Monday, May 7, 2012

Soleil Tan de Chanel - Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Beige - Review, Pictures, Swatches



I have no idea why I purchased another bronzer.
I think I have an illness…or I'm trying to make up for the lack of bronzer in my makeup collection that has spanned decades. DECADES!

Last year I purchased 2 bronzers. One from Chanel and one from Le Metier de Beaute. I felt like I was set as far as bronzers go.

But then.

Then Chanel comes out with two more Limited Edition Bronzers for Summer 2012 and my resolve was weekend and I purchased one.

Did I need it?
No.
But some how, for some reason, my tiny brain justified the purchase.
I'm very mad at my brain right now.  We are not speaking to each other at the moment.
Stupid Brain.


So let me tell you all about the Soleil Tan de Chanel - Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Beige.

1) It's a lot like nothing the Soleil Tan De Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in Bronze Rose I reviewed last May. Thank you for pointing that out my dear readers. I think I was in a bad mood when I wrote this review.
a) It's Stripedy
b) It Looks Alluring
c) It managed to seduce my tiny brain

sable beige

bronze rose

2) The different stripes of color is what makes this Chanel Bronzer so special.  YOU control the level and type of color you wish to apply to your face.  You have OPTIONS!  I loves me some options.


3) The quality of the powder is such that it is so finely milled that it never looks chalky or overly metallic on your skin. It seems to melt into the skin imparting a beautiful sun kissed glow.
a) I am unable to actually tan. I go in the sun, turn red, then turn white again. A tan does not happen once the burn goes away, so "imparting a beautiful sun kissed glow" is something I am never able to achieve without makeup.  Your results may vary.
b) The powder is pretty awesome. Finely milled is the key.  The smaller the powder particles are the less obvious the application looks.  I personally like to use a skunk brush to apply bronzer because I am so fair and because it "diffuses" the application a bit.
c) The color imparted by this bronzer is very natural looking. It won't make you look like an oompa loompa or some wing nut that let's her small child use a tanning bed.

Sable Beige

Bronze Rose

4) Soleil Tan de Chanel - Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Beige is limited edition. That means if you fall in love with it and don't purchase it soon, you may not be able to purchase it later. It also costs $60..so there's that too.  (Kinda expensive)

Sable Beige applied with brush

Do you NEED this?  Yes and No.  It sure would be a great bronzer to have if you don't currently have a bronzer. If you are fair and worry about bronzers seeming too dark or orange on you skin, this bronzer will be perfect for you.  But if you have other bronzers you like…well…I have a hard time encouraging you to get another.  But that's just me.  For some reason I can justify having 57,697,456 kinds of pink blush but I can't justify owning more than one or two bronzers.  It's probably because of my tiny brain. 

Mr. Sith actually purchased this for me.  I was really sick and couldn't get out of the house and he was going to be in Tysons Corner anyway so he VOLUNTEERED to go to Neiman Marcus and buy it for me!  (He's a keeper!)  Kathy Shoreman helped him out and had everything ready for him to minimize his time spent in the beauty department.  If you have a husband or significant other or lackey that will go buy you makeup, try calling Kathy Shoreman at 571-533-4972 if you want to make a purchase over the phone or give her a heads up that someone will be coming in to pick something up for you.

20 comments:

  1. Hi Elvira, I'm surprised that Sable Beige shows up your skin so beautifully but doesn't even show on mine! I'm terrible when it comes to bronzers... I have a drawer filled with bronzers. I just can't get enough of them!

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    1. :-( It doesn't show up at all? That's too bad. Did you try the darker one that Chanel has?

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  2. LOL! I was waiting for the Tan Mom joke and you did not disappoint. Bravo! And just look at those 2 Chanel bronzer pictures together. They're TOTALLY DIFFERENT. Completely. Might as well be considered totally different families of products.

    Enablingly yours,
    indie

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    1. How could I not put the Tan Mom joke in there. You're right. they are totally different. I think I was just trying to psych myself out. Thanks for clearing that up!

