Good morning everyone!!
I bought my first Chantecaille products – Future Skin Oil Free Gel Foundation and Compact Makeup, last month and I am here today to share my thoughts about them with you. And I shall start off with the foundation.
FUTURE SKIN OIL FREE GEL FOUNDATION
Extracted from their website, this foundation is described as an oil-free gel foundation that has the unique ability to transfer water into the skin without the use of any oil. Natto gum, a soybean-derived phyto-collagen is a natural emulsifier used in this process. Clinical evidence shows that after consistent 7-day usage, there is a 26% reduction in sebum production.
Aloe, Chamomile and Arnica work to calm irritation and soothe sensitive skin. Rosemary, Green Tea and Rice Bran boost the immune system and help prevent oxidation. The formula provides adjustable coverage (medium to full) thanks to light-reflective circular pigment that eases the appearance of flaws.
The foundation comes in a plastic jar with a silver lid and it contains 30g of product, made in Japan. Available in 13 shades. I was matched with the shade Cream. The formula is very lightweight and has a gel-like consistency as the name of product suggests. The hold is firm – not watery. Upon contact with the skin, it has a cooling and refreshing sensation – thanks to the skin lovely ingredients such as Aloe and Chamomile.
The first couple of times, I applied this foundation with my fingers but I feel that using a brush like MAC 188 makes application a lot easier and smoother. This foundation sets rather quickly so working it in parts definitely helps. I usually start from the center of my face (nose, cheeks, forehead and chin followed by the surrounding).
I like how this foundation evens up my skin tone and how light it feels on my skin. It also has a satin finish which is something quite unique. However, it doesn’t help conceal the open pores around my nose and cheeks very well. Which means that I must apply a pore minimizing serum or a primer prior to applying this foundation. I layer over areas that needs more coverage, it doesn’t turn cakey or feel heavy. As soon as the foundation sets, it feels as tho I do not need to powder over. It feels almost like my skin but better.
Nothing stays matte and/or fresh in Singapore’s hot and humid weather. So, when it comes to sebum control, I didn’t dare to expect much. On a skill or 1-10 (10 being excellent), I would probably give this foundation’s sebum control department a 5 because oil and shine seeped through in merely 3 hours even in air-conditioned environments.
According to the website, this compact makeup gives a modern, finished look with its ultra-smooth, ultra-fine powder foundation that keeps even oily skin looking beautifully matte. A new process allows pigments and powder to be coated with vegetable protein and phospholipids, protecting skin against any possible irritation.
Effective in all climates, this newly emollient permeability allows excess moisture to evaporate while keeping skin hydrated. Polyphenols of green apple help prevent aging and damage from UVA/UVB rays. Cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, free of animal derivatives, lanolin and mineral oils.
It comes in a very sleek and classic silver compact which contains 10g of product, made in Italy. Available in 8 shades. I was given the shade Bamboo to match with the foundation. If you don’t already know, I like pairing my foundations with powders of the same brand. I feel more complete this way and the overall finish seems better. The compact makeup comes with a drawstring bag and a sponge. Packaging is handy and portable like most compacts.
The powder is very finely milled and goes onto the skin very smoothly. I use it on top of the foundation to set and provide a tad more coverage.
When the foundation failed to do its job well, I tried to find the culprit. Whether it’s the foundation itself or the powder. Thus, I tried wearing just the compact makeup alone. It doesn’t provide a lot of coverage. I would describe the coverage as sheer but it wears a lot better on its own than pairing it with the foundation. It lasts for 3-4 hours without having to touch-up but it didn’t stay matte, shine still made its way up.
Both products do not have a strong scent. As much as I would like them to work on me, I don’t think the foundation is meant for such a hot and humid country – or it could just be me.
I have been testing this foundation for a couple of weeks now, with different bases (mattifying, pore minimizing) and different weather/environment conditions (air-conditioned areas, outdoor cafe, during a sunny day, rainy day or during the night). The photos above summarises how the Future Skin Oil Free Gel Foundation and Compact Makeup worked on me. From getting ready through to the night when I got home with no touch-ups. I blotted once because my T-zone was getting way out of control.
When a foundation oxidizes or when oil seeps through means we are losing coverage too. I was quite disappointed with the results of this foundation and I hate to be the odd one out because it seems to be working fine on most people based on the reviews online.
I have not completely given up hope on them yet. I am hoping to try this foundation in a cooler country, perhaps during my next holiday.
Have any of you tried this foundation before and what are your thoughts?
Thank you for reading and hope the information above helped.