Saturday, 19 January 2013

I love you, but I can't commit: Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation


 A little while ago, I convinced myself I had to have Chantecaille's Future Skin foundation, a product with a price tag that doesn't just make me gulp, but it also provokes spontaneous religion in me, in the sign of the cross, and a kind of terrified backing away-type of movement.  £55 is a lot of money to spend on something I'm going to smear on my face, keep it there for around 10 hours or so, and then remove.  And what's more, £55 is a lot of money to spend on the aforementioned when it's not utterly perfect…

Because Chantecaille Future Skin didn't turn out to be as perfect as I wanted it to, and that is a bit of a hard stab.

Future Skin foundation is one of those kind of perfect-on-paper type product that boasts a good array of ingredients that should offer benefits to the skin, alongside an oil-free gel-crème texture that blends flawlessly into the skin with no lines, crêpey face, and a light texture that looks like your skin if it wasn't your skin at all.  



It basically boasts a recipe of ingredients, rather than a list, a set of edible, natural sources from rosemary leaf extract to chamomile that are included with particular purposes in mind.  One ingredient makes the boldest claim, though, and this is where the product falls on its ass in a huge and unceremonious manner.  Natto gum, an ingredient derived from soybeans, is one such ingredient that claims to reduce sebum production by 26% after 7 days of consistent use…

Er, yeah okay (not).  This foundation turns me into an oily mess after a few hours.  Despite the fact that I love the finish, I have found this makes me oily like no other foundation I own, and others have vouched for that too.  It's the most beautiful make-love-to-it finish and you almost want to dedicate a song to it on account of how perfect it looks (I'd go with Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight), but GIIIIRL, that oil? No way.  No can do, sorry Chantecaille!

The foundation itself is a thick gel-crème that smoothes like buttah into the skin with no lines or heaviness.  It feels so light on the skin and beautifully smooth, while photographing wonderfully and giving you the skin of a baby hippo, or the skin you always wish you had.  It's your skin, but enhanced.  The coverage is light-medium, has a fantastic shade range for paler skins and it's endlessly buildable - but it just falls so short on wear time and makes me oily to the point of having to remove my makeup earlier than scheduled.

Wearing Chantecaille Future Skin foundation in Porcelain - no flash.
Honestly? I'd save your money on this - do you know what's similar? Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation - which gives you £45 extra to play with.  Go buy yourself a McDonalds and a trip to the cinema (because the cinema is horrendously expensive these days - do I want 3D?! NO I JUST WANT TO SEE THE MOVIE).  Then sit down and give yourself a pat on the head, because these foundations (with a few adjustments) are pretty similar indeed.

You're welcome.

23 comments:

  1. I will stick to the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation :) £55??? Wow. I thought that paying £27 for my favourite Lancome Teint Miracle was bad!

    PS. What are you wearing on your lips? They look perfect.

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    1. I know. I guess I was feeling rich that month when I bought it - but I wouldn't ever buy it again without at least getting a sample pot first! On my lips I'm wearing something super-cheap - Sleek's Pout Polish in Perfect Plum :)

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  2. Well put. To the point and terrifically honest. Hippo's bum... Is that smooth? Thx for your lovely review, Cami.

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    1. haha, I never said hippo's bum, but I did say baby hippo! You're the one that got bums in your head ;) Jokes aside, it really is that smooth - but unfortunately still not good enough!

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  3. Yipes. Thanks for the review. I will stay clear of that one!

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  4. Had the same experience with this one, and it seemed to last me about four weeks with light enough use. Plus don't like the openness of the jar

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    1. Oh, good point! The jar isn't particularly the best delivery system at all - and I find I can keep applying this over and over, using loads more than I need to!

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  5. Brilliant and honest review, and while I think that photo of you is OMG amazingly beautiful, the quick oiliness factor just kills it for me as well. I don't think I could drop a big wad of cash on something like this.

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    1. oh it kills it for me, too. So disappointing - especially as it claims to contain a whole host of beneficial ingredients to hydrate your skin and keep oil at bay! I don't want a foundation to make me hungry, I just want it to work :)

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  6. What a shame because you look absolutely flawless!

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  7. I really wanted to try chantecaille just skin foundation, but I could not find a palce anywhere that give out samples! So I left it cause its so expensive just to buy and see how it goes :(

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  8. I just cant bring myself to spend £55 on a foundation and now that I've read your post I'm firmly convinced I shouldn't as Healthy Mix Serum is my current go to foundation! Thank you :)

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  9. Your skin looks seriously flawless, how beautiful are you! :)

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  10. Ouch, so sorry it doesn't work well for you! I do REALLY like how you look in this picture, but I can't deal with oil either.

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  11. Ugh, I hate 3D movies.

    I love the healthy mix serum foundation, but I find that out of all my foundations, it makes my face create the most oil by the end of the day. However, I've noticed that if I powder with my Clinique loose powder, it has the longest lasting powder of all my foundations! What a little gem it is!

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  12. it's always unfortunate when products which promise to be really wonderful turn out to be less than spectacular, but i suppose yo live and you learn. it is always great to have beautybloggers make reviews of stuff like this though to let the rest of us know to maybe stay away from something and to snatch other things right up. i know that you said it didn't work for other people as well, but maybe for some skin types, particularly those with really dry skin, this would be a godsend?

    http://www.lovefromberlin.net/
    xx rae

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  13. I have this Chantacaille foundation and although I don't have the problems with oil coming through I still don't think its worth the money you can get an amazing high end foundation for much less. xx

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  14. Aw, that's a shame! It's actually my very favourite foundation. It lasts me 6 months so the price tag is a little justified. I've just run out of my pot (wish it came in a tube!) but I've told myself I'm not allowed to repurchase it until I've finished my million other foundations.

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  15. I've been curious about trying this too... I wonder if the oily thing might be a positive for me as I have dry skin?!

    Such a shame it didn't work for you as your skin looks like perfection in this pic

    Nic x

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  16. Cami, have you thought about mixing this with something like EL double wear? It would probably still look wonderful, but the wear-time would be vastly increased. :) The lip and cheek combo are just stunning on you. Love, Faith

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  17. It's actually painful when that much amount of money is spent and then you realise the product is not suitable. (I appear to be making a habit of this lately....!) A great and honest review as usual! - And yes, the cinema is sooooo expensive! xxx

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  18. SO glad I've found your blog - such a fab review!!! x

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