The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a nozzle-pump for dispensing the product. The shade I use is Beige Ambre 54 (BA54). While I would best put my skin tone as a bit of both warm and cool undertones - the undecided, sitting-on-the-fence skin types :D - but definitely more on the warmer side. BA 44 looked a bit ashy on me while BA 64 was definitely too dark.
|UPDATE - Currently using shade BA34.|
Swatches of BA54 on my skin: I have swatched it on the inner portion of my arm where the skin is lighter so that foundation shows up better. This product is fragranced - smells like the Hydramax skincare range from Chanel - and it's a fruity-rose fragrance that I love.
|Swatches on darker skin.|
My thoughts on the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation:
- It's perfect for oily skin types. If you are normal and/or dry skin type person, don't bother with this foundation. It would look ashy/muddy/horrible on dry skin.
- It has not caused any breakouts or skin irritation of any kind on my skin.
- Finish - A soft matte finish. The liquid dries to a powdery velvety texture while applying and it's best to apply this in quick short strokes. Reapply for heavier coverage. Trying to apply too much at one time can make it look patchy.
- Coverage - Medium coverage. While it's definitely not sheer, all the little spots on my skin do show through unless I go over and build up the application. I do find that building up the application gradually gives a natural finish compared to just piling on. It definitely does not cover every single blemish, rather gives a more even appearance to the skin.
- Shade - I picked a shade that is a tiny bit darker than my natural skin colour. I am a darker skinned person and lighter shades tend to look ashy on me. I have used it for a while now but I still am undecided about whether this oxidizes or not. If I had to take a stand, I would go with it does not oxidize, but do try a lighter and a darker shade and wait about 30 minutes before deciding on which one you want to pick.
- Long lasting. The foundation stayed on the whole day on me, so that claim is perfectly true.
- Absolutely essential to set this foundation with a powder since it does transfer easily/removed.
- Makeup removal: Contrary to a lot of reviews I read online, this comes off quite easily with just soap and water (in fact with just water too). I use a makeup remover wipe to remove any makeup before washing my face, and I have no problems getting to a squeaky clean face!
Ingredients and Directions on Use:
Overall, I would recommend this foundation to any oily-skinned person looking for a basic, everyday foundation that does not require complicated blending/buffing or specialized brushes. I apply this with clean fingers (since the only foundation brush I have is a stippling brush and this foundation dries a little too fast for the stippling), and it applies quite cleanly without a fuss. It is absolutely essential to moisturize/hydrate skin before applying this foundation since it manages to cling on to even the smallest dry patch. I love that there are a wide range of shades with combinations for a lot of skin tones, and for me at least, this is the closest match I have ever found in a foundation.
This is how it looks on me:
|Additional products used:|
Maybelline Gel liner - Charbon
Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick - Venise
While I personally love this product, I would definitely recommend trying out a week's worth of sample before splurging on the full-size bottle.
Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation