Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa
Nice medium brown color perfect for my skin tone
Since winter has been creeping up on us quickly I have been looking for a matte bronzing powder to use for contouring and all over color. I was using another satin finish bronzer from Physicians Formula which I still love, but the shimmer and color were best suited for my darker, tanned skin during the summer months. Another matte bronzer I was trying out was NYC’s ‘Sunny’ bronzer, but to be honest I really disliked that one and stopped using it; for comparison purposes, the Sunny is twice darker and more of a warm toned brown. I was disappointed that the Sunny didn’t work for me, and since there’s been so much hype around the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in the beauty community I couldn’t tell you how happy I was to receive it in my Sephora ‘In the Glow‘ kit. I couldn’t wait to try it and smell it since I’ve never heard of a powder product having a distinct scent before! I’m happy to say this has become my new go to bronzer and I’m excited to share it with you! Keep in mind that the packaging is different than the full size product and since this is a deluxe sample size (0.08 oz) it contains less product. The full size bronzer retails for $29 dollars and you can purchase it in store at Sephora or online at Sephora or Too Faced.
This is the deluxe sample size and packaging
The Sephora In the Glow kit was great for introducing me to this bronzer and many other goodies
Pros: The color of the bronzer is a medium/light cool toned brown that looks very natural on my yellow under tone skin tone. The finish is matte and I enjoy this feature since I primarily use this product for contouring my cheeks and my temples; I also feel that this feature makes it very wearable for lots of skin types and ages. The formula is smooth and blends well and evenly once applied, so you can layer it and work with it easily. I was pretty surprised at how sheer this bronzer was, but I think that is a good quality to have since too dark of an application or color isn’t the look I’m going for. I think a bronzer should be pigmented enough to show on the skin but sheer enough so you can build it up slowly. This bronzer lasts on me all day (12+ hours) and looks even until the end of the day. The scent was interesting for sure, but I don’t mind it, and it’s a nice little pick me up in the morning; keep in mind Cocoa is a natural ingredient of the product and not a chemical scent ingredient for you sensitive skinned ladies! This bronzer claims to take down redness but I can’t quite speak on that since I apply it on top of my BB cream. I tried this on my sister who is paler than me, and I think it showed too orange and dark on her skintone, so I might recommend her the Milk Chocolate Matte Bronzer from Too Faced which is a lighter version.
Cons: This deluxe sample size was included in the Sephora Favorites Kit and while I really like the product, I would probably think twice about spending $29 on a bronzer. Instead I would maybe pay that much for an interesting blush or highlighter. Keep in mind though that a full sized product would last you a long time since I have barely made a dent in my little one and I have been using it daily for a month or so. Also, talc is listed as an ingredient which can be harsh and irritate sensitive skin and clog pores, so keep that in mind when looking at this bronzer; I don’t have sensitive skin and my skin hasn’t had any negative reactions to it so far.
(L) Blended out, One swatch (R)
I swirled my brush in and applied it with an angled blush brush; not blended out, wanted you to see it in the photos!
Reader’s Recommendations: Have you tried this bronzer and what did you think about it? Have you tried their Milk Chocolate version? Do you recommend I try another matte bronzing product? Let me know!