Product Review: Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronze Universel

From the start of Summer, I have found that the hot air and humid weather has caused my makeup to look dry and lifeless by the end of the day, and sometimes even only a couple of hours after putting on makeup. I thought it was maybe because I had bought a different foundation, but after switching between a few, I realized that it was actually the powder blushers I was putting on my face. So ever since this discovery, I became a huge fan of using cream blushers, and even used my favourite pink lipstick on my cheeks as to create a fresh and dewy glow to the skin that lasts all day without any appearance of dry skin.

However, I was still struggling with the fact that despite having nice pink cheeks, powder bronzers were still drying my face out, so I decided to research into various cream bronzers on the market. I’m all for contouring the face so I needed a product that would allow me to contour my face as usual, without it being too ‘cakey’ on the skin. Unfortunately, there are not many products like this on the market at all, especially in the cheaper brands, which meant that I would have to spend a fair bit in order to get what I wanted. When I went to my local MAC counter, I was told they did one but it would only be found in their London stores. This would end up being an extremely expensive product – including travel fares! So, I continued my search high and low when I found myself at the holy grail – the Chanel counter. I’ve never even bothered to venture to this counter because I just know on a student budget, I would most likely be judged for being a peasant looking at expensive products I could never afford!

But this time, I didn’t care, because I discovered a product that met all the criteria I needed and is now a product I can no longer live without – Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronze Universel.


It has a gorgeous creamy texture that blends perfectly with foundation when applied on the skin with a buffing brush. It’s an extremely versatile product and you can create various different looks from this one product. For example, you can easily build it up if you want a darker look for a night out, blend it in softly with a paler foundation if you want the appearance of a face tan, wear it as a foundation if you already have darker skin, or even on its own just to add some depth and coverage on a clean face.

What is great about this product is that although it may be quite expensive for a student, it is of high quality and is good value for money. I managed to get mine from Beales Bournemouth on a 10% discount day, so for £27.90 I got a 30g pot, which after two months, hasn’t barely even shown a reduction in product. Also, it is the most amazing smelling product I’ve ever used on my face!

Whilst using it, I have definitely found that my makeup looks a lot cleaner, and I am not getting as many spots, simply because the bronzer has a light coverage, and therefore does not clog the skin like a powder does. I wouldn’t be surprised if this lasted me until the rest of the year, so it really is worth the money.

However, since purchasing this bronzer, Bourjois have released their own dupe called the Bourjois Paris Bronzing Primer for only £9.99. I have heard some good reviews about this product so maybe next time I’ll give this a try before spending a load of money on the Universel.

Nevertheless, it’s the first Chanel product I’ve ever purchased, and although I won’t be buying anything else from there in a hurry, it’s clear that Chanel never fails to provide great, high quality products whether it is makeup – or fashion!


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