Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel: Review & Swatch!

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?
xx, Allison

23 comments:

  1. That looks great babe. I don't really use a bronzer because I'm tan enough, but I do love the effect on everyone else and I'm dying to just get one and see. I love the orange color the Chanel one has on your skin! I am definitely going to go try it out this weekend. x

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  2. I love the Channel Soleil Tan (though the one I own is Bronze Universal) but since I have olive skin it works best on me when I am more pale. Right now I am LOVING Bourjois Chocolate bronzer. The color is GORGEOUS and blends like a dream :) It makes my cheek bones look amazing when I apply it right on top of my check bones!

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  3. I've been wanting this for ever, it seems like it gives really natural results and I am a master at applying to much bronzer. But I saw Lisa Eldridge use this all over to darken her skintone and it looked beautiful on her! But unfortunately it is a little bit to expensive for me. Considering everything beauty, in sweden is 3 times the price in the states :(

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  4. That is really weird that they didn't know what it was or didn't want you to know it was in stock...

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  5. This looks gorgeous! And your hand looks so tanned :)

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  6. I love this product so much, it smells lovely and is great on pale skin. I have a fear of tanning, but this is light enough for even the palest paley (me!)
    :) Emma xx

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  7. I've never tried it, always been tempted but hesitant about the price.
    And then my mon asked me a couple of days ago "do you know a good cream bronzer I could try?".. yes, now I have the answer and the excuse to try it and it seems I will looooove it! :)

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  8. I tried this and I'm actually too dark for it. :( I have to pile it on to even attempt to use it, which makes me sad. It makes everyone look so nice and glowy!

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  9. This looks really nice!! And it's quite interesting the fact it`s creamy. My favorite bronzer is the Bourjois Chocolate Delice de Poudre. It`s not too dark for my fair skintone and smells lush!

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  10. I was wondering how well the bronzer blends?
    And I love NARS laguna and smashbox matte bronzer :)

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  11. I really really want to try this but I literally just bough the nars laguna.. next summer maybe!! btw I love you and your videos! You are definitely one of my favorite gurus!! I am just starting out on youtube but have been fashion blogging for over 2 years. props to you! xoxo
    Pam

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  12. i've heard so many great things about this! it looks amazing. http://openboxjewels.blogspot.com X

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  13. I think it's great and looks really easy to use, I really want it!

    Guys, please check out my new blog and follow, all suggestions for blogs and tutorials are welcome and I will do them! Much love, Ali x

    http://alisonkosmetics.blogspot.com/

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  14. the consistency looks so creamy :)
    i might give it a try
    The Fashion Cycle

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  15. they mean to use it as a base for other bronzers, not a base for foundations (although if your colouring was right, i guess you could!). that's probably why the chanel workers didn't recognize when you called it the cream bronzer? because it's technically the bronzing base, and the cream bronzer comes in a much smaller container.

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  16. cool blog)
    http://mrsjuliajulia.blogspot.com/

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  17. As probably alot of other people, my favorite bronzer is Nars Laguna :)

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  18. I had this product a while back and I really loved it. I ran out at some point and decided that, even though it was great, I didn't want to spend the money to repurchase it. Probably a month later I accidentally picked up the wrong shade of the Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation. I didn't notice until I was home, but then I realized that it works exactly the same way for me and is so much cheaper.

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  19. It's probably easier to just buy this online as it's usually in stock at Chanel.com and also at Nordstrom, etc.

    I am kind of tempted now to get it :)

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  20. Best bronzer ever - Pixiwoo sometimes use it in their videos and it always looked so nice, so I tried it. Definitely worth the $48.

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  21. I actually have this- its awesome. Maybe this, Benefit Hoola and Nars Laguna are my favorites. :)

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