Tried and True: the Soleil Tan de Chanel


If you’re a makeup lover like me, you’ve probably heard of this product; it’s been ranted and raved about for years. I added the Soleil Tan de Chanel to my makeup collection about two years ago, but for me, it wasn’t love at first sight. It took me a long time to discover my favorite ways of applying this bronzer and how to make it work for me. Now, this product has become one of my favorite ways to achieve a bronzy glow.

Firstly, let me give a quick description. This is a cream bronzer. It’s in a medium warm brown tone and has a thick mousse texture. I am able to use it all year round by changing the way I apply it. At first glance, this product looks a bit bizarre and difficult to use, but the key is understanding how to apply it. I like to think of this product as more of a bronzer than contour. You can technically contour with this, but I don’t think it’s cool toned enough for me. So I much prefer using it as a light bronzer to warm up my complexion. Sometimes I’ll contour on top of this bronzer for added depth to my face, but not on a daily basis.

Don’t be scared of this product simply because it’s a cream bronzer. Apply it after your foundation and before you powder. My favorite way to apply this bronzer is with my Sephora #74 Pro Small Blush and Contour brush. I swirl this brush around in the product and apply it under my cheek bones in circular motions, blending it out upwards. I do the same for my forehead, chin, and jawline. This is my favorite way to get a blown out, natural looking warm bronzy glow. You can also build up the intensity of the color this way, so I often apply it with a brush in the summer. I sometimes apply this with a beauty blender as well. I use the fat end of the sponge to pat the product into my skin, focusing also under my cheekbones, on my forehead and on my chin. This is an easy way to apply a sheer wash of warmth to your face that’s less intense than the brush application. Finish your look with a light dusting of powder.

I love this product and although it can be a bit out of most people’s comfort zones, I think it looks really beautiful and natural.

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