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!
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).