Saturday, 28 February 2015

Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I am having such a nice time being back home visiting my parents and some friends who I haven’t seen since moving to London two months ago. I have a free couple of hours and thought I would write up this post which I have been meaning to do for awhile. Today’s topic is the ‘Chanel Soleil tan de bronzing make–up base’ (what a name!). I wanted this for so long and never bought it due to the expensive price tag of £32, but I was lucky enough to receive it as a Christmas present and now I am going to share my thoughts.

Firstly, there is no denying how beautiful the packaging is. I love the gorgeous black and gold design and Chanel logo, it is so elegant and pretty. It is a great size as well so really easy to get any size brush into – though the slightly large packaging can be a pain when it comes to storage or if you are travelling with limited space.

Chanel’s descriptionThe velvety finish of this light cream-gel bronzer leaves your skin with a beautiful sun-bathed look. Wear it on its own, or for a hint of outdoors radiance, over or under your favorite CHANEL foundation’.

I’m not sure why it is called a makeup base as Chanel says you can use it over or under a foundation – calling it a makeup base suggests you can only use it under a foundation and I think this is misleading as it’s definitely not the case. I don’t really use any bronzing bases under foundation as I prefer bronzer over my foundation and I knew straight away I would be using this over my foundation.

When I opened it up for the first time I fell in love with the gorgeous perfumed smell and pretty swirly design, it reminded me of a chocolate mousse and looked so good I wanted to eat it! I have experimented with a few different brushes to apply this and my current favourite is a foundation brush, due to the cream formula I think this works best. I use my Real Techniques stippling brush by patting the brush in the bronzer and buffing it into the skin in areas I want to contour. You could use any kind of brush with this it just depends what suits you best – you could even use your fingers to blend it into the skin if you wanted to the same way you would with foundation. 
This bronzer is the perfect shade for contouring – it is so buildable so you can keep layering it until you get your desired look. I tend to keep it light during the day and go for a more sculpted, tanned look during the evenings if I’m going out. It is also so easy to control the bronzer as well, you can really get a great defined contoured look which I sometimes find harder to achieve with a powder bronzer. 

In the past I have avoided cream based bronzers as I prefer a matte finish and not a dewy glowing look because I have naturally oily skin anyway. However, the great thing about this bronzer is that although it is creamy, when blended in it leaves a fairly matte finish – but it still provides a natural glow which is just the perfect amount. It is because of this that I think this product would work well for all skin types. It is great for oily skin as it doesn’t leave you shiny and glowing, and it is also great for dry, sensitive skin as it is so soft and moisturising at the same time. 
The only slight negative is that it could potentially look a bit orangey if you are quite pale or if you apply too much product. As long as you control how much you want and make sure it is all blended in properly I don’t think this would be much of a problem. Another solution to this would be to apply it under the foundation to give a more subtle finish. Obviously the price is a negative as well as it’s very pricey at £32 – but I do this it’s a good investment as you get a lot of product and it seems to last a long time. 

Overall, I am really impressed with this bronzer. It is perfect for contouring and has become my go to bronzer in my morning makeup routine! Have you tried this bronzer? What are your thought?

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