Saturday, 26 October 2013

Chanel Tan De Soleil/Bronze Universel Review + Swatches


I picked this up back in April when i was flying out to Cuba and after a few months of using it, i wanted to share my thoughts.

My first impressions was that it's not going to show up on my skin! It seemed so light in the jar, and even though i am brown, i love the look of how bronzers give the skin a sun kissed look (shame we don't see much sun here in the UK!)

Bronze Universel is a cream bronzer and the texture feels like a firm mousse. It's a bit difficult to describe because it's not quite a cream or a gel.


This isn't sticky nor greasy and feels like satin when applied to the skin. This has no shimmer, and is a golden bronzer.

I have to be honest that it took me a while to fully understand how to use it! I found tutorials online and they were all for much lighter skin and i actually couldn't figure out how to use it. After some use, i knew how and where to apply the product.


I like to use this after my foundation/tinted moisturiser but before powder. This is because the Bronze Universel is a cream product and you can't really put cream over powder. I apply this to the parts of my face that would hit the sun the most; cheeks, temples, nose. I normally use a Real Techniques Buffing/Contour brush for buffing it into my skin.


I have done a tutorial below showing how to use Chanel Tan De Soleil on darker skin.


I have always gone for powder bronzers, and even then i have struggled to find one that isn't too orange or shimmery. The Chanel Bronze Universel is perfect! I love the texture of it on my skin and how it can be built up without looking like an oompa loompa! I think very deep skins may not get much use out of this, however Sonia Kashuk does an amazing cream bronzer in deeper shades. The jar itself is humungous and is great value for money at £31 for 30g, but isn't travel friendly!

Have you tried Chanel Bronze Universel?

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1 comment:

  1. I love the way cream products look when used for contouring, or even bronzing. I often use the darkest shade in my MAQ Pro foundation palette for this purpose. Or even the Bobbi Brown stick foundation I have in a very deep shade. Can't remember the name of the shade at the moment. Powders just can't compete with this method of contouring. They also look exceptional when used to give a bronzed type of tone.

    This looks great on you! I wonder if this product has been released in Canada yet, or if it ever will be. Is it a silicone based type cream or?? The reason I ask is because I really don't like what liquid silicones do to my skin, although powdered/dry silicones in face powders don't seem to bother it. Liquid silicones act like plastic wrap on my skin, trapping impurities & sebum in my pores, leading to rough, bumpiness and breakouts.

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