Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation

It is fully summer here and I have many days where I would like to further streamline my face routine.  I have dreams to dabbing my nose delicately with a eiderdown powder puff, pinching my cheeks to bring out the rosy blooms of youth, pouting my naturally reddened lips and dashing out the house.  Since this is my dream, I am getting into my chauffeured vehicle and I am headed out to lunch at a place with table cloth and polished silverware.


Wait, stop talking to me.

Wait, I'm still having my dream moment.

Since all the above is not going to happen, I did splurge on another Chantecaille foundation item, the Compact Makeup with the hopes of living the "just powder my nose" dream.  Within the substantially large and clunky mirrored compact is a powder foundation designed to be used either alone on bare skin to even or layered over another foundation for extra coverage.  It's supposed to be great for oily skin, creating a matte finish as well as hydrate the skin.
 While matte is not my base product finish of choice (I like finishes that are dewy), I figured with the heat of summer, matte is not a bad thing.  A dewy product has all the tendency to make me look like a swarthy, sweaty porcine in the heat after all.

I selected Bamboo, which is a pale yellow toned shade with most definite lean towards olive.  Pale olive people, REJOICE!   The porting-friendly case has an enclosed sponge.  I've been using a dense brush to apply (the Tom Ford cream foundation brush).  I wish I had a nice flat-topped kabuki.  I can see how owning one item (like this foundation) seems to immediately create the need for another single-use item.
It is a lovely feeling product, feeling at once light, but with a creamy feel.
Here it is on my NC20 (I'm guessing) inner arm.  I've swatched with my fingertip rather heavily, but it doesn't look powdery or built up to an unnatural, cakey swipe.

My feeling having used this a few times throughout various weather conditions now is that it is indeed a beautiful feeling and looking product.  My general (original) fear of powder foundation is that it will look cakey, and matte finish would be deadening on my skin.  However, Chantecaille Compact Makeup looks very natural on the skin.  While the initial finish upon application is quite matte, a bit into wear, with my natural skin oil mixing into it, it looks beautifully natural.

The coverage is very minimal however.  If I were looking for some significant evening out or coverage, this would most definitely not be the right product when worn alone.

Let's take a look at how it covered and performed.  (Lets pretend that I am not so oddly yellow looking)
I have generally good skin.  I have some minimal uneven coloring with bothersome redness under my nose and a little on my chin.  My have some darkness under my eyes.  With just the Compact Foundation (applied over moisturizer and sunscreen), it just evens everything out without obliterating all the unevenness, dark circles.

The other way to wear this product is to layer over another product for fuller coverage.  You can see the coverage evolution a little bit in the pictures below.

I quite like the light level of coverage.  It just tones the redness down and makes me look just this side of perfected.  The fuller coverage achieved with the layering is also great, but it feels too heavy for me (in look, it feels light regardless of the layering!).

I'm all for natural looking skin.  The top picture below is a macro-setting view of my skin.  It looks like my skin, slight texture and all.  The lower picture (also macro) is the layered (powder over liquid).  It looks much more perfected and pore less, which definitely has its place!
I also originally worried that powder would cling unattractively to the flakes on my skin, but it seems to do just fine and not emphasize those icky flakes.  I suspect it's a really low coverage nature (hence pigmentation) that helps it not look hideous on flakes.

One definite con is that lasting power is not great and requires reapplication during the day when used alone.  This is not a huge issue since the compact is so portable.  It did do a pretty good job keeping the soft matte look, but completely faded away within 4 or so hours.  Over foundation, the whole face stayed intact well, requiring only light powdering of my t zone late afternoon.

Do you have some good powder foundations that you use during hot humid months?  What's your best tips for keeping skin looking fresh when the mercury hits sky high?

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