Chanel Makeup Reviews, Swatches and Product News

I was with my sister at the Chicago airport the other day and we played around with the makeup at the duty free store for a while. Here are some reviews:

Lumieres Magiques de Chanel in Rose Harmony ($50)
This limited edition trio from the spring collection was one of the first to caught my eye. It consists of 3 different shades – a hot pink with gold shimmer, a coral red with gold shimmer and a pale pink with silver shimmer. All colors are heavily pigmented and can be used together or separately. I would not recommend this to those who are very pale since the colors might show up a little too bright. On me (NC30), however, this applies beautifully and gives a healthy blushed look.

Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15 ($50)
Although this claims to be an oil-free formula that produces a semi-matte finish, I do not find this foundation to be suitable for oily skin at all. I have dry skin myself and when I tested this on the back my hand, it felt smooth and blendable. The finish was satiny and natural which was just like Chanel’s Teint Fluide Universel. As for coverage, I would say it is medium – I have thin skin and it covered up most of my veins on the back of my hand. It also comes with SPF 15 which is definitely a plus. Overall, I would say it is a good foundation for dry to normal skin.

Pro Lumiere Facettes in Gold Rush ($55)
This quad from the summer collection comes in four highly shimmery shades. There is an iridescent pink, gold, copper and iridescent apricot. They are all gorgeous and a little glittery just like MAC’s Lustre forumla. They are also pretty sheer and subtle yet in a nice kind of way. I can see this working on different skin tones.

Chanel Teint Fluide Universel Multi-vitamin Natural Makeup SPF 15 ($42) was one of my very first foundations and definitely one of my favorites. I liked this so much I even wore it to my high school graduation!

The foundation comes in a 30ml glass bottle so you do get a decent amount of product. There are a variety of shades to choose from and I use 20 Clair for my NC30 skin.

The oil-free, vitamin-enriched formula has one of the creamiest textures that moisturized my skin nicely. It blends like a dream and does a good job evening out my skin, giving it a dewy, natural look. Not to mention that it stays on really well and comes with SPF 15. Highly recommended!

* Update: This foundation is now discontinued – what a shame!

Chanel Natural Finish Pressed PowderChanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder ($42) was my go-to powder back in high school. I had it in the second lightest shade, Clair, which is a great match for my NC30 skin/

The powder is very fine and looks almost translucent. It gives a natural-looking translucent matte finish when applied over makeup and I use it mainly for touch-ups. I love how it soaks up oil well without drying out my skin and just looks so natural. The sleek packaging and the huge mirror is also a great plus. Loves it!