Chantecaille - First Impressions

Monday, June 22, 2020

I realize this is a bit of a random post, or random for the times at least, but I really wanted to share for two reasons:

1) Chantecaille is a brand I've been intrigued by for a while, and
2) I want to support and encourage the work that Creators like Kinkysweat, aka Alicia, are doing.

Back on June 5th she used one of her Friday Night Lives to do a Q&A with Angela Barthel, a Team Lead from Chantecaille. Both Black women, the conversation flowed between the two of them about their experiences in the industry and also incorporated questions from viewers - and they weren't all softballs. I wouldn't say that all of Angela's answers were 100% to my liking, but I have to give props where props are due, and she stuck it out even while sometimes visibly uncomfortable. Black and other people of color (BIPOC) want to spend money on luxury makeup, and are no longer satisfied with waiting for the next round to find a color that's appropriate for them. We no longer want to be after thoughts. So yes, I benefit from this purchase because I wanted these products and the exclusive GWP was/is nice, but I also wanted to communicate to Kinkysweat and Chantecaille that people are watching. We will put our money where our mouths are, but excuses about formula to explain a lack of diversity in your shade range? That's not gonna cut it long term.

But you're probably here for the products huh? ON TO TOO MANY PICTURES!

All the things, details to follow (obviously, I'm not a monster)
(Uhh, sorry about the hair in the photo. Cat Mom problems HAHAHA ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

First up are the two things I paid for, the Perfect Blur Finishing Powder and the Radiance Cheek and Highlight Duo. I've been chatting with a couple friends lately about the fact that I consider myself a try-er. I want to (for the most part) get use of the things I buy, I'm not super into the idea of collecting for the sake of having it, but I love trying things in case something new could be better, and these seem to be good products to try. Neither have any overt fragrance, but are super soft with the gelée texture that you'll see in some Tom Ford bronzers. Since is this just a first impressions I can't say too much about either, but the blur powder upon application does seem to set without mattifying, which I like but may be too little for the summer heat. It also doesn't leave any sort of white cast, which is great. The highlighter in the duo is AMAZING, and the blush is nice but I applied it with a pointed, natural haired brush and I'm not sure that was the best choice.

And swatches!

Next up is the Gift With Purchase (GWP) that Angela Barthel secured for viewers with a $150 purchase (down from what would usually be $300, so I am thankful cause without being able to see things in person I am much less likely to spend that kind of cash). It came in a super cute little green makeup bag, which hey, if I'm ever allowed to travel again I would 100% use.

As you can see the kit came with 3 super sized samples of skincare, and one full size lip product. If I was being *super* picky (which I can be) I'd be a bit disgruntled that some of the skincare products were switched out - the Bio Lifting Cream for the Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask (which I got way back when in the SpaceNK Advent Calendar and love for winter), and the Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser for the Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum  (I've tried samples of this cleanser before and it's fine? Just not mind blowing). BUT, the Stress Repair Concentrate is already an eye related product, and at this price point trying one of them is fine. But on to the fun product - the lipstick!

I fell in love with the glossy swatch Angela did on the live and it lives up to that hype in person. It applies like a lip balm but gives this beautiful glossy affect that if I wasn't wearing a mask every time I leave the house, I would be even more excited about.

I promise to do a full face for y'all in the future, but so far so good and I don't really have any regrets about anything. It's funny though, because the only thing I've been making any headway into finishing is skincare, but makeup is still the thing I can fall head first into buying so easily. If you have a question about anything in particular, make sure to leave a comment or send me a DM or on Insta and I'll answer what I can!

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