Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere vs Lancome Visionnaire

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Chanel vs Lancome. Click for larger image.
I've been looking for a nice high end foundation to splurge on when I get my first real job, so today, I visited the Chanel and the Lancome counter at the local mall. Both makeup counters are available in Nordstrom and Macy's, the ladies were friendly, albeit a little pushy, but the experience went alright. I opted for a little more coverage, and went with Chanel Perfection Lumiere instead of Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere, and the new-er Lancome Visionnaire instead of the Teint Idole Ultra 24H. On my to-try list are Estee Lauder Double Wear and Lancome Teint Idole.

The Chanel lady added on powder and put Chanel Rose Bronze on my cheeks, which is beautiful and gives such a nice soft glow that it is on my to-purchase list now. Overall, I think I like the Chanel Perfection Lumiere more than the Lancome Visionnaire because it feels lighter, and it seems to be holding up better, although it could be because the side with Lancome did not have powder.
Chanel side - click for larger image.
Both foundations seemed to have oxidized a bit, the Lancome one seemed to have oxidized more so than the Chanel because under the store light, both foundations matched my face when they went on. You can see that the Lancome Visionnaire has a big splotch of white where the lady put on the concealer in the cap.

Lancome side - click for larger image.
Both foundations are holding up quite nicely in the rainy weather, and have held up for ~7 hours now, and still going pretty strong. However, I find that I am getting a small whitehead on the Chanel side. As I am not close to my cycle, I am pretty sure it's not hormonal. Since I did not get a sample of the Chanel foundation, I'm unable to test whether it is the formula that is breaking me out, but I do want to try out the Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42 PA+++, which someone has reviewed on MakeupAlley as what the Chanel foundation wants to be.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere vs Barefaced, Chanel seems to give a glow, which is nice, but that glow kind of illuminates the rises and falls in the skin, from acne or pitted scars. Click for larger images

Lancome seemed to give me more matte coverage, but you can see that the concealer, which used to be the same color, is definitely two shades lighter at this point. Click for larger images.

Looking at my pictures today, nothing about these foundations impress me so much that I want to buy them right away, in fact, they seem like the better smelling versions of my MAC foundation with less coverage, I feel that my Revlon Colorstay Whipped also worked as well, or maybe even better than these foundations. I will continue my search for THE one foundation for me and I hope you'll join me on this journey! Have you found your HG foundation? What is it? What do you think I should try next?

Thanks for joining me!

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