Above is me wearing only Chantecaille Just Skin tinted moisturizer. Please ignore the dark cycle, it is truly a no makeup day (if I can cheat, and not counting tinted moisturizer as a makeup).
Chantecaille is not a mainstream skin care/makeup brand (but it is a lux brand), at least that’s my impression. But they do have awesome products, which, of course, come with jaw dropping price tag, such as this over $100 SGD ($69 USD) ‘Just Skin’ Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (50g, 1.7 oz.).
That much $ for a tinted moisturizer is pretty outrageous to be honest. I’ve heard good reviews about this product, but everyone’s review ends with a “but”, a big “but”, which is why I have been putting off the idea of getting one every time when I go to the U.S. However, since I’ve been quite obsessed with Caroline Hirons lately, who raved about this tinted moisturizer in multiple occasions, I thought it’s a sign, I need to give it a try.
So it happened when I was in Sydney a couple of weeks ago, I caved, dented my wallet, and brought this baby home.I was mentally ready not to be impressed, and was thinking of writing a review to say “nah, it’s not worth your money”. But I’m wrong, I cannot be more wrong, not only was I uber impressed, I think I’m obsessed with it. How do I know? I have only been using it for a few weeks now, and I’m already freaking out what I’m going to do when I run out of it – no store in Singapore has it.
It’s not like any tinted moisturizer I have ever tried. When squeezed out of the tube, it doesn’t look or feel anything special, in fact, I was a bit put off by the texture at the beginning, as I thought it will be too thick on the face, and difficult to blend. Yet, I was wrong again. Even though it’s not as running as the Nars radiant tinted moisturizer, it blends into my face effortlessly – I find it works the best with fingertips, let go the brush with this one. In a few seconds, it has melted into your skin and gives you the “Just Skin” look (hence the name!), nothing caky or makeup alike. It blends so well that often, I couldn’t even tell where I applied it. Crazy, right?
It does a fabulous job in even out the skin tone, minimize the pores, and gives a nice glowy (a subtle glow), healthy looking skin. It doesn’t oxidize over time, by the end of the day, my skin would still look as good as it was in the morning, if not better.
I have not had redness recently, so cannot tell if it will cover that. But overall, I would say it’s a sheer coverage moisturizer, meant to give you the “my skin but better” effect, so if you are looking for coverage, this is not the product for you. It’s ideal for people who don’t like full coverage and just want their skin to look slightly better and radiant.
I don’t really care for the SPF 15 claim, because to me, it’s not that much different from no SPF. And the “anti-smog” /”anti-pollution” claim is something very difficult to test or proof. But there is indeed something unique about it, I think it actually makes my skin better, softer, smoother, and more radiant. Cannot really pinpoint what it is, but I like the way my skin feels and looks after using it.
So is it worth it? Now, that’s quite a personal thing, for me, it’s a solid yes. It does exactly what I’m looking for in a tinted moisturizer, and provides some bonus benefits: a nice glow and better skin. In general, I like to splurge my hard earned money on my face, so yeah, I’m very happy with this purchase and would very likely repurchase when I run out of it.