Well, it looks like all that chanting I did to the makeup gods finally paid off! Chanel released a powder bronzer similar to their famous cream bronzer, Soleil Tan de Chanel.
I bought Soleil Tan de Chanel many moons ago (at least two years) and loved the natural toasty golden bronze glow it gave my cheeks. We were BBFFs (Best Bronzing Friends Forever) for about a week… Then I broke out like crazy along my chin!
I stopped using it immediately. Shortly thereafter, it got swallowed up by my office, never to be seen again… (I think it’s in a drawer.)
Chanel’s new limited edition Summer 2015 Lumière d’été Bronzing Powder ($65), looks almost exactly like Soleil Tan de Chanel on my NC 42 skin.
A few sweeps of my bronzer blush, et voila! — I see that same sunlit, toasty golden bronze glow I loved so much from Soleil Tan de Chanel, except this time without the pimples. 🙂
Lumière d’été feels soft and velvety like MAC’s epic Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Bronzer in Delphic, which, by the way, is hands-down one of my favorite bronzers of all freaking time. Like Delphic, it doesn’t kick up a lot of product when I run a brush across the pan, or when I dust it on my cheeks and forehead. It’s as if there are no powder grains at all — they’re almost imperceptible. Just natural-looking bronzed warmth that lasts 7-8 hours on my combination skin.
Lumière d’été is definitely warm-toned, though, so take it for a test drive before committing to it if warm bronzers tend to pull orange on your skin. It is $65, so it’s not inexpensive.
If you’re intrigued, you can say bonjour to Lumière d’été now at your favorite Chanel counter or store, and it’s also available online with the rest of the Chanel Summer 2015 Collection.