Product Type: Chanel makeup
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Posh bronzer by Chanel!
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Powder
Member Name: diva80
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Powder
Advantages: Good pigmentation, luxurious packaging, high quality item.
This summer at duty free, my husband (being in the holiday spirit) gave me free (ish) reign of duty free and said I could get what I want... I'm not sure he should have said this, because he was wincing a bit at the bill when he went to buy the loot I had squirreled into my basket! (bless him, he still paid it), but anyway, one of the products of choice was this uber-posh bronzer by Chanel!
Now, I had been on the lookout for a nice bronzer which a) wasn't shimmery, b) would show up nicely on my dark olive skin and c) was by a prestigious make up brand, all of which had up till now been hard to find. I had a mosey around at various makeup brands, and then eventually came to the Chanel counter. I said to the pleasant Chanel lady that I was looking for a nice shimmer-free bronzer, and she showed me a couple of colours which might suit me in their Soleil Tan range. I picked one, and then she proceeded to give me a dusting with her big brush, et voila, I was a sun kissed babe!
I can't remember exactly how much the price was, but it was roughly £30 for 11g, which is quite expensive by any means. Luckily husband was in the holiday mood, and therefore I got lucky on this occasion! I think I would under normal circumstances find it hard to justify that amount on one makeup item.
This make up product is really luxurious in both its application and its appearance. It comes in a compact which has the bronzer on the left, and a flat brush on the right, and a big mirror in its lid which is really useful! The whole compact is encased in a black velvety pouch, and this is then placed in a posh black and gold cardboard box packaging. The colour I chose was number 64 Desert Bronze, which as I mentioned, shows up well on my skin tone, and it is a reddish brown colour in looks (looks much nicer on than when you look at it!). They had a fair few different colours to choose from so those with lighter skin should have no problem finding something in this range to suit them. They also have shimmer style bronzers if this is more your thing, but I think I just look too glittery and unnatural with shimmery bronzers (before this product, I have been using Bobbi Brown's shimmer brick).
The bronzer powder itself does look like desert sands the way that it is shaped, with wavy sand lines running through it, which is a nice touch. The case which the bronzer sits in is a slick shiny Chanel black colour, with the trademark Chanel logo in gold on the top. This case can get a bit grubby, but as its shiny plastic, it's easy enough to wet and wipe if this annoys you. The bottom of the case tells you the shade and product details. The packaging is quite unimaginative, but is unmistakably Chanel glamour, and would look timeless and classy either in your handbag, in your makeup bag or on your dressing table.
A shaped plastic slip protects the bronzer from damage, and within this plastic sits the flat brush that comes with the bronzer, which has a shiny black plastic handle with the Chanel logo on it. This brush is really good for targeted bronzing, for example if you want to brush straight down the bridge of your nose for that sun kissed look. The Chanel brush seems to be made of high quality soft bristle, although it is not obvious what kind of material it is made out of. However, I use my own Bobbi Brown blusher brush for putting this product on as I prefer using that.
This powder is supposed to be moisturising, so doesn't dry out your skin. I don't often suffer from dry skin anyway, and use a good moisturiser, so I don't have this problem. However, someone with dry skin might benefit from this aspect of the bronzer.
I think with any blusher or bronzer, it is easy to apply too much, so be careful in applying this bronzer by applying less rather than more at first, and then building it up a little if you need to. I'm fairly gentle in my application of this bronzer, as I find it's a very good quality product with good pigmentation so you don't need to overdo it. Orange is not a good look, people!
All in all, I really like this bronzer, as it makes me look a bit healthy with a nice glow. It has been a godsend at the moment, as I have a stye in my eye and cannot wear eye make up (I know, horror of horrors or what!!!) so I love this as I don't always like to wear lip makeup so it makes me feel a little bit made up at least!
My only gripe would be the price of this, as it is quite expensive, but I do feel it is worth the money if you can afford it. I think this would last me a long time and I use it most days, and its not one of those purchases where I buy it and then never use it (that happens A LOT!). A good purchase, thank you hubby!!!
Summary: Chanel bronzer - pricey but worth it if you can afford it!