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Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15 Review

December 2, 2006

I always thought Chanel foundations were pretty good but after seeing a picture online of this girl wearing the new Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15 and looking absolutely flawless, I knew I had to go check it out.

Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15

The Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15 feels thicker and slightly tackier than other liquid foundations I have used. However, it is highly blendable and glided on very easily. Once applied, it melted into my skin and looked like skin but better. The coverage was medium but not like mask-like and I barely need any concealer on top. I like to apply this either with my fingers or my MAC foundation brush and one pump is enough for my entire face.

Chanel also claims that the foundation will “form a curtain veil of light on the skin” and boy is that true! Despite the lack of shimmer, its high-tech radiance-emitting active ingredients left my skin looking radiant and healthy without any kind of grease. I wore this to a work Christmas party on Friday and my makeup stayed flawless for 9 hours straight. My skin was still glowing by the end of the night and my makeup looked as fresh as it did right after I applied it – now that IS something!

My only rant would be the limited color range. There are only 6 shades available here in London (10 to 60) and pretty much all of them are yellow-based. The foundation also tends to run a little darker than other Chanel foundations. I normally use Clair 20 but I use Limpide 10, the lightest shade, for this one.

All in all, Chanel has a winner here and I have not liked a foundation so much in a while. This has completely replaced my holy grail Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation and I will definitely repurchase.

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  • Reply Hwang In December 10, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    Hi!I was wondering if you could possibly do pictures of step by step tutorials (not all, just some).
    Also, could you do a tutorial on corporate looks?

    Love your blog by the way.

  • Reply Zoe December 12, 2006 at 11:20 am

    is it just for skin that needs relatively low concealing? I have zits and can’t do with foundation that is too thin

  • Reply Phyllis December 13, 2006 at 7:43 am

    Hey Hwang, can you define corporate looks? Thanks!

  • Reply Phyllis December 13, 2006 at 7:49 am

    Zoe, I would say the foundation is good for low to medium coverage. It did a decent job covering up my freckles and undereye circles but you can definitely layer it on if you need more coverage. If you have acne prone skin, I would suggest using a concealer on top.

  • Reply Anonymous May 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I am trying to find out the ingredients of Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup. Really want to buy it but need to know what the ingredients are first due to skin reactions. If someone can post them it would be a great help.


  • Reply jeni May 30, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I am trying to find out the ingredients for Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup. I really want to buy some but cant without knowing the ingredients due to skin reactions. If anyone out there could post them I would be mega grateful.


  • Reply shal March 11, 2009 at 8:31 am

    You r so right. I bought the same foundation and applied on ma dance performance and it was hard and I cam sweating at the end of the performance and I reached home around 12 at night and guess what it was as I jus applied it stayed on 4 hours. I applied in da afternoon around 2 and it stayed lik dat till night 12. I have to say ds foundation s de best.

  • Reply Louise April 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Hey Phyllis! Did you the Limpide 10 shade to have any pink or yellow undertones? I’m wondering if it blends and actually becomes a second skin or looks like a pink or yellow hued foundation. Thanks!

  • Reply Louise April 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    *did you find the Limpide 10 shade to have

  • Reply Phyllis April 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm


    Limpide 10 definitely has yellow undertones that blends into the skin (it won’t make your face look yellow if that’s what you’re wondering).

  • Reply Janet August 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Phyllis do you also have a review on the mat lumiere? a comparison maybe?
    Which do you prefer?
    I was told by the Chanel girl that Pro Lumiere is often used in photo shoots and was wondering if it had much use in everyday wear?

    • Reply Phyllis September 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm


      I have not tried the Mat Lumiere so I can’t compare the two.

      The Pro Lumiere is great for photoshoots but I don’t find it too much for every day at all.

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