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There was a time, not too long ago, where my skin looked very good. Like really rood. Like good enough to go without foundation good. But that will never happen. I still have redness and pores to conceal so I was looking for a foundation that would mask these imperfections without looking heavy or made up. Mind you, this was before NARS released it's Tinted Moisturizer, because if that was around there would be no question as to which I would purchase. I headed for my local Neiman Marcus and walked right up to the Chantecaille counter and insisted that I get the Future Skin foundation. OK. Not really. I did some research on it and found it is oil free, a light texture and that the lightest shade, Porcelain might even be too light for me!
Well as luck would have it Kathy Shoreman was at Neimans and she helped me pick out the right shade, which was alabaster. It was a bit more yellow and less white than porcelain but also not as orange pink as Ivory or chamomile. Chantecaille has 13 different shades in this formula.
This foundation feels amazing on my skin. It's like putting a soothing gel all over my face. The color match is actually pretty good. Sure it looks fairly yellow in the picture, but the redness in my face was toned down once this was applied properly and sheered out. The swatch above is a VERY heavy swatch and is not indicative of what it would look like on your face. The coverage is very sheer. One would needs fairly good skin to pull this off as a daily foundation. However, when you layer the foundation it does blend well together and you can build up the coverage from sheer to light. Getting a medium coverage from this foundation is not possible without looking like a mucky streaky mess.
After trial and error found the best way to apply the foundation is with your fingertips. Not very hygienic, since this comes i a jar with no spatula. But I used a Q-tip to scoop out the foundation and put it on the back of my hand. Once applied the foundation fires down to a satin finish. Not dewy not matte. It looks very natural. Kind of a "My Skin But Better" look. Actually. My skin looked fantastic with this foundation! Even Mr. Sith couldn't tell I was wearing foundation and said that I looked amazing. (Of course his opinion is a bit biased)
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The Pros to this foundation:
- Sheer to light, yet even coverage.
- Feels amazing on my skin
- Looked amazing on my skin
- Did not break me out
- Oil Free
The Cons to this foundation
- Sheer to light coverage. Can be built up but the finish is compromised by looking mucky
- It costs $72 for 1 oz of foundation
- Color range is limited to those with light to medium dark skin tone. There are not too many choices for some darker skin tones.
- It costs $72 for 1 oz of foundation!!!
The price is VERY high. This was a birthday present to myself. A year later I still have about 1/2 a jar left, but that's because I don't wear this every day. I probably wear it about once or twice a month.
Do you NEED this? No. Sorry. As nice as it is, and as pretty as it looked I feel guilty recommending it based on the price alone. Fortunately most Chantecaille counters are happy to make a small sample for you so you can try before you buy. I purchased this at Neiman Marcus.
So what about you. Would you, or have you, spent this much on foundation? If it makes your skin look perfect would you? How much have you spent on foundations that didn't work…did that come to $72?