I’ve been the proud owner of Chanel’s highly coveted Soleil Tan De Chanel (or Bronze Universal) for just over a year now, however by looking at the tiny dent I’ve made in it you’d be easily lead to believing it’s a relatively new purchase. I’d be lying if I said the reluctance to use such an expensive product on an everyday basis wasn’t a reason, however the main reason is simply because none of my brushes lived up to the job. A little gutting considering I spent £29 on a bronzer… however that was until I bought the Real Techniques Core Collection. Within this set are two complete gems: the buffing brush and contour brush, and it is the contour brush which I have discovered to be the perfect brush to use with Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Chanel.
Before discovering the contour brush I paired my Soleil Tan De Chanel with Sigma’s F82 round top kabuki brush. It’s synthetic bristles make it the perfect brush for cream products, however I find it’s thick density makes it very easy to pick up too much product on the brush, and thus apply too much product onto the cheek. The fact that it isn’t tapered also makes application a little more difficult. As I prefer using bronzer to contour, it was difficult to get into the hollows of the cheeks to create a subtle, defined cheek.
The contour brush is perfect! Like the F82, it is made of synthetic bristles which makes it the ideal brush to use with cream products (including the cream-gel hybrid that is Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Chanel). Synthetic bristles pick up and absorb less product, which means you can gradually build up to the amount of coverage and colour as desired. As we would expect from the name, the contour brush is tapered to perfectly fit the contours of the cheek to create subtle definition to the face. Synthetic bristles should also in theory shed less, which means hopefully no more fishing out brush hairs with cotton buds!
Brush hairs + Soleil Tan De Chanel = Gross!!
Definitely don’t underestimate the importance of finding the right tools for the trade. If a product doesn’t initially work for you, try it out with different brushes, applications and techniques. Dig out all the products you’ve demoted to the bottom drawer and have a play around with them. Chances are you’ll find a match which works perfectly for you.