Just Landed: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

A few weeks back I saw there was a new Chanel release incoming and made a swift dash to my diary, making sure I didn’t forget to pick up a bottle the day it came out. Turns out having a diary really does work for me because come Friday 11th April I was headed to my local Boots on a mission. The Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet must be mine.

Luckily the search for this one was far more straight forward than past new releases from Chanel. They were stocked in abundance and the shades were pretty much a 100% match for the Vitalumiere Aqua shades (if you haven’t seen that review you can find it here), making the awkward matching process pleasantly easy. I’m 10 Beige which gives this foundation the same shade issue as the V.A – it just doesn’t cater for the super pale skins. However, where as the V.A is more on the dewy side, the Chanel P.L.V (doing some serious abbreviation here for fear of RSI) is more on the semi matte side – it holds the same luminosity as V.A, but a more matte finish. Definitely one for the more normal to oily skins here as it didn’t settle at all well over my dry patches and actually irritated my eczema a little.

It’s also rather heavily fragranced, something I don’t mind as I always find a good primer or BB cream underneath my makeup will save my skin from blemishes, but if that’s not a step you’re overly fond of it could be an issue. It’s £33, a pricey purchase, but no more expensive than my Laura Mercier or Giorgio Amani options, but if you’re a true beauty nut it might be worth holding fire for a second and re-assessing what you already have in your makeup arsenal. Dupes include the Vitalumiere Aqua (obviously) but also the Benefit Big Easy (similar finish and lighter coverage).

The usual TLDR? Is the packaging pretty? Yes *drools*. Is it good for dry skins? No. BUT if you have oily skin it might be a better summer option over Vitalumiere Aqua. Fingers crossed for an oily skinned summer on my part!


  1. La Petite Primp
    15 Apr 2014 / 7:59 am

    Ah that little black bottle is totally drool-worthy. It was great to read your thoughts on this! I picked this up this weekend and am reallllly loving it – it literally feels like nothing on the skin.
    XO Camey

  2. Giada
    15 Apr 2014 / 8:02 am

    I was really curious about this one but I'm afraid my skin would react badly if it's so highly fragranced, plus even if my skin is on the oilier side I still suffer of eczema and trying to fight it since forever and I don't really want something to irritate it right now : may need to ask a sample and try it!

    x Giada | Miel Café

  3. Zazie Bibi
    15 Apr 2014 / 8:20 am

    This sounds really nice, but i think i'd prefer the vitalumiere aqua 🙂 xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  4. Whatlouiseisloving .gmail.com
    15 Apr 2014 / 8:48 am

    It looks beautiful. I m just little wary of anything that is too heavily fragranced! X


  5. Cassandra Myee
    15 Apr 2014 / 8:51 am

    This sounds really nice! Also you always have the most perfect eyeliner!


  6. Angelica P
    15 Apr 2014 / 9:52 am

    This sounds gorgeous and you're right, the packaging is so nice. Really classic! It's nice that there's a new option for the oilier skinned among us xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

  7. little henry lee
    15 Apr 2014 / 10:02 am

    i've been getting the feeling from the reviews i've read of this foundation so far that it would suit me better than the vitalumiere aqua because my skin gets reasonably oily through my t-zone during the day and something that gives more of a matte finish would last longer for me. it's a shame about the shade range though because i'm super pale! i've swatched the lightest shade of the VLA before and it's definitely too dark for me. 🙁 it's such a shame but i guess it saves me a bit of money!

    little henry lee

  8. sophiesmakeupblog
    15 Apr 2014 / 10:02 am

    It sounds lovely! Such pretty packaging x


  9. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    15 Apr 2014 / 10:28 am

    I so wish this would work for me but since I've got dehydrated skin it doesn't sound like it's a good match :o/ Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  10. Te Ana
    15 Apr 2014 / 11:03 am

    I think I might just have to pop to my local this weekend for a sample.
    The finish sounds like exactly what I'm after, but I'm a little worried about the strong fragrance.

    TeAna // RoyalAndBlue

  11. Aerin Downs
    15 Apr 2014 / 11:12 am

    Your skin looks flawless! x

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  12. Ana Céline
    15 Apr 2014 / 11:13 am

    Thanks for the review, your skin looks flawless 🙂
    Ana xo anacelinelabod.com

  13. Sara Chergui
    15 Apr 2014 / 11:17 am

    This foundation looks amazing !

