The velvety finish of this light cream-gel bronzer leaves your skin with a beautiful sun-kissed look. Wear it on its own to enhance your complexion, or for a hint of outdoors radiance, over or under your favorite CHANEL Foundation.
Chanel’s infamous Bronze Universel (known by several other names like Soleil Tan de Chanel) is marketed as a “bronzing makeup base” and comes in a single shade.
This bronzing cream comes in a flat, cylindrical jar. The packaging is made of plastic but looks like frosted glass. The twist-off lid is black and has the gold Chanel logo on the top. The packaging is luxurious, as would be expected with a high-end brand like Chanel.
Bronze Universel is a cream/gel bronzing product that you can use under powder foundation, alone, or on top of liquid/cream foundation.
In the pan, the product is pretty stiff and has a creamy texture. It gives you some resistance during the blending process, but does blend beautifully on the skin. It sets into the skin such that it leaves diffused borders and seems one with the skin. It not only blends effectively but also layers very well.
The color does seem quite “universal,” at least for light skin. The color doesn’t have an orange tone, so it doesn’t look fake. It also doesn’t have a red tone, so it seems better suited for contouring, but you could certainly also use it for a general bronzing effect.
The product has gold micro-shimmer that leaves a slight velvety finish on the skin, but you won’t see any glitter or shimmer.
The cream formula lasts on the skin all day and shouldn’t fade unless you have oily skin.
Overall, I really like this bronzing product. I like it much better than powder bronzers because it looks much more natural on the skin and blends out beautifully.
My only criticism of this product is the fragrance that Chanel has added to it. It’s a sweet scent that smells exactly like Benefit’s Hervana blush. I’ve ranted about fragrance in face products many times before, so I’ll just say that the fragrance is bad for your skin and unnecessary.
Ease of Use: 9.75/10
Use a synthetic brush with medium density. You don’t want the bristles to be flimsy since the product is stiff. The bronzer blends and layers nicely.
For $48.00 you get 30 grams (1 ounce) of product. MAC’s Cream Bronzers (from the To The Beach collection) cost $25.00 and contained only 6 grams of product. Too Faced’s Aqua Bunny Cream-To-Powder Splash-Proof Bronzer costs $29.00 and contains 9 grams of product. Despite seeming like a lot of money, you get a LOT more product with Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel and are paying much less per ounce.