Chanel Summer 2012 brings us two new limited edition bronzers– the lighter Sable Blonde (#907) and the deeper pink-bronze Sable Rose (#917) ($60 each). Both of these seem to be geared toward lighter skin tones, particularly compared to last year’s and certainly compared to Chanel’s standard bronzer line which reaches far toward deeper tones. To place this review in context, my skin tone is roughly NC15/Chanel Cameo, although sometimes it can be slightly deeper. I also find that Sable Blonde and Sable Rose. There is a warm gold sheen with these that, if your skin tone is more toward yellow/gold, you will absolutely adore.
First, Sable Blonde adds a slight touch of warmth to my skin tone, this color leans slightly yellow. Like the Joues Contraste blushes, the shimmer is evident in arm swatches but seems to melt into the skin when applied to the cheeks to give a pretty, soft glow:
Second, Sable Rose has a fair amount of rose red mixed with the bronze, and applies overall slightly more bronzier and deeper in tone compared to Sable Blonde:
Although I am pale, I can wear either one easily. Sable Beige looks very natural, a good everyday color. Sable Rose is still well within my comfort zone–it’s rosier tones mean that I don’t have to apply a blush.
Instead, I get a good warm healthy bronze with a touch of rose color.
Overall, I agree with Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book (review here, comparison swatches here) that these are both excellent bronzers. They are on the pale side, so those with lighter skin tones will find these highly wearable. If you have deeper skin tones, please try these out first (especially the lighter Sable Beige). The effect is much more subtle than last year’s stronger bronze tones.
Speaking from the sidelines, it appears as though both Chanel and Dior are releasing subtle bronzers this summer. I do love a good bronzer, so my heart was pre-set to love these. If you are more conservative, you will want to get one of these if:
- You like a shimmery glow (not matte)
- You want a subtle look
- Your skin tone is light
- You want a very finely-milled, good quality powder and don’t mind the $60 price point.
I’ll soon be reviewing a few more summer bronzers, including Guerlain’s Terracotta Sun Blondes #4, which may suit your needs better if you a looking for a deeper shimmery glow and you have a lighter skin tone.