Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation #40

Its taken me quite a while to get round to writing up a review about the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation. Apart from all the hype that was surrounding it when it first got released, I must admit that I wasn’t loving it as much as everyone else and I am still unsure as to whether it is a great foundation or not. I don’t really write negative reviews, as I would prefer not to review them at all, but as this is more of an unsure review, I am sharing my thoughts.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation

When the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation first got released, I saw numerous reviews praising it and claiming that it was the best foundation that people have ever used. I wear a high coverage foundation usually, such as Estee Lauder Double Wear for work, and for days off I tend to veer between Illamasqua Skin Base or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk which are both medium coverage. The lightest coverage that I wear would be the Bare Minerals powder foundation. I have some issues with my skin, with blemishes and the dreaded adult acne that I have been suffering from. After reading such high reviews, I took my Advantage Card filled with £33 worth of points to Chanel to redeem them against the Lumiere Velvet.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation

Of course the packaging is the usual Chanel glamour, with its sleek black box and bottle. I do like the plastic bottle as opposed to the traditional glass bottles that are excessive when travelling. The foundation itself is water based and needs a good shake to mix the contents before you apply it to your face, with your fingers. The finger application method is personally not one of my favourite methods. I have always used a brush or sponge applicator so I found that applying my base was a bit more difficult than usual and that I still had to use a brush to blend in. I felt that I lost a sense of control with finger based application and as it is a water based foundation, the consistency was difficult to apply with a brush all over. I also found that although the overall texture of the foundation does have that velvety touch, when trying to add to areas that needed more coverage, it felt bobbly when working over that area. That being said, the finish is lovely and coverage is a nice light to medium.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation

The Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation doesn’t give enough coverage for me personally, and my blemishes needed an extra helping hand to make sure they were covered adequately, but that is more personal preference. What I do love about it though, is that when I am in extreme heats in all those foreign destinations that I go to, it is light enough to not warrant it slipping off my face. as it is oil free, it does sit pretty well on my face with or without a primer. Once you have got the hang of applying Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation, the finish is pretty flawless and although matte in finish, it leaves a certain luminosity. I have #40 which is the perfect shade for me, and is also the same shade as my Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation

Overall, I’m still in two minds. I’m still not reaching for it over my others, but when I do, I always ask myself why I’m not making it my ‘go to’ foundation. My task for this week is to make sure I wear it more. From all the reviews that I have been reading, everyone says the same, and that is that the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation is the best all rounder foundation for any skin type. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation is £33 and available from all good Chanel counters.

  • I’ve been wanting to try this for ages, but have read some pretty mixed reviews, and some saying it’s terrible for dry/dehydrated skin, so I’m still on the fence and might go for the original instead… Great review as always! :o) Xx

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    • Thanks Charlotte 🙂 Let me know what the original is like xx


  • Thanks for your thoughts on this Anoushka. 🙂 I actually tried two samples of Matte Velvet and really liked it…and usually I prefer a fuller coverage. I think the reason I was so wowed is because it can withstand the heat well (as you pointed out) which is always a priority for me. But I’ve only tried it twice. I may pick this up for my Bday along with some other Chanel items I’ve had my eye on. But I’ve tried loads of products other people love that I just didn’t, lol.

    • Same here! If we all liked the same things, it would be very boring! I can’t wait to see what you buy for your birthday!!xx