full review here. Mat Lumiere I hadn't tried before, mostly because it's a matte finish and for my dry skin, I don't like a matte foundation. I had hoped that this new Perfection Lumiere would be somewhat of a hybrid of both foundations, the good of the dewy and matte factor, however as you will read in this review, that's not the case.
This foundation is not currently available in Canada, I couldn't get a definite answer from Chanel sales people regrading this, some said it's out spring 2012, some did not know, some looked at me like I had two heads when I spoke about it. I greatly dislike how we get products much later in Canada (and for more money too). I purchased this a few weeks ago off Amazon.com from the seller Avdo, it was $64.99 when I bought it (add shipping), had since gone up to $72.99. The seller is great, I didn't have to pay any customs (after speaking to the seller) and I highly recommend them. I purchased mine for free through gift cards from Swagbucks, I get a lot of my cosmetics this way.
Check out karlasugar's swatches of all the shades here. I was pleased to see 10 Beige appeared to be light enough for my skin and decided to get that colour without swatching it. I'm always the lightest or second lightest shade in foundation, so there was no question that B10 would be my colour.
As far as the finish and coverage. Chanel Perfection Lumiere on me is quite matte. Compared to other matte foundations that I have (MUFE Mat velvet plus for example) this one applies more smoothly, but still shows dry spots and flaky skin and isn't great for dry skin (more for combination/oily/normal skin). This is the nature of matte foundations though, not great for dry skin. I think if you have any imperfections, the foundation will stick to those areas and your look will not be "flawless". This settles around my nose and on my forehead a lot. I have to prep my skin thoroughly if I want to wear this. I don't powder this (since it's already more matte than I would like). Long wearing claims? I think this is definitely long wearing, but I have dry skin so my foundation doesn't really move. The coverage is medium-full, comparable to Pro Lumiere's coverage.
I prefer Pro Lumiere so much more to this, and that makes me sad because Pro Lumiere (and Mat Lumiere) are being discontinued. The colour while at first looks great and light enough for me (NC15), oxidizes horribly on me and turns darker than Pro Lumiere. Keep in mind, if you blend the colour in, it will look more natural and less orange, I have packed on the foundation for swatching purposes. I wonder why this goes so dark though? it must be the ingredients in it. I have read from others that Perfection Lumiere settles into fine lines and feels more drying than Mat Lumiere, so that is definitely something to consider.
If you aren't pale as a ghost and dry as the Sahara like I am, this foundation might work for you. The finish would be nice on someone with oily/combation/normal skin I think. I do think Chanel has left out all the Pro Lumiere fans with this release. Have you tried this? What did you think?