Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation is right in the same water category, but it’s kinda, sorta, definitely different

The foundation war has many battles and the latest one is the siege of the water bases. The L’Oreal group’s had a seriously strong showing up to now with identikit offerings from Giorgio Armani (Maestro Fusion), L’Oreal Paris (Nude Magique Eau de Teint) and Lancome (Miracle Air de Teint), all of which are pretty much the same beast; an oil-in-water suspension that does away with thickening fillers and just includes pigments for a finish that’s awesomely-flawless, yet manages to be weightless looking.

These differ from other super-fine fluid bases like Estee Lauder’s Invisible Fluid Makeup or Shiseido’s Perfect Refining Foundation in that there’s quite a lot of coverage. And Chanel’s April 11th-launching Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation, €39.50, is right in the same water category as the L’Oreal offerings, but it’s kinda, sorta, definitely different.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation

How? It doesn’t do the oil-in-water thing for starters, and while the L’Oreal Paris product in particular has a whiff of alcohol from it when opened, this doesn’t seem to contain any. But it does have a very runny texture, as well as that noticeable absence of fillers which not only make the product thicker in the bottle and to pump out, but also results in a heavier-looking appearance on the skin. Instead, this has a really decent amount of pigmentation which adds up to decent coverage. The fluidity makes it really easy to apply and blend, too. And there’s an SPF15 which is a bonus.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation  swatches

Swatches of Beige 10.

The reason bases can ace it like this these days is because technology is just so much better. It’s now possible for a matte-effect, oil-absorbing foundation to present like this as opposed to being a talcy nightmare that you could see coming 12 feet away.

So Perfection Lumiere Velvet is really a product you can get down with if you’re prone to oil and a shiny T-zone. It goes on-super smoothly but immediately tamps down to a soft, matte effect. Velvet, in other words. There’s absolutely no fear of any glow here, so if you’re not a fan of that finish, then this is one to look at.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation  face

On my dry skin, I’m liking it too and using it a lot for day – but I’m a hydrating, moisturising obsessive and I’m vigilant about keeping on top of dry patches and scaly bits. It’s important to note that Chanel is pitching this at the more sebum-prone of skin as the brand already has a foundation in its arsenal for those of us who’re prone to be parched: Vitalumiere Aqua. Just keep that in mind when you’re choosing. 

So, does this product have any downsides? Yes: shade choice is an issue as it often is with Chanel bases and there are just six on offer: Beige Rosé 22, Beige 10, Beige 20, Beige 30, Beige 40 and Beige 50. There is a tendency for colours to run a little yellow as well but if you find one to suit you really are quids in. Price will be a factor for some as well, but to be honest, this is the same price as foundation from similar luxury brands so it’s not out of the ballpark.

All-in-all, if you’re combo-skinned, looking for something weightless looking, velvet-finished and pretty damn fuss-free (and you can get a shade to suit), then I honestly can’t see why you wouldn’t give this a go.

Are you keen to give it a go?