You know me and new foundations, especially if they're from Chanel. Even more so if they are marketed as lightweight or second-skin like. No need to say I ran to get this new one as soon as it was out!
What the brand says.
PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET is a lightweight second-skin foundation. It naturally smoothes and evens out the complexion for a velvety matte makeup result.My experience with the product.
The lightweight texture of PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET makes it perfect for normal and combination to oily skin. This ultra-soft emulsion instantly becomes one with the skin, transforming into a natural powdery matte finish that disappears onto the skin.
• The Perfect Skin Affinity complex acts in perfect affinity with the skin to maintain hold and radiance all day long.
• The "smooth-effect" powders selected by the CHANEL Laboratories diminish surface irregularities and instantly smooth pores.
• The patented* Perfect Light Control complex (combination of two semi-sheer hemispherical powders) perfectly evens out dark spots and lightens redness, without a hint of thickness.
Packaging wise, this is the same 30ml plastic bottle that Vitalumiere Aqua comes in, which is a packaging I like a lot.
When it comes to shades, this is where things got complicated for me. I am normally a B10 in Chanel, but go figure why, B10 is not available in my country. So I was left to chose between BR12, which has a hint of pink, and B20. B20 is extremely dark and orange, a good NC25 in my opinion, so that was an absolute no-no, and I was left with BR12 which didn't look really pink straight out of to bottle. Nor on my neck, as a matter of fact.
This foundation is indeed extremely lightweight. The formula is very liquidy, and spreads very easily. It feels like nothing on the skin and feels really velvety when you touch your face.
However, this isn't love at all for me.
Even though Winter is gone and I'm getting more combination, I found this quite drying, particularly on my cheeks that can suffer from dehydration. From close, every little dry patch was enhanced, even though I had heavily moisturized prior to application, as I was foreseeing this kind of issue.
The finish has been reported a lot to be "not fully matte" or "not flat" and it's true that I have seen matter/chalkier foundations. But this does not qualify as satin in my book and it does drain all luminosity out of my skin, which I can't help but think looks ageing.
Even though the color looks like a good match on my face, it's not working great on my face. It's nothing obvious, but I know I have seen myself in products that made me look better than this, and looked more natural.
Also, one thing upset me a lot: the smell. I know all Chanel foundations are smelly, but while I can get along with the smell of Vitalumiere Aqua, Perfection Lumiere Velvet smells very fruity and sweet (very much like the orginal Perfection Lumiere, in fact) and that really bothers me.
My overal conclusion.
If you are oily, this is probably an excellent equivalent for Vitalumiere Aqua. Without surprise, this contains alcohol, so if you are sensitive, be cautious.
If you are the tiniest bit dry or dehydrated, I would avoid this foundation and go for Vitalumière Aqua instead (again, if alcohol does not aggravate your skin). Same thing if you want the slightest bit of luminosity in your foundation.
Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet, 30 ml, US$45, €41.
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