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Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet | Smooth-Effect Makeup

April 7, 2014
Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet ($45 for 30 ml/1 fl oz) is the latest foundation formula from Chanel. It’s described as a lightweight, oil-free fluid foundation that provides a long-lasting matte-velvet finish. It has what Chanel calls “soft-focus pigments” which smooth and perfect the skin for a flawless look
that lasts all day. It comes in a sleek black bottle. I was matched to 30 Beige (I’m usually either a 20 Beige or 30 Beige for Chanel). According to the Chanel rep I spoke with at Nordstrom the new Perfection Lumière Velvet is going to replace the Mat Lumière.

The Perfection Lumière Velvet is indeed a lightweight foundation with medium coverage. It has enough pigment to even out the skin but not quite as full coverage as the regular Perfection Lumière. This new velvet formula is designed for those normal to oily skin.

At the counter the Chanel artist prepped my skin by cleaning first with the Creamy Cleansing Milk and then followed with the Hydra Beauty Creme. She tested 20 and 30 on my skin. We decided to go with 30 which was a perfect match. She applied the Perfection Lumière Velvet with the foundation brush and then finished with a light dusting of Les Beiges in No. 20 to set. I loved how the foundation blended on the skin with a smooth no-makeup feel. The Perfection Lumière Velvet adheres well to the skin but still lets it breathe. On my normal/combination this lasted all day long and the smooth velvety finish remained the same from the time it was applied well into the late evening. I like that it’s not a full-matte finish which prevents it from looking too flat.
Chanel had some amazing matte foundations back in the early 2000’s which they discontinued and replaced with Mat Lumiere (which I hated, I found it did not blend well and caked a bit on my skin). I’ve since tried to find a good matte-finish replacement, the closest is By Terry’s Hyaluronic Face Glow but it still doesn’t have the same velvety finish as the older Chanels. This new Perfection Lumière Velvet is a must- have foundation for those looking for a long-lasting natural makeup with a slight matte finish. I find it has been released at the perfect time of year as we start getting warmer weather. The color stays put on the skin without oxidizing. Below you can see how well it blends into the skin and evens out the texture:

I’ve been using this over a number of moisturizers, I like it right now over Le Jour de Chanel and set with the Les Beiges powder.

Here are some swatches for comparisons: By Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow No 2, By Terry Cover-Expert in 9 Honey Beige, Tom Ford Foundation Stick Bisque 04 (review here), Chanel Vitalumière Aqua in B20 and B30, Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet 30 Beige, Chanel Perfection Lumière 30 Beige, NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Groenland.

In terms of formula comparisons to the new Perfection Lumière Velvet to other Chanel foundations:

  • Chanel Vitalumière Aqua is sheerer and more lightweight in color. The new Perfection Lumière Velvet goes on smoother onto the skin and also is more fluid in texture. I found it much easier to squeeze out of the tube.
  • Chanel Perfection Lumière is heavier in texture and has more full coverage, I find the Velvet version to work better with my skin, the Regular version was a bit too heavy for me.
Packaging comparisons:

I’ve been testing this for a week and I’ve been really pleased with the results. I’ve always been a huge fan of Chanel foundations (except for a couple formulas) and I highly recommend you check out the Perfection Lumière Velvet foundation. I’ve had no issues with breakouts or clogged pores with this formula. It blends well, lasts all day and doesn’t change color. The velvety finish is natural but still matte-looking.

The new Perfection Lumière Velvet foundations should be at all counters now. Check out Natural N Chic Makeup for swatches of all shades. I purchased mine at Nordstrom. It’s also available at Bloomingdales, Saks and

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  • Great review! I'm glad to hear you're loving this too! I've been testing this one in Beige 20 and I love it a lot. It really feels like nothing on your skin! Also really love the finish, it's exactly what I was hoping for :).

  • the perfection lumiere i found was really heavily fragranced. is the velvet version as strong smelling?

    • Hi Alina, yes the Velvet is fragranced but it is lighter than the Perfection Lumiere. The Velvet version is not too strong in my opinion.

  • I had a bad skin reaction with Perfection Lumiere, it irritated my skin and led to cystic acne. But I really loved the long discontinued Double Perfection fluid, it was the best foundation I've ever tried. Can you compare it with the new perfection lumiere velvet?

    • The new Perfection Lumiere Velvet has a similar effect to the long discontinued Double Perfection Fluid, but with a thinner texture and less dewy feel (even though it was a matte finish).

      The regular Perfection Lumiere irritates my skin if I use it consistently for more than 2 days in a row, I suspect it's because it's such a long-wear foundation it doesn't come off easily and causes break outs.

      The new Velvet is much better. If you can get to a counter to try it they might have pre-made samples soon.

  • Kristina

    I just purchased this foundation in 10 Beige. Can't wait to try it. Nice review!!

  • This looks amazing! I think it will be the next foundation I purchase.

