In my humble opinion, foundation is one of the most joy-inducing makeup products out there. I don't wear it often, so it feels like a real treat when I find a formula that checks all of the boxes. I love when people throw me a compliment about my skin and I can respond with a foundation recommendation. It's a good party trick and one of the many reasons I'm always testing formulas. My dedication to the cause has led me to Chantecaille's Future Skin Gel Foundation ($82), and believe it or not, it surpassed my expectations.
I knew this stuff would be good. (After all, it's one of the most used products on season two of Euphoria!) I guess I just didn't realize how good it is. It's an oil-free gel formula that's lightweight—it's composed of 60% water—and made with reflective circular micro-pigments that provide medium-to-full coverage and a seriously flawless finish. It's also loaded with natural botanicals like chamomile and arnica, which work to calm irritation and soothe sensitive skin. Basically, it's heaven. I'm proud to admit that since this foundation came into my life, I haven't used anything else and don't plan on changing that anytime soon. My co-workers feel the exact same way—keep scrolling for everyone's reviews.
Katie Berohn, Associate Beauty Editor
Katie is wearing the shade Porcelain.
"This foundation has quickly become a go-to for me. I love the formula—it almost feels more like skincare than foundation. It's lightweight but super buildable. I find that many, many foundations these days boast a 'skin finish,' but a true skin-finish foundation is hard to come by. Nearly every formula ends up settling in pores or looking too much like foundation. This one really gives my skin a dewy, more even-textured finish. It also dries quickly and stays on all day long."
Caitie Schlisserman, Beauty Director, Branded Content
Caitie is wearing the shade Vanilla.
"At this point, I sound like a broken record, but I rarely wear foundation. I've been a tinted-moisturizer stan since my high school days, but I know when I've come across something special, and this is one of those times. There's something undeniably satisfying about applying it with the Foundation and Mask Brush ($38). It's soothing, goes on smoothly, and melts into my skin in a way that makes it look like I'm a serious makeup pro. What I love most is that it keeps my skin looking like, well, skin, but it enhances it in the most natural way."
Sarah Yang, Managing Editor
Sarah is wearing the shade Camomile.
"Have I found my new favorite foundation? I think so. This product made my skin look so damn glowy. True story: I first put it on as I was getting ready to go out, and I was taking so many selfies for this story and admiring myself so much that I lost track of time and was late! That's how good it made my skin look. I love the lightweight, liquid texture and how smooth and refreshing it makes my skin feel. It's so easy to apply evenly, and it really does look very natural. Its staying power is really great, too. My skin looked just as good at the end of the night. I'm obsessed."
Aniyah is wearing the shade Carob.
"I'm new to the foundation game (I typically go for a full-coverage concealer), but I was totally open to testing this after seeing it all over my FYP on TikTok. When I applied the first stroke, I was immediately scared of how much lighter it was than my skin tone, but once it was fully blended, it melted into my skin. It's super lightweight, and I've been wearing it for about eight hours and can confirm that it's sweat-proof, too. It's definitely worth the hype, and I 100% approve."
Shawna Hudson, Associate Beauty Editor
"Where do I even start? Chantecaille's Future Skin is one of my all-time favorite foundations. For me, it's the gel-like consistency—it just glides on like butter. Today, I decided to put it on Meredith Duxbury style (IYKYK). I smeared it all over my face with my hands and then blended it out with a brush. It blended beautifully both ways. Sure, this foundation is a little pricey, but I've genuinely never come across a formula like it before. I use a pretty good amount most days, and it never feels like I'm wearing any foundation at all. And most importantly, it never makes my skin break out. If you have acne-prone skin, do not hesitate to smash that buy button. Lastly, it still looks fresh (and never oily) at the end of the day. Sometimes, I don't even need to use a setting spray!"