Friday, April 11, 2014

CHANEL Double Perfection Lumiere compact in B20 review + swatches

         Judging from the number of times CHANEL Double Perfection Lumière compact in B20 has been featured on Cute and Mundane, I think it's high time that I gave it its own review! I purchased the compact last year, to add the efficiency of a powder foundation to my early morning routine. It's become a staple since then!

         I have really ingredient-sensitive skin, so finding foundations that don't cause hives or breakouts is a tall (and sometimes seemingly impossible) order. Thankfully I've had luck with CHANEL formulations, including both the liquid foundation CHANEL Perfection Lumière (click for my review) and the powder compact CHANEL Double Perfection Lumiére.

Velvety covers are great for preventing scratches. (Unfortunately, they're also great at catching dust...) 

         The texture of CHANEL Double Perfection Lumière compact foundation is smooth and tends to be on the dry side. As with most matte powders, it highlights patches of dry skin, so proper exfoliation and moisturization beforehand is a must!  Typically, I apply it dry using the included oval sponge; I prefer the sponge over any of my kabuki or powder brushes, since it gives more coverage and wastes less product!

         CHANEL Double Perfection Lumière provides medium coverage. I doubt I could ever get full coverage of blemishes; it's more for everyday wear than for "picture perfection". That said, it's significantly more opaque than the CHANEL Poudre Universelle finishing powders. If I'm looking for full coverage, I like to pair my liquid CHANEL Perfection Lumière with Double Perfection Lumière as a finishing powder (using a fluffy brush).

I'm glad I remembered to photograph before use! If you're curious as to what's happened to my palette since then, take a look at my "A few of my favorite things" post...

          I really love how well CHANEL foundations wear over the course of a day. The color seems to improve with time, which I find to be the mark of a high quality foundation. (It drives me nuts when foundations darken to yellow or orange). The CHANEL 'Beige' series has just enough yellow in it to even out the pink in my skin (see below) while still appearing natural.

          I've made a few comparison swatches of my equivalent CHANEL foundation products below. You can see that CHANEL Perfection Lumière (the liquid) in B20 is a more peachy, while CHANEL Double Perfection Lumière (the powder) in B20 is slightly lighter and more yellow toned. My CHANEL Poudre Universelle Compacte in 20 is much lighter and sheer. You can barely see it, even though I've swatched it heavily!

        Overall, it's love. I'm incredibly fond of my CHANEL Double Perfection Lumière compact and plan on repurchasing it when it runs empty! The texture, color, and ease of use make it an essential in my collection. Most importantly, I love that it's a powder foundation that agrees with my skin!

        Thanks for reading! Have you tried CHANEL Double Perfection Lumiere? Do you have any CHANEL foundations in your collections? What are your favorite powder foundations?

Love, Dovey.


  1. You always remind me to give Chanel foundations a try. I recently picked up Shu Uemura and Guerlain instead, lol. I wish I had less oily skin because Vitalumiere liquid always looks so beautiful.

  2. I have never tried Chanel's product but I am so eager to they out their Perfection Lumière foundation.

  3. Gorgeous, I need to try Chanel makeup! the only thing I have is mascara from there which I love!x

  4. it would be nice to see a before and after of you wearing it...and maybe how it looks some hours later...thanks!

  5. Hi Dovey, years ago I had a Chanel powder foundation that looked similar to this one, but this was back in the days before I was beauty blogging, when I didn't pay much attention to names or formulas, so I am not sure if it was Perfection Lumiere... but I remember liking it a lot! After I run out of my Estee Lauder Double Wear powder I think I will go back to Chanel! B20 looks like it might work for me :)

  6. Love it! I want this! I usually prefer medium coverage since I luckily don't have any blemishes. This will def be in my purchase list.


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