My Go to Barely There Foundations

Summer is well under way here in Australia and that means putting away my heavy duty full coverage foundations in favour of something a little more lightweight. In preparing for the warmer months I have been trying out two foundations that have replaced my beloved Estee Lauder Double wear (Gasp!). I know, I didn't think it would happen but I have embraced all that is sheer and am loving the results. 

Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet

I've always been a little bit weary of sheer bases, but this Foundation is deception in a bottle! It's lightweight and sheer consistency would make you think that it wouldn't cover much but when I first applied it I was incredibly impressed, it covered my discolouration and blemishes whilst still letting the skin breathe. The formula is very watery and feels light on the skin when you apply it and because of this it blends into the skin like a dream! At the moment my skin is oily/combination and this foundation works beautifully with it. It offers a medium to buildable coverage and leaves a velvety matte finish to the skin which I'm loving at the moment. It is heavily scented and smells divine, so if you are sensitive to fragrances then just be careful with this one, I'm quite susceptible to breakouts with heavily fragranced products but this one seems to work fine with my skin. It's lasting power is around the six hour mark and seems to last quite well. Definitely my new favourite for the summer!

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide*
If you frequent my blog you would know I'm an avid Laura Mercier lover or hoarder, whatever you want to call it. I think they bring out some of the best foundations and their newest edition to the foundation family is their Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide! Besides their mineral powder, it is their first lightweight and sheer foundation that I have used and like the Chanel Perfection Lumiere, it offers a matte finish whilst also providing buildable coverage. Both comparatively are very similar products and offer the same results. The only difference is that the Laura Mercier although matte, allows the natural radiance of the skin to shine through more then the Chanel does. The Perfection Lumiere velvet masks it a bit more and provides a beautiful velvety finish but both are great, and very similar. Out of the two, the Chanel works better with my skin but both are incredibly good foundations and I'd definitely recommend them if your looking for a base that is lightweight.

I'm always trying out new products to use in my videos so if you'd like to see these foundations in action then don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube where I'll definitely be using them in some upcoming tutorials. Have any of you tried these foundations or have any other lightweight foundations that you'd recommend? Let me know in the comments.

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24 comments

  1. This was really helpful, I live in Australia and I was looking for a foundation that wasn't to thick.

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  2. Great review. It's good to read about foundations that work well during an Australian summer!
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  3. Great post! I need to try this!

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  4. I really want to try out that Chanel one! I've heard great things about it, and I'm definitely going to have to check it out!
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  5. haven't tried these, but OMG, the packaging is enough , so pretty! :)


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  6. The packaging is quite pretty but its what is in the inside though that is even better! I'd love to check out your blog lovely x

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  7. I would really recommend it! so great :)

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  8. That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing, need to try it asap!

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  9. The Laura Mercier stuff sounds great - I always forget you're gearing up for summer down there - it seems so strange.

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  10. Hmm... I had no clue Laura Mercier Fluid had released a new foundation. Will have to try a sample. I have Laura Mercier's tinted moisturiser and it's great stuff. x

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  11. I've been wanting to try that Chanel foundation for a while now, I should probably pick up a sample to try it out. My favorite barely there base is the YSL BB cream, I love it x


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  12. I love the Laura Mercier foundation - the coverage is light but definitely buildable. It's winter in Canada and I do prefer that foundation for winter just because it's dewy. I tend to go for a more matte foundations in the summer when I'm more prone to get greasy. The Chanel foundation looks like a dream but glad to know Laura Mercier is similar!


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  13. Never tried any Chanel prodcuts , I have some Laura Mercier primer I love it . xox

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  14. I love Chanel Aqualumiere but when I wanted to buy Chanel Velvet, the SA said no because it is not suitable for very dry skin like mine. I need to try Laura Mercier Flawless Fluide, it sounds really good!

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  15. I love Chanel products!

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  16. They are quite expensive but very luxe!

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  17. Yeah she was right! it is quite matte compared to the Laura Mercier one so I would suggest you opt for that one :)

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  18. The primers by laura mercier are the best!!

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  19. Both are beautiful, just depends on your preference! :D Thanks for reading love x

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  20. Yes definitely go get a sample! :) Oh i didn't even know they had a BB cream, I'd love to try that out :)

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  21. I didn't either actually! They didn't hype it up as much! I've tried the tinted moisturiser as well and love it! Thanks for reading Renata

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