Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation Review and Swatch

September 30, 2011

Being an avid user of Chanel foundations, I got my hands on the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation as soon as it was landed in Australia about two weeks ago. It retails for AUD$86, which is the same price as the other Chanel foundations. This range replaces the pro lumiere foundation.


The 4 things about this foundation that Chanel promises to deliver:

– Long wear flawless makeup with SPF10

– It flatters your face with a perfect balance of correction and light: with the use of the patented Chanel Perfect Light Control Complex

– Offers your complexion incomparable perfection: color and radiance lasts all day long – at the end of the day your makeup is still fresh and intact.

– Perfection has never been this simple: the fluid and light texture glides on seamlessly for adjustable yet lightweight coverage


– Oil Free, dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic.

– Made in France and contains 30ml of product.

Shade: I bought the shade 30 Beige. Please note that I am currently NC15-20, and 20 Beige is a perfect match for me, but I went with B30 as summer is around the corner and my mission is to go a few shades darker!

Texture and finish:

The finish is a cross between natural looking and semi-matte (depending on the wear time) with a natural radiance (not dewy). The fluid texture feels quite creamy when it is dispensed from the bottle but translates to a velvety powdery finish on the face with a hint of luminosity. If you like to use a silicone based primer underneath your foundation to smooth out the pores, then this foundation gives a very similar finish. It totally evens out the complexion and gives a very flawless airbrushed look. Even though the finish is more matte than my usual preference, this foundation is extremely finely milled therefore blends into my skin seamlessly, and it doesn’t enhance any dry patches on the skin. However I find that it looks a bit too dry on my under eye areas. Coverage is buildable from medium to full.

The skin starts to look more and more natural and luminous on me over time. Overall the finish remains semi matte and the coverage stays the same for an entire day. I am most impressed about the staying power of this foundation, as this is the only foundation I have ever came across that after 10 hours of wear it stills looks freshly applied, no oxidation, no transferring, and no fading.

Compared to the Mat Lumiere:


Honestly I don’t really notice any difference in terms of the finish between the two. They are both quite mattifying on me and more natural looking and luminous over the day. If you are considering buying Mat Lumiere, I highly recommend you to check out the Perfection Lumiere as it lasts twice as long as Mat Lumiere.

Compared to the Vitalumiere Aqua:


Perfection Lumiere offers a better coverage and longer wear time than Vitalumiere Aqua. But I personally prefer the melt-into-your-skin texture of Vitalumiere Aqua and the youthful dewy finish.

Compared to Teint Innocence


Again I believe Teint Innocence is targeted at a younger age group for a naturally luminous finish, whereas Perfection Lumiere offers a very flawless and polished look.

Compared to the Pro Lumiere:

Might be disappointing to the Pro Lumiere fans as this foundation has no similarities. As mentioned earlier, it is a semi matte foundation that doesn’t offer the same dewiness. If you are like me where Pro Lumiere turns your face into a grease ball after a few hours of wear, then Perfection Lumiere is your savior as I can skip the oil blotting for the whole day.


Perfection Lumiere 30 Beige: 2 shades darker

Mat Lumiere 20 Clair: perfect match on me now

Vitalumiere Aqua B20: a tad darker

Teint Innocence 40 Beige: about the same as Perfection Lumiere in 30 Beige

chanel-perfection-lumiere-vitalumiere-aqua-mat-swatchesA more blended out version


Bottom Line: I think this foundation will work brilliantly for the summers as well as for people with oily skin. I like it but I don’t love it, at least not for now as the weather is still quite cold in Sydney so I tend to reach for foundations with a more moisturizing formula. As said, this foundation offers a very flawless and polished look, and I personally prefer a sheer foundation that gives a fresh and youthful look.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn ♥ (@BrunettteBarbie) September 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I want to try the mat one, but I have super oily skin and heard mixed reviews. Might need a sample first.

xo Jenn


Reika October 1, 2011 at 12:56 am

Hi Jenn you might like this foundation a lot more than me as it is extremely mattifying 🙂


Eileen October 1, 2011 at 1:15 am

Some people with super oily skin have had a bit of trouble with PL. The MA who originally helped me said she had to powder her T-zone.


Amy October 1, 2011 at 12:53 am

Thanks for the thorough review! I was really curious about this foundation. I loved the Vitalumiere, but never tried anything else from Chanel. Maybe I should go to the counter and get a sample 😉


Eileen October 1, 2011 at 1:12 am

I’ve been wearing PL in BR12 for over a week now and love it. I’m in my mid-sixties and have dry, mature skin. This foundation wears beautifully over my morning routine of serum, moisturizer, and SPF; giving me a soft satin/matte finish that lasts all day and well into the evening. The first time I wore it, I was pleasantly surprised to see my make-up looking as fresh at 8:00 PM as it did at 8:00 AM. I don’t find this overly matte, but a couple times when I wanted a bit of soft shimmer, I lightly swept my Météorites over the foundation and it looked lovely.

