Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

I’m going to say it upfront. This could be my new HG foundation. I was open minded about this product because I got it basically the minute it launched and I hadn’t read/watched very many reviews on it beforehand. All I was expecting was a slightly more matte formula than Vitalumiere Aqua and hopefully a bit more longevity. I am happy to report that it offers both, as well as a smidgeon more coverage and an amazing velvety finish which still looks glowing without being dewy.

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I got shade B20 which is the same shade I use in VItalumiere Aqua, but swatched side by side the Perfection Lumière Velvet is ever-so-slightly darker. It still suits my skin tone really well though when I blend it properly into my neck. Perfection Lumière Velvet comes in identical packaging to the Vitalumiere Aqua, except the bottle is black. I think the packaging looks so classy and sleek, with the added bonus of it not being glass and therefore very easy to toss in your makeup bag.

Perfection Lumiere Nozzle

I find the texture of this foundation fascinating. I prefer to apply the very thin liquid formula with my fingertips as it almost melts into your skin on contact and transforms to a slightly powdery finish. Because it dries quite quickly I like to apply it, blend it out, and then apply to the next area of my face. It is effortless to blend though, and it honestly doesn’t require a brush to get a streak-free finish with no visible lines. I also find that a tiny bit goes a long way, so I use tiny drops for each area of my face.

Perfection Lumiere Swatch

Unblended on the left and blended on the right

The coverage is light to medium, similar to Vitalumière Aqua, but can be built up enough to cover redness, dark spots or scars. Obviously it isn’t going to tackle a blemish head on and emerge victorious, but I prefer light, skin-like foundations with added concealer to heavy, full coverage ones. The thing I love most about this foundation is how it disappears into your skin and looks so natural.

As for longevity, although it is more matte and longer lasting than Vitalumiere Aqua, if you have an oily t-zone you will need to powder it. I definitely look less “dewy” as the day progresses and find that setting it with loose powder in the morning lasts me until late afternoon or early evening. I’ve definitely not needed to powder my nose as often since discovering this gem. Below I’m wearing Perfection Lumiere Velvet with bronzer and concealer.

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This is going to be a matter of personal preference. I’m sure some people will not like this foundation and others will love it, depending on your skin type and what you look for in a foundation. If you prefer your foundation to feel very light on the skin, look very natural and have light to medium coverage, then you might just love this offering. It retails for R550.

April Haul

April was supposed to be abstinence month. But I’ve postponed that till May because I’m not really good with the old self control. I got some exciting new products in April that I wanted to share, and although I usually just leave these videos to my YouTube channel I thought I would do a ‘New in April’ blog post too.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Face & Body Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel

I have had this Nuxe cleanser for over a month already, and although I use it daily I just haven’t gotten around to mentioning it on my blog. The Reve de Miel Face & Body Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel is great value for money as it comes in a huge 400ml pump bottle and obviously it can be used as a facial cleanser or a shower gel. It is an opaque foaming liquid cleanser but doesn’t contain soap, sodium laureth sulphate or anything like that. In fact, most of the ingredients are natural, the main component being honey. I also had the perseverance to look up every ingredient on the Paula’s Choice cosmetic ingredient dictionary and it seems they are all considered good, gentle ingredients for your skin.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel

I’m usually very wary of foaming cleansers and usually always opt for a cleansing cream or balm, but this one is so gentle and non-drying that I’m happy to make an exception for it. It is targeted at sensitive and dry skin, but it works just as well for normal and combination skin. It is gentle enough not to strip the natural moisture from your skin, but still leaves your face feeling clean with no residue left behind. The only thing you need to be aware of is that it is very strongly scented of honey. I am hopeless at describing fragrance (which is why you won’t ever see a perfume review on this blog, sorry). If you don’t like scented skincare then I would stay away from this one. If like me you enjoy the sensory experience, then I can wholeheartedly recommend this cleanser.

Nuxe gel

I got mine for R189.95 on Rubybox, but it ought to also be available at the selected Truworths stores which stock Nuxe.

My Week in Instagram #11 and a Happy Easter

I hope everyone is having a relaxing long weekend. I just wanted to say Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it, and I hope the Easter Bunny has visited! I have been enjoying the Supergorgeous April photo challenge on Instagram this month and I’ve used it as inspiration and, well, a good excuse for getting way more creative than usual. I wouldn’t always leave the house in my makeup creations, but it has been a lot of fun. So this week’s roundup of my favourite Easter/SuperGorgeousApril pics.