The newest Chanel’s liquid foundation release has been on the counters for a while now, and it has been getting a lot of attention on beauty blogs. Perfection Lumière Velvet is a water-based foundation recommended for normal and combination to oily skin. It’s described as a lightweight, second-skin foundation with a velvety matte texture that transforms into a natural powdery matte finish and disappears onto the skin. The “smooth-effect” powders are supposed to diminish surface irregularities and instantly smooth pores.
The packaging of this foundation is the same as Vitalumière Aqua one, just black. I must say, even though I love the elegance of the bottle, I don’t find it practical. I can’t see how much product is left in the bottle and, as this is foundation that needs to be shaken before application, if I shake it with a lid closed I end up with leakage around the top of the bottle. To avoid this I take the lid off, place my finger on top of the opening and then shake.
The formula dries fast, so you will need to apply it quickly. I don’t see much difference between applying it with my fingers and with a brush, it works nicely both ways. This truly is a liquid to powder foundation, it feels powdery under my fingers, it dries to a medium coverage matte finish, but it still has radiance and doesn’t look flat. It does not need to be set with a powder, and the velvety finish makes it a perfect base for the rest of your makeup – blush, bronzer, highlighter etc.
Perfection Lumière Velvet in shade 20 Beige differs from the 20 Beige shade of Vitalumière Aqua foundation – compared to the latter it has a slightly warmer undertone, while Vitalumière Aqua appears yellow next to it.
^ from left to right: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua 20 Beige, Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet 20 Beige.
As mentioned above, this is a foundation for normal to oily skin. My skin is normal to dry, but I’ve decided to give it a try as I love Vitalumière Aqua (also a water-based foundation created for normal to oily skin), and I read several reviews comparing these two foundations. With a proper moisturising base, Vitalumière Aqua works perfectly for me. Unfortunately, that is not always the case with Perfection Lumière Velvet. Sometimes it applies beautifully and is a perfect base for a quick morning makeup. But sometimes it just doesn’t work. It highlights my pores, emphasises the dry patches that I don’t even know existed without the foundation (you can see this in the photo below, on the area around my nose).
But the biggest issue for me is the staying power – it lasts for only about 4 hours without a primer. After those few hours, the rest of my face makeup fades out too and my skin gets an oily glow that I don’t like at all. It’s almost too powdery that it just slips from my face, that is then left with a sheen that doesn’t look very flattering. For this reason, and considering the thin formula, I’m not sure how this foundation would ever work on an oily skin. I would love to hear your thoughts on this if you had a chance to try it.
Overall, I think Perfection Lumière Velvet is worth a try. If it happens to work for you, you will get an amazing everyday go-to base. For me it just doesn’t work 100% so I will be sticking with Vitalumière Aqua for the time being.