Chanel Fleurs d’Ete Summer 2011 Collection is a small series of items to update your look for summer. This includes three Le Vernis polishes (all reviewed here), the re-promotion of two existing Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks (Gardenia has been reviewed here, Sari Dore is too warm for my taste and will not be reviewed), and three sheer Glossimers (too sheer for my taste and will not be reviewed). We’ll cover the three eye products (Lilium eyeshadow quad, Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo and the Rose Plantine liner) later this week.
Unquestionably, the stand-outs from this collection are the bright yellow Le Vernis polish in Mimosa and the two Soleil Tan de Chanel 4 Facettes Bronzers ($50 each)– Bronze Corail (#537)(above, left) and Bronze Rose (#547)(above, left)(reviewed tomorrow with our thoughts about a comparison between the two).
Soleil Tan de Chanel in Bronze Corail re-awakens the four-band design seen in a past Chanel collection, adding a touch of color at the bottom stripe this time around. Thankfully, Chanel’s compact is the same uniform size as the other bronzer and powder foundation products, fitting nicely into one’s makeup drawer. The brush is large, usable and ideal for both home use and travel. I’ve been packing this Chanel format compact for years–with minimal care, the slim design, large mirror and well-designed brush travels extremely well.
Bronze Corail includes four subtly shimmery shades:
- A warm shimmery caramel
- A creamy shimmery highlight
- A deep, shimmery tan
- A pleasant, medium-toned coral with enough pink to pull it out of the “orange” category on warm toned, fair skin
Bronze Corail delivers medium pigmentation with the enclosed brush, or a standard powder or brush brush. For fair skin tones, a standard blush brush does very well with medium pressure. Of the two palettes, Bronze Corail is going to work on the widest variety of skin tones. The pigmentation is buttery soft. The shimmer is sophisticated; note that Bronze Corail is not quite as glowy as Dior Nude Glow in Aurora. Chanel’s Bronze Corail does not have any hint of unnatural metallic, sparkle or duo chrome.
Chanel suggests applying the top two shades closer to the eyes.
Liz and I found that this was somewhat do-able with the enclosed brush, but we didn’t try to be precise. We don’t believe that picking up each color separately is really very practical. We preferred to use a large brush over the entire surface, then focusing in with a smaller head brush in the blush/contour area. We went with the top two shades around the eye, the bottom two in the blush/contour area.
Here’s a look that Liz did using Bronze Corail, Chanel Rouge Allure in Super (reviewed here, limited edition from last summer) topped with Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imagaire, and the Chanel Lilium eyeshadow quad (to be reviewed later this week). Liz did not add any other bronzer or blush to the look, all that you see here over her foundation is Bronze Corail and Caron loose powder in Translucent.
Liz and I both find that Soliel Tan de Chanel in Bronze Corail is an excellent summer bronzer, and likely to work over a wide variety of warm skin tones. The deep natural color, the ease of application and hint of color give a very pleasant, elegant bronzed look. Given its overall lighter tone, I suspect that as skin tones begin to get deeper than MAC NC40 or so, that Bronze Corail may not be the best choice. Also, both Liz and I are decidedly warm toned. The caramel tone in the compact suggests that cooler skin tones should try before you buy. Unquestionably, Chanel Bronze Corail is gorgeous, well-designed and excellent quality bronzer. As both Liz and I live on the West Coast of the U.S. where a deeper bronzed look is prevalent, we anticipate running Bronze Corail down to the pan.