REVIEW: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup in BR 12

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.

Check out more blog posts about this foundation here at The RAEviewer and The Beauty Look Book.

Made in France.
Retails for $45.00 USD.

What’s In My Makeup Bag?

Behold, the contents of my makeup bag. This has been a reader-request for quite some time, so apologies for the late post. I understand those who have been curious – and no, I don’t find it intrusive at all. I’m one of those people who wonder about other people’s makeup bag contents (and sometimes purses) too! I’ve emptied the contents here to show a picture of everything. Keep in mind that I tend to rotate products quite frequently, so what I’m showing here is limited to the next few days. Also, just FYI – I’m not one of those ladies who carries around a makeup bag either. I know – disappointing, right? But I’m quite a minimalist when I’m out and about. Long story short: my makeup bag houses items that are my “current favorites” until I get bored and items get replaced or rotated out.

Featured items:
Benefit eyeshadows in “Raining Men” and “Nice Melons”
Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
L’Oreal Voluminous False Lashes Mascara (waterproof) in “Black”
L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in “Warm W1 Porcelain”
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Conditioner in “01 Peppermint”
MAC Brow Set in “Beguile”
MAC Eye Brow Pencil in “Lingering”
KOJI eyelash curler
MAC eyeshadow in “Coquette”
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream (original formula) SPF 15
Benefit High Beam highlighter
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Foundation in B10
Christian Dior – DiorSnow UV Shield SPF 50 PA +++ in translucent
Benefit Bella Bamba Triple Dimension Blush

Makeup bag is from Victoria’s Secret from years ago. I believe they were giving this out for free at one point in time when you purchased a certain amount of PINK products.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
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REVIEW: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

To fulfill a reader’s request, I’ve decided to post my own review of the newest Chanel foundation: Perfection Lumiere. Much like all the Chanel foundations (besides Vitalumiere Aqua), Perfection Lumiere comes in a sleek, frosted, glass bottle; included is a black cap with the Chanel emblem on top, and a sturdy pump that is easy to control. Its label says that it is a “long-wear flawless fluid makeup” with SPF 10 (instead of SPF 15 featured in Chanel’s Pro Lumiere foundation).

Side note: Pro Lumiere foundation has been phasing out at various Chanel counters. I’ve been told by a Chanel representative that Perfection Lumiere, will in fact, take the place of Pro Lumiere in the very near future.

According to Chanel’s website, it indicates that this formula is “effortless to apply with seamless blendability for a naturally flawless effect.” They claim that this “breakthrough foundation” is ideal for every day for all-day wear. Also, the most important aspect of this new launch is that this collection of foundations features 20 shades – 10 in the “beige” range and 10 in the “beige rose” range. For those with yellow/golden undertones, the “beige” range will be more suitable; as for those with pink/reddish undertones, the “beige rose” range will be more suitable.

My thoughts: The claims that Chanel makes are actually met well, and the product surprisingly exceeded my expectations. In the past, I was disappointed with Chanel’s color range, as it was very limiting to those with paler skin tones and those with darker skin tones. It was impressive to see them come out with more than 10 shades this time around. It does provide a flawless and natural application, since its texture is light and pillowy. Though the formula is quite creamy, it feels gel-like at the same time allowing it to blend effortlessly into the skin. The coverage is medium to full, although it is quite buildable without getting cakey. However, for those who wish for lighter coverage, I recommend using a lighter hand with the application.

My only gripe is that it dries quicker than other Chanel foundations, so it’s best to work quickly in sections. Don’t put blobs of it all over your face and take your time blending out each cheek, nose, chin, and forehead. Work separately – otherwise the foundation will dry in a blob-like shape, which is obviously unflattering. No skin irritations, no oiliness, no overly matte-ness, and no oxidation either. I would say that this foundation wears beautifully for anywhere between 8-12 hours, depending on how much you’ve been sweating/out in the heat/out and about. For me, personally, I powder my t-zone if it’s going to be a long day; but, most days, I can skip the powder because I prefer the dewy look.

Pictured above is the shade B10, which is the lightest shade available in the “beige” range. I do not use MAC foundations, but for reference, I’m an NC15. In Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua, I’m a B10 as well, which is also the lightest “beige” range shade. Unfortunately, I don’t think that Vitalumiere Aqua’s shades and Perfection Lumiere’s shades correspond. It’s best to get matched at the counter – just in case.

I hope this has helped. Because this foundation has just launched, many counters don’t even carry it yet. I went to Nordstrom for my purchase, but call around and see if you’re interested.

Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Foundation retails for $55.00 for 1 fluid ounce.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
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