Have You Tried Chanel Lift Lumiere Foundation?

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The Internets are back, yea! I’d just about given up on getting online again today, but the broadband ferry must have stopped by while I was at the mall peeping Chanel’s newish Lift Lumiere foundation (sorry about the stalkery camera pic). Have you tried it yet?


Chanel refers to Lift Lumiere ($65) as a moisturizing anti-aging foundation that tightens skin and diminishes the look of fine lines. I need some tightening and diminishing, LOL!

It’s a liquid foundation, and I like that it comes with a pump, which means you don’t have to dip your fingers in it. I’m not crazy about the $65 price — actually I hate the price, and I wasn’t ready to throw down for an entire bottle, so I snagged samples in three of the nine colors: Natural Beige 4.5, Naturel 5.5 and Tawny Beige 6.0.


I hope one of the three shades I picked does, in fact, turn back the hands of time to those kinder, gentler years when everybody carried pagers, and I was still referred to by strangers as “Miss.” 🙂

Well, I’m getting ready for a quick run. I haven’t been jogging in the mornings this week like I’d intended to, but it happens. Better now than never.

What have you been up to today? Holla back at your girl!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Jian says:

    Owch. $65! That almost hurts as much as crunching through a beautiful slice of walnut tart from my local shop to find BITS OF WALNUT SHELL.

  2. JeanC says:

    i’ve tried it! it’s pretty good! BUT SERIOUSLY?? THE PRICE TAG ON THAT? totally blew a hole in my pocket.

    by the way, HUGE FAN OF GUNS N’ ROSES TOO!!!! i’m totally in love with Sweet Child O’ Mine, in fact it’s my phone ring tone at the moment. Haha! You have great taste in music! I listen to metal and my friends are like “omg you’re a DEVIL.” So I totally get what you mean when you say you have to keep your Guns N’ Roses tendencies on the low.


  3. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. This collection was launched in Asia earlier so I had already played with it some time last year. The makeup assistant said the foundation is for more aged skin so she recommended me not to buy it. LOL. However, I thought of getting the concealer but I don’t like the pump bottle. Have you tried it? Does one pump dispense the right amount?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Miss QQ,

      I tried it, but unfortch none of the shades worked for me (boo). I thought the pump dispensed a little bit too much, but with a steady hand you can eventually control how much comes out.

  4. lesley says:

    My mom swears by Chanel foundations… but I guess seeing that she’s a doctor, she has enough to go around to shell out the price of Chanel items. But my mom is the type who’s very brand loyal, she really only uses Chanel and Dior–I truly miss the days when she would buy my makeup for me. Now I’m a poor college student and can only drool over such items.

    After dropping off some stuff at the Bayanihan Center in SOMA, I bought bronzer today! 🙂 I have a lot of blush and I recently realized I don’t have anything to really warm up my skin for the summer months so I got MAC Golden Bronzer.

    I tested out the Dazzleglass lipglosses today as well and I have to admit that I really like the consistency of them! But I don’t know, I’m still kind of torn on the “dazzle-y” nature of them and whether I can really pull it off 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lesley,

      Oh, how cool. Do you do volunteer work there?

      BTW, Golden Bronzer is a good one! I used to use that a few years ago. 🙂

      Oh, which Dazzleglass did you like the best?

  5. tyna says:

    Oohh, this looks interesting! I could use some firming and diminishing in my foundation. I treated myself to the Chanel Hydramax + Active Tinted Lotion at Christmas time and it is worth every penny. The best tinted moisturizer I’ve ever used! Great smooth coverage that wears well. Can’t wait to see and hear a bit more about Lift Lumiere because $65 is too steep for me at the moment. But, if it is truly moisturizing, you may save some money if you can skip the separate moisturizer, hmmm.

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  6. Kelley says:

    I like the idea of this foundation, and while the price does seem high, I don’t wear foundation every day so this would last me quite a while. I’d love to hear your review on the concealer and tinted moisturizer also. I am very sensitive to fragrances (only used Clinique for years, couldn’t even do Lancome) so I have to be careful. Are these products fragranced? Hhhmmmmm, I am intrigued!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelley,

      I probably won’t review the concealer because they didn’t have a shade that suited me so I can’t really road test it. However, I did like the consistency and the pigmentation. If they had a better shade match I would’ve picked it up.

      Regarding scents, both the tinted moisturizer and the foundation were scented.

      Do you live near a Chanel counter? They usually are pretty generous about giving samples of their foundations!

  7. DanielleO says:

    “…those kinder, gentler years when everybody carried pagers…”

    You’re too funny! 🙂

  8. Glosslizard says:

    I really want to try this, if I love it I’ll save up and splurge for it (and a few other goodies, of course) at the next NM event! 🙂

  9. lesley says:


    Yeah, I volunteer for the SOMA Filipino Senior Nutrition-Feeding program the work they do is great and it’s always fun spending time with all the lolos and lolas 😉

    I really liked the Rags to Riches Dazzleglass–I’m not really one for cool, lilac, or plummy colours on my lips, but for some reason it was really calling out to me!

    Oh, I totally watched your bronzer application video a few times to truly learn the “3” application style. You sounded just like the MAC Makeup Artist who was helping yesterday 🙂

    Hope you have a good weekend!

  10. Carrie says:

    I actually work for a Chanel counter, part time, and indeed the Lift Lumiere is for mature skin. It is their heaviest coverage, and also a dewey finish. It is NOT oil free, hence one of many reasons why it is for mature skin. My mother converted to it from Estee Lauder after she tried it. It really does plump and firm. I don’t think gals our age could appreciate what it does. The price tag is high, but that is Chanel. However, a little goes a long way.

  11. Amanda says:

    I’m still happy with my Laura mercier and becca foundations….but just wanted to ask did you really mean broadband “ferry” (as a boat that moves cars?) or “fairy” (little magical sparkly creature?). LOL, sorry if I’m being snarky-the thought of a broadband “ferry” made me laugh. 🙂

  12. Annalise says:

    I went to counter to get this, but they told me I didn’t need it (I’m 30) and I ended up getting the Pro-Lumiere (which I love, by the way:) instead and saved myself about $11.

  13. Shiny says:

    I finished my term yesterday (woo!) and found out that the class I was worried about I ended up with a decent mark so I am really feeling better now 🙂

    I went shopping and while I didn’t buy any makeup (just clothes + a purse) I did pick up some foundation samples from MAC! Then I took my pup down to the park to look at the llamas and such. Good day 🙂

  14. penelope says:

    im about to go to church and then spend the night at my grandma’s house!

  15. Marisol says:

    $65!?!?! I can get three MAC SFF for that. Dayum!

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