If you follow me on Twitter or saw my July favorites video, you have probably heard me rave about the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel (formerly called "Bronze Universal") cream bronzer. Apparently this product has been around for a while, but didn't reach my radar until recently. This product is a matte cream meant to use for whatever bronzing purposes you desire, but is also supposed to be able to work as a base for foundation, powders, etc. I don't know about you, but the idea of applying this all over my face as a primer sounds like an Oompa Loompa waiting to happen, but perhaps if you had the appropriate skintone for it, it could work.
I usually stay far away from cream bronzers because the whole idea just sounds like a muddy disaster to me, so I was hesitant to try this until I saw a fellow beauty blogger, SWalkerMakeup, apply it on herself in a video. It looked so natural and easy to work with, I knew I had to try it.
I have been using this product for everyday bronzing purposes: a little bit of contour and a little touch of "glow". I've played around with a lot of brushes, and have found that a dense, buffing style face brush works best for me (I like the Real Techniques buffing brush-- available at Ulta!). However, I have quite a tan at the moment so it is harder for me to over-apply this. Once I whiten up a bit for winter, I may need to use a lighter brush. I think this product is suitable for fair to medium skin tones... deeper skin tones will not be able to get this color to show up, but could maybe use it as a base!
Now in the pan and the swatch on my hand, you may think this looks a little orange-y, because it does. However, once you apply this to your face, somehow the orange tones fade a bit and it looks very natural on the skin. I like it! As far as wear goes, I feel like it lasts pretty much all day for me. I like to set it with a face power to ensure longest wearability.
You should be able to find this product wherever Chanel cosmetics are sold, however, I had to visit THREE counters before I could get my hands on it, because not a single Chanel counter assistant knew what product I was talking about. I only ended up getting it by noticing it myself in the glass display and requesting to take a look at it. Be diligent and don't let them trick you into thinking it's another product that is conveniently in stock (which all three counters tried as well). This retails for $48.
What is your favorite bronzer?