Caveat: PL is lighter when you first apply it than it is once it has dried When you go for a color match, give it a chance to dry and settle before committing to a color. I was orginally matched to BR22, but once it dried, it was obviously too dark for me. The MA then tried BR12 which went on a tad light but dried to the perfect shade.


Reika October 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

As usual Eileen, your comments are always so helpful and thorough. Thank you very much 🙂
Lol..I was in the testing stage of this foundation so it never occurred to me that I can fake the glow by adding a bit of highlighter! Me too, I am still surprised to see that my makeup at the end of day looks just as good as it was in the morning!


popblush October 1, 2011 at 3:24 am

Thanks for the detailed comparisons between the foundations. I am planning to get Vitalumiere Aqua as recently I am really liking the dewy finish. Hopefully it doesn’t look too oily on me in the summer though.


jess October 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

nice product but that’s pricey!!!


Jamilla October 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

Thanks for the review! I need to check this out in Duty Free next week!


Elizabeth October 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Thanks for the review! I’m excited to try this, although I’m loving Vitalumiere Aqua so much, and the finish of PL sounds to be quite different. Do you plan to post any photos showing it applied to your (lovely!) face? (That question isn’t meant to be as creepy as it sounds, lol!)


Reika October 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Haha I’m sure I will use this foundation in my FOTDs 🙂


Dovey October 2, 2011 at 3:04 am

Wonderful review and pictures! The swatches were very helpful. Like you, my best match would probably be B20, but I think I’ll go with B10 since it’s about to be winter in the northern hemisphere =)


popblush October 2, 2011 at 4:08 am

You have a pretty face that could rock any type of hairstyle Rei!


Joyce September October 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

You’re using Vitalumiere Aqua in B20? From your photos, I gathered that you’ll be using a lighter shade! I got a sample from my last CHANEL purchase, and was matched with B10.


Reika October 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I bought vitalumiere aqua during summer and I was darker than what I am the moment I am a B10 but I hope I will go a bit darker in the coming months 🙂


Petrina October 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Great review – I was contemplating on whether to get this or not whilst on holiday, but decided I needed to try a sample before purchasing as I had shopped too much already! As always lovely lovely photos!!


Megan October 3, 2011 at 1:16 am

Thanks for this guide to Chanel Foundations, I’ve never used them before but would love to buy one and this post is so helpful.


Samantha October 3, 2011 at 6:48 am

Thank you for putting up a review for this foundation! Great review!!!
How would you say this foundation compares to Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation?


Reika October 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

Hi Samatha, the GA LSF has a silkier texture and adds a satin glow to the face, whereas the Chanel PL is quite matte upon application and translates to a more natural and luminous finish throughout the day.
I would say the GA LSF is suitable for all skin types including dry skin and the Chanel PL may not work for dry skin but great for oily skin.
Last but not least, Chanel PL has a better staying powder, actually it looks the best at the end of the day!


mulberrytea October 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Oh, I’m glad to see you have reviewed this! I was going to try it this weekend, but I don’t like the SAs at the Saks counter, so I bought the new D&G cream foundation instead.

However, I still plan on getting this, especially since it seems suitable for oily skin. Let me know how the B30 shade works out for you once you get more tan, since it looks somewhat dark and orange on my computer screen right now.


Reika October 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

b30 is indeed quite orangy on me now, definitely not the right shade for me now. Since you are in the states I highly recommend you to check out the rose beige shades rather than the beige shades. Hopefully it will work out for me once I get a tan… might need to pick up a lighter rose beige shade to mix with b30.


Jess October 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Thank you for the great review with comparison to the other Chanel foundations, Reika,
I haven’t been big on Chanel foundations for there were no matching shades for my skintone. But Chanel seems to have listened, as it brought out Vitalumière Aqua B10, which matches me perfectly! Quickly became my favorite liquid foundation! Pls note I’m not a liquid foundation person for usual! 😉

Love your photos and swatches!


Justine October 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

It’s a shame that this is replacing Pro Lumiere (which I love for it’s dewy finish). This sounds like it wouldn’t be that great for those with dry skin. Great pictures and review. I love Chanel foundations!


Susan October 11, 2011 at 1:26 am

I really like how light and silky this foundation is. It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a mask, and it does last all day. I wear a doctors mask which I put on and remove all day long , and surprising it did not rub off. I hardly had to touch up during the day. Definitely my HG!!


