Earlier this month Chanel announced they were launching a new foundation, Perfection Lumiere Velvet (£33). Well, I say that, but there wasn't actually all that much build up surrounding it. I kind of heard about it and within the week it was miraculously here. Anyway, as soon as the 11th rolled round I dutifully toddled on down to my local Boots to have a swatch and a drool over the lovely sleek black packaging. Now, it's no secret that I love a good base. I probably have more than my fair share, but I am also a firm believer in sampling before purchase. Not only do you get a chance to pinpoint your perfect colour (turns out mine is B20), but you can have a play around with application and see if the finish and longevity really suit you. Samples tend to last just over a week's worth of applications, and when the bottle is this cute it's almost better than buying the real thing.
So, we've established that the packaging is gorgeous (you must have seen it floating about by now), compact and practical, but what about the product itself? A little goes a long way with this stuff. It comes out a thin, watery consistency that once worked in turns almost powdery. The product claims a velvety matte finish, and on that it delivers. It's much lighter and more natural looking than your average matte foundation and is considerably easier to blend.
I don't have dry skin by any means, but I tend to lean towards bases that give you a healthy glow- mainly so I can look like I've slept more than I have. That being said, I found that the finish of this just didn't give me that extra boost I was looking for. My complexion felt ever so slightly dulled down and it didn't sit particularly well around my nose. Don't get me wrong, I really wanted to love this and I had a good play around with it, but it just wasn't quite right. And lets face it (no pun intended), when a foundation comes in at £33 you kind of want it to be more than just OK. At the end of the day though, this is a gorgeous product - and excellent one for all the oiler skinned ladies out there.