Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation Review

Thursday, November 03, 2016

My skin is combination and in summer can get a little oily quite fast, so here is the foundation I found did a great job!

I've always heard wonderful things about the Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation, but recently when I decided to purchase my first Chanel foundation, I went for this one instead. Let me show you why...

Formula and Finish
Chanel says that the Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation is supposed to be a "second-skin lightweight formula that smoothes and evens out the complexion for a velvety matte result".
Brand descriptions aren't always right but I have to say that in this case it rings quite true!

The formula is incredibly light and watery and may seem thin but it has medium coverage and covers a lot of imperfections. It's slightly buildable but I like more of a natural finish and when layered it can start to look a little too matte.

It contains soft-focus pigments so it gives you a flawless look and although it is a matte finish it doesn't look too powdery and somehow it looks quite natural and glowy. I'm not quite sure how Chanel have achieved that!

It's quite long-lasting, as the hours go by some of the mattness disappears but it holds quite well, even in humid temperatures, which is why I chose this foundation to take on my honeymoon to Japan and Bali.
The one issue I usually find with luxury brand foundations is that they don't have a very wide range of shades, and sometimes they can oxidize on the skin.
Unfortunately this is also the case with Chanel. I am using the shade 20 beige and it's quite warm and pink toned compared with other foundations. It isn't too bad in summer with a tan but it won't be the right shade for me in winter.

I have to agree with some other bloggers who have found that it oxidizes on their skin, I have noticed it oxidizes slightly on me, getting darker and more orangey, it isn't as bad as with the Dior Hydralife BB Cream which you can read about here.

Because of these two points I'd really recommend trying them out first before you purchase. 

This foundation is very thin and watery, it's very important to shake the bottle well before using.
It melts into the skin quickly and sometimes it almost seems like it disappears, but then it turns a little powdery so it's best to build the foundation up in fine layers. A find that a little goes a long way.

It can look a little streaky with certain brushes so I recommend a buffing brush or foundation sponge for the most natural application. Make sure you blend it well and you'll get a really natural finish!

As it's intended for us oilier girls I find it can cling to dry patches, perhaps you'd better look into the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation if you have dry skin.
This is an absolutely wonderful foundation for us oilier-skinned gals who want a natural-looking finish. I really don't like a matte finish to the skin but this somehow seems to glow and gives me a perfected look every single time.

It is also long lasting on our oily skin and in humid regions, so if you have a problem controlling oil and you find your shade I'd say give it a go. The only problem with this foundation is the lack of a wide colour range and the fact it can oxidize a bit. 
At £33 for 30 ml I think it's very well priced and the packaging is sleek and perfect for travelling with!

Have you tried any Chanel foundations?

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