Velvet Finish Foundation Round-up

Rummaging through my foundations, I decided to round up the ones that I own that provide the most velvet/matte finish since that is a finish that a lot of us gravitate to during this time of year (especially if your skin is on the oily side). On the dock we have:

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, Giorgio Armani Maestro and Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundations. I have more comprehensive reviews of the Chanel here and Hourglass here but I find that reviews by comparison are even more helpful. I am going to provide you with a nerdy list of my likes and dislikes for each of these. Alas, let's begin.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet (I have the shade B20) $45


- this is the best if you have any texture issues/concerns. I have some deeper acne scarring on my cheeks and this smooths out the skin surface perfectly. 

- feels incredibly lightweight and is easy to blend with fingers or a brush (not the beauty blender)

- doesn't oxidize pink on me and it's a decent colour match

- looks incredible when you first apply it on the skin, it's a true velvet finish, with a slight glow from within


- lasting power. It starts looking weird after about 3-4 hours. The coverage gets patchy, the oils break through... not impressed. I actually get longer lasting power from Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

- it transfers way too easily. This is the only foundation I've owned in my life where it actually transferred on a boyfriend's face after kissing him. OH HELLZ NO. Unacceptable. 

Verdict: if your skin is normal and you don't get oily patches, I think this is more suitable for you. This has a medium coverage yet feels very light on the skin and gives a nice smooth look to the skin even if you have acne scarring/texture issues. Sadly it just didn't last on my oily skin so I won't be repurchasing.

Giorgio Armani Maestro (shade 4) $64


- the most lightweight and easy to blend foundation I own (best used with fingers)

- the colour doesn't oxidize at all (!!!)

- evens out the skin tone extremely well, has a soft skin-like finish

- really pleasant soft soapy scent

- good lasting power


- the application is a hot mess. It has a dropper... and any accidental drops on clothes

do not wash out easily

 since the pigment of this foundation is suspended in oil

- a nightmare on dry patches. If you have even a hint of dry flaky skin (which can sometimes happen even if you're oily and battling acne) this foundation will cling to it and it will look terrible.

Giorgio Armani Maestro #4


if you have normal/slightly oily skin and don't have any texture concerns or dry patches this foundation is perfect for you. It's easy to apply with your fingers and gives a light/medium buildable coverage. Just don't drop any of your clothes unless you want to rack up your dry cleaning bill.

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation (shade Nude) $55


- lasting power. This stuff is water resistant, you can take a swim and this shiz will still be on your face.

- you don't need to set this foundation with powder since it dries exactly to a powder finish

- this is truly the most long-lasting foundation of the bunch


- be careful when selecting a colour since it dries up to a full shade darker.

- hard to apply since it sets to a powder finish quite quickly... you don't have much time to blend it into the skin or to customize the coverage (which is medium coverage, I'd say)

- the pump gets clogged every time because the formulation dries down to a solid powder


 Maybe I just sucked at applying it.... but I think that this feels slightly heavy on the skin and it's hard to work with. The result is nice and long-lasting, however, so it's a good one to keep on hand for long-haul summer days where water may be involved but you still want your face to look done up.

Have you tried any of these? Do you have any other matte/velvet finish foundation recommendations for me?