Chanel Mat Lumiere Powder Foundation

January 5, 2013
I want to officially welcome the year by reviewing this gorgeous beauty — the Chanel Mat Lumiere Powder. This was one of my mom’s Christmas gifts for me knowing my love for makeup as well as being a loyal Chanel/Dior user. However, what she doesn’t know is how averse I am to powder foundation. I have MAC Studio Fix in NC35 that I barely touched this year except for some touch-ups when I’m out (which is not at all its use, it being a full coverage foundation). My foundation of preference has always been liquid with a translucent mattifying powder on top.  That’s why when I opened this, I wanted to tell my mom if I could exchange it for a liquid Mat Lumiere or go for the Vitalumiere Aqua. I really didn’t open this for days because I was so confused if I would be able to use it or not. I did, however, decide against my judgment and kept it and boy am I glad I did.
Luminous Matte — initally sounds like an oxymoron, right? It promises to deliver a matte yet glowing complexion as compared to other powder foundations that pledges solely a matte finish — the main reason why I staved off from powders in the first place. As mentioned, I bought the Studio Fix foundation and shuddered at the image of it making me look too matte and dry. It had very good coverage, I have to say, but made me feel like my skin was suffocated by the second hour. Although I wanted to love it badly, my skin just wasn’t for it. 
Chanel Mat Lumiere changed those sentiments, not in an instant, but a few minutes after letting the powder blend smoothly into my skin upon application. For those with acne and heavy blemishes that need full coverage concealment, this will work as a mattifying powder on top of liquid foundation. But for those who only need minimal concealment, it can serve as a great base foundation on its own. The powder is very finely milled, silky and velvety as compared to Studio Fix which is also finely milled but not as smooth as Mat Lumiere. It gives a medium coverage when applied dry but can be built up to a full coverage when applied wet. I personally use it for medium coverage when I wake up to a good face day.
 
Check out the jump to see a side by side comparison with MAC Studio Fix and ME wearing the Mat Lumiere powder foundation!

Chanel Mat Lumiere 30 Aurore is lighter than MAC Studio Fix NC35 so it probably is the best fit for NC 25-30. However, it still blended perfectly with my skin (methinks) as I’ve been on house arrest for my whole pregnancy causing my skin to lighten a bit.

Looking at the swatches below, you’ll see that despite MAC Studio Fix being finely milled as it is — beside Mat Lumiere, it registers a bit chalky. Mat Lumiere is much silkier and smoother in texture. However, both offer the same amount of coverage with MAC displaying a bit heavier coverage than Mat Lumiere.

BEFORE AND AFTER 
BEFORE (Completely no makeup. Only washed my face with cleanser. Put moisturizer after taking this photo) — As you can see, I have redness around my nose area and blemishes here and there. I also have extreme eye luggages (overweight when I have to check these in the airport!) and dark circles from my pregnant insomniac adventures. Don’t mind the eyebrows that haven’t seen the light of a tweezer and/or brow salon in weeks! My skin type is combination.

AFTER —This is Mat Lumiere (only) applied damp with just one layer. I was surprised at how effectively it evened out my skintone, hid my red areas and blemishes WITHOUT making me look too dull and flat. I thought it seemed way whiter than my complexion but it actually matched after I waited a few minutes for the powder to really blend into my skin.

IN SUMMARY
PROS
1. Truly a fine and silky foundation that sets well onto the skin effectively covering light blemishes and redness. I can’t reiterate more how soft my skin feels after putting this on! Best for those with minimal concealing to do. For those with more to hide, this may not be the best product for you.
2. Effectively controls oil and shine the whole day for me (take note however, combination skin here, not oily! And this was with minimal heat exposure and activity.)
3. I love how natural looking it still leaves my face despite being medium-full coverage.
4. One of the best pros for me —I don’t have to put on full corrector and concealer when I wear this despite my overweight eye luggages! Look at the AFTER photo and see for yourself! I didn’t wear any concealer whatsoever yet it managed to conceal such problematic areas.
5. I have NOT broken out with this foundation. This is what I am most terrified of when I use powders because I feel like they clog pores more than liquid does leaving me with bad skin thereafter. However, since I don’t use this daily anyway, I can’t fully vouch for this.
CONS
1. I’ve heard of some beauty bloggers and friends who claim this product as their HG being of oily skin type. However, I’ve also heard otherwise from others who claim it doesn’t mattify long enough (less than 3 hours) so I guess, it really depends on the skin type.
2. It does not offer heavy/full coverage for those with acne-prone skin. (I suggest Estee Lauder Double Maximum liquid foundation for those who do have, I’ve recently been introduced to it by a relative and am amazed at the coverage it offers. It’s not for my skin type though, but if it were, I’d definitely live by it.)
3. Hard to choose your correct shade as availability of all shades in the Philippines is limited. When not matched with the right one, you’ll look very ghostly and unnatural (same with all foundations).
4. EXPENSIVE. It’s Chanel, yes but Php 3,250 ($80) for a powder foundation? If you are happy with your MAC Studio fix and you feel that it works for you, then stay with it. For a bit silkier and velvety feel, feel free to add Php 1,000+ more for the Mat Lumier. What I like though is you can purchase the REFILL for only around Php 2,250 ($56) after you’ve bought your first one (with the compact).
 