  • Yes!! I've been waiting for a review on this new formula. I'm excited to hear that it worked well for you. I've been a loyal user of vitalumiere aqua for a year now but I'm definitely going get a sample of this to try out.

  • I was seriously considering purchasing this until I realized that the colour range only extended to the 70s range. I was hoping the colour would be as extensive as the Perfection Lumiere range. Quite disappointed.

  • I am so hesitant to try this because my skin HATED Vitalumiere Aqua. I'll have to try it on a weekend, and hope my skin doesn't freak out too much…..


  • Anonymous

    I really loved the texture of this fdtn, but on me the 30 is too pink 🙁 I was so disappointed since it could've been an HG for me if the color had been a match!

  • I hadn't tried Chanel foundations for years and years now, but that black bottle, and velvety-matte you said? ALL DAY Too?? *running out of the door*

  • It seems very good! I will buy it in someday.

  • I tried this in 40 beige, which is normally my perfect match in Chanel. I loved the finish, but the shade was different to other Chanel 40's…more ashy. I think I need to get a sample to try it out in different situations and light settings. I like the idea of using it with Les beiges powder; I've been neglecting mine recently. (Well B40 became too dark for me in the winter months).

  • This looks really good! will have to give this a try!

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if there will be more shades? There are currently only 2 BR colors.

  • This looks like the Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation (even the black square plastic container). I wonder if it is very similar in texture and coverage.

  • I received samples of this foundation from my friendly Nordstrom's Chanel counter manager and thought…."oh….another foundation…meh". I've had problems in the past finding the right color match in Chanel, but to my surprise Beige Rose 22 is THE PERFECT match to my skin! In the past the artists always tried to match me in 20 or 30….one too light and one too dark. I wore the Perfection Velvet one day doing errands and visited the Nordstrom's store. That day I had no less than 8 women tell me how gorgeous I am, how beautiful my skin is and 3 asked me what kind of skincare I use! Do I need to say I ran right to the counter and bought the foundation?! Hee! I love it….I use a VERY tiny amount, it doesn't change color, it lasts all day perfectly, doesn't look flat (don't let "Velvet" scare you) and on me brightens my face. I like Aqua Vita, but I think I'm liking Perfection Velvet better.

  • I need to try this foundation, I haven't used Channel before but it looks lovely! Gorgeous photographs!

  • Thu

    Thanks so much for this review! I ran out to Nordstrom after reading your review and got a sample in Beige 20. Am really liking it so far! It has this incredible light weight feel, even when you build it up. I also find the liquid-to-powder application very interesting. I predict I will be buying a full size bottle within the next couple days!

  • Anonymous

    So excited to try this! Wasn't a fan of the Perfection Lumiere and got by a bit with the Mat Lumiere in 002 Porcelaine, though it was a bit heavy. They discontinued that color. I wish they'd stop knocking off the lightest neutral color for us pale girls! A long time ago they had Teint Pur Mat, in the round glass bottle. Hands down the best Chanel foundation I've ever used. Thin consistency, fresh but matte. Fantastic stuff and a perfect color match in "Alabaster". Oh how I miss that foundation. Really looking forward to trying the new Velvet. Thanks for the review!!

  • Le jour is not a moisturiser. It's an exoliating serum that reduces the look pores and unifies complection. But it needs to be supplemented with a hydrating or nourishing cream. I would not advise using it without something richer on top. The same applies for La Nuit. The only one that is to be used alone is Le weekend. Said that, the foundation is wonderful. I've used it a while now, and it's definitely a must have for this season. I love it.

  • Went and got samples after reading this post. The Chanel SA's skin looked flawless and she was wearing this. Hoping this works for me!

  • Nicolle

    Just got a sample of this couple days ago and love it! I have combination skin & it didn't make my skin any more oily. I was a little worried it'd be too matte but it wasn't at all in a good way. It looks natural on the skin. I tried it without setting it with powder and it still held up very well. I'm definitely purchasing! I was impressed it didn't oxidize on me – finally! I got my sample at Nordstrom Bellevue – WA. The Chanel rep also told me that Dolce & Gabbana is getting their own counter this Friday. I can't wait! Sorry off topic but anyone else who wanted to know 🙂

  • I have the Vitalumiere Aqua and love it. Will have to try this new one out as I think the shade B30 would match my skin tone better.

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  • Katie

    I'm sold! I found this site looking for reviews on the Les Beiges and, after reading a few more of your posts, have decided this is the one for me. Sounds like exactly what I'm looking for, and I never would've considered it without you! So thank you. I use the Perfection Lumiere right now and agree that it's a bit heavy and tends to oxidize throughout the day.

  • This is like no other foundation. Goes on like velvet. No beauty blender needed. I've been using it in my oily T-zone and it helps to keep that area matte. Also hides large pores on my nose. This is HG

  • Sabrina.

    Do you like it still too?

  • Hey Sabrina,
    Do you find you need to set this foundation with powder?