20 pm

    I have recently tried a sample of this and love it! I really do love Chanel foundation
    Carissa xx

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  23. 3rd February 2012 / 5:05 pm

    I am having a terrible time with my skin at the moment, which is most unusual, so I have only just begun my love affair with EL Double Wear. And true love it is.

    However my skin has always been pretty good, and I'm hoping it will return to that state soon, and I'd consider trying this although my skin is oily with the right primer I think it could work.

    It looks absolutely beautiful on you! xx
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  24. 3rd February 2012 / 5:19 pm

    thanks for all your comments girls – so interesting hearing about your thoughts on this one.

    @gembear – i agree £36 is steep but for me it is worth it. I have however heard a lot of good things about vitalumiere aqua and was wavering on getting that one instead!
    @lucy – i think you first have to decide if you want to spend that much on foundation or if you have found a cheaper alternative that is just as good. def get a sample first as well!

  25. 3rd February 2012 / 11:52 pm

    Thanks for this, been wanting to try it for a while but was wondering how it performed on dry skin. Think it's probably worth getting a sample first!
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  26. 5th February 2012 / 1:31 pm

    enjoyed your review) And I'm loving my Bourjois Healthy Mix at the moment)

  27. 20th February 2012 / 12:38 pm

    I've had my eye on this foundation, your review is convincing me to buy it.


  28. 15th April 2012 / 2:46 pm

    Thanks for such a detailed review. Bought one myself (shade 20) and it's a winner. I'm now a Chanel foundation convert and you're to blame 😉
    I also like good coverage and i love this because it's so build able. Bought the Aqua (yikes my bank balance) and think it's also fantastic. I mix between the two depending on what condition my skin is in. Only minus with the Aqua foundation is the bottle. The lid doesn't lock and the product dribbles out. Also you do have to give it a good shake before getting the foundation out. I love it when Debenhams have their 10% off beauty offer. Stock up on slap.

  29. 27th May 2013 / 12:44 pm

    I have long been a fan of Chanel's foundations, including Perfection Lumiere, which I wore on my wedding day 😀

    However, I have recently discovered Bourjois, which is apparently owned by the same company as Chanel. The Healthy Mix serum-gel foundation is remarkably similar and costs £9.99 vs. £36!

  30. 27th May 2013 / 12:44 pm

    I have long been a fan of Chanel's foundations, including Perfection Lumiere, which I wore on my wedding day 😀

    However, I have recently discovered Bourjois, which is apparently owned by the same company as Chanel. The Healthy Mix serum-gel foundation is remarkably similar and costs £9.99 vs. £36!

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