23 June 2013

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel review



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The Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (or Bronze Universal) is a bit of a popular product in the beauty world. I've personally had my eye on it for a long time but it's one of those high-end products you lust after, swatch, lust after some more, swatch some more, but then you just can't part with the pennies for it. At £31, this is not a cheap product and although I really wanted it, I just couldn't justify it. Last month I went to the new beauty hall opening at John Lewis in Nottingham. It was a really lovely little beauty event with some great brands, talks and demonstrations. The event cost £10 to go and Tori from Tori's Tales managed to persuade me to pop along with her. The £10 it had cost us for the event and beauty hall opening was then redeemable on products, then on top of that all beauty was 10% off for the night in store. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to finally pick this beauty up. It should have cost me £30 and I ended up paying £17.90. Not bad I think! 

I've seen some pretty mixed reviews of the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, some people seem to love this and think it is an amazing must-have bronzing product whereas others think it doesn't quite live up to expectations. I've wanted to try this for so long that I was really hoping it would work for me, and thankfully, it has. With a much more solid consistency than I expected, the Soleil Tan De Chanel is firm to the touch, but buttery soft at the same time. It's like Chanel managed to find the perfect mix between a workable, easy to use formula that's firm enough to last a while and not disappear after just a couple of uses. There is a lot of product in the classic Chanel packaged pot, too. A flat, round and pretty 30g, this sits on my dresser almost like a prized position. The colour on me is just right. I could see it being a touch too orange for those paler beauties out there, but against my Mediterranean skin tone it gives a subtle tanned, glowing finish. I love using my Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply this and I apply it in one of two ways. If I am using it before foundation as a contour shade, then I apply this much like I would my MAC Pro-Sculpting Cream in Copper Beech. If I am using this after my foundation then I apply again with the Real Techniques Contour Brush but I then blend it in lightly with my beauty blender dupe. I love that this is a multi-purpose product which can be used different ways, I really love products that are versatile. Would I recommend this? Yes, I would. I know there are cheaper, high-street versions available, such as the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. But I really didn't get on with the Bronzing Primer, as I mentioned in a recent Products I Regret Buying post, and although it's been compared a tremendous amount to Soleil Tan De Chanel, I don't think it is anywhere near as good. This isn't a product which will suit anyone, I think it's better for medium skin tones and darker and probably easier to get to grips with for those who already use a few cream to powder products. It doesn't have the most obvious cream to powder finish and it certainly isn't advertised as that, but on me, as I only apply a small amount, I do find it has an almost cream to powder finish on me. This is a product I love, that I've used loads of (and it hasn't even made a dent) and a product I'm really glad I finally took the plunge and picked up. (John Lewis, £31)

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28 comments

  1. This sounds like a really nice bronzer! I think I'd have to try it in store though as its usually a hit and miss with bronzers and my skin. Some look too darks whereas others don't make a difference.
    Great review!

    cllrs.blogspot.co.uk xo

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    1. I love it, it's such a beautiful product. I would definitely take a proper look in store - it's a lot to pay without trying or seeing in person first xo

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  2. I'd saved up for months to buy this, but it turned up looking almost like my foundation on me. I wish they made darker shades. :(

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    1. I don't think it's really appropriate for darker skin tones, if I was any darker it wouldn't show on me xo

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  3. I love this but wish they'd produce one for us of the paler sort!!

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
    xx

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    1. Just apply it lighter or underneath your foundation :) xo

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  4. This has been on my wishlist for so long but I really can't justify the price :(
    Xx

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    1. It took me so long as I couldn't either but I am glad I did now xo

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  5. This would be the ideal summer bronzer for me, perfect for the dewy skin look I love so much. Might just have to wait until payday though. Great post!

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    1. Let me know if you do decide to pick it up! :) xo

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  6. Oh my! Another beauty that I need to add to my wish list :) Looking forward to meeting you at #LDNBloggersParty x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It was so lovely to briefly meet you Emma xo

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  7. I always read reviews of this and think 'it sounds so nice, but damn being as pale as milk'! x

    Amy / srslylou.com

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    1. If you apply with a lighter hand or even under your foundation, it should be fine :) xo

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  8. I have this product, I like it but wouldn't say I love it, it's perfect for when I haven't got too much fake tan on, but when I'm really tanned it doesn't really do a lot for me. It was perfect when I went on holiday though, just swooped a little on my face here and there and it looked lovely x

    Liza
    Glambeautys.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's not the darkest of shades, I think if you fake tan a lot then it wouldn't be a product worth reaching for xo

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  9. I've really wanted to try this for ages but I just know it's going to be too dark for me! It looks like such a beautiful product <3 xx

    Gemma | ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Try applying with a lighter hand/under your foundation xo

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  10. I have this but I always forget about it, must use it more :)

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    1. Well I hope this has been a good reminder for you to get it out and get using it again :) xo

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  11. Today was a toss up between the Les Beiges healthy glow sheer powder and Soleil tan. I went for the Les Beiges and wish I had read this first! Oh well just means another trip to the Chanel counter soon. Such a lovely review.

    Leigh

    littlepieceofbeauty.com

    xx

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    1. Haha, always good to have an excuse to visit the Chanel counter! Thanks Leigh, I'm glad you liked my review xo

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  12. I really want this. I've wanted this for so, so long. I just don't think I can justify the price. It sounds amazing!

    Emma | World of dilEMMA
    xo

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  13. This product sounds gorgeous, I love Chanel!

    Kimberley x

    www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com (currently holding an international MAC giveaway)

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    1. Me too, I can never help having a look at the Chanel counter xo

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