Chantecaille Vanilla Bio Lift Concealer

Chantecaille Vanilla Lift Concealer review

My story with Chantecille Bio Lift Concealer will probably only tell you one thing: do not buy anything on an impulse, especially not when it costs this much (it goes for 69 USD from what I can see, but it’s around 90 in Taiwan where I got it). But you know how it is sometimes: you go to a counter, the sales assistant is very nice and professional, so at the end you want to try get something. By the time you find out how much that something costs, it’s already too late. You pretend your eyeballs are not popping out of the sockets in shock, pay up, and pray for the thing to be out-of-this-world. Unfortunately, it is not the case with this one.

Chantecaille Bio Lift Concealer packaging

Long story short, Chantecaille Bio Lift Concealer is a 2-in-1 concealer/eye cream. Theoretically, it can be used on both dark circles and blemishes. It is also supposed to relax existing lines and prevent new ones from forming, but I can never comment on such claims, so I’d let that pass.

Chantecaille Vanilla Bio Lift Concealer closeup

I have a real soft spot for stick concealers, as they are easier to carry and use. The texture of Chantecaille Vanilla Bio Lift Concealer is extremely emollient, and it glides on like butter (definitely a point in its favor). As you can see, it has the concealer part surrounding the eye cream part (like Benefit’s Fakeup in reverse). It melts into the skin easily and takes next to no blending, but in all honesty it is because there isn’t a whole lot of coverage here at all. The finish is not exactly “radiant.” I would actually say it borders on looking a little shiny. A finish like this is simply not optimal, as it could draw attention to the areas you want to conceal instead.Chantecaille Vanilla Bio Lift Concealer

Because of the sheer coverage and emollient texture, I personally wouldn’t use this on blemishes. The great thing is it doesn’t crease or look dry at all, or should I say with the amount of pigment in it, even if it creases, you could barely see it. The coverage Chantecaille Bio Lift Concealer provides is not unlike that of a tinted moisturizer. It would make my undereye area look a little bit brighter, but it wouldn’t erase the dark circles.

Chantecaille Vanilla Bio Lift Concealer swatched. Left: built up. Right: blended out.

Chantecaille Vanilla Bio Lift Concealer swatch

There are 7 shades available, and I was matched to Vanilla. Talking about shade selection seems a bit pointless in this case, as the formula packs very little pigment. I am relatively sure you can go one shade up or one shade down without seeing much difference at all.

My bare eyes:

bare eyes

Here you see Vanilla in action:

Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil 202 Grey Brown, Chantecaille Vanilla Bio-Lift Concealer

Granted it makes a difference, I am just not sure it has enough coverage for the grand majority of consumers.

I do like Chantecaille Bio Lift Concealer for low-key days. I could glide this on, put a bit of powder foundation on, do my brows, add a bit of blush and lip color, and I’m ready to roll. It is not something you achieve perfection with. It is something you slip on like an oversized sweater on a Sunday. While I can see the attraction of that and appreciate it, for something that costs this much, it is simply not versatile enough. Moreover, since the texture is so emollient, it won’t take long to go through the 2-gram/0.07 oz tube.

All in all, I believe that there are fantastic products in the Chantecaille line, but I would absolutely not advise you to start with their Bio Lift Concealer. It has its merits (ease of use, not dry/powdery-looking), but especially considering the price, it should perform much better.

OK, I know it is my fault to pick this one as my Chantecaille initiation. Now someone please tell me what I should get next time!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

 

 



  • beauties

    awww what a shame of your money :(

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I know! Well at least I got a blog post out of it, and now people who are curious about the product can hear my opinion ;)

  • Lily

    Oh Sunny, that really sucks! I haven’t tried anything from this brand before, but I’ve read that their Future Skin foundation is pretty good.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, yeah if that foundation didn’t come in a jar packaging, I might have chosen to try it instead! I know their tinted moisturizer is supposed to be great as well!

  • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

    Hi Sunny, it’s a shame you spent so much money for something that doesn’t fullfil all your needs. I have never owned any products of that brand but read many good reviews of their eyeshadow palettes. They are very expensive tho. I think it’s like £75 for four but I think part of that money goes for a good cause, like dolphins and other animals.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Irena, yeah I think that’s the story. I actually swatched some eyeshadows when I was at the counter, and they do have a great texture and pigmentation level. I like how their wildlife palettes look, but I’d feel so bad to ruin the cutesy tiger faces LOL

  • http://www.lenallure.com/ Lena L

    Great review, Sunny!
    Some products are just darn picky and only great in their limited range, but hey, I thought we should be the picky ones to choose them!
    And the affordability also sets the level of our love, right? ;)
    I haven’t bought anything from the brand, but the eyeshadows I’ve tried at the counter were amazing.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Lena! I agree. The eyeshadows and blushes seem to have amazing textures and pigmentation. If I had seen a color I’ve GOT to have, I would have gone after that instead!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    That’s too bad. But I can see this working really well for someone a lot olde-older than me HAHA. There comes a point were you can’t wear a pigmented concealer under your eyes because it’ll crease and probably be way too dry.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, hmm I can see this working better on drier/more mature skin, but for this level of coverage, slapping some tinted moisturizer on and calling it a day might work just as well!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I can feel your pain, Sunny! Definitely have made some bad choices in the past. I kind of like the sound of an emollient light coverage eye concealer though. Lately I’m convinced that my eye area needs more hydration. Maybe it works better as a skincare replacement/base for extra pigmentation?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, this is definitely not a drying concealer, but I wouldn’t skip my eye cream for it. I know there are some similar ones on the market that cost a fraction of the price, so maybe you should look into those instead!

