It’s no doubt that Chanel makeup is very luxurious and high end, but I’ve noticed that just because something is name brand and expensive does not mean it is necessarily a quality product. The Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzing base is very popular, but is it worth the hype?
The Good | Velvety, applies smoothly, easy to blend out, not heavy or cakey, long lasting, lots of product, luxurious, travel friendly, versatile.
The Bad | May not fit everyone’s budget, color is not suitable for all skin types (too orange for fair skin tones and too light for deep skin tones).
The product itself has a velvety gel-cream consistency that applies very smoothly to the skin. It isn’t patchy or too heavy at all, which makes it very easy to blend out for a sun-kissed bronze. The finish of this is not completely matte. I would say this is more like a satin/skin-like finish. This lasted on my skin for about 7 to 8 hours (depending on the weather outside) without any primer or bronzer on top to set it so I would say it lasts a good amount of time before fading. The color is very warm and looks orange, but when applied to the skin it isn’t oompa loompa-y at all. If you have very fair skin then I think this could be a bit too warm and orangey for you, but if you use a light hand it should be fine. If you’re darker than a MAC NC42, this might be too light for you. I’m an NC40 and it’s still very subtle on my skin once blended out.
I like to apply this like I would any bronzer, but you could also mix this in with your foundation to warm it up a bit if it is a bit too light for you. This works great not only as a bronzing base, as the name suggests, but it works nicely on it’s own. However, if you do want a more intense bronze look I would definitely go over the top of this with a powder bronzer.
My favorite way to apply this is with a stippling brush. More specifically, I love using the Real Techniques stippling brush because the bristles are firmer and sturdier compared to some other stippling brushes so it picks up and blends product out nicely. Sometimes I even use a foundation brush to apply this and then blend it out with the original BeautyBlender since it blends product out very nicely.
The Verdict | I think this is definitely worth the hype if you’re into a natural sun-kissed look. You get a lot of product for your money ($48) so I don’t think it’s overpriced because it will last you a long time. It’s also a versatile product because you can apply this on your own for a more daytime appropriate look, apply another powder bronzer over this for a more dramatic night time makeup look or blend some in with your foundation to add a warm glow all over. It’s definitely a luxurious product that is worth the money in my book, and since it comes in a frosted plastic container it is travel friendly.
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