Ok.. you’re gonna kill me.
Once I stepped my size 11 foot into Neiman Marcus, it was all over. Golden Retrievers playing toss with Louboutains, Shitzus prancing among the Chanel suits, I didn’t know whether to be disgusted or enchanted with the whole “rich old ladies with their dogs” experience at Stanford Mall. I love dogs, don’t get me wrong, I have an adorable Shiba Inu at home who would just love to rip apart some Manolo Blahniks, but I will admit that these furry friends made me and my friend a bit nervous.
My whole purpose of this trip was to get my hands onto (or into) a jar of Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. I’ve been wanting this stuff for what seems to be a decade, and I finally have it. Oh, Lordy. Ok, yeah, it’s $68 for 1 oz. Yeah yeah. I even splurged and purchased the matching foundation stick at $42. Ohhhhh.. god. So lemme tell you something: My skin is thanking me for doing this. My skin loves me right now and it’s hugging me.
I was so focused on covering my skin, and not letting it breathe, not letting my real skin shine through. I tried the foundation at the counter with two lovely counter reps and they matched me with the correct shade. I could not believe what I was seeing. My skin.. only better! The gel formula was cold upon application, and distinctively different from any foundation I’ve tried before. I could not see the makeup on my skin at all, even close up in the mirror. Here are more details about Future Skin:
This oil-free gel foundation provides SPF 10 protection and a matte finish.
• Contains 60% charged water and seaweed.
• The formula is exceptional due to its ability to transfer water into the skin without the support of any oil.
• A protective field prevents water evaporation and blocks environmental oxidation.
• Provides adjustable coverage (medium-full) using light reflective circular pigment to ease the appearance of flaws.
• Offers a city level of sun protection and has a refreshing, lightweight texture.
I have stopped breaking out entirely since using this product. I unfortunately had to stop using the Revlon Colorstay Mineral Foundation & Powder due to itchy skin and breaking out. I ended up getting a cyst on my jawline while using the Revlon minerals, just as I had while using Bare Minerals. Go figure! Although the finish of the Revlon product was full coverage and matte, I simply cannot do that to my skin anymore!
The Chantecaille Foundation Stick ($42) is what I am carrying for touch ups through the day:
• Dual-purpose, moisture-rich formula.
• Provides smooth, even coverage, thanks to aloe vera and rice bran oil.
• Gives the skin a shine-free glow.
• Calms skin through a blend of botanical antioxidants, including ginkgo biloba and green tea (camellia oleifera), plus vitamins C and E.
• Protects skin from the sun’s harmful rays with SPF 8.
My skin is loving loving this stuff. You will have to try it for yourself to see the wonderful results, and this is especially great for people who don’t want a made-up look. It’s natural and looks natural. It clearly is worth the price because it is skin care disguised as a foundation. You can only find it at Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th as far as I know.
To sum it all up..
Chantecaille Future Skin Gel Foundation from Japan
Pros: Beautiful natural finish, natural ingredients, helps my skin, blends flawlessly, great for all skin types.
Cons: Needs touchups a few times during the day, not completely a matte finish, the price is a bit steep for those of us that use one jar of foundation per month.. but seems to be worth it anyway.
Chantecaille Foundation & Concealer Stick from Japan
Pros: Easy to use and carry, great for quick touch-ups. Very natural looking and not thick.
Cons: Not completely a matte finish, does not take the place of using powder.
Now.. I couldn’t let you go without showing you the brush I bought! A man in a full suit, just like he was going to the prom or a funeral, sold me a Bobbi Brown foundation brush which was recommended to me by friends.
I think it’s a nice brush, but I still prefer my MAC 180 flat top foundation brush which is no longer sold. Bummer.. still a nice foundation brush, but doesn’t really replace my fave.
So the day at Stanford mall was a success..
Chantecaille Foundation: $68
Chantecaille Concealer: $42
Watching a Mongolian Chow Chow take a huge crap on the lawn while trying to eat BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger at a fancy outdoor Bar and Grille…Priceless.