I’d never had any luck with Chanel foundations. The popular Vitalumiere Aqua was a dud, the powder foundation turned me orange and I thereafter swore off all Chanel bases. Gonna put it up front and out there because this is one instance when I have had to bite my tongue and eat my words with ketchup (everything tastes better with ketchup!) because I actually found myself liking a Chanel foundation so much, it’s found its way into my Top 10 liquid foundations (that was a post about my Top 8 but the list grows doesn’t it?)
The foundation in question is the Chanel Perfection Lumiére Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup foundation that was available a year or so ago and received a lot of raves. I wasn’t going to try it, because whenever I see the word “Velvet” in any makeup item, it implies a matte finish and when you have dry skin as I do, matte anything just screams “Lines! Drying! Parched!”
But try it I did, and what d’ya know – like how when you least expect to, you fall in love! 😀
The first thing that strikes me about this product is the size. It comes in a teeny tiny square bottle that immediately makes you look at it in wry amusement.
The plastic bottle fits snugly in my palm and it is very portable. The size and packaging reminds me of another favourite, the Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation. The cap twists off and the product is easily squeezed out. I must warn you however, that after shaking the bottle, lightly knock the base before opening the cap. I learned this trick from the Laura Mercier Fluide foundation (more on it in a future post, but I like that a lot too!) and it is very useful to prevent the product from exploding out of the nozzle when you remove the cap. All that pent up pressure you know – happens to the best of us 😉
I do find that the nozzle does get caked up and messy with regular use, so you do have to clean it off occasionally if you can’t bear the mess. Yes, it does get a bit messy. But all that pales when you consider just how portable it is, because this is one foundation you will want to tote about simply because it gives you a very lovely, smooth effect (they don’t kid!) and semi-matte base that lasts for hours.
I have drier skin, as I have often mentioned, and I was a little concerned initially, that this would be too drying on me the way most matte/semi-matte foundations are. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to note that I didn’t feel that way.
My skin felt comfortable with this on all day, and it did not settle into lines nor emphasize pores. It will however, emphasize flaky skin so if you have areas on your face with flaky skin you will not want to use this. I can’t however wear this for too long e.g. a few days at a stretch. Then, I feel the drying effects on my skin. So I tend to alternate with other more moisturising foundations that I have.
What I like about this foundation is how it gives me a smooth and oil-free effect all day long. It doesn’t slip off, I don’t get any shine and I actually look as fresh at the end of the day as when I first put it on in the morning. Do note I do not use a face primer at all. In fact, I don’t even have to apply finishing powder if I don’t want to.
I do, however. I usually finish it off with Guerlain Meteorites pressed powder, the loose pearls or Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light. These products help add a glow to the semi-matte base and I don’t have to worry about how I look the whole day. Good for days when I have to put a good face forward. In fact, colours seem to stay on better too, so I find that my blushes look fresher for longer.
My shade is B10 Beige, which is I believe the lightest shade available. Here is a swatch of 10 Beige alongside other liquid foundations I often use.
(1) Guerlain Lingerie de Peau 01 Beige Pale (2) Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet B10 Beige (3) Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation 1.0 (4) Diorskin Nude 10 Ivory (5) Nars Sheer Glow Mont Blanc
In terms of texture, The Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet is lighter in texture than Guerlain Lingerie de Peau and Diorskin Nude. UD Naked Skin has the lightest texture, while Nars Sheer Glow is quite close in texture to the Chanel. In terms of shade, the Chanel 10 Beige is a slightly more yellow cast but it’s fine when I wear it.
Coverage of the Chanel is light-medium but buildable to a degree. I prefer using a light coverage so I only use a very light layer of product on my skin. This is true of all foundation I use, which is why I rarely use high coverage foundation. I don’t quite like how it looks on me and I don’t mind my flaws coming through.
I use a brush to apply, the same way I do with all foundation, preferring a flat top foundation brush. I use the 5 line method, but with a lighter coverage, so I use my fingers to “draw” the lines and then use a brush to blend it out. The effect is very light and gives me just enough product to cover redness and even skin tone without ‘covering’ the skin. Some people like using their fingers. Use whatever makes you happy 🙂
This is approximately how it looks when I wear it.
On left is bare skin and on right is with a thin layer of the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in B10 Beige. You may notice that it evens out my skin tone and neutralizes redness in my skin, but coverage is only fair. You can of course build it up. I don’t so this is how I’d look in real life.
I like this one. I don’t wear it everyday because, as I’ve mentioned, it can then feel a bit drying on my skin. But when I want to have a flawless base that remains oil free the whole day, this is the foundation I reach for because it delivers on all counts.
As a side note, I don’t know if it’ll work better for those of you with oily or combination-oily skin. I think it might because of how it works on me, but I can’t vouch for it.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Chanel Perfection Lumiére Velvet liquid foundation has a light-medium coverage with a semi-matte to matte effect on skin. It did not oxidise on my skin the way other Chanel foundations have and the shade in 10 Beige was a good match for me. I have dry skin but I did not find this to be too drying nor did it settle or emphasize lines or pores. I like how it leaves me oil free all day and lasts from morning to night, if necessary without having to touch up. I also like how portable it is which means it’ll find its way easily into my travel makeup pouch. Count me in as a fan!
PROS: Leaves skin with a smooth effect, Lightweight, Keeps my skin oil-free all day, Not drying on dry skin if I don’t wear it too often, Does not settle into lines nor emphasize pores, Does not turn oily, Easy to apply, Good colour match, Compact and portable packaging, Light-medium coverage
CONS: Pricey, If not careful, product can explode out of the nozzle when the cap is removed
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a long-lasting base that stays oil-free for hours
For those interested, here is the ingredient list for the Chanel Perfection Lumiére Velvet foundation.
Have you tried this Chanel Perfection Lumiére Velvet foundation? Do you use a mattifying foundation generally?
I don’t usually go for anything with the word “matte” or “velvet” in its name. Usually it spells disaster for drier skin like mine so this one really surprised me. Never knock anything till you try it, eh? 😉
Chanel Perfection Lumiére Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup SPF15 Price: RM161/30ml Availability: Chanel counters and stores