I need another foundation like I need another coral lipstick, and in fact bought both over the past few weeks. I'm consistent like that. But this foundation was Aisling's fault entirely. After reading her blog post where she said it was a dupe for Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, I was all over this and got one. After my awful experience with Chanel's Perfection Lumiere Velvet a while back, I was happy to shell out €8.49 for this to see if I liked the finish enough to consider buying Luminous Silk. So how did I get on?
I picked up the shade Rose Vanilla and it's a perfect match for me. There were only a handful of shades on the stand, maybe 5 or 6, so the shade selection isn't great and this is the second lightest of the bunch for reference.
While I do love the frosted glass bottle, it's a bit heavy and clunky, especially if you carry around bits with you every day. But apart from that, it has a pump which didn't take me weeks to find this time...
In terms of coverage, we're talking light to medium and despite it's thick consistency, it blends out easily enough over the skin. I've been using a kabuki brush to buff it in, no reason other than the rest of my foundation brushes are mouldy dirty and need to be washed. It buffs it into the skin in no time, leaving the most gorgeous finish. It has light reflecting pigments and other such magical things that helps give a soft focus effect to the skin and if I can essentially Photoshop my face in real life, then I'm happy out.
And we won't even talk about the luminous glow it gives my skin. Actually we will. It gives me a really healthy glow. The kind of glow that looks like you've moisturised your skin properly and put on a glow inducing primer when all you did was slap on a pump full of product.
The bottle claims that it has a no makeup feel and oh Lord, I can testify to this, can I get an Amen! When I've applied Nude Illusion, it looks like I've nothing on my skin and feels like I've nothing on my skin, so thus gives me full rights to pretend that this is my skin because if you can't see it or feel it then it doesn't exist, am I correct?!
I don't need a primer with this and I pretty much always powder over my foundations with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder and can say that it stays looking flawless on my visage from 6am until 4.30pm, apart from my nose which gets oily at about 1pm which is pretty good for an oily schnozzed person.
This is what I was expecting from Chanel's Perfection Lumiere Velvet. It gives a matte finish yet doesn't sit in pores, doesn't attach itself to any dry patches and gives that much coveted radiance. In your face Perfection Lumiere Velvet and your €39. I've got something better for under a quarter of the price!
Love this stuff and long may my face be all flawless and glowy! This is on stands now so go visit it now.