Cafe Bellini October 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Great post, thank you! I currently use the Vitalumiere Aqua (I have two shades, in fact) and wasn’t / am still not sure if I should (although I want to!) buy the new one! But interesting to know that you prefer the VA…


Holly Smith November 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Just to say mat lumiere and pro lumiere are being discontinued in the UK.


Reika November 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Thanks Holly. I had no idea that even mat lumiere is being discontinued!


MaddieM November 24, 2011 at 7:28 am

I was a devote Chanel skin care user for over 30 years. One day, while I was at my sister’s house, she had received a delivery for about 8 of the same moisturizers!!! Of course, I asked her if this product was good, and she conveyed that she couldn’t live without it. It was the Lady Soma “Renewal Serum” and oh my Geez, I am so happy I have found it.

I was so impressed. The compliments are still coming my way, 2 years later. I am 51 years old, and my skin is so youthful thanks to Lady Soma. I strongly recommend giving this product a try!!


SoLoveTiffany December 17, 2011 at 12:17 am

I hve really oily skin too, dior and chanel are very compariable!
Dior and this chanel perfection lumiere which one would u recommend for very oily skin?


Reika December 19, 2011 at 11:52 am

Definitely the Chanel Perfection Lumiere! I have combination skin and this foundation keeps my t-zone matte for the whole day!


SoLoveTiffany December 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Have u tried lancome teint idole ultra? Its got pretty good review too, im kinda struggle in between


Liz February 9, 2012 at 6:24 am

As soon as I started reading about Perfection Lumiere I knew it wasn’t going to replace Pro Lumiere for me! But my bottle is about to run out and I need a replacement ASAP. Could you recommend a new foundation for my dry/acne-prone skin that is similar to Pro Lumiere? My main concern is covering acne scars and redness. xx


Angela September 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I’ve been wanting to buy Chanel liquid foundation recently and was unsure whether to get Vitalumiere or Perfection Lumiere. I am very oily in my t-zone. I have a lot of questions, please bear with me.
1. Do you mean that vitalumiere looks more natural and PL thicker?
2. What is the best way to apply this for a sheer/thin layer – fingers, brush?
3. For vitalumiere and PL, do you need to apply loose powder after to ‘set’ it?
4. Does concealer go beneath or over it?
5. What do think about liquid foundation versus powder foundation for oily combination skin in humid weather?
Thanks very much!


Reika September 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

Hi Angela, sorry about the late reply 🙂 My answers for your questions are:
1. yes vitalumiere looks more natural because if gives a dewy finish.
2. I normally like to use this foundation when my skin needs more coverage than usual. So I like to use my Shesido foundation brush to apply it. If I want to sheer out the finish, Beauty Blender is excellent for that.
3. I needed loose powder for vitalumiere as my t-zone tends to get oily hours later. PL is excellent for controlling oil, so no loose powder is required!
4. Either way is fine. I normally apply concealer over it.
5. I prefer liquid foundation, as powder foundation can make face look ‘cakey’. I highly suggest you to try PL as it’s great to keep your skin matte all day long!
Hope it helps and have a nice weekend 🙂


HangThuTong November 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Can u compare between Chanel Perfection Lumiere v.s Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk? someone told me that Chanel perfection lumiere maybe looks orange and darker after some hours with oily skin:( I’m so scare about that:( Dose Giorgio foundation be like that? 🙁 I saw your swatch picture about Giorgio and I’m so scare that it looks natural very much, but it can’t cover your skin, so it cant cover my dark spot in my skin:( So, help me:( I have the oily skin everytime:(


Melissa January 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I recently had a sample of the perfection lumiere foundation in 20beige. Having never tried Chanel foundation before I found the texture beautiful and the smell invigorating. However having used it 3 times now I don’t think I shall be making a purchase unfortunately. I have clear skin, no blemishes however of a combination type. This foundation claims to last all day, after a 6 hour shift working in cosmetics/retail my complexion is real shiny and the foundation has worn off my nose almost completely which is a shame. Do Chanel do another foundation that’s similar to this….light in texture, that’s Matifying but with a long lasting all day hold?! I currently use and love Clarins ever matte and Estée lauders double wear light. I fancy a change. Any recommendations?


Melissa June 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm

For those of you with drier skin who are concerned that Perfection Lumiere may be too drying, I say fear not! Just first apply a moisturizing primer such as Base Lumiere and you will still have that luminous look without sacrificing staying power. That’s what I do and I now prefer Perfection Lumiere to Vitalumiere Aqua.


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