Last week, Chanel released their newest foundation called the Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup, and I was a little hesitant in trying it out. In the past, Chanel’s foundations have been just okay for me; more often than not, they either caused major oiliness for me or caused clogged pores that would lead to some breakouts. When my local Nordstrom released it early and my curiosity was seriously peaked, I caved and knew that I needed to give this a try. I wasn’t really into the Perfection Lumiere Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup, and it really wasn’t all that special compared to my usual favorites.
The Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup is a “lightweight, oil-free fluid foundation by Chanel [that] provides you with a gorgeous, long-lasting matte-velvet finish for complexion perfection.” Designed to be light and feathery on the skin, “its soft-focus pigments smooth and perfect the skin for a flawless look that lasts all day.” The watery-light texture is thin, and is formulated for those with normal to oily skin. Much like the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup, the concept is the same — with the texture of the formula and similar packaging. However, the finish for the Velvet Smooth Effect foundation is different. It’s powdery soft — giving the skin a softer look, with some pore and pigmentation coverage and oil control. It also zeros in giving the skin a more matte and polished look — seemingly less natural-looking than the effects you would get from the Vitalumiere Aqua.
This time around, I chose the shade BR12 (Beige Rose 12), which is the lightest shade in the pink toned range. Previously, I used B10 in Vitalumiere Aqua, and felt that the yellow base didn’t really help me at all. I like the BR12 shade better since it matches my skin’s undertone much better. Compared to the B10, there’s a slight difference in tone but the lightness of the shade still matches me well. Overall, I like the Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup and I would recommend it for those who want more a powdery-effect finish on the skin. This foundation controls oil well and is long-lasting on the skin; it doesn’t require powder and the finish is natural, even though the coverage is quite high.
I think the Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup is worth checking out for the summer months. However, it’s not a life-changing product and you can get by with the Vitalumiere Aqua if you still have that. Nowadays, a lot of companies are coming out with lighter textured foundations, so this concept isn’t new. It’s best to find what works for your skin, so if need be, ask for a sample of this product and see what you think! Overall, I like this foundation because it looks and feels like skin — and, for me, that’s an important quality in foundations/base makeup. I like the texture, the finish, and the way it looks on the skin; and, I’d also prefer this formulation over the Vitalumiere Aqua version.
Made in France.
Retails for $45.00 USD.