Going Bronze with Style
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel ($50.00) is available in two different shades — Terre d’or and Terre Halee — and new for Chanel Les Pop-Up de Chanel Collection. Every Summer, Chanel releases a limited edition bronzer (or two!), and this year is no exception. It has a soft raised wave pattern across the surface, the illusion of summer sand. Both shades are a finely-milled bronzing powder that apply naturally to skin.
If you take a swatch with a sponge-tip applicator (or finger), you’ll find it seems too much for a bronzing product, but when used with a brush, you’ll get a much softer, more natural look more appropriate to bronzing powders. What’s nice about the underlying pigmentation is it can be built up to your preference, plus it works well for a variety of skin tones, too.
- Terre d’or is a lighter, more golden, peachy bronze. It has a very soft, silky feel with a subtle shimmer-sheen. This shade is ideal for light to medium skin tones.
- Terre Halee is a deeper, dirtier bronze with a subtle golden sheen. It has the same feel an dfinish of Terre d’ore–a smooth, silken powder with a light shimmer and soft sheen. This shade is ideal for medium to deep skin tones.
I’m on the lighter side of medium, but I’d definitely classify myself as medium in skin tone. I find I like Terre d’or just a little more than Terre Halee on me, but I like a softer, lighter application of bronzer. The sand pattern is cute without being too-beautiful-to-use or just a mist of overspray, too.
With a whopping 0.38 oz. of bronzer, this should last you all summer and then some. At least Chanel didn’t skimp on product, even if this is a pricier bronzer (but the same price as other permanent shades of Soleil Tan de Chanel).
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- Product: 28/30
- Value: 7/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: For a very silky smooth bronzer, Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel range is always a good choice. Terre d’or is suitable for light to medium skin tones, while Terre Halee is more suitable for those with deeper skin tones.
Availability: May 2010