Chantecaille Future Skin in Alabaster ($89) is a product that I’ve been testing since July. For some reason, my opinion has changed on this product countless times, I just couldn’t decide whether this was really worth the high price tag. I think it’s finally time to break this product down and give you my thoughts.
Chantecaille Future Skin is an oil-free gel foundation that contains 60% charged water and seaweed to hydrate skin. It also has Aloe, Chamomile and Arnica to soothe and calm irritation. Future Skin comes in 14 shades with a decent spectrum of colours. It's quite thick in the pot but feels very light when applied on the skin.
Surprisingly, I actually bought this product on a whim (buyers remorse hit approximately 30 seconds after I left Holt Renfrew). If you read my Current Foundation Rotation post you’ll know that I’m no stranger to a luxury foundation, but at almost double the price of CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua, even I was skeptical of the cost.
When I first applied this foundation I really didn’t like it. I applied it with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush (giving a medium coverage or so) and I found that it severely clung to the dry patch on my chin - worse than all my other foundations. Despite my sudden dislike for the finish on my chin, I kept it on and a couple minutes later I already started to change my tune. This foundation feels so soothing on my skin; it’s like having a lovely lush, hydrating cream on your face. This is why I have such a hard time making my mind up about this product, I absolutely love how it makes my skin feel but it definitely clings to the dry spot on my chin more than I would like.
I also have to mention that the rest of my skin looks amazing with this foundation. My cheeks and forehead have a natural glow that makes my skin looks healthy but not shiny.
For me, if a foundation soothes any skincare concerns I have, that is more valuable than a product that can conceal the problems on my skin. No, it does not completely conceal the dry, red patch on my chin but it sure does make it feel less irritated and more hydrated.
There is one more flaw with this product that I can’t neglect – the packaging. Pots like this are just a huge pain, there isn't an easy way to the product out and it’s horrible to travel with. If they changed the packaging so it was in a tube like Chantecaille Just Skin, I would be a lot happier.
All in all, I think this is a great foundation because it eases any irritation on my skin. I almost think of it as more of a skincare product than a foundation. If you have dry-combination skin with any dry spots, and you like a completely flawless finish, I would probably pass on this one. That being said, if your skin is more on the oily side and you don’t suffer from any severe dry patches, it’s definitely worth testing out.
Have you tried Chatecaille Future Skin? What are your thoughts?