This summer Chanel has continued in the striped-bronzer theme and released two new variations of their Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzers in a luminous powder compact. The two colors this year are Sable Beige 907 and Sable Rose 917 ($60 for 15g/0.53 oz, both limited edition). Both shades contain 7 stripes of color each although to my eye, it appears that there are some repeats of colors within each pattern. The finish of both of these are subtle with a finely milled shimmer. It makes the skin glow without having too much shimmer. I recommend testing on the face in person since swatching on the hand or arm will not give you the same effect as on the face. I had similar thoughts/experiences to Product Doctor. The finish of these are softer than previous years. I also did not find these to be the typical bronzer, but rather a more luminous glow blush/highlighter - minus the frost or shimmer. This year's releases are more glowy and sandy/beige than last year's which I found more brown/bronzey.
Sable Beige 907 is a soft light beige bronze shimmer. I found this to be a lovely subtle warm contour. It can be used as a blush alone for lighter skins or over other colors of blush as well. I don't recommend applying over a bare face. The texture needs some kind of base (foundation or tinted moisturizer) to show up. Sable Beige is the lighter of the two.
Sable Rose 917 is the darker bronzer. It has more bronze and pink stripes which make this more of a soft luminous rose-brown blush on my skin. On me the brown/beige dominate over the pink and shows up as more of a soft tawny bronze with a slight hint of pink. It's lovely alone as a blush and has enough color to wear by itself.
More shots of both Sable Beige and Sable Rose shown side by side.
Overall thumbs up. When I called my Nordstrom Chanel associate, she thought I did not need either of these if I had both of last year's bronzers. I still bought both. After playing with both I think she is correct, however if you found last year's muddy on your skin, give these new ones a try. I can't emphasize enough that what you see on the arm/hand will not translate to what you will see on the face. I'm about a 1/2 shade lighter (Chanel B30) than I was last year so I think both show up well on my skin. If you have doubts about which shade would look best on you, I recommend calling your Chanel counter to have a specialist help.
Are these must-haves? At $60 each and given my current bronzer collection, I could have probably just bought 1 although I can't pick my favorite. I've been wearing Sable Rose regularly since I purchased it. It's an easy no-fuss go-with-everything kind of color that works with all types of lip colors. I haven't found one yet that didn't work well with it. Many have asked how these compare to last year's. A more detailed comparison post to come soon.