Why on earth did Chanel discontinue their Pro Lumiere foundation?! I just found a sample sized prolumiere pot in my makeup stash and I'm really quite upset that I don't own a full sized bottle! I've always had an on and off relationship with this particular foundation in the past but today I've fallen in love with it. I've always had super dry skin so I have to be extra careful to pick out a foundation that won't accentuate any dryness. Recently though, something weird happened to my skin and it's not dry anymore (it's borderline oily now) and I think it's because I started using Creme de le Mer moisturiser (that's pretty much the most expensive face potion that's come in contact with my face ever since I've lived - fyi - it's almost a £100 - review coming up soon)!
CHANEL PRO LUMIERE (discontinued):
In my drier skin days whenever I used Pro Lumiere it would look slightly cakey on me regardless of how I tried to apply it so Vitalumiere has always been my go to foundation. However, I always did love how Pro Lumiere literally made my skin glow (when looked at from afar, nearby you could see all the dry patches). I also know (not personally) loads of makeup artists use Pro Lumiere on celebrities (Anne Hathaway is wearing Pro Lumiere in the picture below, she's also wearing one of the Chanel Illusion d'Ombre eyeshadows in mirfique) for red carpet events and it looks absolute stunning & I got a pretty good result when I used it today. I think this foundation responds kindly to people with non-dry skin types. I also think that it wouldn't work for someone with excessively oily skin without a primer.
- The finish is dewy, natural and super luminous (in the best way possible, hence the name PRO Lumiere!
- The coverage is medium
- It feels like I'm not really wearing anything on my face
- Best suited for non-dry skin types
- Long lasting
It pretty much looks like I have amazing skin and I just took a couple of pictures of my self with heavy flash and everything looks A-Okay! I've set my t-zone with the Vitalumiere Eclat Comfort Radiance Compact because I felt as the day would progress it would prevent excessive shine in that area. The powder actually melted like butter on top of this foundation and doesn't feel like powder at all. Rather, it feels like soft velvety skin.
I honestly don't understand why Chanel discounted this foundation because I know so many people who love this and now I do too. I've just done a quick scan on the internet and I can't find it anywhere but maybe they'll still have some left over in the stores?
CHANEL PERFECTION LUMIERE FOUNDATION:
To replace Pro Lumiere Chanel has brought out Perfection Lumiere which I haven't tried out yet so I can't say much about it except for the fact that it has very mixed reviews online. The USP of Perfection Lumiere is that it comes in a wider shade selection catering for pink based, yellow based and neutral skin tones. This is the foundation all the models were wearing in the Spring/Summer 2012 show (the one where we saw a sneak peak of all of next seasons nail polishes, click here to see that blog post) and their skin looked PERFECT. I must warn you though that when Chanel hired the models for the runway show one of their top criteria was good skin, really really good skin.
Did you love Pro Lumiere foundation too or are you glad it's gone?
Have you tried Perfection Lumiere? What are your thoughts?
Stay tuned for Part 2 in the Chanel Foundation Breakdown & Review Series featuring my holy grail foundation for dry skin.