Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet in 20 Beige

chanel perfection lumiere velvet Beige 20

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.

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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.

chanel perfection lumiere velvet and vitalumiere aqua Beige 20

^ 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).

chanel perfection lumiere velvet Beige 20

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.


10 thoughts on “Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet in 20 Beige”

  1. Kind of disappointed it doesn’t last too long, but I’m still eager to give the foundation a try. My skin can get a bit oily, so I think the formula will work well for me! xo

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  3. Hi I use it for over a year now and am very happy with it. My skin is very pale and normal. As for lasting I don’t use the primer, but am setting it with Guerlain Meteorites Pearls and this way it lasts all day

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