I love Chanel. All things in black glossy packaging with those embossed gold C’s pretty much gets my automatic seal of approval- there’s something amazingly satisfactory about the crisp click on closing a Chanel eye-shadow quad that few other brands can boast. It gets me every time. That’s how much I love Chanel.
So when one of my first and favourite Chanel make-up staples, Tan de Soleil Bronze Universel, came up against a beauty dupe there was a momentary eye-rolling snigger that a budget brand would even attempt to take on this iconic bronzing base that’s been many a celeb make-up artists ‘go to’ product for years.
Bourjois had the cheek to do just that- and it kills me a little inside to say this, but Bourjois wins this one. I first began using Tan de Soleil a couple of years back and the first thing I noticed was the weird formulation. Not quite a solid, not quite a mousse and a bronzer but one that’s applied beneath foundation - it pretty much breaks all the rules.
The formulation is odd but lovely, with the right brush it applies really evenly and gives a natural glow beneath foundation that a bronzing powder just can’t match. And not to get too shallow but then there’s the packaging - a fantastic product wrapped up in a lovely large Chanel jar in all its black glossy fabulousness. As with everything, with make-up it's what’s inside that counts, but you can’t help but love how Chanel do packaging.
I had heard of Bourjois Bronzing Primer and although curious, would never cheat on my Soleil Tan de Chanel... That’s until my lovely Australian visitor left me the nicest gifts when she came to stay (thanks Alice!) and I had in my possession my very own Bourjois Bronzing Primer.
With a creamy mouse texture, this one has a much softer consistency and is a lot more blendable than Chanel Tan de Soleil , allowing you to contour that much easier. The tiniest little bit goes a very long way so be carful there!
But you know a product is good when you get actual compliments two days in a row on wearing it. It sits just as perfectly beneath foundation and it lasts. Ultimately I have to admit that Bourjois wins on this one, and at €13.99 compared to €38.50 for Chanel there’s a lot to be said for the price difference.
Oh, and did I mention that Bourjois actually own Chanel…interesting! Save your pennies and get to a Bourjois counter, ultimately a better product at a better price.