Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation

Whenever Chanel releases a new foundation, I can't help it... I have to to try it! With Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua being one of my all time favourite foundations, I was excited to see the new member of the Chanel foundation family in a very similar packaging. 


The packaging is compact, sleek and super easy to travel with. Perfection Lumiere Velvet is slated to replace Mat Lumiere, which I owned and liked before (albeit not as much as V. Aqua). I matched myself to the shade Beige 20, which is near perfect. As with most Chanel foundations, on my skin this does dry down about half a shade darker and warmer. It doesn't oxidize as badly as Vitalumiere Aqua, which turns more pink on me. It is quite a runny liquid formula and blends effortlessly with fingers or a brush. It has a peachy scent, similar to that of Soleil Tan De Chanel/Bronze Universal.

Although it shares the name with the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation (which I reviewed here  and *spoiler alert* I didn't like it), I liked this so much more. 

The dry down is powdery but the finish is not dull and matte. You won't want to powder it at all after applying it, it looks absolutely great. I find the "velvet" description to be very accurate. You can see in the photo (no concealer or powder was used) that the finish is mattifying but not dull. The coverage is a true medium coverage, but can be built up to full in areas. If you use your fingers to apply it, you can build the coverage up more easily. I preferred using a Real Techniques buffing brush to apply it since it was the quickest. It does not cling on to dry patches and it looks really really good when freshly applied.



Lasting power - without powdering, on oily skin, this foundation lasted only about 2-3 hours before I had to blot. That's nothing a good primer/powder can't fix but I must say I am a little bit disappointed that it didn't have better lasting power. It ultimately has the same wear time as Vitalumiere Aqua which isn't bad, but I expected it to be better since the finish is geared towards oilier skins. Another disappointing factor is that it transfers easily. Don't wear white shirts with this. I'm serious.

In conclusion - I liked this foundation a lot but it did fall short for me in the wear time category which is important to me when looking for a foundation. If your skin is more on the normal/slightly combination side I think you will really love it. It has a gorgeous velvet finish, great buildable coverage and it's super lightweight on the skin.

It retails for $45 and can be found at Chanel counters worldwide. I got mine at The Bay (Canada). You can also find it at Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus, etc. in the USA.

Have you tried this foundation? Would you want to?

19 comments:

  1. I've tried this foundation and I personally loved it! But I had to mix 2 shades to get my right coloring (I wish they would have half shades!!). I like how lightweight it feels and that it blends beautifully.

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    1. i also agree with regards to the half shades. shade selection can be such a pain with Chanel!

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  2. I have never bought a Chanel foundation before but this one seems to be catching my attention. I will have to try a sample as the lasting power is now concerning me.

    Laura | Breton & Blush

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    1. i definitely think it's worth a try. my skin get super oily so it might be totally fine for you - samples are the best!!

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  3. Shame about the lasting power, as my skin is rather oily too :(

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

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  4. I really want to try this! I loved Vitalumiere Aqua, but the price tag melts my heart!

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    1. the price tag of anything Chanel breaks my heart... but on a lighter note it is cheaper than armani. Armani foundations are $60 now... THAT breaks my heart. haha xx

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  5. Must go into my local store and pick up a sample of this!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. let me know how you end up liking it!!

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  6. I love it's packaging but too bad it's staying power is not good......lovely pix dear......xoxoxo....^_^

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  7. Glad you're loving this! I bought it recently and am so smitten. I use it with Laura Mercier's Oil-free primer and a touch of MAC Blot on top and the staying power is fab! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. yes - I need to play around with some primers and powders to get it to stick around longer. glad you love it too!

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    1. the finish is awesome! let me know if you end up giving it a try. x

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  9. New website looks fantastic Sandra! I love it!

    Lis x

    www.elisabethrilatt.com

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  10. Do you prefer this foundation or the lingerie de peau?

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    1. the finish is more matte, so it's good for oilier skins. overall i like them both the same, the guerlain gives a more glowy finish so it depends what you're after :)

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  11. As nice blog,but you could have grademiners review
    made this blog more cool if you could configure the language changer pluigin but all the same you have done a good job

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