I’m going right away, friends. Chantecaille’s new foundation, Future Skin Cushion Skincare Foundation ($130), is the best foundation I’ve ever tried in my life, period. It’s like a great second skin that’s 1000% worth the $130 price tag (don’t @ me: it comes with a refill!)
I recently discovered Chantecaille’s makeup line and had the chance to try this blessed compact which contains not one but of them foundation cushions. And while I was anticipating great things — my two best friends swear by the brand’s Future Skin Gel Foundation ($82) — I couldn’t have prepared for the immaculate results of this product.
From the first shot, I was in awe. The water-based formula felt like a serum when I applied it (a big deal for my dry winter skin), and my face looked like it had no makeup on at all. IDEAL. The formula is scalable and goes a bit far, meaning it should last you a while (another thing that makes the $130 fee worth it). It’s also light as a feather and I was really surprised that such a light foundation could offer such impressive coverage. I didn’t need any additional tools or blenders to apply it, just the round ottoman that came in the compact.
In terms of ingredients, the stars of the show are bionymph peptides (with anti-aging benefits) and vegetable sugars (which smooth and protect the skin). The peptides are delivered via a stem cell extract and allegedly stimulate collagen production while diminishing the appearance of fine lines. Sugars defend against pollution by preventing dirt and grime in the air from sticking to your skin and, as a bonus, also smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
Suffice to say, there’s a lot of skin-smoothing involved, which is why brand co-founder Olivia Chatecaille calls the foundation “the perfect balance of skincare and makeup.” It’s also fragrance-free, which is a huge win for the most sensitive people, and also ticks the vegan, gluten-free, paraben/phthalate-free, and cruelty-free boxes. It’s water-based, which means it won’t leave oily skin feeling smooth or congested, but it’s still hydrating enough for dry complexions like mine.
Also note? The range of shades. Chantecaille reports that each of the eight shades, which range from very light to deep, has the versatility to work with multiple skin tones. These flexible shades should let you choose a single foundation that works for your complexion through all seasons, even if you fluctuate depending on how much sun exposure you get (another thing that makes the $130 price slightly more justifiable).
With all of that in mind, if you have $130 in your budget for two rounds of facial makeup, I can’t recommend it more highly.
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