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  3. I own both these bronzers and they are nothing alike I sorry to disagree, it the bronze rose is more like the sable rose but not completely though. I love both. Liked reading your article and off course a woman never can have enough bronzers can she?

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    1. Nope. You're right. They are totally different. I don't know what I was thinking.

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  4. Oh Elvira, I have the same problem you do. I was decades of anti-bronzer. Then Nars Laguna snuck in with it's not shimmery, not orangey look....Then came a Mac Wonder Woman bronzer. You'd think that would be enough. Last summer, I bought Dior Aurora and Chanel Bronze de Corail...kicked myself for not getting rose too. I mail ordered the new Chanel Rose Bronzer and one of the Dior. Sight unseen. And then, this weekend, I saw the Beige....oh my, had to have that one. It's so gorgeous. I'm still undecided on the Sable Rose, but oh the glow of the Beige. Oh my goodness. You'd think I was made of money they way I've snapped up these beauties the last two years, but making some that do the work of a blush and a bronzer - pure genius.

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    1. You SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE ROSE!!! Oh By the way. Try using a regular bronzer over Chanel Malice Blush and you get a very similar effect as the rose one from last year. The blush shade in that rose bronzer is almost identical to the Malice JC blush!.

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  5. Darn this friggen gorgeous bronzer! I completely dismissed it when I saw the promo images. I honestly thought it looked really dull and plain, but seeing it in all of it's glowy glory, I can't resist.

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    1. It really is awesome. I wore it yesterday, because I was home sick and felt like playing w/ my makeup and Mr. Sith came into the room and said. "Looks like you're feeling better!" I just told him I wasn't and it was just makeup!

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  6. Again, have to commend you on your swatches - they really do justice to this bronzer! You can see the gold shimmer clearly. Tan Mom has that orange-y LIndsay Lohan look - that I normally get when I put a bronzer on my pale, strawberry-blondie complexion, but this one just warms me up a bit and gives me a subtle sheen. I still have the stripey one from last summer that you swatched, and yes, I've hit pan, but I can get almost the same effect if I lightly buff this one on and then put the Joues Contraste Espiegle on my cheeks for a POP of color! Now, if I could just figure out how to make my self-tanner not make me look like an Oompa-Loompa.....

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    1. I have given up on self tanner. I am no good at it. I embrace my paleness all over my body. YAY! You hit pan!!!

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  7. Ah, another beautiful and overpriced produce from a great company! But you forgot to mention that we can get reasonable facsimiles for a fraction of the price (knowing that good makeup is probably 75% application technique and only 25% product) and that faking a "sun-kissed glow" reinforces a societal bias that lauds tanning. Tanning is lethal and should not be admired any more than blackened/gold-filled teeth should be admired. It rewards the idea of very bad behavior.

    Elvira, you are a beautiful woman who would probably look good in any suitable product you properly applied, and your blog is *very* entertaining and useful. However, on this one I must respectfully disagree. I circled the Chanel counter like a vulture drooling over this cute product, but ultimately passed because (a) it's silly bad for my budget, and (b) it's silly bad for my skin. (My "sun-kissed" face would be a total mismatch for my vampire-kissed white neck. But that's just my rant, and everyone is entitled to her take!

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    1. Oh My. I really don't read THAT MUCH into makeup. It's just makeup. I don't think about reinforcing societal biases and the like. But I'm glad you are so passionate about it! Thanks for your comment.

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  8. I just love your hilarious and witty posts. Perhaps you could do another series entitled "Bronzers you can't have."

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    1. Thanks! I would love to but seeing that I own exactly 3 bronzers and 2 of them are limited edition, I doubt I could pull that off. But I appreciate the encouragement none the less!

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  9. You're too delightful for my dull afternoon perusing of my emails!! Thank you ... xoxo Beth in Pgh ;-) (I had this bronzer in my cart earlier today and took it out for all the reasons you take something out- mostly the price. I feel better that I did this now ...)

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  10. Hi. I accidentally came across your blog when doing a search for Chanel Bronzer review in Sable Beige. You are hilarious and I love your writing! I am definitely adding your blog to my favorites!

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