Though I have touched upon my adoration for the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation here and there, I’ve failed to feature it in any great detail on the blog. That is rectified today as this amazing product deserves the spotlight.
Chanel says: “Perfection has met its matte. Lightweight and oil-free, the unique formula of this fluid foundation provides a long-lasting, matte-velvet finish. Soft-focus pigments smooth and perfect the skin for a flawless look that lasts all day.”
Packaging: The Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation is housed in a sleek, black plastic squeeze tube which by no means feels cheap. This is probably the best type of dispensing mechanism for the product due to its consistency.
Shade selection: On the Chanel website there are 9 shades listed. Overall, the range is geared more toward those with yellow to neutral undertones. However, the two lightest shades are offered in “pinker alternatives”: 10 Beige/12 Rose Beige and 20 Beige/22 Beige Rose. The darkest shade, 70 beige, is, unfortunately, not that dark. My shade is 20 Beige.
Coverage: Medium. It is one that I would consider buildable to a point because the finish doesn’t lend itself to excessive layering.
Application Notes: The thin, fluid consistency of this foundation works best with a flexible buffing brush, preferable one with a rounded edge. I love, love, love it with Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush or my recently discovered, cheaper alternative, the Shany Mineral Powder Brush. Both buff this supremely blendable foundation in beautifully and flawlessly.
Finish: The finish on this beauty could be described as satin-matte but with something a little more. The best way to convey the texture and feel on the skin is to very simply look to the name Chanel gives it – Velvet. The finish feels like velvet. And although it has that matte quality, it imparts a luminosity to the complexion that is ethereal in effect rather than a dewy or shiny. Unless you are extremely oily, there is no need to set this. P.S. I used flash in the photo below to try to capture the “glow” and give you a better feel of how it looks on smoother skin.
Wear: My combo-oily skin (prone to dehydration) stays matte and flawless all day with no signs of shifting or breakdown (12+ hours).
Other observations: This foundation has a light, floral scent.
Final Thoughts: I simply love the look and finish of the Chanel Velvet foundation on my skin. It reminds me of the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation but with a little less of a powder-like effect and also blends, much, much better. As you may have gathered from the photos – I have two bottles at the moment – one in rotation and a spare, that’s how much I adore it! I’m not sure how well it would do on very dry skin types though. The Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation retails for $48.00 USD/£33.00. You can find at Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Nordstrom, Harrods, Boots and similar retailers.
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