Sneak Peek: Chantecaille Protection Naturelle SPF 46

Chantecaille, Protection NaturelleNaturally, I don’t go out swatching without protection (~SPF 45, usually). Last weekend, the Chantecaille sales associate and I were talking about visible sunscreen lines, and she mentioned that Chantecaille just introduced a new physical sunscreen.

I was skeptical.

Basically, Protection Naturelle SPF 46 PA+++ is a mineral powder in refillable brush. It comes in two shades: Light (translucent) and Bronze (warming). In true Chantecaille form, the powder is incredibly finely milled — it certainly looked invisible on the back of my hand (though that was indoors and just on my hand. Now I really want to give it a full-face/daylight test).

The packaging seemed very nice: the brush was soft, and the handle has a built-in plastic guard (to hold the bristles together when you’re putting the cap back on). It’s also refillable. If I like it, that’s one fewer liquid crammed into my 1-quart travel bag, right?

Protection Naturelle offers UVA/UVB protection, and can be worn on bare skin or over makeup. A filled brush is $65; the refill is $30.

Chantecaille mentions a few other benefits: the product contains lauroyl lysine (a derivative of coconut oil, used as a skin- and hair-conditioning agent), and calcium silicate. It promises to absorb excess oil (yet still be good for dry skin), and provide a “soft focus” look that isn’t mask-like.

Have you tried it? I’d love to know what you think.
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9 Responses to “Sneak Peek: Chantecaille Protection Naturelle SPF 46”

  • Rei says:

    Sounds like a promising product! I can’t wait till you do a full review. :)

    Here’re the ingredients btw, for anyone interested.

    Titanium Dioxide 2%, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 7%, Zinc Oxide 24.5%

    Impressive amount of zinc oxide (physical sunscreen)!

  • Melissa says:

    I don’t like this concept any more than Bare Minerals SPF stuff. I think it’s substantially more difficult to ensure that you have proper coverage for the true SPF benefit when dealing with a powder (as opposed to dealing with more traditional products).

    It would be wonderful to avoid the heavier feeling of lotions and creams but, I’m not sure how else the company can provide the customer with optimal protection.

    I think you’re better off using a liquid/cream cosmetic with a high SPF or an actual [sunblock] lotion and then it’s great if the cosmetic (or powder) provides some additional benefit. But, I wouldn’t bet the health of my skin on the powder alone.

    It is good that it contains zinc oxide because it’s a physical, rather than a chemical, barrier but, I’m curious as to the ingredient percentages necessary to provide the best possible sun protection.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    So I tried on the Light shade, and it is really honestly invisible — which is slightly unnerving, because you’re like “did it go on? Am I wearing any?” But if you sweep it back and forth on the back of your hand, you can see the powder coming out, so I guess I shouldn’t worry.

  • Lisa says:

    I have the Light version, and it really is lovely. Very fine textured, goes on invisible, with a nice “blurring” effect. I thought “Light” would be too light on my self-tanned face, but it works well.
    I wouldn’t rely on this for my sole ss. But it is nice to use as my touch-up powder while trying to stave off more melasma.

  • Jeanie says:

    I purchased Light as well. It goes on invisible and it does a great job for touch ups without making my face too powdery..actually does have a bit of that ‘soft focus’ look that Karla mentioned =)

  • Richard says:

    It’s good. I get the refill and sprinkle out a few grains and buff it on with a brush like the minerals, That way I can see what goes on.
    I think powder is better protection than cream screen as it does not sweat off as easily.
    The effect if buffed into the skin is lovely.

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