Initially, I was at the department store to get some YSL products. As they hadn’t received the new products yet, I decided to get something that I had been eyeing for a while, instead. Our department store doesn’t always have all the popular products in stock, and the “Soleil Tan de Chanel” had actually been out of stock for around 6-7 months. I’m the type of person, who likes to feel and swatch the product on my skin before buying it, so even though I could’ve bought this bronzer online, I decided to wait it out – it wasn’t like they were going to discontinue the product anyway. As you can see on the product picture below, the Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base is so creamy and luxurious – I almost couldn’t make myself stick my brush into the product, as it would ruin the perfect soufflé look.
I can’t lie, I had super high hopes for this product after hearing everyone rave about it. At first I was hesitant… The product looked really dark and orangey, but I had seen Lisa Eldridge wear this and she made it look so natural – even on her pale light skin. I gave it a go and used it under my foundation at first, to make sure it wouldn’t make my contour look way over the top. This didn’t work for me. I could barely see the product through my (light) layer of foundation. I, then, decided to add it on top of the foundation and boy was I surprised.
I usually go for bronzers in powder form as my skintype used to be combination to oily, but recently my skin has shifted to combo/dry, which is why I prefer anything that’s hydrating, creamy and luminous. This Chanel bronzer dries down to an almost matte finish, but it still made my skin look so healthy and naturally bronzed. I tend to go for a “harder” contour, but surprisingly I really enjoyed this natural look.
Price: $50 or 320DKK
Consistency: A solid cream/gel. It does not at all feel soufflé-like, so don’t be fooled by the soft look it has. It’s solid like a balm, which makes the product last much longer. When I dipped my brush into the cream, it barely made a dent. I honestly think it would take forever to finish this product, because a little goes such a looong way.
How-to: I’ve seen people use this product in many different ways: with a kabuki brush, a large face brush, a contour brush, the list goes on… and there’s a reason for this. The product is so versatile that you can use it however you like. As I indicated above, it can either be used over or under your foundation (if I had great skin, I would even use this by itself because it’s so easy to blend and natural looking – at least for my skin color). I personally like to use it with my Real Techniques “Flat Contour Brush” in #301 in the hollows of my cheeks, around my temples and along my jaw-line.