Apr 10 2015

Foundation Friday: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Review


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 Perfection Lumiere Velvet Review


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.


Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Review


Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Review

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation – 20 Beige


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.


Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Review

Bare Hand (Left); One layer of Chanel Velvet Foundation (Right)


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.


Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Review


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.


Have you tried the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation? Share your experience!



Are you all about that base? Check out my other Foundation Friday post here.




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  1. OK, so this sounds incredible! The velvety finish sounds gorgeous and I LOVE the *slight* luminosity. I’ve been avoiding foundations that claim to be matte recently as I look a bit like a zombie without any glow (lol), so I love that this incorporates both!



    1. Definitely get a tester if you can, Karen, especially if your skin is on the drier side. I have oily combo with some dry patches and I simply love it! xo

  2. Sounds like a winner :-O When you have a backup of a product you just KNOW it’s a keeper.

    1. You’re exactly right, Melissa! And I don’t have backups of anything so this is definitely saying something. 🙂

  3. I haven’t tried the Chanel foundations because they all seem to be scented and I have pretty sensitive skin. I have a Chanel blush and it hasn’t bothered me though. Did you find this foundation overly fragranced?

    1. It does have the typical Chanel smell. For me, it’s not too strong but I know people have different thresholds…hmm. It’s a little less fragranced than the Dior Star – if you’ve ever sniffed that one – and much less fragranced than the Clarins foundations. And I find the scent in the Chanel fades faster as well. 🙂 Hope this helps. xo

    • anoushkaloves on April 12, 2015 at 8:27 pm
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    I love this foundation. You’re right about the shades not being that dark as I use B50 and I’m around an NC35/42 tops. It still gives the most wonderful finish and I actually didn’t like it at first, but I was applying with my fingers as suggested in the instructions, but a brush gives me such a flawless finish xxx

    1. It’s just a shame when a great formula doesn’t provide a wider shade range. 🙁 I’ve actually never tried it with my fingers… 🙂 xo

  4. I have yet to try their foundation, but its sounds something I would love…I kind want to pick it up but I own way too many foundations to justify it :/

    1. I feel you on the too many foundations. But, I did recently finish two and am about to finish another, so I may add some more foundations to my collection in the near future. 🙂

    • Jen on April 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm
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    This looks like it gives reasonably good coverage. I’ve had lots of bad luck finding the right kind of foundation, still on the search actually, maybe I should give this a go. Great review!

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your struggle with foundation. :/ I definitely recommend getting a sample of the Chanel, if you can. I simply love this foundation but everyone’s tastes and preferences are different. xo

        • Jen on April 21, 2015 at 10:33 am
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        I just got a sample of Kat Von D, so we’ll see how it goes. I will search around for a Chanel sample though. 🙂

        1. The Tattoo foundation? That’s another one I love for the summer months especially but it does transfer a little, in my experience.

            • Jen on April 21, 2015 at 10:38 am

            Yes, the tattoo foundation. Oh it good to hear you like it for the summer, maybe I will too! 🙂

  5. Really great post! And I love your blog:)


  6. This looks gorgeous! Seems like one I would like since I hate thick or heavy feeling foundations!

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