Foundation Review: CHANEL PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET

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Hello and Happy Hump Day!

I have been on the hunt for a holy grail foundation for ages.  Even when I feel as if I am close, a few uses later, and it’s usually no dice.  For reference, I am an NC42 in MAC and have been for years.  My skin tone usually doesn’t change season by season, or year by year, but my needs do.

As I am getting older, I seem to want to shy away from my tried and true heavy foundations, and go for a lighter, more natural look.

I always knew that I wanted to delve into the world of CHANEL cosmetics because it is such a lovely luxury brand.  And if I’m being honest, I always wanted to own something from the brand and their cosmetics are affordable.

I did not actually go into the store to test shades for foundation so I chose my color based on what others have said online matches with their own NC42 skin. I chose the 50 Beige shade. I ordered online from chanel.com, and with my order I was able to get free gift wrapping and it was a great extra perk.

FIRST IMPRESSION:

I shook the bottle vigorously to make sure the color was mixed properly before applying to my face.  I poured a small amount of product onto the back of my hand, and it had a thin, watery consistency.  I took my index finger and dabbed product onto my face, and blended with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

The foundation blends beautifully and dries to a very matte and velvety texture.  If you are light-handed with your makeup, or are just starting out with foundations, you can finish your face with one step because this foundation dries to a gorgeous powdery finish.

I really want to like this foundation and I have only applied it twice since receiving it a week ago, but I think I need to go into the store and test other shades because I don’t feel that Beige 50 is quite my color and in fact washes me out a little.

I am able to still see my skin under the makeup for a natural look which is nice, but without the correct shade I don’t feel like I look my best in this formula.  I also think that having the correct finishing powder will make a difference.

My next CHANEL purchase (in store this time) will most likely be the Poudre Universelle Compacte, which is their natural finish pressed powder, to see if it compliments the foundation.

What is your experience with the brand?  Any suggestions for color matches?

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