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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Here you see Vanilla in action:
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