Will I repurchase? The ultimate question! Being a liquid foundation lover, I can say my heart is now confused. I see myself using this powder foundation more than my liquid ones so I may run out of this before I do my liquid foundies. I can’t believe that I’ve officially been converted into a powder foundie lover. PLUS it has cut my makeup application time majorly as it’s much faster and fuss-free to apply than my usual liquid foundation + corrector + concealer + translucent powder routine.
So YES, this is a repurchase! Do I think it’s a MUST for everyone? Nope, but it is definitely GREAT to HAVE.

I love hearing from you guys! Share your thoughts below, please...

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11683535542293855137 Miz Eloise

    wow i have mice skin to start with so i totally understand why u want luminous finish. u can even get away with not applying anything at all. u are blessed kc u gor lancome set from ur mom in law and now chanel from ur mom. nice review btw. if i had ur same akin type i woudve snapped this already bcoz of ur rave. fortunately, i dont heheh kc its going to leave a big hole in my pocket

    beautyholygrail.blogspot.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      Aww thank you, Eloise! Mej kamahalan nga siya and even I wouldnt have bought this if it weren’t gifted lang! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11683535542293855137 Miz Eloise

    i meant to say wow i have nice askin. i totally dnt have nice skin noh hahha typo error

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13941832453045948299 Mishelles Sleepy Time

    This sounds like a great foundation! I hadn’t heard a lot about it before so thank you for sharing :)
    x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      Sure, no problem Mish! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05904107944466770718 chamee pecson

    hi sharina!

    your skin looks really great even without make-up.

    OT: the photos in your blog are really nice. may i ask what camera are you using to take your photos? thanks a lot in advance for your response.

    http://blog.misslitratista.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      Hi Chamee! Thank you :) I use a Canon 650D with alternating lens depends on my mood, haha. If close up product shots, 50mm. If portraits/FOTDs, I use 16-35mm.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14812286705027210539 Rae

    Based on your review, 3,250 seem to be an ok enough price considering how many other products you replaced this with. Imagine: no more concealer, setting powder… etc.? Not bad.

    Same as you, I’ve only recently dabbled into powder foundations, I’m a cream foundation lover. I’m starting off with majolica majorca… I’m still not that confident with powder foundation use to invest in something expensive.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      You have a great point Rae! That’s 1,300 for concealer + 1,300 for corrector + another 1,000 for translucent powder = 3,300 in savings! That’s if I have a good face day lang though ;) I dont think I can do away with all these products though for formal events/occasions.

      I have the Majolica Majorca dual pressed powder foundation and it’s actually one of the firsts I tried, before Studio Fix. I bought a refill of it kahit na meron na akong Fix because it’s really good! Super fine din siya and kaya magfull-coverage :) I hope you’ll like it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16425011922231554112 Amy

    This looks like it gives such a natural finish on your skin. I prefer slightly heavier coverage and liquids, although I just purchased my first Chanel lipstick and it has given me a real good impression of the brand xx

    http//www.paintpotted.co.uk

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      Chanel lipsticks are timeless and I don’t think they can ever go wrong with their classic product :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01508730537385366240 heavenrain

    That looks really good, but I ‘m thinking about new dior Nude powder, is more luminous or satin like on the skin.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      I use Diorskin Nude liquid foundation and their loose powder and I really LOVE both. I havent tried their powder foundations but will check them out when I get a chance to pass by their counter. thanks for the tip!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08656634719725413479 Blushingloves Irene Greece

    This is going to be my next powder! I love Chanel make up,and finely milled powders to cover well. Thanks for the review. Really informative

    xxxxx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      No problem, thanks for dropping by Irene!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04062091504728665503 Karen

    Your skin looks beautiful without makeup! This product looks so gorgeous and luxe, love the packaging too. I’ve never been a fan of powder foundation either, I can just imagine it feeling caked on as opposed to smooth and dewy like a liquid foundation!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      Thank you, Karen! :) Chanel packaging is just so luxurious I agree!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02370490997515126911 Bernadeth G.

    love everything!

