Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel review

23 Jun 2013

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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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