Chantecaille has four foundations, in varying levels of coverage: Just Skin (tinted moisturizer in an airtight tube, though I think the coverage might actually be fuller than Real Skin), Real Skin (very sheer cream foundation in a compact, available in SPF 15 and SPF 30), Future Skin (medium-to-full coverage gel foundation in a screw-top pot), and New Stick (full coverage foundation OR concealer in stick form). I swatched Just Skin and Real Skin some time ago, and I’m both happy and sad to say that my technique has improved since then… I should probably reswatch them.
The “new news” with Future Skin is that a new shade was just added to the line: Porcelain. Ignoring Porcelain for a moment, the other shades are arranged in their display unit according to undertone (pink, neutral, yellow), and then light to dark. So Ivory is pink, Alabaster is neutral, and Chamomile is yellow — and so on down my arm. Porcelain is neutral. What’s up with Suntan? I really don’t know.
The shades also clearly don’t get very dark. That sort of bothers me.
Future Skin is oil-free and good-for-all-skintypes, though it is the foundation that Chantecaille sales associates recommend to oily-skinned folks. Apparently it contains seaweed, which (they say) helps control oil-production in your skin. I’m still planning to go try this one on, but the ladies at the counter tell me that I’d wear Porcelain. (Note: it’s the end of the summer; my arms are darker than my face right now.)
In the few years that I’ve known the brand, Chantecaille hasn’t done a great job of managing its PR. People who don’t already love them usually have the impression that they’re very expensive. I’m pretty sure that’s because the items that appear in magazines are the $300 face creams, the $100 limited edition “charity” palettes (in promotional shots that don’t convey actual size). I used to maintain my own grassroots campaign — telling everyone who would listen that their blushes and lipsticks were $26 (they’re now $28), putting them in a class with Chanel, not Cle de Peau. However, I can’t argue that at $68, Future Skin is steep.
The pink shades: Ivory, Nude, Hazel, Suntan
The neutral shades: Porcelain, Alabaster, Vanilla, Shea, Wheat
The yellow shades: Chamomile, Cream, Sand, Banana