Who among us hasn’t crossed paths with her share of craptacular liquid foundations? — the runny ones that leave streaks, the heavy pore-suffocating ones, and, oh, how about the ones with the open-mouth bottle…like the one you accidentally spilled on your buddy’s white shag carpet back in school (so sorry, Shell!).
I know it’s asking for a lot, but I would love a great, preferably inexpensive medium-coverage liquid foundation that I can wear every day (something I can throw on before I run out for a chai latte). That said, it’s with great joy, and a little pain, that I type these words: Chanel’s $54 Mat Lumiere Long-Lasting Soft Matte Makeup SPF 15 just might be the best liquid foundation I’ve used in years.
At the Chanel counter a couple weeks ago, while I was taking a look at the Rouge Allure Extrait de Glosses, a friendly makeup artist made me a sample jar of Mat Lumiere in Soft Honey and predicted that I’d “be ba-aaack!”
Guess what (she was right).
One of five liquid foundation formulas in Chanel’s permanent line, medium-coverage Mat Lumiere is available in 12 shades. It’s oil-free, designed for combination skin, and has been around for a while.
I treated my combination oily/dry skin to it for two weeks until the sample ran out. I couldn’t believe how natural the finish looked and how it felt as light as a feather on my skin.
Even though my heart stopped yesterday when I handed my credit card over to the sales associate, I still went through with it.
The texture? It’s so smooth that it’s almost like a gel. Blending away imperfections with it is a breeze, and it never leaves any weird patches or streaks behind.
As for the finish, it’s matte, but not so matte that it makes my skin look flat, artificial or severe (not mannequin-ish at all).
On top of everything else I like about it, it’s practically weightless, like I’m barely wearing any makeup at all.
Chanel is known for paying attention to the finer details. In Mat Lumiere’s case, the heavy glass bottle looks and feels like it should for $54, and the pump cap isn’t the 99-cent-store variety, either. It’s designed well, and doles out just the right amount of precious product every time. Add to that the wonderfully light powdery fragrance, and the whole package just oozes class.
The addition of SPF 15 is another nice touch, but it could limit the product’s flexibility a bit, since titanium dioxide can leave a white cast on the skin in flash photography (although I haven’t observed it happening with this).
I think if you’re looking for lightweight, natural-looking, long-lasting coverage (12 hours plus on me!), from a foundation you could wear every day, this is it.
PRICE: $54 for a 1-fl. oz bottle
AVAILABILITY: At Chanel counters, boutiques and chanel.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,