Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

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Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation Review 1

A few of you might remember that I wanted to try Chanel Perfection Lumiere after my sister wore it at her wedding last summer. I'm always on the lookout for good full coverage foundations and was very impressed with the way this one lasted all day, and particularly with the gorgeous silky finish and luminous quality it gave to her skin.

Several months later (I'm quite slow), I finally got around to buying it for myself. My skin is pale bordering on medium, and I was matched in store to the shade 20 Beige.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation Review 2

Back in the day, (a loooong time ago), I used to love Chanel's Pro Lumiere foundation. That was sadly discontinued, and I eventually moved on to Estee Lauder Double Wear - amazing coverage and lasting power - and more recently Clarins Extra Comfort - a beautiful dewy finish. This is the first Chanel foundation I've tried in quite some time, and interestingly, it was created as a replacement for Pro Lumiere. You could say it's the happy medium between Double Wear and Extra Comfort, yet funnily enough, although I liked it from the beginning, it's taken a while to work its way into my regular routine. Over the last couple of weeks, though, I've found myself reaching for it almost daily, so I thought now would be as good a time as any to write a review.

Perfection Lumiere is supposed to contain a perfect balance of correction and light, using the Chanel Perfect Light Control complex. The finish is matte, but radiant - "silky" really is the best word I can think of to describe it - and it is remarkably long lasting. I wore it to a wedding recently and was surprised to find my makeup pretty much intact after a very long, hot day.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation Review 3

I like the sleek glass packaging, especially the handy pump applicator which is perfect for dispensing the right amount of product. The consistency of it is not exactly watery, but it is remarkably lightweight. In fact, of all the full coverage foundations I've tried, it's the lightest, which makes it a great choice for summer. It works very well when built up in thin layers to achieve the level of coverage you want, and it's almost impossible to overdo it. Even better, the light consistency makes it super comfortable to wear.

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(I actually took this photo for my Instagram feed a couple of months ago, but I think you can see the quality of the finish quite well here so I didn't bother taking another! If it ain't broke...)

Incidentally, my sister wore this for her wedding with a generous dusting of Mac Lightscapade over the top, and her skin really did look sensational. Guess which product is next on my list?!

Have you tried this foundation? If so, what do you think of it?

Kate x
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  1. I used to use Chanel - Vitalumiere foundation & disliked it for the fact it melted within 1 hour on my face looool! .... You look absolutely gorgeous Kate it has given you a dewy finish! I'll give it a go :) thanks for the lovely review x

    Serene | http://www.iamserenel.com

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    1. You're welcome Serene! Hope you enjoy the foundation if you do try it. x

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  2. I've never tried Chanel foundation but this one sounds like one I would love, good coverage and long lasting are always the qualities I look for in my foundation. Definitely want to get a sample to try it! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. They're the most important qualities for me too! Hope you get on with it Dagmara! x

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  3. Ooh, I love this! It looks so beautiful + glowy on you!
    -Kate // www.classyandkate.com

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    1. Thanks Kate! It is a lovely finish. x

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  4. I used to use this! I loved it when I first got it but after about 2 months it turned on me :( More of it would end up on my foundation brush than on my face and when I did put it on it went all flaky and if I was wearing black I would get it everywhere! Hope you have better luck with it xx

    Kristy | www.misskristyanna.com

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    1. Oh that's a shame! I've had experiences in the past when my skin has changed and a foundation that I loved before no longer works. This sounds more like you might have got a dud one though! x

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  5. I love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua but never tried another from the brand. I don't think I'll be picking this up because it's full coverage and I tend to hate those. That said, the finish does look lovely on your skin!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thanks Shireen! I wish my skin was good enough to get away with sheer bases! x

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  6. Looks gorgeous on you!

    Jen / Velvetspring.co.uk xx

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  7. I have never tried a Chanel foundation and do shy away from anything with "Lumiere" in the title. I do love the finish on you though.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I know you prefer a matte finish Ann! Oddly enough, this is described as "matte but luminous", but it definitely has a sheen to it. x

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  8. I haven't tried this but it really does look beautiful on you, such a gorgeous finish!

    http://www.thebutter.co.uk/

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  9. I used to love Prolumiere too back in the day! This looks beautiful on you xx

    Beautylymin| Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Giveaway

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    1. I just don't understand why they had to discontinue it! Thank you. x

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  10. <333 such amazing review!

    the foundation is perfect

    Karolina Gespucci

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  11. It looks fab! This might be next on my neeeeed to buy list, haha!

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I have one of those lists too - it's very long! x

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  12. This foundation looks great on you! I use the Chanel Aqualumiere, because I need an oil free product for my skin, and love it too!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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    1. I hear many good things about that one too! x

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  13. This looks like a beautiful foundation. I love Chanel already for their beauty products so I will need to grab a tester of this product!
    Great review!
    L x
    thequietresolution.co.uk

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  14. This foundation was reformulated this August and is now absolutely horrible; so dry and cakey to put on its impossible to get on your face before it drys. Been using th old formula for 8 years now - very very sad!

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  15. Where did you get it? i love it but i can't find it anywhere, did they discontinue it? Is the new replacement as good? Desperate :(

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  16. Where did you get it? I love mine but can't find it anywhere now! Did they discontinue? Is the new replacement as good as this one? Help! Desperate! :(

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    1. Hi Kate, I bought it at Debenhams and it looks to be still for sale as far as I can see! I certainly haven't heard anything about it being discontinued. Maybe try online? x

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  17. Yes.....they discontinued it. I'm so upset. Smh. Why??? Someone tell me...why??? Lol. But they have a new one Le Teint or something like that. So far I like it. But the Prefection Lumiere was my favorite foundation.

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  18. I tried a sample of the replacement for Perfection Lumiere and it is awful;nothing like the original. It dries very quickly and the texture is terrible. Some department stores still have some Perfection Lumiere in stock for now but once it's completely out of stock, I will have to try to find an alternative to the terrible replacement. I don't understand why they decide to replace a brilliant foundation with something so inferior. I have been using Perfection Lumiere since it was first launched by Chanel.

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