CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation, a.k.a) The New-Gen Matte

Another day, another foundation review here at VDM. It seems like complexion cover-ups are my flavour of the month right now, but you know I’ve always harboured a soft spot for them and when CHANEL pipe up and release a new formula – well, I just had to pick it up. CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation came out of nowhere didn’t it? No hype, just bam and it was on counters and I must admit that I made the trip to my local one on the day of release. I couldn’t help myself. After a few weeks of giving it a whirl I thought it was time to share my musings, so grab a coffee and let’s talk…

So what have we got here? CHANEL tout it as a ‘lightweight second-skin that smoothes and evens out the complexion for a velvety matte result’ and I find that to ring pretty true. If you’re looking for a glowy, fresh finished formula then this isn’t the one. It’s not cakey or powdery looking on the skin like matte foundations of the past have offered, it’s a new-gen matte. Looking natural, completely undetectable, while keeping oil producers in check. Of course throughout the day the matte-ness wains somewhat, but by the end of a 12-hour stint things were looking decidedly less sheeny than they would naturally and one of the main benefits of such a finish is that the lasting powder is a smidge better my other CHANEL foundation love – Vitalumière Aqua.

The application is a bit of a weird one. The formula is watery, like really thin, and when blended into the skin (I like fingers better over a brush), it just melts in. I find it hard to see where I originally smeared on the dollop of product. It does however leave my fingers feeling quite powdery, so be prepared for a quick bathroom break post-application. And while we’re just taking a moment to mull over its appearance can we just take in the beauty that is the bottle? It might not look much, but it’s sleek, chic and most importantly – probably one of the lightest and easiest to pack/store/travel with foundations in your stocks.

Comparisons between this and the Vitalumière Aqua made, of course the question is – which one do I prefer? It’s a clear winner for me – Vitalumiére Aqua. And it’s purely down to the fact that I like a little more glow in my finish. But my bottle of Perfection Lumière Velvet won’t go to waste as a blob of each formula blended into the skin looks seriously incredible – radiant, yet long-lasting. Though if I had to pick one? It’s an obvious choice for me.

Conclusion coming. Perfection Lumière Velvet is basically Vitalumière Aqua – natural coverage, skin-like finish – but for oilier skinned gals. The shade range in the UK isn’t fab currently, but the good news is that the colours marry up to CHANEL’s pre-existing foundation family (FYI I’m B20) and it comes in at £33 from Selfridges. Right, I think that’s about everything for now and I promise that’s enough foundation speak for a while…


  • For me, it’s like a miracle product! I will definitely get one !

  • Ella

    Not for me – I steer clear of anything that could make me look drier.

  • Oh my, that sounds amazing. I’ve always wanted to try Chanel foundations and now that there’s one for us oily skin girls, there’ll be more more excuses…

  • jasmen

    This might have to be my first Chanel makeup purchase!

  • Sounds amazing, and perfect for my skin type! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD | The Little Deer Sunglasses and £20 Voucher Giveaway

  • everyone is raving about it and especially for oily skin.. seems like a product worth a definite try. Lets see when do i get to get my hands onto it.

  • Wow looks amazing on you! I’ve never tried any Chanel makeup before 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • ElisabethRilatt

    The bottle excites me more than the foundation (although it is pretty good!) It’s gonna be a great little addition to the collection for the summer 🙂


  • Looks so good on you Anna. Don’t think I’d like this foundation as I love me a dewy glow but it looks so flawless on.

  • Sybil Mae

    Excited to try this out! Hopefully it will help keep my oils at bay…

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    Shame it’s the same product! Very handy review, I was planning on buying this!

  • Definitely like the sound of this for my oily skin. It looks gorgeous on you. Although the bottle alone could persuade me to buy it! Laura x

  • Parisian To Be

    This sounds awesome, but, like you, I prefer a glowy finish. Argh–let’s be honest: I don’t need any more base products.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • PeonyandPeach

    Sounds like a great foundation, such a shame about the poor shade range though!

  • sofika
  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    It sounds amazing but for my dry skin I think I need to try the Vitalumiére Aqua – it will for sure be one of the things I buy when I go to Rome 🙂

  • I’ve just picked up a little sample of this, excited to give it a try. You look amazing! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  • Zazie Bibi
  • Prettysnoopy

    Great review Anna, your skin (and hair btw) looks amazing in the photo! xxx

  • Danielle

    I love the Vitalumière Aqua but do find it a little too shiny so might have to try this new one 🙂 Danielle xx

  • Marina

    I have never used Vitalumiere Aqua, but I am a big fan of Mat Lumiere foundation. How does it compare to Mat Lumere? Does it provide more matte coverage?

  • Manouk

    There’s not a shade light enough for my pale skintone.. Same old story muhh 🙁

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait

  • lisa robb

    This product sounds amazing
    L x

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    Wow your skin looks fabulous here!

  • Sounds like so many keep leaning towards their original formula in the VA but I like the idea of something with a little less glow.

    Great review!

  • Imi

    Great post! I found VA far too oily for me. I have the Mat Lumiere which I love it’s perfect for my combination skin. I’d love to know how that compares to the new release though.

  • Daniella




  • I picked this up a couple of days ago, and I have to agree with you, the finish is fab, but how it sets can be a little be a hit or miss! I wasn’t a huge fan of the Vitalumiere Aqua, so I was hoping this would be a game-changer. Not yet though I’ll keep playing around with it!

  • I had to make a little purchase of this too – new Chanel, chic black packaging, and yup, I’m there. 😉 I’m really loving this, especially because it feels like nothing, but it does tend to enhance some dry patches at times… Vitalumiere Aqua has been a bit abandoned in my makeup drawer lately but I think it’s time to whip it out and compare!
    XO Camey

  • Trudy

    Lovely post!!! I bought the foundation too.
    XO Trudy

  • Sarah Hale

    I have dry skin but don’t like how shiny the Vitalumiere Aqua looks. I had been using the Perfection Lumiere but tried this and I absolutely love it. It feels really light but gives a lot of coverage, and stays more matte and lasts longer than the Perfection Lumiere but doesn’t look cakey at all, even with facial eczema. I just think it looks like perfect skin, whereas for me the VA looks like a layer over the skin. Definitely a fan 🙂

  • Sej

    I really like the sound of this and have been dying to find out more since seeing you wear it in your vlog. I feel there aren’t many effective foundations for oilier skin types so I have to give this a go.

    Being lightweight is an added bonus because I hate feeling like i have my face too covered up. Fingers crossed they have a shade I can work with!

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say?


  • I wonder if the formula in the UK is slightly different than the one in the US. I have extremely dry skin and prefer Perfection Lumière Velvet. It leaves my hydrated skin looking more dewy and hydrated whereas Vitalumière Aqua clings to my dry patches and leaves an oily slick all over my skin.

    xx Lauren // Dirty Blonde Ambition

  • Thanks for such a thorough review! I definitely need to try this- I’m a huge fan of Vitalumiere Aqua, but it can be a bit too dewy for my oily skin, especially in summertime. This sounds like a wonderful alternative 🙂

  • Emily

    I have heard some say that the coverage is slightly better with the new VMA matte version, would you agree? Thank you!

  • Sarah

    Nice products, love Chanel. Sarah from

  • Liz

    This is an amazing product. Check out my full review

    on my blog The Glamery