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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Review: Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation


In every beauty addict's life there will be products that become such a must-have that you feel you would die of sadness if they were ever discontinued (I'm looking at you, Dior Creme de Rose), but there will also be products that you absolutely want to love but can't. The Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation is that product for me. 

I purchased this foundation for $72 awhile back, after testing it on my hand in the shop and falling in love with the consistency. It's a lightweight, oil-free, gel texture that contains 60% charged water and seaweed. This combination allows moisture into the skin without the use of oil as an emulsifier. The coverage is medium to full, and is meant to "ease the appearance of flaws". It contains natural botanicals, including aloe, chamomile, and arnica, which work to calm irritation and soothe sensitive skin. The sales girl also told me it was somewhat anti-microbial due to the seaweed, and that it helps to heal broken-out skin. The product looked like whipped liquid; almost like a container of whipped cream that had melted slightly. It definitely looked like it would spill it you knocked it over, so when the sales girl happily said, "turn it upside down, it won't spill" I was a little basket of nerves upending it, wondering if this was a "trick". Well, let me tell you guys, it wasn't. Something about this little product defies gravity, and that was cool enough to seal the deal. Into my basket this little product went, along with a few other goodies (hello Cane & Austin treatment pads whom I heart so much). 

I've given this product two tries - once on a night I was going out, where my makeup was full-coverage and smokey, and once on a "beach day", where I was looking for lighter coverage. Both times I was unhappy with this foundation. The first time I thought maybe I was just having a weird skin night, but after trying it again yesterday I have decided that this foundation is simply not for me. It's way too sheer for me, and even though I can build it up it takes a LOT a product to do this. It's strange... it just requires such a large amount to cover my face - like 4-5 pea size's worth. I'm wondering if it takes this much for everyone? At $72 a jar I'm not going to feel comfortable using more than a pea-size or two amount at a time. 

On top of that it seems to ball up on my nose and chin, creating what looks like little milia all over; I think it might be that it's sticking to dry patches? But that doesn't even make sense to me because my chin and nose shouldn't be dry... that's right in my "t-zone"! Overall I'm just not happy with this foundation; it's not for me. I'll be passing this on to someone who might enjoy it more. It's meant for all skin types, and some people even say it works best on normal to dry skin types, but I'm thinking this would work better on someone more oily. 

Mine is in shade "Vanilla" for reference. You can see my foundation shade reference guide here. I'm wearing the foundation in the below picture, and while it looks okay overall, it doesn't give me even coverage. Plus, you can kind of see the tiny "specks" that appear to be milia on my nose, chin, cheeks. On top of that, my pores seem to look larger than usual. Definitely not the right match for my skin!

Have you tried this? Do you love it? Leave your questions or opinions on this product in a comment below!


Ingredients: 
Aqua (Water), Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Dimethicone, Peg-350, Sodium Chloride, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Glycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Natto Gum, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben; May Contain: Methicone, Stearic Acid, Aluminium Hydroxide, Silica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Talc, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019). 

37 comments:

  1. Great review Elle! Thanks for taking your time to do these for us. Love you <3

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  2. Hmm, I'm interested in trying this. My skin type is the complete opposite of yours- super oily! I think I'm going to give this a try if it comes in my shade and I will let you know if it works any better for oilier skin! I'm going into this a skeptic so it will have a lot to prove! :)

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  3. I would love to see your "off day" makeup routine for when you aren't filming. I love Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua, do you ever wear it alone to show off your freckles? I pair it with Bobbi Brown's creamy concealer and Dior Skin Nude concealor for a my natural day off look :)

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  4. Thank you Elle for always providing so much information about the product. I really enjoy reading your writing and being able to learn more about the product!

    Thank You!
    ~Cindy F.

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  5. lovely foundation! i am in love with the packaging! have you tried their just skin tinted moisturizer?
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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    1. Their tinited moisturizer isn't as good as Laura Mercier’s. Laura Mercier provides a much better finish and spreads on easier.

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  6. So funny, because I never hear anyone talk about this and I had the same experience as you! I feel like I should love it and keep it in my foundation drawer... but I never grab it cause I just do not like it at all.

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  7. I've never tried this product, I use a foundation stick from an Italian brand called Flormar. It's not too expensive and it's perfect for me. I also use Clinique's CC cream, I love how lightweight it is but I don't like how it makes my skin feel a little oily if I'm out in the sun too long :/

    Catching Stars

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  8. Nope never tried it but great post :)

    www.glittergossip.com

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  9. Wow $72! I would never buy this if you dint like it!
    BTW i am new to blogging community, wonder if you could give me your feedback?

    http://www.glamourjournals.com

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  10. Because of the 'balling' effect etc. and the fact that it has a different formulation from most foundations, I wonder if it's not maybe disagreeing with your skin care products? Maybe it's a water against oil kind of thing?

