Apr 262011
 

Yesterday, we started looking at two Soleil Tan de Chanel 4 Facettes Bronzers ($50 each)– Bronze Corail (#537)(above, left) and Bronze Rose (#547)(above, left) from Chanel’s Summer 2011 Fleurs d’Ete Collection.  Today, we’ll look at Bronze Rose in more detail.

Like Bronze Corail, Bronze Rose uses the four-band design and comes with a large, usable brush.  The compact is slim, sturdy and elegant.

The most obvious difference between the two is the substitution of a light pink blush at the bottom of Bronze Rose, instead of the brighter coral used on Bronze Corail.  I may be the only blogger who thinks this, but I found Bronze Corail applied more deeply in tone, and more shimmery overall. I felt that Bronze Rose was slightly cooler, not as shimmery and more subtle than Bronze Corail.  Certainly, both worked beautifully on Liz’s and my MAC NC15/ Chanel Cameo-Ivoire skintones.  I felt that I would reach for Bronze Rose during the cooler winter months, or for the office.  Bronze Corail is a more pigmented, and therefore gives a more dramatic and deeper tone.

Swatches of Bronze Rose are below.  You can see that, compared to these swatches of Bronze Corail, Bronze Rose is more subtle and less shimmery:

Here’s a look that Liz did using Bronze Rose, with the very same makeup she used in this post using Bronze Corail–Chanel Rouge Allure in Super topped with Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imagaire, and the Chanel Lilium eyeshadow quad.  Liz did not add any other bronzer or blush to the look, all that you see here over her foundation is Bronze Rose and Caron loose powder in Translucent.

In the comparison below, despite the difference in lighting you can see that the effect of Bronze Rose is more subtle.  Here, Liz concentrated the lower pink shade on her cheeks to add a blush effect to the cheeks.

Liz and I discussed which was our favorite bronzer of the Summer 2011 season that we have tried so far–Guerlain Terra Inca, the Soleil Tan de Chanel or Dior Aurora?  First, you should see these comparison swatches at The Beauty Look Book.  Second, we should caution you that we both feel that bronzers are very much “your mileage may vary.”  Your personal preferences, your skin tone and the look you are trying to achieve will vary with both.  Furthermore, you can never tell how a bronzer will look until you apply it to your own skin.  Liz and I agreed that these were all beautiful, excellent quality bronzers.  We really loved all of them for the looks that they can give.

For us, it really came down to the question, “If you had to skip lunch for a while to afford one of these, which one would it be?”  We really didn’t need to discuss this very long to conclude that Dior Nude Glow in Aurora won both of our hearts for purely subjective and emotional reasons.  In the final analysis, it gave us the color, glow and tan shade that we liked best.  The Tan de Chanel bronzers came in at a very close second–and if forced to choose between those two, we’d go with Chanel Bronze Corail.  We both like a stronger bronze look, although we’re sure to love Chanel’s Bronze Rose in the Fall and Winter.

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