Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet foundation in B20 review + (swatches)

         It's no secret that I'm a fan of the CHANEL Perfection Lumière lineup. I'm on my third bottle of the original Perfection Lumière (reviewed here) and I've hit pan on the powder version, Double Perfection Lumiere (reviewed here).

          My interest was piqued, to say the least, at the launch of CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet. While I was disappointed to find out that unlike the original Perfection Lumière,  this formulation contains chemical sunscreens (which I can't wear), I did get my hands on a the cutest little sample so I could share my thoughts with you today!

          I found that CHANEL Perfection Lumiére Velvet does indeed have a velvety feel, probably similar to the 'dry oil' (read : silicone) feel popularized by Armani Maestro. It smooths on and blends in very nicely. I'd say finger application is best, unlike the original Perfection Lumière which takes a bit more effort and seems to work best with tools. In terms of coverage, I think it conceals more than the original, and is more matte. Though the square squeeze bottle is reminiscent of CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua, it's almost the opposite in formula; it's opaque while the latter is sheer and oil based while the latter is water based.

          My CHANEL shade is B20, generally speaking. I've made some comparison swatches with CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet so that you can see how it looks next to other foundations in my collection. It's slightly darker and more beige than CHANEL Perfection Lumière in B20 and NARS Sheer Glow in Deauville (formula reviewed here). I'd say the color is quite similar (though more opaque) than MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body in 20.

          Overall, I really like the CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet formula. It has a great velvety feel going on, with an opaque matte finish. I'd most likely have invested in a full size bottle by now, if it weren't for that pesky chemical sunscreen (story of my life). In terms of color, I could probably do my usual B20 for my summer skin, however I might consider mixing in some B10, as B20 does make me look a little more tan.

        Thanks for reading! Have you tried CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet? What CHANEL foundations do you enjoy? What foundations have you been reaching for lately?

Love, Dovey.


  1. Hi Dovey! I remember trying it a couple of months back and not liking it for the "velvet" finish. I found it too artificial somehow on the skin. Anyways I have been a tinted moisturiser girl for a while and don't see myself growing up to like foundations any time soon, I am missing out on a lot I know!


  2. I love Chanel foundations but I really hate their shake bottle, I find that I have to shake it for at least 2-3 minutes in order to get it all mixed in properly and it's just too much time to spend shaking foundation on a busy morning. I just wear their foundations on the weekend now when I have a bit more time to spare.

    The formula of this foundation sounds so dreamy though, I love that dry oil formula so I will see if I can get my paws on a sample of this at the Chanel counter.

  3. Hi Dovey,
    I have purchased this foundation ca.6 months ago and I like it, but I don't love it.. I like the velvety yet not dull finish and the oil control, but I somehow do not reach for it often.. It has tendency to appear cakey and patchy on my skin when my skin is not on best condition, but when my skin is cooperating, this foundation is lovely.. :)

  4. I love this, and I agree that B20 is a little bit darker that usual. I loved it a lot this summer though, and might invest in B10 for the winter. Interestingly though I find a brush like the Sephora #56 works best for me, as it allows me to apply the tiniest amount! It's such a shame that you can't wear it. Loved your post! xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  5. Hi! Do you find that it oxidizes on you at all? I have the shade B10 and I feel like it goes on a perfect match, but gets considerable deeper in tone and orange as the day goes on. =/

  6. I have been wondering what you might think of this one since I know you love the original so much! I tend not to like matte finishes for foundation, so this is a skip for me.

  7. Do you think Chanel lumbered velvet is better than Nars sheer glow foundation?


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