In my 25 years, I have spend a good amount of time searching for the perfect foundation. A year or two ago I was introduced to Mat Lumière by CHANEL - sadly at the time my skin did not like it and it broke out. But it gave me the most beautiful finish and I have compared every foundation I have tried to it, ever since. It set the bar high and nothing has come up to par.
So I thought I would head back to my local CHANEL counter and give them another chance, after all it is CHANEL. I was introduced to their new foundation. Perfection Lumière. According to the CHANEL website, Perfection Lumière is a "long-wear flawless fluid make-up" which is "Effortless to apply, with seamless blendability for a naturally flawless effect, this breakthrough foundation is the ideal all-day, everyday formula – suitable for all skin types in a diverse range of 20 shades". Although it seems there are only 6 shades available here in Australia.
I personally found this to be a stunning foundation. I needed two half pumps to provide a sheer, natural coverage on my face. And another half pump for a full, flawless yet still remarkably natural coverage. I applied using my Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Multi Task brush, which for me buffed the foundation in beautifully.
The one thing I really loved about this foundation is that it didn't feel like I was wearing foundation. Even when I applied it in with full coverage - it felt so light and like my skin could breath. It also doesn't look like a heavy foundation, it just looks like your skin but better. It sets to a powder finish, which is great as you don't need to set it with anything and that avoids a overly "powered" look. It also has an SPF 10. It retails at Myer for $87 for 30ml.
I was matched with shade #12 Beige Rose. I have pink undertones as does the foundation, but as I am pale with pink understons all over, this actually works in my favour. It, for me is the perfect pale shade. And even though it does have pink undertones - I find it comes out just right. Not too pink and definitely not too yellow. I hate when a foundation is too yellow. I also have extremely dry skin and this is the first foundation I have tried, with the exception of Mat Lumière,that has not clung to any dry patches that I might have.
If I had to score this foundation, I would have to give it 4.5 stars out of 5. It really is that good and for me it is worth every pretty penny, but it looses the half point because it is terribly expensive and very much a luxury purchase.
Also, for reference I am wearing YSL Shocking Mascara, NARS Blush in Desire, Pop Beauty lip stain, topped with a Top Shop clear gloss, which is very similar to MAC lip glass. I have also smudged some MAC Mystery eye shadow on my lower lash line.