Recently I unexpectedly purchased a new luxury foundation. This time I decided to go for Chanel. The Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation to be exact. In terms of packaging it’s very similar to the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and in terms of name it reminds me of the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation. All of this made me really curious about this foundation which, in the end, lead to me actually purchasing it. After trying it for a good couple of weeks it’s finally time for me to review this beauty. If you’re interested in finding out how I ended up liking it, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s just start this post off by discussing the packaging. As we all know Chanel does do a great job at packagings. Their products always look very classy and elegant and everything about them screams luxury. This packaging is just that. It’s very smooth and elegant and I love it. The box is completely black and has this golden band around the bottom and the bottle itself is just black. It’s actually a lot smaller than I expected it to be, but it still contains the same amount of product as a bigger sized foundation does. The small size is actually very nice for travelling or on the go in general since it doesn’t take in much space at all!
When you open up the lid you’ll find a little opening. Since the foundation is very thin it will come out when you hold it upside down without even having to squeeze it. If you actually want to get enough product out in a few seconds I do actually recommend squeezing a little bit, but that’s not really the point I’m trying to make.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation – €45,85
Chanel does have a couple shades in their foundation lines but they don’t do a very broad spectrum of shades and that is quite disappointing in my opinion. Luckily for me they do have a shade that matches my skintone, but because of the limited shade options I don’t think Chanel foundations are available for everyone. And that’s just sad!
Anyway, they did have my shade which is called 12 Beige Rosé and I’m really glad that it matches my skin so well. It has a bit of a pinky undertone but since Chanel foundations do have something yellowy to them I’d say it’s pretty much neutral. It really depends on the light what it leans towards the most to be honest.
Moving on to the product itself. Like most of us know the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation was a big hit. It was a very watery, lightweight foundation that felt amazing on the skin. This foundation is pretty similar to that. One of the main differences between the two is that this one has a bit more coverage and a more velvet-like finish. But it does still have that same super-thin formula and lightweight feeling to it that makes it so unique. And that combination is absolutely amazing. It’s actually revolutionary and I love it.
Let’s start off by talking about the formula. Like I said it’s a very thin, watery formula. It really is. It’s very runny and it almost feels like some sort of slightly creamy water. I don’t like the feeling of water foundations on my skin and with that I mean foundations like the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea foundation, but this isn’t like that. It does feel rather creamy but in a very unique and lightweight way. Because of the fact that it’s so lightweight it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any foundation at all. It just feels like skin. And it looks like that too. But not just skin, very flawless skin.
Moving on to the coverage. Usually watery foundations like this one tend to have pretty light coverage. However, this foundation actually has medium coverage and you can build it up to medium to high coverage. The amount of coverage does depend on the way you apply it, but overall it’s just really great.
One thing I did notice about this foundation is that this foundation can be a little tough to apply with a very wet Beautyblender. However, I only had that problem twice. Those two times the foundation seemed to separate a little and I needed to blend very well in order to get it to look good. Other days the Beautyblender didn’t cause those problems so the problems might be related to something else like the primer I used or a specific skincare product, but I did think it was important to mention.
Like I said the coverage it provides is pretty decent. Actually I really like it and I think it’s very impressive for a foundation like this one. I also really like the fact that, even though it does have a decent amount of coverage, it still looks so natural. It’s definitely not a cakey foundation, not at all actually. If you’d apply this with a very light hand it might even look like you’re not wearing anything.
The finish of the foundation is amazing too. It’s natural. It’s not dewy or matte, it’s just natural. You do have that glow your skin would naturally have if you didn’t put anything on top, but it’s not overly greasy.
The lasting power of the foundation is amazing as well. This foundation lasts all day. All night even. I wore this to a party once where it was extremely hot and this foundation didn’t budge at all. It didn’t do anything but make me look my best. If that’s not impressive to you, I don’t know what it. By the way, the fact that it can survive heat and the fact that it has a very lightweight and thin texture make this the perfect summer foundation!
Overall I think it’s pretty clear I’m head over heals with this foundation. I have to say I didn’t have incredibly high expectations of it because it has such a thin formula, but this product is just the best. It’s the absolute best foundation I have ever tried and I really think everyone should have this in their collection. It’s pretty much all you need!
And that’s pretty much it for today’s review. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know which foundation is your current favourite!