Sjoe, this one took a while to test properly. There were a few reasons – it’s a matte foundation for oily/combination skin (which I don’t have), I’m still getting the hang of applying foundation with brushes, and the shade I have is a little too deep – all things that had to be considered when I tested Perfection Lumiere Velvet.
I know there are many readers who have been anticipating this launch for months now, so I’ll be quite thorough.
The actual liquid is very thin and almost watery. Be sure to shake the bottle very well before application. Because of the runny texture, the liquid is dispensed via a nozzle – it would never have worked in any other type of packaging. The bottle is made from a semi-soft plastic that can be squeezed to disperse product
Because of the texture I tried and tried but was never quite happy with application with a foundation brush and found that applying it with my fingertips is not only the quickest and easiest, but it provides the most even and velvety finish. It’s also then very easy to blend in shade 20 Beige, which is ever so slightly too deep for my skin. This might be different if you have oilier skin – brushes might work better for you then.
The finish is so peculiar – it truly is velvety and almost-matte (maybe full-on matte depending on whether or not you apply rich face balms underneath or not like I do). It’s not drying or uncomfortable on the skin though – it feels like there’s absolutely nothing on at all. The coverage is light but buildable, but I honestly wouldn’t waste this foundation on high coverage. When blended it truly looks like you’re not wearing any foundation at all, and I wouldn’t compromise that.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet SPF15 is available in 6 shades. It launched this week and retails for R550.