I don’t know why I’ve never tried anything from Chantecaille before, but when The Butterfly Collection arrived, I was intrigued — and no lie, I admit the beautiful packaging may have had something to do with that. But that was before I swatched everything. Spoiler alert: I’m now kicking myself for not having indulged in this brand earlier.
Supporting causes is part of the Chantecaille ethos, and this limited edition collection is in partnership with the Xerces Society for the protection of butterflies through their Pollinator Program. With the creation of this collection, Chantecaille’s donation will help fund more than 40 acres of native habitat for butterflies and other pollinators in California’s Central Valley. How beautiful is that, I ask you?
Butterfly Eye Quartet, limited edition (CAN $96.00) | With its delicately rendered butterly image on the lid — one which almost feels like it will come alive, I might add — this is a quartet of glistening shades inspired by the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings. With a mix of satin, shimmer, and multi-tonal chrome hues, the texture is soft & creamy with excellent colour payoff along with an easy blendability. In fact, I was totally NOT expecting how velvety smooth this texture is, and was surprised to find zero fall down as well. Staying power, when worn over primer, is wonderful as well.
“The colours in this palette are fresh and alive — like the first blooms, the crocuses, the early flowers, the fresh dewy green — the shades evoke those first shoots of spring and their precious pollinators. The packaging is a snapshot of nature in action — the image of the Cephus Blue Ringlet Butterfly and the Red Campion flower. It all ties back to nature” –Olivia Chantecaille
- rose gold satin, top left
- pink/green/gold dual chrome pearl, top right (and so GORG)
- peach shimmer, bottom left
- taupe satin, bottom right
Lip Chic, limited edition (CAN $52.00/each) | Packaged in the brand’s signature magnetic case done in soft pastels, each bears a butterfly silkscreened image. A hybrid lipstick/balm that delivery glossy colour with a lightweight feel, the formula contains hyaluronic acid for an added boost of hydration and despite their emollient nature, all have surprisingly good staying power — leaving a soft stain behind when the majority of colour has gone. Can I also say how much fun it is playing with the magnetic cases?
- Peach Blossom – soft peach
- Clover – baby pink petal
- Hyssop – delicate rosewood/nude
Future Skin Cushion Skincare Foundation (CAN $170.00) | Technically not part of this collection, but a new release just the same, this cushion foundation is partnered with a cause very dear to me: the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust , an organization that rescues and fosters baby elephants (although there are other species they rescue as well) before releasing them back into the wild. The purchase of each Future Skin Cushion Foundation buys 1 bottle of milk (each baby needs 4 bottles a day).
With an adorable elephant printed on the cover, the case opens up to reveal a mirror on the inside, a protective lid over the foundation, a flocked sponge for application, and includes a refill as well. The water-based formula also contains smoothing and anti-pollution skincare ingredients, with a featherlight feel upon the skin while also helping to slightly blur imperfections. The coverage is quite versatile; a light pass provides a hint of colour but it’s also layerable for more opacity. There may be only eight shades in all, but each hue is flexible enough to suit a good range of skin tones. When it comes to cushion foundations, I prefer to use this type of sponge for application, as it gives a flawless, air-brushed looking finish … and this one did not disappoint. As to the finish, I’d say the best way to describe it is “natural”, neither matte nor dewy but somewhere in between. Staying power is excellent as well, and continues to look better with wear without ever creasing.
I was initially sent the Alabaster shade, but the pink undertones in its base didn’t agree with my skin tone. I then received Vanilla as a replacement and while I initially assumed it was too pale for me, I was very surprised by how well it worked out; I almost feel like this formula is adaptive in some way, and colour-corrected to my complexion.
As a long-time beauty aficionado, it takes quite a bit to impress me and let’s just say that every product I tried here was a “WOW” moment. Apart from the charitable side to these pieces (which is pretty much enough to get me on board, as I love nothing more than beauty with a cause), I always look for performance — and everything here delivers. I confess that I didn’t want to like the foundation because of the steep price, but damnnnnnn … this is really good, and since it comes with a refill, it’s like you’re getting 2 for the price of one. Or that’s the justification I’m going with. Note that the Butterfly Collection is exclusive to Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, as well as being limited edition.
Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy
Kindly provided by Chantecaille for my unbiased consideration