Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation

As you can probably notice, I’ve developed a horrendously expensive relationship with Chantecaille base products. I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the tinted moisturizer and foundation, so it was only a matter of time before I began dabbling in other products. This time around, I was in need of a good powder foundation – yet another option for me during my lazy days or weekends.

I’m quite picky about powder foundations because I need them to perform like liquid foundation – and trust me, the hunt for that, has been displeasing and unsatisfactory. Before purchasing this one, I recently used up Chanel’s powder foundation which claimed to be mattifying and blah blah blah. It was just okay; and, I reluctantly used it up because I didn’t want to be wasteful and just throw it away.

I’ve been impressed with the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation and it meets all my expectations. First of all, it is the only powder foundation that is actually mattifying. In fact, I don’t think I own anything that controls oiliness like this product – and, I’m not exaggerating. Second, it looks luminous and flawless upon application – not cakey or powdery at all. And, third, it actually provides coverage (which all powder foundation claim to do, but really don’t).

Another things that’s great is that it seems to blur discoloration and imperfections. It’s like taking an eraser and blurring the “mistakes” on your face. But mainly, as the day wears on, it looks like you’ve appled liquid foundation. The product isn’t drying, yet it it’s mattifying – I don’t know how, but it does!

The Chantecaille compact makeup “is an ultra-smooth, ultrafine powder foundation that keeps oily skin looking beautifully matte.” The product claims to have “a unique process [that] allows pigments and powders to be coated with vegetable protein and phospholipids, protecting skin against any possible irritation.” It is “effective in all climates [and] this newly emollient permeability allows excess moisture to evaporate while keeping skin hydrated and diminishing fine lines. Polyphenols of green apple help prevent aging and damage from UVA/UVB rays.”

My shade is “Petal.” It’s a bit on the pinky side, but surprisingly is a great match for my skin because of my not-so yellow-undertones. “Shell,” which would work well for pale skins with yellow undertones, was not a good match for me because it flattened my skintone and looked chalky. Essentially, on me, the chalky appearance made me look ghostly white and unnatural. “Petal” worked out well for me and I’m happy with the color match.

The flip-top compact is just alright for me – I don’t use the sponge since I lightly dust the powder on with a powder brush. The coverage is much like mineral makeup in my opinion. I apply concealer to troubled spots and then dust this all over. It’s the easiest routine ever; and, it takes like – 30 seconds to do. I don’t like the reflective compact because it gets so finger-printy, but it’s shiny and pretty to look at.

I also like the drawstring pouch it comes in. It’s different from the velvet pouches like Burberry, Chanel, and Dior. Overall, I love this product because it does everything I want. The price point is obscenely high for the amount of product; and, if you’re happy with your current routine, this isn’t a necessity. Is it worth the high price point? Not really – especially since I’m happy with the foundation and tinted moisturizer from Chantecaille.

I love this powder foundation and am currently looking into other products by Chantecaille. What about you?

Retails for $62.00.
Made in Italy.
0.35 oz.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.nordstrom.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

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Current Favorites – What I’m Loving Lately

I’ve been loving a lot of my newly discovered products lately; but, some of the products mentioned in today’s posts are products that have remained staple items in my collection.

As always, face products are on a constant rotation. However, the Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation is still in my #1 winner’s spot.

Normally in the mornings, my mind is debating which foundation to use, and much of this thought process is dependent upon what my day is going to be like/where I’m going to be. With the Future Skin foundation, it’s my trusty automatic go-to product – it’s my favorite right now and forever – unless that’s just too dramatic. :) It’s the perfect blend between the dewy look and semi-matte look. LOVE.

I’ve noticed that I’m still loving the wear-time of this foundation. It doesn’t wear off or melt away as I’ve previously read in reviews. Even with the growing humidity in Texas, I haven’t noticed any difficulties wearing this foundation. Also, my shade – “Alabaster” – is the best color match I’ve ever experienced in a foundation. I realize this is not the case for many since the color selection in Chantecaille’s range is so limited. I should remind you that the foundation is made in Japan, and perhaps I love this foundation because I’ve had a long, long love affair with Japanese foundations. Either way, if you get a chance to give this product a try – DO IT.

