Sep 292011
 

Lovely readers, after thinking about Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation ($55) (full swatches are here), I was curious about some color comparisons.  I thought I’d create a little sketchbook with the pictures to share.

First, I wanted to check Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere against my other foundation shades.  Here is a comparison of:

  • Chanel Vitalumiere Fluid 20 Clair/Cameo
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere B10
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere B20
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere B30
  • Chanel Tient Innocence Fluid in 20 Clair/Cameo (discontinued)
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B10
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B20
  • Chanel Lift Lumiere 15 Ivoire
  • Chanel Pro Lumiere 20 Claire Cameo
You’ll notice considerable variation among these.  In shade with flash:
In sun with flash:
This one compares the Perfection Lumiere Beige Rose 32 both wet and dry.  I want to emphasize that a quick arm swatches must dry down.  On the left is a freshly applied swatch of Perfection Lumiere BR 32 that has not dried at all.  On the far right is the same foundation that has dried down for a good 20 minutes, maybe longer–what a difference in color that dry down makes.  In the center is a swatch of Vitalumiere Aqua in Beige Rose 30, which is darker and different tonally.
Finally, I wanted to compare a medium skin tone color across all of the different color tones.  Here are swatches of Beige Rose’s deepest shade,  Perfection Lumiere in Beige Rose 52.  Also, there is Perfection Lumiere in Beige 60, Perfection Lumiere in Beige Ambre 64 and Ambre 94:
It’s so interesting to me that numerically, the first three shades toward the left of this picture are all near 60.  But the undertones are so very, very different.  Beige Ambre is so warm, it’s really an amber in the true sense of the word.  Even the “Beige Rose” does not seem very pink to me. The shade range in this release is certainly enormous for Chanel.  Even if you don’t find your perfect match, it may be that you get much closer than with any previous Chanel release.  It’s certainly good to see a very high end luxury line take notice of the wide range of color shades of women. This is available with free ship online at Nordstrom.com.
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Sep 282011
 

Chanel has just released a new foundation, Perfection Lumiere ($55), which I’m currently testing. In the meantime, I thought it useful to post swatches of nearly all of the shades for my readers. Just a quick note–although Chanel’s Pro Lumiere has been discontinued at the same time that Perfection Lumiere has been released, they are not similar. Although the names echo each other, the finish of Perfection Lumiere is far more matte, and much less “glowy” than Pro Lumiere. I’ll report more on the formula, wear time and finish after more testing.

The foundation comes in a glass pump bottle:

Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

As you can see, there is some sunscreen (titanium dioxide/ SPF 10) in the product.

The biggest change that is immediately noticeable is the large shade range. Perfection Lumiere includes twenty (20) shades (19 are swatched here), which is both unprecedented and welcome from Chanel. I’m so pleased to see very light to dark shades.

The shades are grouped according to undertone. As you will see, some of the darker shades have incorporated reds and blues, and lighter shades have a wide range of available undertones. Like other recent Chanel foundation releases, if possible try before you buy. It takes at least five (5) minutes (or longer) before the shade will “settle” into its true color on your skin. Also, you will notice the texture shifts during this time. These swatches were taken with at least 15 minutes of dry time each.

I’ve only tried the foundation once, but my first experience shows that the foundation goes on dry and powdery for the first few minutes. After 1/2 hour, the foundation looked much more natural, less matte and more like real skin. Normally I wear a warm-toned Chanel Cameo/Ivoire (MAC NC15 leaning a bit toward NC20 rather than lighter).

The Beige shades are light to medium in tone:

The Beige Rose Shades are light to medium in tone. These shades are very slightly pinker than the Beige shades:

Here is a comparison of Beige 20 and Beige 22 so that you can see the undertone difference:

Beige Ambre (which translates to “Amber Beige”), which are very warm and run in the medium skin tone range:

The Ambre shades (except for Ambre 114, which was not yet in stock):

Many thanks to the wonderful associates at Nordstrom Beauty, who filled little tiny sample jars so that we could have this as a reference. I always get great service there.  More comparison swatches are posted here on Cafe Makeup.

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Jul 042011
 

I’m a bit reluctant to review Chanel Double Perfection Natural Matte Powder Makeup in 80 Medium Beige ( #80).  This was a product that was included in my shipment from Chanel.  I’m assuming that this is a new color for Fall 2011.  Given that my typical color is on the 20 Soft Beige end of the scale, this is not a color with which I have a lot of familiarity.  My fear is that this review will raise more questions than I can answer, but I’m forging ahead with the hope that you’ll find it helpful nonetheless.