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    1. Totally agree with you here. It does react badly to some skin products. So far, SKII is its worst enemy.

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  11. This should just work for such a price, but you look pretty as always! Thanks for the review.

    http://tanjamortensen.com/

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    1. Haha I agree!! That's probably part of why I was unhappy with it, but to be honest even if this was a $5 drugstore foundation I would have thought it poor quality.

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  12. It's such a good formula! Pricey, but worth it..

    http://mzriio.blogspot.com

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    1. You love it? It's so funny how products can be SO different on different people!

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  13. So, as far as coverage goes, would it then be comparable to the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat? I've heard a lot of people say that particular foundation doesn't give them enough coverage, but for me it's been perfect, so I'm wondering if this would be a decent investment for me. It sounds fabulous!

    www.meganandpearls.com

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    1. I haven't tried that one so I wouldn't know. This one is supposedly medium to full actually, but I don't think it is.

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  14. Lovely review. I always enjoy reading unpopular opinions because they seem so honest. Thumbs up to you!
    xo Lillian + parisiantobe.com

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    1. I'm trying to make Dreaming in Blush as genuine as possible, and that will include some not-so-favorites as well. Not every product is perfect, or works for everyone, you know?

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  15. I think it looks very un-natural on you, to be honest. You look so so much better with other foundations!! (But you always look beautiful so don't worry)

    http://milkshakebreak.blogspot.pt/

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    1. I agree!! It just didn't mesh with my skin type at all

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  16. Excellent review. The ingredients show 2 different types of parabens, so perhaps your passing on it is for the best. Can't wait for your next article! I appreciate the time you out them, thank you !

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  17. OOPS - I appreciate the time you "put" into them

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  18. Thanks for sharing a product that didn't actually work for you, you should keep the receipt so you can return such pricey products if they don't work for you! Oh and the Laura Mercier silk creme foundation def looks better on you! Or just your natural skin alone!

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    1. Unfortunately I purchased it through a store that doesn't take opened products back. I'll find a home for it though! It's too pricey not to. And thank you! I love the Silk Creme - it's my baby!

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  19. Gorgeous, Elle! Check out embracethebest.blogspot.com to learn how to be the best at everything! ♥

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  20. Hey Elle! Thank you for this post, it was extremely informative and well written! I love that you write more often now, it's nice to see your posts! You look amazing, and the picture makes you look as if you are glowing. Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day!

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  21. I think I'll skip this foundation. I love your new blogs, too!

    http://modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com/

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  22. $72 and no open return policy?! That's upsetting!! I'm glad you're going to find it a new home and that you are giving us such honest reviews. http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  23. If you want a good foundation, just go for the By Terry Sheer Expert. It's better than Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua, better than Laura Mercier Silk Cream, just better than anything. Yes it's $60, but it's perfect. Great coverage that lasts long and looks like your skin.

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  24. It's always interesting to hear when such a pricey product isn't really worth it.


    I also have a giveaway running on my blog at the moment. :3 Just for anyone who is interested.

    letitiaharriet.blogspot.com

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  25. My skin type is normal with some oily patches particularly in my T-zone. I have used this foundation for about 3 years, and have loved it, mainly because I like that it just evens out my skintone, feels light and doesn't look like a foundation. If you are used to a heavier coverage like the LM silk creme, then this is not going to give you enough coverage. They claim to be medium to full coverage but I would say that it's medium coverage at best if you take time to actually build on it. It's unlucky you didn't like it, but it's a nice foundation for light - medium coverage. I have only changed from this foundation because the packaging isn't great for travelling and dispensing, but have had so much trouble finding something that compares, or gets as many compliments as the Chantecailled Future skin. Good review though.

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  26. I found the exact same issue with this foundation!
    I love the laura mercier silk creme, it seriously looked so amazing on my skin but unfortunately I had an allergic reaction to it so now I'm once again on the search for a foundation that looks just as good as that one. Any ideas? It's so tough to find one like it!

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  29. I have both foundations on my dressing up table, this one and Laura Mercier. Simply coz I hate using the same thing day after day. On important or special occasions, this is the one I will definitely use. Admittingly, it is very choosy, I have to be careful with the skin products I use to prep my skin beforehand. Laura Mercier is amazing, but this one is perfection.

    I warm it up between my palms and put it on my face as I would do with a moisturizer. Then I press my palms on my face, from the neck and go up to my forehead actually. Each press takes 2 to 3 seconds. It creates a stunning backdrop for whatever I put on afterwards. The trick is to make sure the skin eats the foundation all up, so the two becomes on. The result is one perfectly smooth and velvety face that people just love.

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