Wednesday, 15 April 2015
[review] Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Makeup: okay-ish?The one thing that I have to mention beforehand is that: Chanel cosmetics have one of the (if not the most) most sleek and chic packaging ever. I am a massive fan of the Les Beige powder compact packaging that comes in a white-beige color with the Chanel logo in the middle. Whew. blown away.
Anyways, like I said before, I adore Chanel cosmetics' packaging. And this foundation, the Perfection Lumiere Velvet's packaging is stunning. Not only is it lightweight (as most liquid foundations comes in a heavy glass bottle), it also comes in a super chic classic black.
The lightweight rectangular-style nozzle bottle also allows it to be portable, thus travel-friendly. Another good thing is that the lid screws shut. It won't pop off randomly in your bag (which is great, duh).
Now with the casualties out of the way, let's get into the content.
In my opinion, although Chanel says this foundation is good for all skin-types, I think those with normal- oily skin types would appreciate the matte-finish that it gives.
Yes, it accentuates fine lines. How do I know this? I have some fine lines under my eyes and smile lines (note: also dry skin around pimples. Horror). With moisturizer and basically prepped skin, it sinks into these lines at the 5-6 hour mark and starts to fade. With powder all over, it lasted around 8 hours on me. With my hourglass primer, borderline 9. Note that I have quite combination skin. Oily T-zone and dry cheek area. Thus, it gets oily at the 4-5hr mark for me, which irritates me because I don't really carry powder around because I do not have and don't carry lady's huge-sized handbags that you can cram everything in (need to look out for more bags lol). The good thing? The oiliness, if you don't powder (assuming your skin is not oily-type) gives you the glow-from-within look that nowadays people rave about. I do not know what glow-from-within freaking means cause my innards don't effin' glow but all I can say is: you don't have to powder mid-day.
This foundation dries to a very powdery and smooth finish, too much powders on top (unless it's illuminating powders -e.g. hourglass ambient lighting powders) will make it look lifeless But since it dries to an already powdery finish, I feel that most people won't need to powder. If need be, what I like to do is to use a small powder brush or any other small brush you have (bigger than an eyeshadow brush, smaller than a fluffy blush brush) to powder just the sides of the nose + T-zone.
So, the dry-down is powdery and silicone-ish. Blended into the skin, it will be like you're wearing a powder foundation instead of a liquid. It is also a very light texture, in other words, weightless. I wore this and forgot I'm even wearing any foundation.
The consistency though, is a love-hate. Yes, it is liquidy. But what I find is that because it is very liquid and dries quickly to a powdery-state, it doesn't have that 'slip' that other liquid foundations have. Basically, if you expect a creamy-texture, no. It does blend well, just hot hydrating. Saying that, it doesn't feel drying either. The one thing I have to mention though, using sponge with this will absorb most of the product due to its consistency/texture, thus if you're going for a super-sheer coverage look, I'm not a fan. I use a synthetic-haired buffing brush with this.
The coverage: light-medium to medium, not build able. I find that the more you layer it on, the more cake-ier it'll look, especially if you're gonna use powder, blush, etc on top of it.
Packaging also attracts fingerprints. Not a big issue for me since it is the content that counts. Also, my foundations sit in my drawers anyway, not on my desk. As long as it's portable, and doesn't leak, the packaging earns a thumbs up.
Will I repurchase? No. I find that they are better foundations out there even though this is not as bad. But if you are a Chanel-fan, then this I find, is one of their best foundations, albeit me being not much of a fan. Decent. Will I continue using it? Absolutely. But only in the summer, since my skin is a bit more oily then and I need a foundation with a powdery finish that also feels weightless.
I wear shade 20 and it is a good match for my Nc20-23 ish skintone.
This retails for £33 and can be found world-wide at any Chanel counters.