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Chanel Mat lumiere - spf 15 - cendre
******A little bit about Chanel******
Chanel is one of those brands that always fulfils my guilty pleasures. I love how their capture that timeless essence in their products and packaging. I have become a hoarder of chanel, whether it's their makeup, fragrances, jewellery or bags.
Chanel is a French fashion house that is famed for its haute couture and luxury goods. Coco Chanel established this empire in 1909 by opening a little shop in Paris. The brand now consists of fashion, handbags, perfumery and cosmetics to name a few.
So I was browsing the Chanel make up counter looking for an indulgent make up buy that would keep me satisfied for atleast a week! I was initially in the mood for a matt red lipstick, which is all the rage. The women at the counter asked whether I would like a free complimentary makeover so I could test the lipstick and she would show me how best to wear it. I was with a friend and we both found it hard to resist the offer. Mat Lumiere was one of the foundations the beautician used on my skin. It would apparently give me that luminous bright skin with a good coverage so that my skin could pull off a strong red.
I was very impressed with the results and immediately purchased the foundation and the lipstick. On this occasion I will only be talking about the foundation, of course. The make up artist had selected the ideal shade for my skin, which I would highly recommend. This is one of the huge plus's of purchasing premium product, you will always receive a tailored service and you can try before you buy.
******Price and Packaging******
The shade I purchased was cendre. Cendre is a light beige colour. The foundation cost £37.00 for 30ml (OOOF!), but i didn't mind on this occasion. It comes in 8 shades including ivory, clair, soft bisque , cendre, beige, ginger, natural and honey. Colours are listed from pale to dark. Cendre actually means 'ash' in French, which is very inappropriate for a foundation! The foundation has spf 15. I always opt for products with sun protection, it seems more sensible than buying an alternative without. It comes in a nice chic frosted glass bottle with a black lid. The front of the bottle states'mat lumiere,' 'long lasting luminous matte fluid makeup' and 'spf 15.' It also states the same thing in French. The top of the lid has the iconic chanel lock c's in white with a white circle around them. This product is made in France.
The foundation is oil free and is aimed at combination skin with a tendency to shine. The foundation promises a soft, matte look with staying power for up to 12 hours. I have combination skin which can get very greasy with certain foundations and so buying the perfect foundation can be tricky.
To apply foundation a brush, sponge or fingers can be used. However I have always preferred using fingers and think it's the best way to achieve an all over flawless look with no streaks. The foundation texture is nice and smooth and blends very well into the skin. The bottle has a pump, so you only squirt out how much you need. The pump is very well adjusted and only releases a very small blob size at a time. I usually only need two to three to pumps to cover my whole face.
I really like the coverage this foundation provides. It hides blemishes really well and my skin definitely looks luminous. I would say that with this foundation you really don't need a lot, as your skin will end up looking greasy. The foundation has excellent staying power and I never bother carrying it around with me as I don't need to top up. The foundation does feel surprisingly lightweight on skin and can give the illusion I am wearing no makeup, on a good day that is when my skin is not acting up or I have a breakout which gives the game away. (foundation covered bumps!) In regards to its 'matte-ness' I would say that my skin always looks dewy, rather than matte. I don't know whether this is because of my oily skin or that I don't use a powder foundation on top. I think normal skin types would be able to achieve that matte effect. Again the product does say it gives 'luminous' coverage so maybe this could be why.
However I must state that when I have bad skin day and my skin is very oily as I haven't had the chance to use a face mask, then a foundation, even this good will not help and can make my skin look worse. It does not cover red spots completely and I still need to use concealer. If I am having a bad skin day, I tend to not use this foundation as it is medium coverage and I opt for a different chanel foundation I own, that is more lightweight.
I have had this foundation for 10 months now and have loads left over. As the bottle is frosted glass I can't really see how much there is left as the foundation has covered the insides of the whole bottle wall.
******Pros and Cons******
A very good sized bottle
Available in a range of colours
Great luminous coverage
Is not a miracle worker and won't completely cover red spots
Doesn't provide a wholly matte effect
As you can see the pros outweigh the cons.
I would definitely recommend splashing out a little and buying this amazing foundation. Sometimes premium brands do have that something extra special about them, then your average cosmetics. This foundation is a must-have and I definitely will be buying again or exploring a different chanel foundation that is a little more matte (if possible!). Seeing as the bottle will last you ages, £37.00 really isn't a lot to pay. And to be honest you are paying for a really good product that is much better than any non-premium foundation I have tried. I do think that in order for your make up to work overall you need to have a really good base. It doesn't matter so much if you use cheap eye shadow or lip gloss, if you have clear, radiant skin as a base.
Coverage - 4.5 stars
Long lasting - 4 stars
Appearance - 5 stars
Application - 5 stars
Price - 3.5 stars
Thankyou for reading :)