I've been using MAC foundations for over 5 years (Studio Fix, Pro Longwear and Matchmaster), so a few months ago I decided it was time for a change. It's difficult to find a foundation that doesn't break me out. I'm scared of drug store foundations because I almost always break out. I won't ever use Lancome Tient Idole and Urban Decay's BB Cream again because they broke me out as well. I pretty much had no luck with low end or high end products and seemed to fair well right in between with MAC.
A couple of months ago, I made the plunge into Chanel's cosmetic line. I had the sales associate color match me and she came up with 140 Muscade compact and 24 Biege Ambre for the liquid foundation. Okay... both are way too dark for me. I'm currently NC25-30 and the Chanel products come off as NC30-35. As a result, I've stopped using them. However, I still really like my new purchases. My opinion really has nothing to do with brand. Let me explain....
The compact has very beautiful packaging-- enclosed inside a velvet sleeve. The compact casing is also very thick and durable. It's not like my MAC Sheer Pressed powder compact. It's cover always breaks off. Both the MAC and Chanel have a very thin, ridiculous cotton pad inside. I highly doubt both brands expect their customers to actually use them. The only possible issue with the compact is that it doesn't open past 90 degrees.
Anyways, the pressed powder is very different when compared to my MAC. It doesn't really get "powdery" at all. It's very fine and very nicely pressed that a lot of product doesn't come off after a little swipe. You have to swirl your brush a little bit-- but that just goes to show that you don't need to apply a lot of this at all. The finish is light, transparent and very natural.
The liquid foundation has a nice consistency. It's definitely a liquid, but not too watery. The pump is great. You have complete control over how much product comes out of the bottle.
Here's why I love the foundation so much. When you apply it with a flat foundation brush... it really feels like you have nothing on your face, as if you're brushing your face with a brush for fun LOL if that makes sense. The product is so light and airy... it's just amazing. I can't explain it. I do know that the color does dry a little darker than the way it looks in the bottle, but man, the finish, the consistency, the feel, everything-- it's amazing.
To the left is MAC Pro Longwear NC25 and to the right is Chanel Perfection Lumiere 24 Biege Ambre. The Chanel is definitely a shade daker, and when it dries it gets another shade darker resulting in a NC30-35 color rather than something like NC25-30.
I really enjoy these products, but there is a downfall. The foundation breaks me out! I don't what it is or which ingredient isn't fit for my skin.
It is yet another sad revelation. I have since sold the foundation because of that and am continuing my search for a new holy grail.