Friday, June 22, 2012

Foundation Friday - Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation in Alabaster Review, Swatches Pictures

image from Chantecaille.com


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)

image from neimanmarcus.com

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?

13 comments:

  1. Future Skin is my all time favourite foundation! Porcelain is a pretty good match for my pale skin (maybe slightly too yellow). It's about £55 here in the UK, which I don't mind paying for a good foundation, but when I ran out and had to buy it whilst in New Zealand I paid around $150 NZD (£75ish)!! I almost died. I'd forgotten how much makeup costs in New Zealand!

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    1. WOW. MU in NZ and Oz is super expensive! I'm glad you like this foundation. I like it too, I guess I can see the justification if the foundation is perfect…unfortunately my skin is not and needs more coverage most of the time. :-/

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  2. Ha, $72 is nothing compared to Ellis Faas Skin veil which I love and is, I believe, $90! With tax in my state, that would put this foundation in the triple digits. I've also tried and liked the Serge Lutens and La Mer's powder foundation. I dunno, I guess for a while there, I thought that if it was more expensive it was necessarily better. I have since learned my lesson. While I did buy Skin Veil, I waited for the Beauty.com twenty percent off event to take out some of the sting.

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    1. Wow. I had no idea the Ellis Faas foundation was so expensive. Oh well. I guess I'll be skipping that one. :-) Smart move on waiting for the 20% discount from beauty.com. Yeah. Expensive is not always better.

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  3. Fortunately, as I have no major skin issues, DS foundations work just as well for me as HE (as well as lipstick/gloss), so I pefer to indulge the bulk of my beauty budget into eyeshadows. Right now, because although it's summer in Los Angeles, we've been experiencing "June Gloom", so my go-to has been Garnier BB Cream. While it works very well for me, I know I will need to raise the SPF as Summer progresses. I'll probably end up trying NARS' TM, and that will be the most I have *ever* spent on a skin product; however, the higher SPF and lack of parabens is really attractive.

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    1. You are fortunate! Glad that DS works well for you. Some DS works well for me too but there are just some foundations no matter how easy your skin is, that you can't find in a drug store.

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  4. I hear so many good things about this foundation, but it's sad that there is limited shade range.

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    1. YEah. That tends to be the case wit a lot of European cosmetic companies. WOC don't get a fair shake when it comes to foundation.

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  5. I recently purchased the Chantecaille Just Skin. It's actually quite heavy in covereage for a TM and has a medium finish coverage. It would be interesting to see a side to side comparison of these two little darlings. Because I LOVE the Just Skin and find it to be totally worth the price tag, I would consider this foundation for sure. It's certainly going to be cheaper than whatever foundation Sunday Riley develops in the future.

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    1. If I ever get back to the counter I'll try to do side by side comparison. However from what I have been told. Just skin is actually more sheer than Future Skin.

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  6. I started using Future Skin last November (Vanilla) and it is so perfect for me; I have rosacea and it pretty much covers it and blends so perfectly with my skin tone that it looks like I'm not wearing make-up! That justified the price for me. I'm hooked on Chantecaille (post Dior which is post Chanel)!

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    1. I'm so glad this works for you! And I agree. if it is something that makes you look awesome the price is justified. I wish it wore better on me tho. Oh well. :-)

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  7. I've been working my way through a very generous sample of this in Porcelain, which works perfectly with my fair skin. I have very clear skin, but have a few broken capillaries on each cheek. I find this tones down the redness but allows my skin to show through, giving me flawless skin that looks totally natural. I glow when I wear this one! I fully intend to buy it, probably next week. The only con is that I work in a kitchen and am therefore exposed to a lot of humidity each day. Sometimes this one doesn't hold up as well as it could, so on workdays I wear a long-last (Teint Idole) foundation to survive that hot mess.

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