The sample packets look like this. My best candidate is 20 Beige but I asked for 22 (for undertone comparison) and 30, because I wasn't sure if I'd tanned a bit over the summer. The rest of the colors were samples in the latest issue of Allure magazine. I had emptied the packets into the little pots that I received from Nordstrom and set them side by side for comparison.
|Top row: Beige Rose 22 and 32|
Bottom Row: Beige 20, 30 and 60
|Chanel Perfection Lumiere Swatches|
|From left: Laura Mercier Silk Creme in Beige Ivory, Guerlain Parure Gold in 02 Beige Clair, Chanel Vitalumière Aqua in B20|
The group on the right is Chanel Perfection Lumière shades 20, 22, 30, 32 and 60
I wore the Beige 20 sample yesterday and I used literally one dip of the brush into the pot for my entire face. I was satisfied with the seamless match (and actually thought it looked better than Vitalumière Aqua in B20) and the coverage. I feel that it offers more coverage than Vitalumière Aqua and thus gives you a more flawless appearance with less product. It's supposed to give light to medium coverage. I guess I agree with that. As far as first impressions go, I thought it looked very nice. I set it with the Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder. I probably didn't need to but I find that blush applies kind of splotchy if I don't so I did so anyway. It stayed on perfectly for my 9 hour day. It dries down relatively matte but even as I set it with loose powder, I've noticed that it lets shine through in roughly about an hour and a half. To an extent, that makes it look more natural than if it was just matte all the time but I did feel the need to blot with powder about 3 times during the day.
My second day experience was a little bit better as far as the shine goes. I switched to a lighter moisturizer to wear underneath it and I set it with Shiseido The Makeup Powdery Foundation SPF 15. If you get oily, maybe a mattifying lotion will keep the shine at bay. I think switching up my moisturizer and powder worked well. It looked natural and glowy, as opposed to just shiny, even after 5 hours. I used the Beige Rose 22 sample and it was little pink for my taste. I think Beige 20 was definitely the better match.
On day 3, I tried Beige 30 and while it wasn't that much darker than Beige 20, I decided that Beige 20 was the best match. I don't think that I need to bother with Beige Rose 32, although I might, just to be sure. I still like the way it applies and how little of it I need to get the coverage I want. This time, I set it with the DiorSkin Forever Wear-Extending Invisible Retouch Powder which is a touch up powder that I've noticed works wonderfully as a setting powder as well. I had a much shorter day and didn't need to retouch at all.
At this point, I think I'm going to end up buying myself bottle of this foundation. I'll update with more comments after I use it more extensively. If I decide to plunge, I'll post the review soonest.
UPDATE 2/7/12: Read my complete review for the Chanel Perfection Lumière Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10. Click here.