Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet review with before & after photos

Sigh....  I don't think I've ever wanted a product to work for me more than the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation.  It was €39 and because of that and everyone's rave reviews, I tried it so many different ways to see if I could look like a human person with it on.  Alas it wasn't meant to be, so I'm here to give you my review so you won't be feeling like a weirdo if it doesn't work for you like it seems to be working for everyone else.


A few weeks ago, I picked up my bottle after reading rave reviews, popping my Chanel foundation cherry finally.  I have an oily t-zone with normal cheeks so it sounded absolutely perfect for me and in the spirit of my excitement, filmed a first impressions video.  In said video, I noticed immediately that it appeared to sit in the pores on my face, either side of my schnoz in particular, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried it the next day.  And the next.  And the day after that.  I tried it with three different primers.  I used different moisturisers too.  Some days I left it unpowdered and some days I lightly powdered my t-zone and each and every day was as bad as the previous one.  This foundation and I were just not meant to be.

From a distance, it looks grand.  It evens out my complexion and covers redness, giving me a light to medium coverage with a matte finish.


But up close, it tells a different story.  I found that no matter what I did, it highlighted those pores on my face.  It highlighted any uneven texture I had on my skin.  It highlighted dry patches I didn't know I had.  Basically, if there was anything I was trying to hide, it brought it to the forefront of everyone's eyeballs.



It didn't wear well on me throughout the day either.  I remember seeing myself in the mirror one day after lunch and thinking I actually looked ill!  It seemed to disappear from my face by about 2pm, except it had congealed in my pores, especially on my nose.  In short, it made my skin look awful.  Oh and I think I mentioned in the video that it was fragranced and I do like the scent of it, but my skin didn't.  It broke me out across my nose and on my cheeks under my eyes.  Le sigh...

Oh lads, this was a disaster and I'm so sad that it didn't work for me like it has for everyone else!  It's the only time I've ever preferred to go bare faced in work than wear this, that's how much we didn't get on.  I'm not saying it's terrible, it just didn't work on my visage and I'd gone in and bought it based on the reviews I'd read without trying it at the counter first.  So I had to tell you about my experience so you can a) make an informed decision when you go to buy it and b) not feel like you're the only person in the world who hasn't gotten on with something!  Which is pretty much how I feel now!

Have you ever tried something that everyone in the whole world loved and not been able to make it work for you?
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16 comments

  1. I was secretly waiting for this kind of review before making a decision about getting it. I’ve had a Chanel foundation before and we did not get along either which was heartbreaking considering the money parted with! Think I’ll be avoiding this one too!

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    1. I'm so sad and have tried it so many different ways....

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  2. I absolutely hate when bases do this on the skin and you have tiny pores so if it's doing this to you it would really hate my pores!!

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    1. I know! And the photos don't show just how pore-y it was, devo!

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  3. It's so strange how things perform differently on different skintypes - I love this, but I get on great with Chanel foundations in general. My review is actually up today and is very different!

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    1. I know, I assumed it would be perfect for me after reading so many glowing reviews but seriously, if you could see me in person wearing this, your eyeballs would fall out of your eyes so they wouldn't have to look at it!

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  4. Oh no wait - it's up tomorrow :)

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  5. I bought this untried on the back of so many positive reviews - it's my first Chanel foundation and I was a bit hesitant as I tried a sample of Perfection Lumiere which felt terrible on my face. I think the thing I love most about this is the feel of it as soon as I put it on - I hate foundations with any after-feel if you know what I mean, some feel tacky or sticky, some oily, some tight, this one feels lovely and smooth and soft and I can't feel it on my face which is a huge bonus. Like you though I'm not really sure about the finish - I want a velvet face and I didn't quite get one and I'm not sure of it's staying power either. Oh and it does cling slightly to my dry cheeks so I have to moisturise them really well. Also the SA gave me B20 and said it would be closest to my skin as B30 was a little too dark but I get the impression something between the two would have been better - when I catch sight of myself in the mirror I think I look quite pale. I think on a clammy summers day this might be quite nice as it won't feel like a greasy mess on my face.

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  6. And I mean to say in the pic of your face it actually does look very nice on you!

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    1. Thank you! The photo was taken just after application and I might have to try it once more to show you what it's like after the work day... I agree, it feels lovely on the skin and if I didn't have to look at myself in the mirror then I'd love it! Le sigh....

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  7. Oh, that's such a shame! I still want to try this as I love Chanel foundations. I always try foundations on the counter first and sometimes take a sample home before I decide to shell out €40 for a base product - my skin is not great (acne tendency, dry patches - everything there is, I've got it going on!!) so I really need to test before I buy.

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

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  8. For me this foundation is like the L'Oreal Eau de Teint but with more coverage. I didn't get on too bad with Eau de Teint but it did highlight my fine lines and pores more than other foundations I own so I don't use it much. Perfection Lumiere Velvet is like Eau de Teint on steroids, and it highlights every pore and little whisper of a line on my face. I tried it on counter, browsed around for 10 mins, then checked my pocket mirror. I immediately picked up baby wipes, paid for my purchases, proceeded to my car, and wiped it off. My bare skin looked better, acne scars n'all.

    Though now that I think about it, I always use primer before foundation. The counter assistant removed my own makeup and didn't moisturise before applying the Chanel, so perhaps my skin was exceptionally dry which exaggerated the effect. However, I do have dry skin days, so I really don't think I'll be spending €40 on this, even if it would look better with primer.

    And I thought this would be THE Chanel foundation for me *sniff*

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  9. Ah boo! :( I am itching for a Chanel foundation, when I'm going through the airport next week. After your first impressions video I thought this might have been the one!

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  10. I am not a fan of Chanel foundations. For the price of them they would want to be amazing but they are just rotten

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  11. In fairness, you still have great skin!

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  12. I bought the Perfection Lumiere and I was devastated! It did not suit my skin at all!! Hearbroken and over €50 down the toilet! I'll do ya swap haha! Maybe my Chanel foundation might suit ya! I can send it on if ya want it for the sake of Beauty Blogging? I have it just sitting in my make up bag..The colour is B10.

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