I use Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil bronzer a lot. I’ve mentioned it a time or two on the blog, but I wanted to give it a little more attention and explain why I like it so much. Too Faced has a huge selection of bronzers, and Chocolate Soleil is a classic matte golden brown. While they offer a lighter Milk Chocolate variety, I find that the original works well for me most of the time, even though I have fairly light skin.
While it is a “medium/deep” shade, I find that the pigmentation isn’t overly intense and it’s very easy to apply softly and build up. If you are the palest of the pale and don’t naturally tan at all, then the Milk Chocolate version was made for you, but I find that the only time Chocolate Soleil doesn’t work for me is later in the winter, perhaps around February, when my skin has been sun-deprived for months. We’re approaching Christmas now, and I haven’t gotten to that point yet. I’m still using it daily, or nearly so.
A quick note that’s a little off-topic: I was lucky enough to grab this product for a third of the normal price because I found it at Nordstrom Rack when Too Faced redesigned the compacts for all of their bronzers. That doesn’t mean a lot for my review of the product, but it is one of the reasons why I love to stalk Nordstrom Rack, and it’s a store I don’t hear a lot of makeup lovers talking about. I bought it for $9.97, and the full price used to be $29 (post-redesign, the bronzer is now $30). If you buy the bronzer today, it comes in an ornate, textured gold compact.
Back to the matter at hand. Too Faced’s big thing with this bronzer, as well as some of their other products, is that it’s formulated with cocoa powder. They advertise it as rich in antioxidants, but I mostly enjoy that the bronzer smells like chocolate (the formulation does included added fragrance). I’m generally skeptical when cosmetic companies advertise antioxidant-rich formulations, because if you’re layering the product on top of foundation as well as maybe SPF and primer, what are the chances that the antioxidants will reach your skin? I think it’s simply a gimmick, and I just wanted to put that out there.
This bronzer has really been an staple in my routine ever since I got it over a year ago, and it always comes with me when I travel. It’s easy to use and I think the color just works, and I don’t have to think about it too much when I reach for it. Plus, it smells nice.
The color, finish, and general quality of Chocolate Soleil make it a versatile, multitasking product, and I have 3 ways I’ve been using it:
1. On the face, either for warmth or for a bit of contouring. The matte finish gives it some flexibility in this regard. Two brushes I like to use when applying it to my face are the Real Techniques blush brush, which I use for a softer look, and my Crown IB103 flat bronzer brush, which adds a bit more structure. I like to angle that flat top brush slightly upward and wedge it right under my cheeks to add extra dimension to my cheekbones.
2. On the eyes. It’s a great mid-tone matte brown to contour the eye so I often stick a soft crease brush into it and sweep it into my eye socket, and I also like it as a soft, natural-looking eyeliner. It’s a perfect product to grab if the eyeshadow palette that I’m using doesn’t include that very basic shade, or if I’m just pairing it with one other eyeshadow single on the lid.
3. On the brows. Since I dyed my hair red I’ve been looking for new products for my eyebrows, and this has been a go-to for me lately. It’s a bit golden brown for me on it’s own, but I’ve been layering it over the NYX eyebrow pencil in medium brown, which is a bit more reddish, and the two together are working for me. If you’re hair is more of a medium brown or dark blonde, Chocolate Soleil may work perfectly on its own for you.
Here, I’m using it in all three ways. On my eyes, I used the L’Oreal Infallible shadow in Iced Latte on my lid and a little bit black liner to tightline my upper lashes, and then used Chocolate Soleil in the crease and outer corner of my lid, and lined over my top lashes and the outer portion of my lower lashes.
The rest of the products I used:
Face: Rimmel Stay Matte foundation in 100 Ivory (review), DreamWorld Hermetica Whipped Peach finishing powder (review), Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in #11 Peach Choux Wafer, Derma MD gloss in Baby Doll (review)
Eyes: NYX eyebrow pencil in Medium Brown and Chocolate Soleil on my brows, L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte and Chocolate Soleil on my eyes along with Maybelline Colossal eyeliner (Maybelline India, purchased in Asia), Pixi Crayon Combo in Wide Awake (review) and Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes mascara (review).