  14. Marine T.
    15 Apr 2014 / 11:28 am

    I am dying to try this foundation ! I have the Chanel Vitalumère Aqua but I am really curious to see how well this one performs on my skin !

  15. Lillian ParisianToBe
    15 Apr 2014 / 11:48 am

    This looks amazing on you! Did you use a primer underneath? If so, if it's the Dior Glow Maximizer, I must get my hands on it.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  16. Eleri Roberts
    15 Apr 2014 / 12:17 pm

    Hmmm I may leave this one out for now, although the packaging is gorgeous 🙂

    Eleri Roberts x

  17. It's a blondiie thing!
    15 Apr 2014 / 12:31 pm

    This looks absolutely gorgeous, and I love the packaging. Sounds like such a nice finish, shame it's not so moisturising but i'spose you can't expect everything from every item hmm. Deffo need to have a look at this, thanks for the review.

    Kristy | http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk

  18. Sandy
    15 Apr 2014 / 12:44 pm

    I am really intrigued by this but the heavy scent definitely puts me off! Your eyeliner is looking incredible as always 🙂



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  20. Becky Fearn
    15 Apr 2014 / 1:17 pm

    Thanks for reviewing this for the oily skins ladies, I had been looking to try the chanel vitalumiere aqua but may try this instead as my skin is definitely on the oily side!


    B xx

  21. Lauren Parker
    15 Apr 2014 / 3:02 pm

    sounds lovely!

    Lauren| thatgirlcalledlauren.blogspot.co.uk

  22. Townhouse Palette
    15 Apr 2014 / 3:25 pm

    You are so gorgeous! I have weird skin, so I will be trying the Aqua before this one. I just read that one, great posts ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette ♥

  23. CatrinTeleri
    15 Apr 2014 / 3:47 pm

    This sounds perefect, I think I'd get it over vitalumerie aqua because it'd probably better for my skin but oh my god the packaging.

  24. Brittany Seel
    15 Apr 2014 / 3:48 pm

    This sounds amazing! I always put off trying the Aqua before due to my oily skin but this sounds much more suited to me 🙂 great post
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

  25. Lavinka
    15 Apr 2014 / 7:13 pm

    Your skin looks flawless! This foundation is on top of my wish list.

  26. Marianna
    15 Apr 2014 / 7:14 pm

    Love the packaging! This actually sounds like it would work great for me! I have a pretty normal skin that isn't particularly dry or oily, but Vitalumiere Aqua can definitely get a bit too dewy for me during the warmer months. Dying to try this!


  27. Laura Hollier
    15 Apr 2014 / 8:09 pm

    The packaging is lush. I have drier skin though, so a skip from me! xx

  28. Jessicalaar
    15 Apr 2014 / 8:20 pm

    This looks incredible on your skin, you look flawless. This is going to be a must buy product for me.

    Jess x


  29. Daniella C
    15 Apr 2014 / 9:57 pm

    love! so beautiful!

  30. Shree Rose
    15 Apr 2014 / 11:25 pm

    I own the V.A. and I love it but would love to get my hands on this as I do have combination/oily skin and I do like a great matte foundation!



  31. Logan Hermanson
    16 Apr 2014 / 5:13 am

    I want to try this so badly! I'm hoping it will control my T-Zone during the day.
    xox Logan


  32. Katie
    16 Apr 2014 / 6:13 am

    Wow, you have sold me! The foundation looks flawless on you! I am a little skeptical about the fragrance as that isn't my cup of tea, but it's definitely worth a try.
    Thanks for the review xx

  33. Mel Davies
    20 Apr 2014 / 5:39 pm

    FINALLY a recommendation for oily skinned girls! So many recent releases seem aimed at normal or dry skin, so I'm so excited by this! x

    lillies and lipbalm

  34. Grace Denny
    24 Apr 2014 / 9:53 pm

    Picked this little beauty up last week and I've worn it every day since. I was so sceptical about it before purchasing but I lahhhve it! It's so lightweight in comparison to other foundations targeted to oily skin types! It's my errythang right now! 😛

    G from http://graceedd.blogspot.ie

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