Product of the Week – Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel


They call it a bronzer. Calling it a bronzer is underplaying it. This is one of the most valued items in my make up bag. It is neither a bronzing powder, nor a bronzing gel  – it’s a make up base – that looks fabulous on bare skin, or over foundation, or tinted moisturiser.

This product is so good, I once sold out the Chanel counter of it in Heathrow Terminal 1, when after months of searching, it was finally back in stock. My excitement was so immense, the three strangers who were shopping at the same time as me, all bought one. I had wanted to buy it for my friend Lucy, as part of her 30th birthday present. Her birthday in March was fast approaching, and the months of trying to locate one were rapidly passing me by.

I half feel that Chanel must keep it out of stock for half the year on purpose. I believe we are in another phase of it being difficult to get which is frustrating. But it is well worth the search.

Chanel describe it as a ‘light cream-gel bronzer that leaves your skin with a beautiful sun-bathed look’. I use it, or have seen it used, in a few different ways.

I apply a light foundation or tinted moisturiser, and then add a little ‘Embryolisse’ cream into the bronzing palette – literally on top of the bronzer. With a foundation brush, I brush the moisturiser over the bronzer – which is fairly firm – then apply and blend wherever I want a little colour. This method gives a fabulous glow, and the bronzer is diluted down so the look is very natural.

In the stores they seem to recommend using a regular bronzing brush, and in effect using it in the same way you would a normal bronzer. It can also be blended on with fingers. It is hard to go wrong with – it’s very versatile.

A few of the products in their bronzing range are called similar things – so be careful you aren’t sold one of their regular bronzing powders – as I nearly was on one occasion. It only comes in one shade, so that part is straightforward at least!

A 30ml tub which lasts ands lasts costs £31.00 in Boots.

I buy ‘Embryolisse’ online at Cult Beauty – it is £20.00. Aside from being a great product to blend with this bronzer, it is also an excellent moisturiser, and primer.

8 Comments on Product of the Week – Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel

  1. cornflakegirl
    November 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm (7 years ago)

    I’ve been searching for this for what seems like forever, I’ll persevere though as I’ve heard nothing but good things about it even for pale skin.

  2. Tara
    November 9, 2011 at 11:27 pm (7 years ago)

    I adore this product! A must buy and lasts ages!

  3. Deirdre
    November 13, 2011 at 3:30 am (7 years ago)

    Hi Susie. Just came across your blog randomly while doing searches for reviews on this bronzer. I’ve read so many other reviews already but yours is the one that has finally convinced me to buy it! Just wanted to add that I really like your blogging style – it’s clear, concise and very informative. Looking forward to future posts!

  4. gemma
    February 17, 2012 at 10:54 am (7 years ago)

    Hi i am loving reading your blogs i have this item and its been sat on my desk since june i have no idea what to do with it as i am quite fair/pale skin. So if i took some out of the pot and mixed on a plate with moisturiser then used that as a base. At the moment i have only ever used is as a blusher with a brush… would be so helpful thanks

    • Susie Amy
      February 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm (7 years ago)

      Just squeeze a little moisturiser on top and mix a foundation brush through it – it will have diluted which is ideal for paler skins, and apply as desired!! Blend in with fingertips too. It’s a very natural bronze done this way! Thanks so much for your nice comments on the blog..

  5. Colette
    February 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Susie,

    Love your blog! You have convinced me to buy this and I can’t wait to get it.
    Will let you know how I get on.

    Many thanks

  6. Gemma
    February 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks so much I will give it a try!! 🙂 xx

  7. Colette
    February 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm (7 years ago)

    Just got my Chanel Tan de Chanel and the cream you recommended.What a top tip with the cream! Absolutely fantastic. Thank you. Loving your blog. Have told so many friends about it.xxxxxxx


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