14 May 2014

Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation Review; Before and After Pics

Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation

Well, hello, gorgeous.

Another April launch, Chanel's Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation, €39.50, has been welcomed to my foundation wardrobe with open arms.

The formula initially took me rather by surprise: I was expecting something similar to Chanel's Perfection Lumière, my long-wear foundation of choice. But  this has much more in common with Vitalumière Aqua, though pitched at normal or combo to oily complexions.

Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation Before and After

The first clue was in the packaging: instead of a chic glass bottle, Perfection Lumière Velvet comes in a portable, plastic tube - a sleek, all-black version of the beige and black Vitalumière Aqua.

Much thinner and more runny than Perfection Lumière, this has that whole lightweight, second-skin finish going on; while at the same time, mattifying oiliness and shine - without looking powdery or obvious on the face.

Because it's so fluid and fine, it blends really quickly and effortlessly into the skin: a few drops dabbed over my face, a swirl of a buffing brush and suddenly I'm 20 again. Or at the very least a softer, smoother, less shiny and more evenly toned version of ancient old me.

Worn here with Clinique's Matte Mandarin lipstick 

Wondering about wear-time? Well there's more good news here: it sees me through nicely to the end of the working day - and for any desk-to-dancefloor emergencies (hey, we newly minted 20 year-olds sure live the life), it layers up nicely without any caking or patchiness.

While Perfection Lumière remains my go-to base for special occasions or big nights out,  Perfection Lumière Velvet has quickly become a day-to-day favourite. As evidenced by the fact that I'm planning a purchase in a deeper shade: I can't wear the shade I was given, B20, while I still have my holiday tan - but I just can't wait to get this on my face again...

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