Finding a foundation that works for you is probably the most vital part of good makeup, but also the trickiest. With my combination skin, I had a great run with Guerlain Tenue de Perfection last autumn/winter (I eventually purchased a bottle). However, as the weather gets warmer, I was beginning to think I might want to switch to a lighter base. *Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet couldn’t have come out at a better time!
Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet (30ml/1 oz. RRP in Belgium: 42 euros) is housed in a travel-friendly sleek black bottle. There are 6 shades available in Belgium, including Rose 12, Beige 20, 30, 40, 50, and 70. I guessed Beige 30 would be the best match (for your reference, I am NC 25-30), and I’m glad I wasn’t wrong!
Perfection Lumière Velvet is a very fluid water-based foundation. You have to shake it up thoroughly before pouring it out. Chanel suggests working with this foundation with fingertips. I have tried both the fingertips and a brush, and they work well. I do find it a little easier to build up with the fingertips. Since the texture is very pleasant and extremely easy to work with, I am pretty sure most won’t need a brush for this one (one less brush to wash is great in my book)!
Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet in Beige 30 swatch:
As you can see, Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet has a velvety matte finish. It is not a flat matte, and with the lighter-than-air texture, it looks extremely natural on (what foundation? I’m not wearing one). The coverage can be anywhere between sheer to medium, depending on how much you build up. Once it sets, it almost looks like a liquid-to-powder, but not a powdery powder. Another amazing thing is I can forgo a powder with this foundation. Does it still benefit from a good powder? Yes. However, this is one of the very few foundations that I feel looks good enough and is mattifying (on my T-zone) enough on its own. It also photographs beautifully. This might not be a top priority in everyone’s book, but for this blogger? YES PLEASE.
I would highly recommend Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet to those with combination and oily skin. If your skin is dry/dehydrated, it is possible that the liquid-to-powder finish would accentuate the dryness. On my oily T-zone, it holds up for 5 hours on its own before shine peeks though. With a powder, I basically never have to touch up throughout the day!
You have seen Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet on me in several recent FOTDs, including:
Bottom line: Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet is a prime candidate for those with combination/oily skin who want a low-maintenance, fuss-free, and photogenic foundation that looks just as good in real life. Forget about a foundation brush. Forget about setting it with a powder. You really don’t need any of that for this extremely lightweight foundation to look incredibly good! I am really pleased with it, and I plan to stick to it this spring/summer.
Here is an ingredient list if anyone is interested:
What is the spring/summer foundation of your choice?