Along with the Future Skin foundation, I’m obsessed with my Chanel luminous bronzing powder in #907 Sable Beige, MAC blush in “Pink Tea,” and setting everything very lightly with the Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” A few weeks ago, I skipped powdering my t-zone because I didn’t really need to. Unfortunately, the Texas heat is coming on strong now since we’re heading into the summer months with full force. ICK.

Lazy days – like Sundays – require minimal effort for getting ready. Because I reserve Sundays for my face mask and bubble bath routine, I try to allow my skin to take the day off from makeup. On days like this, I quickly dab on my ClĂ© de Peau concealer in “Ivory” and dust a light layer of Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” If I’m in the mood, I’ll add some blush to give my skin some life. But most of the time, I skip it because I’m feeling lazy.

Eye makeup has remained basic but I’ve been “shopping my stash” lately. I’ve re-discovered my past favorite MAC eyeshadow in “Hypnotizing” and paired it with my long-time favorite shade in “Handwritten.” I still curl my lashes with my KOJI lash curler and use my Shiseido mascara base with my trusty majolica majorca expander frame plus mascara.

I’ve been skipping liner and anything else complicated. I have added something new – which is the MAC brow set. As a mascara for the brows, it’s easy to use this on days when you don’t want to meticulously draw in/pencil in/shade in your brows. A few quick swipes and you’re good to go – I use the shade “Beguile” which is a dark brown shade.

Favorite lip products as of late includes an oldie but goodie – the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 01, which is a light pink shade that’s glossy and moisturizing (and non-sticky). When I’m wanting a bit of color on the lips, I’ve been reaching for my MAC lipstick in the shade “Lovelorn.”

What are your current products?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Chantecaille ‘Just Skin’ Tinted Moisturizer – “Bliss”

I’ve had the Chanetecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer on my list for ages, but avioded it because of its hefty price tag. I caved and purchased it remaining totally skeptical at the start of my trial process. Although I have tried Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer and the recently launched NARS tinted moisturizer, I figured at this point, I was done with discovering a better one.

Chantecaille’s ‘Just Skin’ is considered to be a versatile product because of its “three-in-one formula [that] represents a new approach to foundation, powered by the latest Japanese technology.” Described as a “skin perfector,” I’m impressed with this product.

Long story short – I love this tinted moisturizer. I’m surprised by the overall performance of this product and now all my expectations for tinted moisturizers have changed. The most incredible thing about this product is that it looks just like your skin (hence the name of the product). It mimics skin’s texture and color, which honestly surprised me.

This product is extremely lightweight; and, the consistency is much like a creamy gel. It is considered to contain a “non-toxic mineral sunscreen” with a “new complex of botanicals that delivers protection from free radicals, smog and sun.” Coverage is light – meaning it smoothes lines, plumps the skin, and evens out skintone at most. Essentially, this is basically a complexion enhancer.

My shade is “Bliss” and it is the second to lightest shade in the range, next to the first shade, which is pink-based. The range only comes with 6 colors, however, I feel that any skin shade can wear this because the color blends out so well; it’s very forgiving. This is also very easy to use since you slap it on after your morning skin care routine and move on. I powder over my t-zone to combat oiliness since the product never claims to be oil-free.

“Just Skin’s anti-irritant, antioxidant and anti-pollution botanical extracts include honeysuckle, edelweiss and green tea. Sodium hyaluronate helps to seal in skin’s moisture. The result is a clean and natural finish.” I find that this is very soothing on my skin – it not only feels refreshing, but it also calms down my pink cheeks and relieves my skin when it’s having an attitude.

I like the naturalness of this product, but I admit it doesn’t do anything magical despite having removed chemicals and silicones (as compared to other products). If you already have fairly good skin with very little pigmentation problems, I’d say give this a go – otherwise, the barely there coverage would be pointless for those with pigmentation and texture issues. Unlike the product’s claims, I wouldn’t say that this is foundation or anything close to it. I agree that it provides a clean and natural finish; and, I also agree my skin is happily moisturized (though still oily halfway though my day).

1.7 oz.
Retails for $64.00.
Made in Japan.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.nordstrom.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)