Wearing Sable Beige on my cheeks and Sable Rose as a contouring bronzer
I’m a card-carrying, unabashed, self-styled Chanel nut.
Even El Hub knows it, and it took him three days to notice that I dyed my hair pink.
Whenever I see those interlocking double Cs, I’m like a doe in headlights. I freeze in my tracks! Spittle dripping down my chin…
Hey, those beautiful black compacts are more than good looking. They’re also good listeners, and they’re always there for me when I’m feeling needy or craving affection.
Poor El Hub just doesn’t understand… When he came home yesterday, I was giving tiny kisses to the two Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powders ($60).
“Um, sweetie?” he asked, uncertainty heavy in his voice. “Are you kissing your Chanel…?”
“Mmm…” I answered, “Yes.”
“That’s so weird.”
“Mwah! They get kisses because they’re good! And I love them!”
“Okay, but what’s really strange,” he replied, “is that this is not the first time this has happened.”
“Wanna hear about these new bronzers? They’re pretty rad.”
“Is this a trick question?”
“Oh, fine. Party pooper. I’d rather talk about it with the gals on the blog anyway.”
Sable Beige (left) and Sable Rose (right)
Chanel designed Sable Beige, a golden bronzed beige with whispers of peach, and Sable Rose, a darker golden pinkish bronze, to impart a subtle warmth to the skin. Both are limited edition and part of the new Summertime de Chanel collection available now on counters and from chanel.com.
See the strips of color up there in the pan? Chanel did something similar last summer with the $50 Soleil Tan de Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder, except that one had four strips of color, and these two have seven.
The strips are pretty narrow, but you can try to apply them separately, or swirl all of the colors together.
That’s what I’ve been doing, swirling and wearing them as both a blush and a bronzer.
Swatches of Sable Beige (left) and Sable Rose (right)
I’m pretty cranky about Chanel jacking up the price… $50 for last year’s Moisturizing Bronzing Powder was bad enough, but now $60 for each of these? What’s next? $70 next year?
I do have to say that I love how my skin looks when I’m wearing these, all bronzed and golden, relaxed and fresh, like I spent the whole afternoon lounging around on the deck outside, sipping lemonade in a papasan chair and reading Us Weekly. No muddiness, orange undertones or streaks.
Sable Beige, the golden peachy beige one, I wear mostly (but not always) as a blush; it has this wonderfully subtle brightening effect on my cheeks.
And Sable Rose has been my go-to product for contouring, as of late. Darker than Sable Beige, it has a rosy tint to it that gets along great with a tan.
I think both of them are much more pigmented than last year’s bronzer. Instead of having to pack on three or four layers like last year, I only need one or two layers for these.
Wearing Sable Beige on my cheeks and Sable Rose as a bronzer to contour my face
Chanel did something really interesting with the shimmer this year, too. Both of these have a strip of semi-pearly gold (where the Chanel logo is raised), and its effect is more nuanced than straight up glitter. Like something Becca might do, and I think it’s neat.
I adore both of these Sables, but if I had to pick one to spend two weeks with on a deserted island…I’d pick Sable Beige. I just think the peachy tones work really well with the subtle golden shimmer, and I like how it adds a little definition without looking too obvious.
PRICE: $60 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Chanel counters and chanel.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (so spendy, but these are shades I could easily wear every day this summer)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Hope you had a nice day today. I just finished sitting down to dinner with El Hub on the deck. I had a salad with apple slices, fennel, blue cheese and walnuts, and he had a hamburger.
Are you watching The Voice finale tonight?
I hope that if I have TV dreams this evening, they involve Cee Lo’s fluffy white cat. That would be Purrfect.