    Visit my blog? xx Miss Beatrix (http://missbeatrix.com)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18118333304130576232 Diana Alex

    Great post: I like these photos so much!!
    What about following each other?
    Diana
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11683535542293855137 Miz Eloise

    @themistymom pls excuse the so many typo errors in my post im just using an iphone no desktop yet. youre welcome, i enjoy reading your posts. hindi ka mukhang maarte and try hard unlike other bloggers i stumble upon. and for the record i meant to type rhat YOU , not i , have a very good skin. i also appreciate that you have been one of my first supporters a month ago when my blog was born lol

    beautyholygrail.blogspot.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      Aww no problem Eloise :) Keep blogging! ♥ And thanks for the sweet comments gurl! Katouch naman!! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08139118202063855783 Amber

    Great review! I love looking at Chanel products. The packaging is always so pretty!

    http://www.dressingroomdiaries.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07667333856840571335 Ada

    I’ve always been one to layer over powder foundation over a light coverage liquid foundation and never actually thought to just try the powder alone. My mom uses this powder though and it looks absolutely gorgeous on her, but like you said, this didn’t suit me at all and it didn’t really maintain matte because despite my skin being combination, I still tend to get a little shine from this in the hot weather.

    but when I tried this in AC for the entire day, lo and behold it stood its ground. pretty good actually~

    Thanks for sharing your experience with this! Still wayyyy over my student budget, so I can only really “try” these products by reading reviews lol. It’s good enough for me :P

    http://ada-nikki.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18115105846504256465 Nic Nic

    aww you have really good skin.. dont need foundation :P It looks like a great match on your skin though!! Thanks for sharing Sharina :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07742046942245642175 Ampersaand

    I’ve never been one for powder foundations either but the swatch makes me want to buy it! It truly is luminous..I think I need it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03674306311269997762 Zein

    This looks like a great foundation! But its price tag is kind of scary..

    xx

    thebeautyresidence.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05489884416805902195 Lacey

    This is my favourite make-up!! I love it! it is so good at covering up :)
    lol

    LaceyLoves

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09174054566090481792 Ashley

    awesome review! You look great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01331275878404086230 Natalie Da Silva

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! Your blog is amazing, love your review!

    Nat from http://www.whatshappeningnat.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12392112194944581889 Katie

    Great review, really well laid out- I like how you review products, so a follow from me!
    Thanks for following me, and leaving the lovely comment, it means so much.
    That foundation looks amazing. Really beautiful. I have never tried a powder foundation before, I’ve heard that you can tone down the powdery-ness by adding a setting spray on top? Can’t wait for more posts!
    Katie xx
    http://gravityandshe.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15822614825306891270 thriftylilpixie

    Really great review, I’m on the look out for a new foundation I might give this a try!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06913388341476182012 Janet

    I have a thing for foundations too and the most expensive foundation I bought is around 3K? and at least the goodthing I didn’t regret it..hehe (buti nalang) I’ll try searching this online maybe I can find it in a more cheaper price compared to malls. I loved how naturally flawless it sets on your skin! But to begin with, you have gorgeous skin nadin eh! and I don’t see any blemishes at all! Still gorgeous! ^_~

  • http://diversesetavariees.wordpress.com/ Alexandra

    I didn’t know there were powder foundations … I’m intrigued now :). I have the Vitalumière Aqua in Beige Rosé and I’m perfectly happy with it because it doesn’t dry my skin and, like you, I prefer liquid foundations. However, I’m curious about it so I’ll keep my eyes open :).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16560989842667528397 paulina siedlecka

    love chanel products! so luxurious!

    http://thisgirlloveschic.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01521761806902871563 Chyrel Gomez

    So gwapa! Happy New Year, Shari! =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10045266291858034711 Cami

    I just found you blog and I love it! I followed! I would love it if you could check out my blog and if you like it follow me? Thanks so much! http://camigmakeup4u2c.blogspot.com
    xoxo
    Cami

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07277018856700685942 WY

    It looks so good on your skin! However, I don’t really like to use powder foundation as my base. I only use my MAC (studio fix) for touch ups. Will be taking this one into consideration once I run out of that one. :-) x

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01928320447433201902 Angel Diamante

    It looks great, your skin is flawless!

    xoxo,
    Angel
    Angel was here!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

      Thanks Angel!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16013672730828056402 Polished Pinay

    I also have this compact and it’s perfect for touch ups. For a powder foundation that actually gives more coverage, I use Majolica Majorca’s Skin Remaker Pore Cover :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01441674761160974814 Jenny Lam

    How long does it last on the skin?

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