Foundation Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

Foundation Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

A much-requested foundation review; Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Velvet. This is Chanel’s newest foundation release and I must say that it has instantly won me over. It’s one of those products that requires very little in the way of effort; it just works every time, and the end result is flawless. Perfection Lumiere Velvet is lightweight, but with quite comprehensive coverage and a beautiful luminous matte finish – and I know that “luminous” and “matte” aren’t words that you could normally pop together in the same sentence, but in this case… There’s no discernible shimmer, but there’s a radiance that many matte finish foundations lack – there’s nothing flat or deadening about this face base, and neither does it look cakey or dry. For oily or combination skins, it’s an absolute dream; light and non-claggy, but creamy enough to deal with any drier or flakey patches that inevitably crop up.

I’ve done some “before and after” photos again; they show quite well, I think, the extent of the coverage and the beautiful velvety finish. I don’t find any particular need to powder after using Perfection Lumiere Velvet, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t – just remember that the finish is already matte and use a very fine powder as sparingly as you can.

Here’s the before and after:

Foundation Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

Foundation Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

Please try to ignore my Captain Jack Sparrow plaits, I was filming another video at the same time! Can you see, though, how there’s just a lovely even finish – no shine, but no dullness either. A closer look at my skin and my wonderfully magnified pores:

before photo skin

after photo swatch

It has done a really good job at smoothing out my pores and the tone of my skin – redness is gone, even some of the shadow beneath my eyes, which is notoriously hard to cover! This is heavier coverage than the Lancome Air de Teint, and in fact is a completely different kettle of fish, because although it’s very lightweight it has a more traditional “creamy fluid” consistency rather than being a fine veil of pigment. Like the Air de Teint, it’s almost undetectable on the skin, yet it smartens it up to perfection. I’d say that it’s a “real skin” effect, because it looks so beautiful, but no real skin looks as good as that! Not for the majority of us, anyway…

What do you think? Have you tried this? It’s definitely one of my recent favourites – lasts well, applies beautifully and has the most travel-friendly packaging I’ve seen in ages. I’ve been using shade 20, but might bump it up a shade for the summer. Perfection Lumiere Velvet is £33 at

If you want to see the foundation being applied, there’s a new Beauty Reviews video coming out later on today!


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  1. May 8, 2014 / 11:04 am

    Thank you for the review and close ups, this has been reviewed so many times and really does seen to live up to it’s name. Might have to actually purchase this sometime soon.

    Kristy |

  2. May 8, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    This does indeed look lovely! I understand what you mean, it’s matte, but not flat. I love that you show pictures of the foundation on you. It’s a pet peeve of mine when famous bloggers don’t even bother showing the product in action.

  3. Susan
    May 8, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    Looks good, looking forward to seeing video.
    Idea for video/trial: decent moisturisers with high SPF or decent spf50 products. I use Lancôme hydra zen w SPF 15 and have used la roche posay spf50 for face (all over!) for last few years. la Roche posay is best spf50 I’ve ever tried, it sinks in, no whiteness or residue on skin, etc. Are there new products on the market that I should try? Tx

  4. Alena
    May 8, 2014 / 4:02 pm

    wow, you look photoshopped (not that you don’t look absolutely beautiful without any makeup on)! I’m afraid I will need this one, and I just bought Vitalumiere Aqua, which I like very much too! Ruth, have you tried Vitalumiere Aqua? If yes, how do these two compare? Thank you!

  5. Liz Cook
    May 8, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Lovely review, thanks Ruth. What shade of the foundation are you wearing?

  6. May 8, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Totally agree with you on this one! I was a little be sceptical about picking it up at first but I completely fell in love with it after 1 use. It’s so hard to find a great foundation for oily skin types with good coverage without feeling like you’ve just slathered your face in muck – but this stuff does it! I lahhhve it!

    XO, G from grace’d

  7. May 8, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    You look always very beautiful. However, I don’t think this is the best looking foundation on you. I think it lacks the feel of a healthy skin. At least for me.

  8. Flavia
    May 8, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Thanks for the review. How does it compare to by Terry cover foundation? Overall, I find annoying Chanel reluctance to release the ingredient list.

  9. May 8, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    I just recently went to the Chanel counter to get a foundation. I ended up buying the Vitalumiere Aqua, because the “matte finish” of the velvet foundation sounded a bit scary to me. It looks really nice on you though!

  10. May 8, 2014 / 11:50 pm

    Oh wow, this looks great! Your skin looks beautiful! :) It really does smooth out your pores aswell! :)
    Lovely review!
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  11. May 9, 2014 / 3:04 am

    So glad you are in love with this foundation too! I think your photos say it all, it’s crazy how you get really nice coverage but can’t see it or feel it on the skin – it’s super natural yet super flawless at the same time. It’s definitely become one of my favorites!
    XO Camey

  12. caitie
    May 9, 2014 / 5:52 am

    Your before skin is my after skin – amazing! It is amazing how young your skin looks and you don’t use retinol which I have heard is the gold standard for keeping skin looking young.

  13. May 9, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    I bought this foundation recently and am so smitten with it! It’s so hard to find a long-wearing, light-weight foundation for oily skin and this one really fits the bill. Glad you’re liking it too! xo

  14. Natasha
    May 12, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    I’ve tried this in shade 22 (20 was a tad too yellow) and really like it. TBH it is very very similar to the Chanel Vitalumiere aqua (which I have been using a lot recently) although this gives a slightly more matte effect but NOT cakey or powdery at all. The coverage is brilliant also and both do not feel or look as if you have foundation on BUT that you just have amazingly great skin. I was very surprised by both of these as I really didn’t think either would give the coverage that they did seeing as they are both quite light and a little bit thicker than a light serum texture. These are brilliant on warm days (which we have had a few in the last couple of weeks) and don’t disappear from your face either. I do use a light dusting with a big brush of finishing powder (hourglass) just to stop that dreaded T-zone oiliness and then use Omorovicza queen of hungry mist over the top and my make-up stays put from 8am till gone midnight when I take it off which is great. The real testing time will be when we get the really hot weather BUT from what i have seen so far I think it will hold up really well. I am impressed and it will last ages as you do not need much either. So I think I have enough using nearly every day to last me though till Autumn at least. It’s great (both are TBH) and they are great for people in their 40’s plus (like me i’m 45 years young in 2 weeks 1 day YIKES)it DOESN’T sink into any creases or even the smallest line either. THUMBS UP x

  15. May 15, 2014 / 6:53 am

    Well this looks quite nice on the pores! Too bad it’s so matte and not suited to dry skin. I’d certainly try it if it was a bit more forgiving on patches and I could find a color match.

  16. September 11, 2014 / 4:41 am

    Oh wow! I started using Vitalumiere Aqua after Teint Innocence was discontinued but found VA just didn’t deal with my pores as well as TI. Looking at those before/after photos, I looks like Perfection Lumiere Velvet is what I’m going to pick up once I finish my current bottle of VA (otherwise I’ll never finish it!)

    Thanks for the close-ups – it mustn’t be much fun to take photos and then look at your pores when you put them up online, but the magnified before/afters do show off how the foundation works very well!

  17. February 26, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Apparently I am wearing it right now to test if ut works out with my very oily skin. If it does I will definitely buy it! It looks really great and natural, I luke it very much so far.

  18. Donna Borland
    January 2, 2017 / 5:51 am

    how is it compared to gurlain gold

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