I always thought Chanel foundations were pretty good but after seeing a picture of this girl wearing the Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup and looking absolutely flawless, I knew I had to go check it out.
The Viktor & Rolf collection debuted at H&M this Thursday here in London. The entire collection consists of dresses, dress pants, blazers, sweaters, bomber jacket, jeans along with some amazing classic pieces like the trench coat, tuxedo and little black dress.
All designs are kept simple yet feminine. The theme of the collection is romance and the heart and arrow motif is used to symbolize the feeling of being struck by love. The main colors are black, cream, raspberry, gray and taupe. The materials used are not exactly of top quality – some of them are made in China and felt just a teeny bit tacky – but then again, who would expect it to be when you are only paying this price for designer clothes?
For more info about the collection, check out http://www.hm.com.
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!
Voted as one of the In Style Best Beauty Buys, Gorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($55) has long been a favorite among makeup artists and beauty gurus.
The foundation comes in a great selection of shades to suit different skin tones and #4 is a good match for my NC30 skin. It feels very lightweight on the skin and thanks to its silicones, the texture is uber silky just as the name suggested. It is also pretty hydrating and works beautifully on my normal to dry skin.
The coverage is on the sheer side but definitely buildable. My skin just looks healthy and glowy when I wear this. Highly recommended!
Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder ($42) was my go-to pressed 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 was very fine and looked almost translucent. It gave a natural-looking translucent matte finish when applied over makeup and I used it mainly for touch-ups. I love how it soaked up oil well without drying out my skin and just looked so natural. Also loved the sleek packaging and huge mirror!