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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal

Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal


I feel I'm rambling slightly with this post, telling my story all about Soleil Tan de Chanel, I quite like to read other bloggers stories behind products and I'm in a rambling mood. If you would prefer to go straight to the review just head down and I've titled where it starts.

It was Beth over at Birds Words that first introduced me to Chanel's Universal Bronzer, I've mentioned before the post she wrote on contouring and she made such a good job of it and looked so beautiful that I too felt that if I owned the same Chanel make up then I would be able to create the same look.
I researched this for weeks, watching Youtube videos and reading blog posts to determine whether I should splurge. 
My only concern was that since I'm so pale I would be left looking either orange or muddy and Soleil Tan de Chanel just wouldn't look right on me and wouldn't blend properly.
What I learnt from all the reviews that I scoured was that us paler skinned ladies were able to use this and that there are multiple ways to apply and use meaning that surely I could make it work and become an expert at contouring just like Beth was.

I walked into my local House of Fraser as I hoped to be able to test the bronzer for myself and if I was happy with the result then I was ready to walk out as the proud new owner of my first item of Chanel make up, however I left disappointed as my closest House of Fraser didn't stock this specific item. That's living in the country for you, so instead I had to go home without the Soleil Tan de Chanel and instead with £30 worth of items that I didn't need but had to purchase to feel better. My lovely fiancĂ© offered to purchase this online for me for my birthday so although I couldn't try it first I was still about to own the luxurious cream bronzer.
4 days later and I was holding the most beautiful packaging I'd ever seen and simply couldn't bring myself to ruin the beautiful swirl that adorned the top of the untouched product. I finally caved and set about to discover the best method of application for me.

I started using my fingers to apply and blend and for a few applications this worked well, I then perhaps became bored of this and felt that I needed to try using a brush for better results so again I returned to the Youtube videos and tried again with a stippling brush.
I expected this method to have worked best for me since so many people applied it with a stippling brush and achieved beautiful results but alas this was my least favourite way of applying the bronzer, I just didn't feel as though I could achieve an even result and felt as though I had to blend it all across my face to even it out. 
I then moved onto the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and because of the way the brush is made with smaller, denser bristles I found it was easier to control and didn't have to blend as far resulting in a nicer contour.
I felt I had found a way of application that I was fully happy with so stuck with it for a few months. 

Autumn came then Winter and I stopped turning to my beloved Soleil Tan de Chanel and started reaching for a powder bronzer instead. I tend to use powders in Autumn and Winter and prefer cream blushes and bronzers for Spring and Summer.
Since we have had some lovely sunny days recently I've found myself reaching for my Chanel product once again and have rediscovered my love for this beauty. 
Still using my Face Brush for application I feel I've still got a lot to learn about what can be achieved with this.

Soleil Tan de Chanel can be used in multiple ways, as either a bronzing base which personally I haven't tried as since I'm so pale I think would start to look odd. As a bronzer which provided I only use a small amount should be fine come the warmer months when I start to bring out the fake tan so it blends with my overall look or as a contour which I can get away with when done properly in all weather and without an all over tan.

My advice would be to build up to achieve desired results, not only is this nicely pigmented so shows easily but I also feel that if I pick up too much then I'm just wasting it and with a £31 price tag I want this to last as long as possible. 

I've had this since June last year and I used this daily throughout the Summer months and again this Spring and I barely seem to have dented the surface. Although many don't like the price I feel that it's quite reasonable for the quality of the product and also how much product we actually get, 30ml. When we compare this to powder bronzers and how much powder is actually in the pan then this can seem reasonable value for money but if your looking for a cheaper alternative then I've read many great reviews about the Bourjois Bronzing Primer so this is perhaps worth a try.


Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal

Soleil Tan de Chanel looks a warm brown in the container, a colour many may shy away from with the fear of it looking orange or unnatural. It contains a small amount of tiny shimmer particles that can only be seen up close but seem to disappear upon blending and cannot be seen once applied. 
It's fair to say that I was unsure weather I would be able to use this as I have really fair skin but with a light hand and a good brush I was able to apply this in a way that it looked natural and was able to layer it up to create a more defined contour when I chose.

The cream formula feels velvety soft and applies smoothly but in my opinion blends better with a brush, however there are those that choose to use their fingers, it's simply down to personal preference but I choose to use a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush after trying a few different brushes and methods of applications I feel this is best suited for me.

Beautifully pigmented means that only small amounts are needed. It's quite a hard cream bronzer which means we don't pick up too much product and instead can work our brush to pick up the desired amount helping Soleil Tan de Chanel go much further and last longer.

The finish is a beautiful bronze skin finish, I find this to be a nicer finish than powders especially for Spring and Summer as it leaves a lovely glow and pairs perfectly with cream blushes.

I find this to last a good 7-8 hours and it does tend to fade evenly however there have been times that it's gone slightly patchy but this could be down to how much I've touched my face on that particular day.

Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Before contouring with Soleil Tan de Chanel. Pulling my 'contour' face
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
After contouring with Soleil Tan de Chanel. Pulling my 'contour' face.
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Finished look using Soleil Tan de Chanel.

Soleil Tan de Chanel is on the pricier side costing £31.00 for 30ml of product. Bearing in mind that this does last and a little goes a long way the price is justifiable and I will certainly shell out the £31.00 and repurchase this once I'm all out.

Chanel's Soleil Tan de Chanel is available from Debenhams for £31.00. Debenhams do occasionally have 10% offers so may be worth keeping a look out for.
Alternatively available from Boots where Boots points can be used towards the overall cost.

What's your bronzer of choice for the warmer months?

Lots of Love


  1. I've only ever used powder bronzes, but this looks pretty amazing! xx

    1. I started using powder bronzers but I eventually caved and bought this. I'd like to try the Bourjois Bronzing Primer just to see the difference. xxxxx

  2. You look absolutely stunning :) What a gorgeous post! Love the pictures and just everything :P :) xxxx

    Lucie xx

    Fatbeautyx // Youtube

  3. One of my all time favourite products and it lasts forever! I've only just ran out of mine but I love it! It's not just you who can't find it its so popular that one year I was on a 6 month waiting list at 4 different Chanel counters! Crazy! xxx

    Genna at Lipstick Crush

    1. Oh wow really? 6 month is a crazy amount of time. It's raved about everywhere though so there is no surprise that's it's a favourite among many. I feel as though mine is everlasting at the moment it doesn't seem to use up. Not that I'm complaining lol. xxxx

  4. The Bourjois option could be a good introduction then you could get a feel as to whether this kind of product is for you. :) Thank you for the follows.