Chanel Sable Beige and Sable Rose Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzers for Summer 2012

April 29, 2012
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.

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  • Thanks for such a beautiful post on the chanel bronzers. Too bad you do not have a favorite there I am a Chanel B30 as well I thought I needed to get the Sable Beige now I am leaning to the Sable Rose my poor wallet says I can only get one? What would be your pick if you had to choose?

    • If you can try them in person at a Chanel counter, I think it will be best to see them on the skin side by side to make the decision of what works with your skintone the best. I cannot pick just one – their too different to decide!

    • Hi Sabrina, thanks for the tip, I read in another review you done that one of your 5 top picks was the Sable Beige I tried this one on and absolutely love it. But still do not know if I need to get Sable Rose as well in this posts its seems you now are leaning towards the Rose now that you have been using them for a while which one to reach for the most?

    • Hi Nawi, I find myself reaching for both. I think if you had either of
      The bronzers from last year you can skip Sable Rose. If you don't then I think they are both worth owning.

  • They look both beautiful! πŸ™‚

  • They look so wonderful πŸ™‚ <3
    I like Sable Rose

  • I got my bronzer last night after work. I am not a big blush/ bronzer but when I saw this beauties I knew I had to have one of them.

  • I need Sable Beige)

  • I still can't choose, which one should I get?! I like both colours but I definetly only need one bronzer.

    • Check swatches on Best Things in Beauty, Product Doctor and Fruity Lashes – perhaps that will help you decide seeing it on different skintones.

  • I'm really lemming these ones. I guess it has to do with my bronzer collection :p I think I will be getting Sable Rose, thou Sabe Beige looks gorgeous too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Thank you so much for the link Sabrina! I had a hard time deciding between the 2, I wanted both but had to restrain myself!

  • Gorgeous! Thanks for comparing both last years and this years.

  • Gorgeous!! These are really beautiful on your skintone.

  • I'm still trying to figure out how you actually USE the 2011 Bronze Rose. Do you swipe all the colors and make the "3" – or it designed to use each stripe separately? I really need help; I want to like and use mine more than just admire it on my vanity. Thank you so much!!!

  • Thanks for the great swatches! It was sooo hard to choose between these, but I went home with Sable Rose… I am still tempted by the Beige though! πŸ™‚

  • J

    great swatches as usual. i can't decide which one i like better!

  • Sabrina, wonderful post! Have you tried the Guerlain Pucci or the Dior Nude Healthy Glow bronzers yet? Curious to know your thoughts and how those compare to these beautiful ones by Chanel!

    • Hi, I do own the guerlain and think it is more of a darker traditional bronzer. The Chanels this year are more glowy and work better as subtle contours and highlighters for me.

  • Hello Sabrina,
    I really need help, and I was wondering if you had the time to give me some advice ?

    I'm NW25 In MAC and B30 in Chanel I was wondering if you could help me out with what one you may think is best for me ? – Please visit http://www.thejewelbeauty.blogspot.com

    I would be so greatful for your help, as I have last years Bronze Corail, and I wont be going by a Chanel counter for ages!!

    Love India

    • Hello India-Robyn, I think the Sable Rose would be lovely on you. In the future please refrain from leaving blog links in the comments. Thank you for understanding. Lovely blog by the way!