Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation | Review

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation £33 - I first tried this way back in January 2015 when I was in Barcelona, when in Sephora I made the most of their sample policy and grabbed as many as I could and have to say I particularly fell in love with this straight away. I'd never tried a "velvet" or matte foundation before and as someone who likes to keep things dewy you would have thought I'd have hated it but I remember catching glimpses of my complexion all day and not quite believing that it was really my skin. Then came the launch and release of the Clarins Everlasting+ Foundation and I didn't feel as though I could then justify purchasing such a similar foundation however when January of 2016 came around I was decidedly more pale than I've been in years and quite frankly needed a new foundation as everything else in my collection made me resemble an oompa loompa. I actually went on the hunt for two foundations, one to wear every day that was easy to apply, didn't need building up too much to achieve the coverage I wanted and would last me all day, also for a more "heavy duty" one for evenings and special days out. I honestly thought that the Chanel would be the latter of the two and that I'd end up with a BB cream for everyday use however after applying the Chanel again I decided that this was The One. The texture of this really is like velvet and it makes my skin appear so too, it's a water based foundation much the same as the Vitalumiere Aqua so you have to shake it well before use but it seems to make the product go further somehow and means that it is super easy to blend. Although I use this as a day to day foundation and it has a fairly light coverage, I still sometimes have areas of redness or sallow tones and this really is nice to blend and achieve a perfect overall skin tone. I've also warmed to the fact that it is more matte than most of my foundation collection, it means that I don't have to powder over the top of any of it if I don't have time (which will come in useful with Little One) and that it generally lasts longer on my skin. My skin type is combination and can get extremely oily on my temples but I haven't noticed this at all when wearing this foundation. I do tend to powder under my eyes still but that's more to fix my concealer in place and try and get a touch more coverage for my dark circles. I do wonder if it will be suitable in the summer months as I may well get sucked back in to a nice dewy look but I can see myself happily alternating between the Velvet and the Aqua all year round. Chanel have well and truly got me covered in the complexion stakes!

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