Chanel Perfection Lumiere: Tried and Tested

I initially planned for a review on DHC oil cleanser but decided to replace it with this instead. I mean, all I was going to say about DHC was that I paid RM99.90 for an oil cleanser that broke me out. AND I had a whole post to rant. So I decided to scrap that, and post this instead. Perfection Lumiere liquid foundation by Chanel.

This foundation was launched last year but Malaysia started carrying it only in May. I was lucky enough to purchase it before its official launch, a few days before 1 May 2012 (stock had arrived that evening itself!). I know you will ask me, so here: price is RM167. To sum it all up, I love this foundation! Here’s why.



First, the packaging. Heavy glass bottle, cool and smooth to touch, sturdy and luxurious. Typical Chanel. The bottle itself doesn’t attract finger prints, but the plastic cap does. I had to wipe off all traces of finger prints before I took the photos, and still, I managed to get some on there. If you are particular about where your product is manufactured, this 30ml foundation is made in France.



The bottle comes with a dispenser, and one squeeze of foundation is enough to cover the whole face. The foundation’s texture is gel-like, and I think the thick glass bottle keeps the foundation cool. When applied, there is a cooling sensation which is comfortable and soothing, especially when the weather is so hot lately. I have tried applying it with my fingers and with a brush. I of course, prefer applying using a brush, just because I like to keep my fingers clean.



This foundation gives medium coverage, and it is buildable. Below is an unprocessed photo, eagle eye analysis of my face, and I zoomed in on the area with the most problem. It’s weird because the other side of my face has minimal blemishes. It’s just my left side. UGH! Anyhoo, here it is *squirms* In general, redness is covered very well. Blemishes are also reduced in appearance, and mind you, there are no primers or concealers in the photo below. No powder either. I think the before after picture below speaks a thousand words. So, I will stop and let you analyse. *yikes*! For added coverage, I do dab concealer and the finish result is somewhat flawless.



Perfection Lumiere doesn’t add shine to my face, nor does it seep into pores like some long wearing foundations. It keeps my face dewy the whole day. It is supposed to have a soft matte finish, but on my combination oily skin, by the 5th hour, it is not matte anymore. However, like I said, it only makes my face look natural and glowy. I love it because it doesn’t make my face look flat. It is comfortable to wear, and it makes me look good. One thing I don’t like about it is the strong scent. The scent is much stronger than Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, but lucky for me, it dissipates pretty quickly.

Have you tried Perfection Lumiere already? What are your thoughts? If you haven’t, I do highly recommend it!


xoxo Lily


  • Looks like good stuff! I’ve only just managed to get the Vitalumiere Aqua in my shade and am still struggling to make it work. I don’t quite know why the learning curve on that is steeper than regular foundation 🙁

    • Lily

      Aaw… The vla works well for me too but maybe its because I have oilier skin? This perfection lumiere might work better. Reminds me of Dior skin forever but a bit lighter.

  • Hanny Daforcena

    I own the Vitalumiere Aqua as well, but it works WONDERS on me ^.^ Even better than the Clinique Superbalanced because I need to use less of it for the same amount of coverage, but somehow, does not look as thick. heh heh heh.

    • Lily

      Haven’t tried any Clinique foundation but I agree that the VLA is really good. It provides less coverage than this tho.

  • Stephanie/Yukaeshi

    The only oil cleanser I’ve tried that works and doesn’t break me out? Dermalogica PreCleanse haha! I don’t dare to try others anymore.

    I’ve always been a lover of powder foundations, but recently I’m a convert to liquid foundation thanks to RMK Liquid Foundation. It’s the only liquid foundation I’ve tried and loved so far. May try others e.g. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and this Perfection Lumiere, we’ll see 😛

    Oh and if you’re interested in trying out more Chanel makeup I live quite nearby the Chanel makeup boutique and also counters, so let me know! I can be your mule if you want 😀

    • Lily

      I gotta try the pre cleanse and rmk. I’ve heard many good things about them. Thanks for the Chanel offer. Will keep that in mind!

