For the past few months, I didn't wear any foundation because it didn't seem to make any noticeable difference to me. But when Chanel launched their new foundation, Perfection Lumière, I decided to give it a try.
I have used Mat Lumière and Vitalumière Aqua previously. They were good but not good enough to make a huge difference - Mat Lumière was ok but I found lasting power wasn't that great, Vitalumière Aqua was a bit too much like a tinted moisturiser for me.
I was offered two samples at the Chanel counter, Beige 30 & 40, and was very glad the sales assistant did so. Perfection Lumière offers an unprecedented colour range for Chanel foundations, and as a result I found colours vary from the usual shading scale.
In the photo below, you can see Perfection Lumière is more yellow based than Mat Lumière & Mat Lumière. There is also a big difference between 30 Beige & 40 Beige. Beige 30 ended up being a better match for me - the UK winter made me a bit paler and Perfection Lumière runs a bit darker than the other foundations.
Colours aside, what impressed me was the finish and the lasting power of Perfection Lumière. I would say Perfection Lumière is medium/full coverage (depending on how much you apply) and gives a slightly velvet matte finish, whilst still reflecting light in such a way that made my skin look almost perfect. Even my boyfriend noticed I looked better than usual but couldn't quite point out what it was.
I have oily/combination skin and this foundation lasts the whole day for me. Usually I look shiny by mid afternoon but with Perfection Lumière, sometimes I wouldn't need to touch up until six o'clock.
The only thing I dislike about this foundation is the smell. The foundation is fragranced and smells like the Hydramax moisturisers (a fresh peachy smell which I love). But I've found the fragrance serves to mask a smell that is apparent when you first apply the foundation. The strange smell only lasts for maybe two seconds but it still bothers me.
I personally love this foundation but have read conflicting reviews on Makeupalley (emphasising flakey skin/oxidisation etc), so please try this foundation while they still have samples of every shade at the counters.