Per usual, I am always on the hunt for the best foundation I can find. Not that I even wear makeup that often, but when I do, I like to start with an even and natural base. It is hard to find that balance between providing enough coverage, while still looking natural and skin like.
Since my skin not only pales significantly in winter (I am not a fan of tanning, fake or real, so winter me is quite pale in comparison to summer me), but also somehow manages to change undertones as well, I am forced to find completely new colors of foundation for the winter months. This winter, I picked up a few new foundations, one of them being the Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup. This product retails for $50, and you get 1 ounce of product. Not a great amount of product, but pretty average amount and price for a high end, luxury brand item.
This foundation is lightweight and oil free, and claims to provide a long lasting matte-velvet finish. It is recommended for those with normal to oily skin. I am normally quite oily, but in the cold, dry winter months I venture into that ‘normal’ territory. Even though I am not as oily in winter, I still prefer a matte finish foundation, finding that I can always add back radiance to my skin through the use of a highlighter easier than I can temper a high sheen foundation.
I have been using this foundation quite consistently over the past few months, and have really grown to love it. It is very thin and liquid in consistency, and requires a good shake prior to use. I have applied it with both a Beauty Blender and with a brush, and while both apply well, I tend to prefer the Beauty Blender since it gives such an airbrushed effect.
Since it is quite thin, you do need to build up some to get a full coverage, but it never feels thick on the skin. But I did not buy this with the intent of it being a full coverage foundation, so I like that I can leave it quite natural or build up more where needed. Either way, it does a wonderful job of evening out my complexion and blurring my pores. Since it is a matte foundation, it does dry down quite quickly to a soft, powdery finish. If you are more towards the normal or dry end of the skin spectrum, then you may be able to get away without setting powder, but I still prefer to set with powder. So far, I have had no issues with this product settling into fine lines, or wearing off. It does seem to live up to its claim of being long lasting.
While I have grown to love this foundation over the winter, I do have one gripe with this product. The color selection is pretty terrible for this foundation. There are only 9 shades available, and very limited undertones. I have been using the shade 30 Beige, and while by no means not a perfect match, it was the closest available to me. I don’t think that I am in alone in finding the available colors very difficult to find a match. Other than that color selection, I have loved using this foundation, and will continue to do so.