Thursday, 16 January 2014

Chanel Primers - Soleil Tan de Chanel vs Le Blanc de Chanel

So when I was first starting to get into make up I splurged a little on these Chanel bases so thought it was about time I write a little something about them. The Chanel bases are primers however the two act quite differently, focusing more on skin tone rather than skin type. Soleil Tan de Chanel is a bronze base with subtle shimmer to enhance or provide a sun kissed glow. Le Blanc de Chanel works to create a smooth alabaster base for paler skin tones to provide a porcelain complexion.


As you can see the packaging of these two items is beautiful in heavy glass jars. They certainly do adorn the dressing table.

They do not come with pumps however the Soleil de Tan pours out easily without pouring out too much product onto the hand. Le Blanc de Chanel however has quite a large opening however this item comes with a Chanel Spatula (yes, a Chanel spatula!) so that you can scoop some product out.


Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid

As I previously mentioned these bases work for the skin tones. The bronzed shade does add and emphasize a bronzed sheeny glow. There is no heavy or chunky glitter but definitely a sheeny sun kissed shimmer. Sometimes I even like to wear a little bit of this alone, blended all over the face after moisturiser, to give my skin a really natural yet glowing look, trust me there will be many compliments! It doesn't pull too orange or too brown so would be great for the majority of skin types and could even be used a subtle-dewy highlighter. Really this is a highlighter/primer base which you can mix with almost anything and everything and use in any which way you want!


Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base

This is more subtle of a primer and something I use more when my skin is on the paler side. I love this to give that clean, bright, porcelain complexion. I don't think this would look great on darker skin tones as it will pull ashy however for those English Rose's this would be amazing on you and just emphasise that beautiful radiant pale complexion. As you can see there is no shimmer present so provides a very natural dewy effect. Now don't worry, I am a light-medium skin tone (yellow/olive undertone) and this still works for me so do not be put off by this product if you aren't super pale. I think this would also be great for anyone who suffers from redness or sallow, dull skin as this has a brightening effect on the skin. I would even say that this is superb for mature skins who want to add a fresh "youthful" look to the skin as the primer plumps and gives the "I drink 3 litres of water a day" look to your skin.



Overall, the Soleil Tan leans more on the illuminater side of the scale and can be used as a primer, highlighter or mixed with other products (including body creams). The Blanc de Chanel is much more a "traditional" primer which will smooth and plump the skin, preparing it for make-up. If I had to recommend one, it would be the Blanc de Chanel as it unlike most primers it provides that healthy glow and sheen without containing any shimmer or glitter. There aren't many other primers I have tried which give my skin such a finish without feeling too heavy or making me look a little too sparkly so I am extremely impressed with this!

Have you tried any Chanel bases?

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