Since I have been able to successfully convince my wallet conscience to purchasing a high end foundation as an investment piece, I decided I might as well go up another notch. If I was able to fish out $55 at Sephora for NARS, I figured a Chanel foundation wouldn't be too ridiculously off the spectrum...so off I went to the Chanel counter and I was pleasantly surprised. I expected Chanel's Perfection Lumiere to cost a couple dollars more but it turns out to be the exact same amount as NARS Sheer Matte AND it comes with a really nice pump.
**will update the post with more pics later when i get the chance to snap a few demos (sorry guys, I've been too busy to cam whore LOL jk - Anyways, truth is...by the time I get home there's no lighting to get good pictures. So bear with me! Sorry my lovelies <3)
Perfection Lumiere controls every detail of a perfect complexion. Its invisible yet perfect correction of all types of imperfections and it's "multi-faceted" radiance, colour, comfort and matte finish create a perfect complexion. Universal shades, an easy application, a light texture that glides on seamlessly, adjustable coverage: perfection has never been so simple.Perfection Lumiere is also oil free and dermatologically tested. Longevity is claimed to last for 15hrs.
Texture & Finish: My colour is 30 Beige and it matches/blends into my skin perfectly. The foundation is light weight and has a creamy feel that quickly dries to a soft velvety powder texture. Perfection Lumiere has a matte yet natural looking finish which I am very pleased about (because my skin still looks like skin!). Usually matte foundations can make your face look dull and flat but this foundation still provides you a nice radiant look (not dewy).
Coverage: buildable from medium to full and evens out the skin tone very well.
Lasting Power: I'm also impressed by the lasting power of this foundation and how it looks by the end of the day. As time goes on, I find that my skin looks more and more natural and luminous. I'm happy that my face becomes luminous but not oily or greasy looking (*ahem* NARS Sheer Matte). However, after about 10 hrs or so without a primer, my forehead did get a little shiny and not just "luminous" anymore. But with a primer, this definitely lasts longer than 10 hours. Also, some people have said that they can go on the day without a setting powder, I think it's plausible but I still prefer setting it so it lasts as long as it potentially can.
Flaws: it has a tendency to accentuate dry spots without a moisturizing primer on my combination skin. So for those of you who have dry skin remember to moisturize or use a primer!
Final Verdict: Overall, If you're willing to pay the price for an investment I highly recommend this foundation. There's nearly nothing bad I can say about this product aside from the price and potential dryness effect. What I'm most impressed about with Perfection Lumiere is the finish and how well the foundation wears throughout the day. It's so hard to find a foundation that can give you good coverage without making you look like a fake cake paste (which is one of my biggest pet peeves and the reason why I don't like using foundation)!