      • Stephanie/Yukaeshi

        Haha but the RMK one is a little sheer, kind of like VLA (Just the way I like my foundations, really. Not a fan of the thick coverage look) 🙂 You should give them a try! 🙂

        No problem, just let me know 🙂

  • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

    This looks like a hell of a foundation to have! I might need to investigate a little when the colder season comes around again. At the moment I’m really happy with a fuss-free BB cream!

    • Lily

      This is a pretty good foundation for me, yeah. I’d love to read what you think. I find that foundations tend to last longer in colder climates too. So bonus! However, if you prefer something lighter, vita lumiere aqua is something you might wanna look at 🙂

      • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

        Ooo thanks for the heads-up Lily! I’ve been told that I’m lucky, because base stays very well on me. But yeah, generally I prefer something lighter, just to even out my skin tone a bit.

  • Sara

    May i know what shade u wear in this? And your Mac shade? Thank you! 🙂

    • Lily

      Hi Sara, this is number 10 and I’m NC15-20.

      • Sara

        does chanel 10 fit your skin color perfectly? i am trying to figure out whether diorskin forever 011 or 020 fits me better, so i’m trying to see if we’re the same color (i wear 20 in chanel perfection lumiere!) 🙂

        • Lily

          Hi Sara, I have yellow undertone and Dior 020 is too pink for me. 011 is just perfect! Also, my neck is lighter than my face probably because it (face) gets red very quickly, so my foundation needs to match my neck (and body). Are you yellow base or pink base, undertone, I mean… For foundations, I find it best to go test it out. The worst is getting the wrong shade.
          You can go look for my review on Diorskin Forever foundation. I made a comparison between 011 and 020 on my face. Hope that helps!

  • Liyeun

    Good day, Lily! ^_^ it’s such a pain to find an oil cleanser that does not cause break outs. It’s all about trial and error, where I stumbled much to find a comfortable one. Alas, it is Bobbi Brown’s cleansing oil without mineral oil! I have tried precleanse (stings my eyes), shu uemura (break out), sk-ii (break out), kanebo blanchair (break out), M.A.C. (too thick and of course, break out), RMK (works as fine)….I was tempted to try Dior’s but afraid to get it just yet as I can’t find much reviews about it….

    • Lily

      Hi Liyuen, of all you mentioned, I’ve tried Bobbi brown and Shu Uemura and they both work great on me. I’m always curious to try new stuff and sometimes, that gets me into trouble. Lol! I haven’t tried Dior either… Maybe it’s time to change that 🙂

  • lyn

    This is seriously my most favourite foundation ever! I’ve been dying to try it since it came out last year and am so super super happy it’s available locally now. I am gonna stock that baby up!

    • Lily

      Yeah this foundation is pretty awesome but do you think stocking up is necessary? It just launched here so I doubt they’ll pull it out so soon. Lol!

  • Petrina

    I just purchased this today and already love the fact that whatever the SA tested on my face did not oxidize one bit! Am a bit concern as I have some dry spots (just out of much cooler weather into hot kl) that it might not work as well in winter, but I guess time will tell

    • Lily

      I always reminiscent over the years I lived in Australia but one thing about living in a hot and humid country all year round is that I don’t have to worry about changing my skincare and makeup routine to suit the different seasons. I hope this foundation doesn’t get to dry in winter. If you remember, it’ll be great if you could let me know!

  • Hi lil.. I’ll go this weekend for trip to KL, may I know the price of VLA there? Since in my country it cost a lot. I’ll be buying for my mom since she finished her Mat Lumiere and heard the product discontinued in the counter already

    • Hi Tiffany, I can’t remember how much it is but if memory serves me right, it’s around RM 150?

  • liz

    which is better this or the vitalumiere. I dont like the Vitalumiere aqua. it oxidizes, it has a strong scent, an alcohol scent. so no thank u..

    • Hi Liz, I’m not sure, I haven’t tried the Vitalumiere foundation before…