It seems the theme of most of my posts these days are about discovering and finding new colors to help the transition from winter to spring. This post is not any different but instead of focusing on lips I will focus on bronzer. I have rediscovered Chanel's 'Soleil Tan De Chanel,” a gel-like bronzer in a jar that is full of pleasant surprises.
Good news is it has been around for many years now and has no plans on going anywhere… a true sign this product is not only a good seller but permanent in their collection.
I was inspired to take a second look at it after seeing makeup artist Lisa Aldridge use it on one of her videos and it looked fabulous. This is how this bronzer is described on the Chanel.com website:
The velvety finish of this light cream-gel bronzer leaves your skin with a beautiful sun-kissed look. Wear it on its own to enhance your complexion, or for a hint of outdoors radiance, over or under your favorite CHANEL Foundation.
Okay, so the last part about using it with your favorite foundation is clearly not mandatory and I can tell you that I use it with my Armani or Cle de peau foundation, which looks fabulous!!! The texture is inviting and most importantly, consumer friendly. Liquids can be tricky if not spread evenly and quickly whereas powders can come on too dark if used with heavy hand, which makes this product so much more desirable and quite frankly more sensible for many clients. The following is a quick list of what I feel makes this product one step above other bronzers on the market;
* The gel-like texture is unique and results in being user friendly
* It is very light which allows for more control of gradual build up
* Color suits most skin tones as it is not too orange or ashy
What I did not realize is that it also comes in a powder form, another product that is part of the permanent collection. I did swatch the powder and the gel next to each other to show you they are the same exact color but texture is obviously different. To be honest, I have had the powder form in my makeup drawer and hardly touched. Why you ask? I never liked the consistency of the application and felt it was blotchy upon application and needed face powder to blend it in and make it look even. The color is not unusual or extraordinary but I can see it enhancing many skin tones without being high risk in the undertone area. It is a lovely golden brown without shimmer, sparkle or frost and glides on so beautifully!!!
swatches away from sunlight
colors swatches by the window and applied heavily
When I tested it out at the Chanel counter at Bergdorf Goodman, the Sales Associate used a brush to lightly feather it back and forth until I saw a faint bronzer that was easy to build up in color and intensity without the risk of looking fake or orange. I knew I was going to end up going home with it and liked it even more hours later as it adapted naturally to my skin and left a sun kissed glow. I have also discovered that using my fingers is a good alternative and leaves a natural look without streaking. I figured if I can use my fingers to apply and blend and make it look believable then this is a keeper.
Verdict? Definitely check it out if you are near a Chanel counter and looking for a bronzer that looks real and user friendly. Bronzers can be very tricky from texture to shade so once you find one that works for you, you have defeated a big challenge. I believe Chanel's “Soleil Tan de Chanel” gel bronzer will impress you and encourage you to play around with bronzers without feeling intimidated. Score!
Chanel products can be purchased at Chanel boutiques, Chanel.com, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. Retails for $48.