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Well, not even on planet beauty is Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Considered the equivalent of couples’ therapy. But it did prevent that one boyfriend dumped me because of my self-tan addiction.
I was in my 20s and living life to be walnut-colored max. I saw nothing wrong with spending three nights a week walking around my plane like John Wayne in an effort to prevent streaks or missed bits.
Then my boyfriend moved in and everything changed.
I could see him turning up on his nose to the smell of macquities from the pillow pile and the bechits, which was as comforting to me as the smell of coffee that some people pump through their homes. The ‘no snogging please, I’m St. Tropez-ing’ became a sore point, too.
Needless to say something has to give. This was the self-tanzan.
Thankfully, a timely post drop on the beauty desk introduced me to Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel. I’ve used it ever since in place of my best foundation to warm up my skin tone without the heavy fake-tan effect.
What is all the fuss about?
Within minutes of applying it, this cream-yellow bronzer has taken me from looking like a Victorian child sick with influenza that will not make it through winter, to J-Lo Tanny bronze goddess.
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base, £ 40, John Lewis
There is no denying that there are a bunch of cream bronzers out there.
But Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel is the only one I found that imparts a sheer hint of natural color with a means-of-the-way sheen. Skin looks light and never muddy (another reason it can be used on darker skin tones to magically brighten).
You can also check exactly where the color goes. Rather than melt into your pores, it dries down to a velvety long-lasting finish without khaki. This is important because I find a lot of bronzing powders leave dark brown time marks on the face, no matter how furiously you buff them in the skin.
Too nice: the floral scent. It’s what I imagine beautiful people smell like and definitely an improvement on biscuit pillowcases.
As I apply Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel
There are two different ways.
For a beautiful summer look, I dip a kabuki brush into the formula and dab the excess on the back of my hand. You can always choose more color from there if you need.
Using soft circular motions, I will buff it all over my face to take it a tone or two darker, not forgetting my ears and throat.
Chanel Petit Pinseau Kabuki brush, 40 pounds, John Lewis
For a more sculpted evening look, I’ll take a foundation brush and sweep the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel under my cheekbones, starting from my hairline and stopping about an inch from the corner of my mouth to contour.
Chanel Pinceau Fund The Teint Foundation brush, £ 29.70, John Lewis
Real Techniques Foundation brush, £ 8.99, look fantastic
Just be sure to blend well with your fingers. Your fox-shine secret is safe with us.