  • Bella

    I have never tried Chantecaille. My product-I-shouldn’t-have-bought is Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation. I managed to guess my exact shade from online swatches, that was not the problem, but….it truly is traceless. Not one single spot of coverage. And that’s not what I spend megabucks on a foundation for. Better luck next time for both of us!!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Bella, oh whoa that doesn’t sound good! Thanks for the heads-up though! The only consolation I have now is at least my experience will hopefully stop some people from making the same mistake ;)

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    AHAHAHAH i have been in that situation. feeling forced to buy something and not trying to let your eyeballs drop out because of the price omg. 90usd! thats an amazing price! i’m so glad that you at least enjoyed this product.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, yeah at some point there is no way to walk away without looking bad, but I really should have :p I will most probably finish it, but repurchasing is out of the question!

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    I was giggling at your description of having to keep a poker face when the product price is finally revealed! I’ve definitely been there and had the gulp-worthy moments, also! Maybe this would be great for someone with dry under eye areas that doesn’t need much concealing? Who knows, but I am sorry your first foray into this line was a thumbs downer! I’ve always loved the design of their wildlife eyeshadow palettes but haven’t been able to part with the money to try one! I’ve definitely gotten pickier about my purchases after a year of blogging!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kristen, but I am someone with dry undereye area and not much to conceal to begin with LOL So yeah, I really don’t think many could use this at all. Same here with those palettes. They are adorable, but I don’t see myself reaching for them often, and that’s a lot of money for something I wouldn’t use often!

  • Icaria

    Oye! Not good! So sorry Sunny! I too have had a few heart attacks in the past but ended up liking my purchases. I’ve never tried this brand and given that there are so many options out there the price of their offering is a total downer for me.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, I’ve heard people rave about many Chantecaille products (their tinted moisturizer and foundation seem to be really good), and that’s why I decided to take a look. I liked how most of the eyeshadows swatched as well, but the price made me cringe ;)

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Hmm too bad this one wasn’t a big hit :-( I’ve never even heard of this brand, to be honest.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, I’ve really only read about it till now, but unfortunately the first thing I picked is a big flop!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    i think chantecaille is hit or miss… the eyeshadows are ok, but not as good as rbr or burberry lol and not much different in price to burberry. i really like the detox mask and like the cleansing milk too but dunno if the cleansing milk is worth the money lol. i’ve heard good things about their lip chics but haven’t tried myself!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Joyce, thanks for the heads-up! I’m not too sure I’ll be jumping up and down in excitement about the brand anytime soon, but it’s nice to know they do offer good stuff and it’s just that I didn’t find it :p

      • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

        Hehe, no need to jump i think. OH i’m trying the future skin foundation (it has been a week or two) and i think i really like it!! but yeah, no rush for you to run out and try more from the brand lol :)

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          I’d love to hear what you think about that one! The problem is it comes in a pot if I remember right, and I just can’t bring myself to buy a foundation in pot :(

          • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

            i try not to think about it lol

  • http://www.nailsandcupcakes.com/ Isabelle

    Oh dear.. This would definitely do nothing for my dark circles! I know Karima from Shameless Fripperies really likes Chantecaille, so perhaps check out her blog/YouTube for some ideas? Sorry your first try was such a miss!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Isabelle, yeah many bloggers I love are big fans of the brand, so I’m pretty sure I just picked the wrong thing to try!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    Its nice you now you like stick concealers. For unknown reasons I’ve never tried a stick one, even though I’ve always thought they must be neat and practical. I’ll remember this next time I’m out looking for one… though not this one maybe!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, I basically avoid pretty much everything in pot form! I have another one to share with you soon. Fortunately that one is loads better!

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    Concealer + eye cream, I’m a fan! This one looks great, I don’t think it would do much for the bags I’m packing though :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, yeah that’s the problem. It has as much coverage as a tinted moisturizer. You might as well just use that! ;)

  • lola

    Excellent review, Sunny! This seems like an expensive missed opportunity for Chantecaille– and for consumers. I love this type of stick formula that is emollient, but it has to do a great job concealing in order to justify the high price tag. I was curious about this, but will now definitely pass!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Helen! Yeah you might really want to pass. Patting some tinted moisturizer in your eye area will do about the same thing, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg!

      • lola

        A definite pass now! That’s quite a high price tag for a product that doesn’t fulfill the primary function of concealing!!!! I think that one would do better to apply an emollient eye cream and then immediately follow up with a medium to full cover concealer.