Friday, 12 February 2010

Chanel Pro & Mat Lumiere Foundation

I really think that foundation is worth spending a bit of time finding the right one - it can impact on the condition of your skin and I refuse to slap any old rubbish on my face. For years I have swung between Benefit's Playstick, Bobbi Brown stick foundation and Bare Minerals. Actually am a huge fan of minerals for personal use but find that sometimes they don't mix well on days when my skin is particularly oily and the kabuki brushes can irritate my skin if I'm having a bit of a breakout.
About 4 months ago, I picked up a bottle of Pro Lumiere (in complete denial about my oily skin) for £28 from my local chanel counter. I love love love this foundation - I love the consistency and the beautiful finish it leaves on the skin. A light dusting of powder and et voila! However, for those with oily skin, this is not a feasible day to day foundation - I had to re-powder at least 4 times a day or it would very quickly look oily. I then discovered that if I didn't moisturise prior to using it, it would set perfectly. That lasted about 3 days before I started breaking out in dry sore spots. So if you have 'normal' skin, then the Pro will be perfect for you. If you have dry skin, try Pro or Vitalumiere. If you have oily skin like me, then Mat will prob be best.
I had somehow managed to convince myself that the Mat was 2nd best to Pro (I don't know why) and resisted buying it. But last week, I finally conceeded defeat and got a bottle in 05 (a PERFECT match for my skin). Now, I can moisturise and use the Mat and get a perfectly dewy, non-shiny finish and I'm not hating on my skin type.
It is much less runny than Pro - the one on the left is Mat, on the right is Pro. But, once you're applying with a brush, it smooths and glides in the same way as the Pro.

This is how much I wanted to press home that Chanel foundations are awesome - I've posted a pic of me wearing NO make-up!!

Before (moisturised only!)
These are the 'after' pics. The only addition, other than the foundation is a slick of mascara, white liner and lip balm. No powder - not required with the Mat.

Now I was also asked if I could do a post on 'how to' apply foundation. I'd love to, but I don't think the pics would sufficiently do it justice and there's no way I'm doing a vid!! FashionFaceTV have a brilliant tutorial on foundation application and actually it's done using Mat Lumiere, so if you're interested check it out here
My only tips would be... If you're going to use your fingers, make sure they're clean. If you're using a brush and find it leaves streaks, try applying your moisturiser with your brush and then using the same one for foundation. Try 'cross-hatching' where you brush the foundation in lots of different directions, or try lightly buffing in small circular motions.


  1. you are gorgeous, you dont even need foundation =D

    another one to add to me wishlis... meep meep =D

    lol, great review xxxx

  2. This is such a great post - I love the finish of pro lumiere on my skin... sadly I was sold a too dark colour... Not good...

  3. Noobarella - you are a liar but I like it! Jen, it is a fab finish; shame about the shade though. What shade did they sell you? x

  4. Thanks for the great review! I've been thinking of trying the Vitalumiere, I have raelly dry skin and have yet to find a foundation that I really like. mind you, I haven't been looking that hard, but I figure I have to start somewhere :)

  5. Hi there, thanks for your kind comments! I haven't tried Vitalumiere so can't really say what it might be like, but as a Chanel product, it's going to be good quality! I've found with Chanel foundations that they go a long way too so although it seems an initially large outlay, you do seem to get your money's worth xx

  6. Hey, just came across your review - I was wondering what foundation shade you are in MAC? I am also looking to buy the Mat Lumiere foundation, I am NC15, do you think 0.5 in Chanel is a good match?

    Anna x

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