The famous Soleil Tan de Chanel
Everyone knows it, it's the big Chanel bronzer in the tub, but Chanel being French, thought of a much more flattering name :)
I purchased this a few months ago but only recently have started using it, and will share my thoughts.
Texture: Best stated by Lorrain Stanick I believe. This feels like hard soap. Not the most elegant description but the best I ever heard to describe this texture. It's hard, but semi pressable. Harder than any cream cheek product I have ever seen but the deposit of color is adequate by simply "bumping" your brush onto the hard texture as opposed to the traditional swirl or swipe.
Size: It's huge. Content and mass wise. This is not a travel friendly product. It literally is a tub of bronzer. I don't think I ever would expect someone to walk around with this as a touch up product. It's just not practical! This comes with 30 grams of product and the picture above shows about 2.5 weeks of daily use. Let me re iterate, it's huge.
Price: This retails in the states for $48 dollars for 30 grams. If you do the math, it's actually not an outrageous price! The only problem is you are paying it all at once so it seems like alot of money ( it is alot of money for a bronzer) but you have to breathe in as you hand over your credit card and repeat to yourself " If I do the math, it's actually quite a deal!"
Lasting Power: This does not last all day on my hair line for some reason, but down my jawline it does. Well 11 ish hours. I do deposit more color down my cheekbones which may pro long the wear of the product but I add a more sheer layer on my hairline and chin which seem to fade in about 7 hours, with a primer underneath
The results are the same with or without powder to set
Color: This only comes in one shade. It is supposedly "Universal" I don't think this is true. This seems like the dream cream bronzer for those of fair to medium skin. Leaning more on the fair side ( personal opinion) I don't like to look "bronzed" especially in winter, but I find myself adding on quite a few layers of this stuff to get the desired effect of just warmth to my newer paler self. I am getting pale NC 20 territory and I find myself layering this. I don't see people with deeper skin tones finding this to work on their skin.
Those of you are are fair, this is AMAZING. Only if you fit into that category. This has to be the most unbelievably natural shade I have tried. When applied to my skin, since it is a cream product, it seems to blend into my skin more seamlessly than a powder and I am pretty addicted to how natural it looks and brightens my paler skin tone.
I will note that I have seen some Youtube videos on this product and in my opinion, if you are fair and apply this on camera it looks like it has an orange lean. Not all the time, but for those who are quite pale it does seem to cast some what orange.
If you are more medium skin, I do not see this being an issue, and it would look better on camera for medium skin tones
You can see in the below photos the hint of orange, this seems to be emphasized on camera and only on paler skin
In real life on my skin, it's an incredibly natural brown which I do not detect orange in once applied to my face
Bronzer on my skin after two layers with a very dense brush
Bronzer on my skin after three layers, to see how the color builds.
Again this was applied with a very dense brush
Application: It seems everyone has their own method and brush to apply this bronzer. The MAC 109 and 168 are popular but I knew they were not for me. I HATE brush hairs in my cream products. They drive me insane so I tried a few other options.
Try 1: Sephora Airbrush #55 : This was ok. It does not deposit alot of color but since the brush is not too dense this made the color application light and I would always bring it up onto my cheeks for an all over color effect, but I don't use this method often. It takes a long time to build up the color, longer than I have time for in the morning.
Try 2: The MAC 130 brush: I purchased this JUST to use with this bronzer after hearing it made quite a pair. It was ok....the brush is good, but it's small. It takes again too much time for me to build the color so I will have to find another use for this brush.
Try 3: Sigma F82, Yes I found it! A brush big enough to cover a larger area faster, and dense enough to deposit a fair amount of color in less time. A con of this brush with this product is because it is so dense you have to be careful you don't end up with two stripes going down your face and hair lines. It takes a little more arm work to get this around the face and you do have to blend it our a bit after wards to spread the color, but this is still my preferred method, for now.
You can see in the above swatch photos how richly this brush deposits the bronzer on my skin, so I do have to spend time to blend it out. It does deposit it strongly with less time needed for it to be built up
Comparison of the Sigma F82 to the MAC 130
As you can see the MAC 130 is significantly smaller and looser, so getting to larger areas of the face can take longer
In terms of application, I do the famous bump the brush on the surface method a few times and start applying it to my face. I don't deposit residual product on my hand because this is a bronzer I find I have to add layers to, so I am not afraid of it coming out too strong on the face with direct application.
Overall Thoughts: I like this bronzer, it's not my HG but I do like it. I like the color, which I think is great, and build able. I like the fact that it is not too pigmented due to the texture and application methods, because sometimes some bronzers are just too much, especially in the winter. You have to look realistic when there is a snow storm outside! This bronzer brings realism of a warmth than can be layered with ease to a real tan for summer months.
I am not in love with the fact that it seems to come across with an orange tone in photography. I hate orange bronzers, but I take solace in the fact that in real life it definetly looks brown. It looks so natural, people are not even aware I am wearing a bronzer.
Major props on that to Chanel.
Would I repurchase? Unsure...I do like it. I know it's going to last a long time, but I need more time.
That's it for my "flash" review. Hmm I should re name that. Seems a bit wordy but this is a $48 dollar investment, people need to know details!
So, tell me, have you tried the Soilel de Chanel? Do you love it? What brush do you use???
The last question is the one I would love to hear more answers to!!
Hope you all had a great weekend!!
I've linked below the song that I currently have on repeat non stop. Who doesn't love Cold Play?
Also a cover song by a Youtuber I have followed forever. Evertime I hear this song I think of my Chanel Winter Nights palette which was used in the movie this song was in, but was discontinued. So sad, isn't that crazy, that's what the song reminds me of ??