Sunday, 10 December 2017

Blogmas Day 10: Chanel Bronzing Base Dupe | Review!

I know so many people have spoken about this product being a dupe for the Chanel Bronzing Base, but I wanted to try it out for myself and let you know my thoughts!

I've been wanting to try out the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel for the longest time, but I couldn't justify spending £36 on it so when I came across the W7 Make Up and Glow Bronzing Base for only £7.95, (you can find cheaper on Amazon) I wanted to try it out to see if it worked for me. I have been obsessing over W7's products for soo long now, so I had pretty high hopes about this!

Previous W7 review post- (click here)

As it's called a 'Makeup Base' some people may think that it's to be used as a primer, which is not the case. It can be used either before bronzer or contouring, as a cream bronzer, or it can easily be used on it's own to bronze up the face or if you prefer a dewy glow, rather than a flat matte base. This can also work as a cream contour on certain skin tones, but I did find it to be too orange for me and it only worked to bronze up my face. 

The consistency is like a mousse, which reminds me a lot of the Dream Matte Mousse but this is a little bit thicker. As it's like a mouse, it does come out almost matte, which can be seen as good and not so good because it makes it easy to blend out bronzers / contour products used over it, but then again it sets quickly so it's hard to blend the actual base out. I started applying it with a flat top foundation brush (the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) which I found worked really well to get into the cheek bones and down the sides of the nose to be more precise and then I blended it in with a damp Beauty Blender. I found that this was the best, and probably the only way, to blend it out evenly without moving the foundation and concealer underneath it. (obviously you can use other sponges!) 

I found that this product did start to go patchy towards the end of the day, which is understandable because I did have it on for about 10-12 hours on quite a warm day ... but it did start to go patchy after around 8 hours!

The Chanel Bronzing Base is described as a 'light cream-gel look' and has a 'barley-there golden pearl'. I can see that the Chanel one has creamier consistancy, so this may work better when blending. The only thing stopping me from wanting it ... except the price ... is the fact that it  has a slight shimmer to it. I'm not a huge fan of using shimmery products (aside from highlight) on the face, as I feel it can look sparkly, which ends up making your whole face look like you've doused it in glitter. 

This can also be used on the body ... if your fake tan is looking a bit patchy, if you looking a bit pale ...  grab a makeup brush and blend it on the skin for a quick fix! 

I do actually quite like this Bronzing Base, despite the downfalls, although I do feel like it would work better when I have a tan. Because when I have a decent tan, I prefer to wear just liquid/cream products, without powders, and embrace the glooww!!

Do you have the W7 or Chanel Bronzing Base? Would you like to try either of them out?
 Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. W7 do so many dupes don’t they! I’ve never tried anything like this before so I might give it a go! Xx

    1. I knoow!! I'm always so shocked at how similar they are to the high end brands for soo cheap!! And yes I really recommend it!! 💛💛

  2. Thanks doll! Love your new layout btw! xx


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