Monday, January 30, 2012

Testing out new Foundations: Bourjois Flower Perfection and Chanel Perfection Lumière

Bourjois and Chanel recently released their new foundations: Flower Perfection and Perfection Lumière. Besides the similarity of the quite ambitious names these foundations also perform quite similarly on my skin and after trying out generous samples of these foundations I can say that for me and my skin type they are not really close to perfection at all.

Let's start with the Bourjois Flower Perfection foundation which is described by Bourjois as a "Youth extension foundation, providing a smooth and beautified complexion for 16 hours. It has an SPF of 15 (I think this is the only Bourjois foundation with an SPF), it's  non comedogenic and non occlusive (I though non comedogenic and non occlusive were very similar terms?) and according to the Bourjois French website it is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores without the "mask" effect on the skin.

Well, I do not like it at all.
The texture of this foundation is very nice and it's easy to apply but the problem is that it accentuates dryness (and my skin isn't even terribly dry to begin with) and clings to any flakies on my skin like crazy. The coverage is medium-full and the finish matte. The foundation however wears off quite quickly, especially on my nose where my skin is oily, and it makes my skin look dull and it also oxidized on me slightly. Also, I've noticed that after wearing this foundation consecutively for a few days my skin felt very itchy. The foundation is perfumed and contains alcohol as well so if you have sensitive skin you might have to be careful with this one and in any case I'd suggest getting a sample of this first (luckily our Bourjois counter had a lot of samples, in the colour 53 Beige Klara clair).

Next up is the Chanel Perfection Lumière foundation which supposedly replaced the Mat Lumière and Pro Lumière foundations (although my SA said that it's replacing the Teint Innocence so I'm not really sure). Chanel sure likes to discontinue some of their most popular products. Rouge Allure Laques, anyone? The texture and the overall finish of this foundation is actually quite similar to Bourjois' Flower Perfection and it has an SPF of 10: the finish is also matte and the coverage medium-full but the effect on my skin is actually nicer than with the Bourjois, it somehow looks more natural and not as fully matte but unfortunately, it still accentuates any dryness (for reference, I have oily skin on my T-zone and normal/dry skin on my cheeks) so I think this one would be best suited for oily/very-oily skin types. One big negative for me is the scent of this foundation: it's very strong, funnily enough it reminds me of the peachy floral scent of Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation multiplied by 10. I haven't tried the Pro Lumière foundation before but based on reviews I imagine it's completely different from the Perfection Lumière which has a soft matte finish, good coverage, no illuminating particles and is not very friendly to dry skin. People who liked Mat Lumière might find the Perfection Lumière to be a good substitute although in my opinion Mat Lumière is/was better because it isn't as drying and is unscented.

Ingredients (source: Beautypedia): Active: Titanium Dioxide 3.1%; Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Trimethicone, PEG-1O Dimethicone, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate/Dimethiconol Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Algin, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Parfum (Fragrance), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isoceteth-10, Zinc Sulfate, Hydrated Silica, Denatonium Benzoate

Now for the colours of the foundations: in Bourjois Flower Perfection I tried No. 53 Beige clair which is the third lightest colour from the range and in Chanel Perfection Lumière I tried No. 30 Beige which in Slovenia is the lightest(!) shade offered. And it looks orange (on my skin it actually looks much more natural, not orange at all, so I don't know how Chanel pulled that one off).

Bourjois Flower Perfection in No. 53 Beige clair, Chanel Perfection Lumière in No. 30 Beige

As a comparison, below are these two foundations in the middle compared to Bourjois Flower Perfection in 54 on the far left and NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fee on the far right.

Sorry, Bourjois and Chanel but for me, there's no perfection here. I really think these two would work best on oily skin types or maybe combination types and I would definitely recommend getting a sample first. 

Let me know if you've tried these new foundations and whether they worked better for you! I'm currently using NARS Sheer Glow which I like a lot but I'm also very much excited about the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation which sounds perfect!



  1. Shame, the Chanel one sounded intriguing. Did either of them oxidize at all?

  2. Hi Tati! Yes, the Bourjois oxidized on me slightly, but the Chanel didn't. If your skin type's more on the oilier side I would still recommend trying a sample of the Chanel Perfection Lumiere. x

  3. very interesting post!
    wish you a nice sunday.
    lovely greets
    maren anita

    FASHION-MEETS-ART by Maren Anita

  4. I have oily skin so I use Chanel foundation and it works great for me!

  5. Thank you for your kind comment, Maren Anita! x

    Hi Fashion Cappuccino! It's good to hear that this works well for you, I guess it really is more suitable for oilier skin types. x

  6. where did you get the samples?



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