Generally, Chanel’s Double Perfection powder foundation is a lovely matte foundation.  I’ve used it my Soft Beige for quite some time.  I find that applying it wet with the included sponge gives heavy coverage.  I prefer to apply it with a brush for a more natural look, typically over a primer or Chanel’s UV Essentiel SPF 50, which also acts as a primer.  A dense brush (such as a kabuki), will give me heavy coverage.  A soft powder brush gives light coverage.

After application, I usually add a spritz of Caudalie Eau de Beaute to minimize the powdery look that powder foundations can give for the first hour or so of wear time.  It helps the foundation settle into my skin.

I have found that in colder weather months, bronzer can look like too much.  Some readers may be reluctant to wear bronzer ever, at all.  For those occasions, I’ve longed to get a deeper toned foundation for light contouring.  In a way, this foundation was the answer to this wish, as it is several shades deeper than my natural color, and so can be used lower on the checks to add subtle depth.  This can be used with either a lighter powder foundation, or patted over a liquid foundation in my color.

Bottom line: Win (for this limited purpose).

 

 

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May 132011
 

As we are already part-way through May, here are this month’s Five Things I’m Loving Right Now….

1. Dior Rosy Tan Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here).  I love the range of shades–the deep brown isn’t too deep for a pale skin-toned person like me.  It makes a great day-time dimensional eye.  As the weather heats up, I know that I’ll love Rosy Tan’s twin (Rosy Nude) just as much.  For now, Rosy Tan is fool-proof.

 

2.Dior Aurora Bronzer (reviewed here and here).  So easy, so natural.  So this season.

3. Elta MD Clear Sunscreen SPF 46 (see here)  Awesome sunblock.  All the right things–it blocks nearly all color, doesn’t break me out, leaves no white cast.  Looks good under makeup.

4.  Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation I have no idea why I fell back in love with this foundation, but it works so well this time of year.  Although I should be loving the newer Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (and I do!), there’s something about the lightness and texture of Lift Lumiere that seems right.  As you know, Liz wears this constantly;  maybe we’re just in sync with it.

 

5. Louis Vuitton Hortensia Sunglasses New for Spring/Summer 2011.  I picked up these bad boys in Paris, and although I realize they aren’t makeup, I do wear them on my face. They look sort of outdated and heavy in this picture, but worn they are a fabulous. Pair them with a glossy bold summer lip and it’s party time.  Really, check them out.  You won’t be sorry.

 

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May 042011
 

I’ve had several emails asking to update my experiences with Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat powder foundation, which I purchased in France (initial review here).  Here are a few thoughts:

  • I love applying this with the enclosed brush.  It’s the perfect size to give light , even coverage.
  • This is a nice foundation for every day errands and casual wear, brushed over sunscreen.
  • This gives the slightest glow–which is a nice change from matte powders.
  • As you can surmise from its name, this is not a mattifying powder. However, it does not add any shine to my skin either.
  • This acts as a nice finishing powder over foundation as well.
  • Applied with a damp brush, this gives medium to heavy coverage.

The downside to Vitalumiere Eclat is the available shade range–the lightest available in France is B30, which is a bit deeper than my B10/20 skin tone.  Applied lightly dry with a brush, the difference is acceptable.  Unfortunately, when I tried to use this foundation applied with a sponge (wet or dry) for medium to heavy coverage, the color is too dark.  I noticed that the Chanel website for Great Britain has a widely expanded shade range that goes up to B10 and down to BA60.

As we are nearing the warmer months, I’m using Vitalumiere Eclat several days every week brushed on for a light coverage. I really enjoy it.

I’m not sure how to obtain this in the U.S., although you could try calling the Nordstrom Seattle store.  There is a Chanel Studio at that location, which can frequently obtain international Chanel items.

Here is an ingredient list which is not official (this is from Makeupalley.com):  Talc, boron nitride, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, alumina, PTFE, magnesium myristate, magnesium stearate, aluminum dimyrustate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ammonium silver zinc aluminum silicate, C9-15 flouroalcohol phosphate, dimethicone, mythylparaben, propylparaben, polyester-3, hydrogenated vegetable oil, triethoxycaprylylsilane, jasminum grandiflorum (jasmine) flower wax, aluminum hydroxide, parfum (frangrance), lecithin, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, glyceryl stearate, lavandula stoechas extract, glycerol oleate, polyurethane-15, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide). +/- may contain: CI 45370 (orange 5), CI 45380 (red 22), CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide)

 

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