Thursday, 2 June 2011

Chanel Bronzers - Summer Collection 2011

Bronzer is possibly one of the makeup items I reach for least now I have embraced being pale in recent years. However, when I do use bronzer I like it to be one made up of a couple of shades, not orange and not loaded with shimmer. Chanel seems to fit the bill.

Clockwise from bottom left: Bronze Rose, Soleil Tan de Chanel, Bronze Corail

I first bought Chanel bronzer a couple of years ago (top in the above photo) but it was limited edition and doesn't have a specific name like the new ones. It is similar to last year's one by No.7 in that it is made up of 4 different shades, graduating from light to dark. Although it looks like it is barely used, it really is. I got my mum one as well and she has run out of hers as she loves bronzer.

Once I heard that Chanel were releasing two more limited edition bronzers with a blusher shade included, I knew I had to get them. Bronze Rose is the lighter of the two so more appropriate for pale lovelies like me, whereas Bronze Corail is darker so my mum is having this one.

Chanel Bronze Corail

Chanel Bronze Rose
Each palette has 4 colours, one shade more reminiscent of a blush and 3 shades of bronzer that range from light to dark. This would possibly work quite well for contouring if you found a brush small enough to only pick up colour from one shade. I tend to either use all 4 colours mixed together or the 3 bronzes together but the blush shade on its own. From what I can make out, only the darkest strip has a hint of shimmer to it, the others are all matte.

For swatching, I have applied each strip individually and also swirled together. I have included my original Soleil Tan de Chanel in the swatches as a comparison. It is the most traditional bronzer as it doesn't have the blush shade included. I thought it would be useful for you to see how much difference the additional strip of blush colour makes to the overall look.

Individual swatches of Bronze Rose

Individual swatches of Bronze Corail

Swatches left to right: Bronze Rose, Bronze Corail, Soleil Tan de Chanel

Top to bottom: Bronze Corail, Bronze Rose (taken in sunlight to show the amount of shimmer)

Although I don't usually use the brushes that come with these products, the Chanel brush included is quite nice and thin enough to be able to pick up just one out of the four colours. However, I tend to use my Chanel kabuki brush when bronzing all over.

Along with Morning Rose Nail Polish, these bronzers are my favourite product from the Summer Collection. They last for ages and the addition of a complimenting blush shade creates a more natural finish when swirled together and applied to the skin. It is unusual to see someone a flat shade of brown when they have been out in the sun, they normally have a bit of a rosy glow under that brown, and this perfectly mimics it.

On a slightly random note, if you have been wondering why the Chanel Bronze Universal cream bronzer is out of stock everywhere at the moment, apparently there is a problem with how it is made. They altered the manufacturing process and the quality has declined so until it is sorted there is no stock available. This is incredibly annoying as I desperately want to try it and almost every YouTube video I watch seems to feature it!

Both Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Rose and Bronze Corail are limited edition and cost £32.50.


  1. Oooh, I have Bronze Rose, but you are making me want the Bronze Corail too! Aren't they lovely bronzer duos? I feel you get a lot for the price too, Once again lovely photos too!

  2. Hello lovely

    I'm really enjoying my Bronze Rose- use it almost every day- makes me look human even if I'm not feeling like it.

    I think that cream is available here but I'll take a peek for ya.
    Hope you are having a good day w/ Jussi who must be growing like a weed! xx

  3. Beautiful swatches! I have darker skin so the bronze corail works perfectly for me! You are right about the brush, I think it is not bad for one coming with a compact.

  4. Hopelessly Devoted To Makeup - It is rare to say Chanel represents good value for money but I agree, with the bronzers you do get a lot of product for your money. As they double as a blusher too, even better! x

    Jeanie - Thanks re the cream bronzer, i did have a check on Nordstrom but couldn't see it there so maybe problem is international. How did oyu get on with Dior Aurora? I found the Chanel so much better for my skintone. Oh, Jussi is now huge, which is bad because she can now get into so much more mischief, grabbing stuff off work surfaces etc. Still the most beautiful thing ever though! x

    Product Doctor - If I ever use fake tan I might steal the Bronze Corail back off my mother for a bit to try it out. They are both lovely products. I have to say, Suqqu brushes are the best I have ever had in a compact, but then their ordinary brushes are meant to be fantastic (and expensive) so I shouldn't be surprised really! x