REVIEW | Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

Cream products have been gaining a lot of popularity as of late. With the whole highlighting trend skyrocketing, dewy and hydrating products are slowly becoming more preferred over their matte and powdery counterparts. For me, I’m mostly interested in cream products because they look a lot more natural on the skin, and they are much less taxing on the dry and sensitive skin that I’ve been dealing with as of late. I didn’t have a cream bronzer in my collection and was searching for one for quite some time. I will admit that I’ve had my eye on the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base for a while now, but never really had the justification to buy a cream product like it. After all, my skin is usually somewhat oily, therefore I just never thought that it would be a good product for me. However, now that I’m dealing with a completely different set of issues with my skin, I decided now was a better time than ever to try it out. If you want to learn my thoughts on the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base, please keep reading.

Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base nc42 skin review


I purchased the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base from Nordstrom for about $54 CAD. It is only available in one shade which I would describe as a warm tan. I suspect that anyone deeper than the NC45 range may not be able to use this product as a bronzer. It is given this description on the Chanel website:

A cream-gel bronzer that glides on to leave a velvety finish. Sun-kissed and natural this can be worn either over or under your usual CHANEL foundation.

Result : Skin is matt, sun-kissed and glowing.


A gel-powder texture composed of mineral waxes for ease of application and mineral powders for a mattifying result.

While this product isn’t exactly a true cream bronzer, it claims to glide onto the skin like one, however it also claims to have a matte finish.

The product does have a floral fragrance to it. It isn’t overwhelming, however I think it might be too strong for those with sensitivities. The packaging is gorgeous; it comes in a shallow jar with the lovely Chanel logo embedded onto the lid. Very sleek and classy, and I love the way it looks on my vanity.

Application and Wear

I was so nervous that this product wouldn’t show up on my skin given that it has so many glowing reviews written by individuals who are much more pale than I am. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only did it show on my skin, it looked absolutely beautiful and natural. This isn’t the most dramatic bronzer for someone who is already tanned, but it does exactly what you expect a bronzer to do; give your face some subtle definition, warmth, and liveliness. I apply the product using a dense, domed brush like the Sigma F82 brush. I stipple the product onto my skin rather than buff it in so I don’t disturb any makeup underneath. I find that the product blends into the skin really nicely using this method.

Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base nc42 skin review



Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base nc42 skin review


The comparison isn’t drastic, however I really enjoy the subtlety of this product on my skin. It is perfect for work days, and it doesn’t really involve more steps than a powder bronzer would need so I find it very easy to use. In addition, given that the product has a gel-powder formula, it doesn’t really need to be set because it dries down to a matte finish. I was a bit skeptical about how this product would work with my dry and irritated skin since I was looking for something a little more hydrating, however the matte finish has not translated negatively on my skin. Although it isn’t dewy, my skin doesn’t look dried out or dehydrated after using this product.

Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base nc42 skin review

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base on NC40 skin


Final Thoughts

I’m so glad that I decided to buy the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base once and for all. It looks natural, it’s easy to use, it isn’t drying, and it looks so beautiful on the skin. It’s unfortunate that it is quite expensive, however it does come in a hefty size (about the size of a standard foundation), therefore I can’t see myself using it all up in the near future.

Obviously if you have a lighter skintone, this bronzer might have more of a dramatic look, however it isn’t very pigmented so it won’t be much of an issue if you go heavy-handed with it. I can see this product being too warm and orangey for fair individuals with cool undertones, so if you have the opportunity of trying it out before you buy, I highly suggest doing so. As for those with deeper skintones, I mentioned before that this product might not work as a bronzer. However, feel free to try it out as well because I’ve read that this product has also worked for individuals between the NC40-NC45 ish range. I wouldn’t call this product a universal bronzer, however I’ve read raving reviews from individuals on both sides of the skintone spectrum, therefore it’s almost like the Sisterhood of the Travelling Bronzer!

So would I recommend this product? Absolutely. This is the second time that a bronzer made by Chanel has blown me away, therefore I can confidently say that this product is definitely worth trying out.

Have you tried any bronzers by Chanel?

What are your thoughts?

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