C day is here.
Chanel, in a brave choice, decided to launch their new foundation, Perfection Lumiere and their new concealer Correcteur Perfection on Friday the 13th of January. So far it has seemed to escape the day’s curse, as my local Chanel counter told me they had been extremely busy all day and had received generally positive feedback on both.
I had heard very mixed reviews about this foundation, and I think a lot of that comes from the fact that Chanel have discontinued two extremely popular foundations, the Pro Lumiere and the Mat Lumiere to make way for this.
As these two foundations served very different purposes it seems strange to many, (me included!) that Chanel feels this one foundation will fill the hole left by the other two. It is suppost to be semi-matte, which I suppose is how they are thinking it will fit both, but fans of the Pro Lumiere will be disappointed. It’s much much more matte than the Pro, so if you are a lover of the luminous dewy look that the Pro was famous for this will not be one for you. In fact, as I write, there are people scouring the web for as many bottles of the of Pro as they can find to stock themselves up for years to come!
I take the lightest shade B10 Beige in the winter in all the other Chanel foundations, so when I went along today this was the shade I was expecting I would need in this too. However, as the Perfection Lumiere comes in so many different shades, far more than a Chanel foundation to date, the lovely lady tried a few on my skin just to make sure this was the best for me. As it turns out the Perfection Lumiere does come in B10, but there is an even lighter shade called B12 Rose Beige, which works even better for me. As always I need the lightest shade available :)
When it was applied, I initially didn’t love it, it seems slightly too powdery as it dried and settled into the fine lines around my eyes and nose, making then more noticeable. However, I’d seen other bloggers talking about this, saying that it doesn’t look great as it first goes on, but needs some time to sink in and adjust a bit. This is atcually true, and as time passed today I liked this more and more.
It gives an incredibly flawless finish, to the point where I actually look like kind of dead with just this on, there is such a lack of colour to my face, but once it was finished off with the tiniest bit of bronzer on my cheeks I really loved it. It just makes my skin look so beautifully even. I’ve found myself catching my reflection in glass windows and mirrors every since and smiling to myself because I feel good with this on.
Some people have said that they find this a bit much for during the day, too much coverage, and too much of an ‘airbrushed’ effect and would be better for evening wear, but I personally just love how it looks so much I would probably wear it all the time quite happily :)
This foundation has quite a heavy perfume to it. This didn’t bother me to start, it seems quite grown-up to me somehow and reminds me of the perfume you would expect a ‘lady’ to wear, but after a while I really wasn’t keen. It seemed a bit cloying, and make me feel a touch queasy as I was in the car on the way home. However the perfume very quickly fades, and here I am, 4 hours on, and I can’t smell anything. On the plus side of this, my husband actually quite like the smell, and it certainly something I can live with for the finish.
This foundation is meant to have a 15 hour staying power but this something I am not going to be able to confirm or deny tonight, as I probably will only have it on for 6 hours at most. However, they gave me a sample of this which I will wear tomorrow and will let you know. So far it hasn’t faded or creased at all, which is impressive with my normal/combination skin. I usually go shiny around the nose pretty quickly if I do not set my foundation with powder, and I haven’t done this with the Perfection Lumiere, and so far it’s stayed fine.
While I was having this applied I mentioned to the lady that I sometimes have trouble concealing under my eyes as I have very dark circles, (blame 3 years of no sleep thanks to my sons!) so she suggested I try the new Correcteur Perfection while I was there. The shade that suited me best was (of course) B10 again, the lightest, and I was actually really impressed with this as well. It covered the blue easily, without having to be too salmon, which doesn’t suit my skin tone at all.
The foundation retails for £36 and the concealer retails for £26, so it is going to be an expensive day for me at the Chanel counter soon, but I have to say I might even like this one more than the Vitalumiere Aqua, which is my go to foundation. This is high praise indeed coming from me, and overall I was really happy with Chanel’s new offering.
In other news, I ordered my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette today from here, so keep an eye out for my review of that in a few days! Update: My Naked 2 is palette is here! to read my review click here