Monday, March 26, 2012

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa "Original Chocolate"

Hey Guys!
I've been trying out several new bronzers lately as I broke my HG NARS Laguna and was looking for something new. One of my favourites is the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder. I have a couple other matte bronzers: NYC Sunny and Dior Matte Bronzer #003. NYC Sunny  is very affordable, but irritates my skin due to the concentration of Mica and doesn't apply to my skin as well as the Too Faced bronzer. Dior Matte Bronzer in #003 is a beautiful matte bronzer, but is sometimes a bit too light for my skin and isn't as pigmented as I would like.

"Bronzing has never been so delicious! Whether fair or dark, blonde or brunette, our lightweight matte bronzers work to create an authentic-looking rich tan year round. Infused with real cocoa powder, our skin soothing formulae banishes redness and evens out skin tone naturally while improving skin's texture and clarity." - Too Faced

About the Product

What It Is:
"We've combined the natural detoxifying effects of real cocoa powder with our signature Too Faced bronzing pigments to create matte bronzers perfectly suited for pale to deep skin tones for a touch of summer all year-long."
More to Love:
  • Matte Formula: Choose between the original Chocolate Soleil (deep matte bronze) and Milk Chocolate Soleil (light matte bronze) to achieve a perfect sun-kissed, shine-free warm glow.
  • Chocolate Scented: This tan-in-a-compact excites the senses with our signature, natural chocolate scent.
  • Real Cocoa Powder: The neutral cocoa shade tones down red and evens skin tones, naturally.

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zince Stearate, Boron Nitride, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Benzyl Benzoate, Parfum/Fragrance, Theobromo Cacao (Cocoa) Fruit Powder, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzyl Alcohol. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in "Original Chocolate" is the perfect matte bronzer for deep skin tones (i.e., a nice tan in the summer, or the fake tan which I sport half the time) and is highly pigmented. The colour is a beautiful brown, with zero orange. Since this is a matte bronzer, it is also great to use as a contour. Though the Original Chocolate is said to be used for deep skin tones, whereas the Milk Chocolate is said to be used for fairer skin tones, I have been using this when I am NC25 with great success, but I have to be very careful not to overdue it since it is highly pigmented and a little goes a very long way. This is my favourite matte bronzer to date for all the reasons listed prior, as well as it is long wearing and applies evenly. The product initially seemed a little gimmicky to me because it is made with real cocoa and smells like chocolate. I thought to myself, "Anything that smells this good can't work as well as it smells". The product itself lives up to the hype which I've heard on YouTube AND smells delicious to boot. The scent actually lingers on my skin slightly after applying it, but slowly fades away. On MakeupAlley, this is rated a 4.5/5 with a 91% buy back rate based on 162 reviews. This is quite a good rating as far as MakeupAlley is concerned. I would definitely repurchase this bronzer after I have finished this, though I don't see that happening anytime soon as I only need to use very little product per application. If you have been following my FOTD's, I did use this for my Nicki Minaj/St. Patrick's Day look. Here is close up of me using this as a contour on NC25 skin:

Retail Price: $29 US at

What are some of your favourite bronzers?


  1. I have been eyeing this for a LONG time. Your post just confirmed that I need to get it

  2. I've had this is my Sephora cart for a month, but I finally decided to buy it. I am so excited. It looks gorgeous on you!!

  3. I really like the Tarte Matte Waterproof bronzer in Park Avenue Princess. It makes the perfect all over bronzer and glides on a like a dream.

  4. That bronzer is beautiful! This might sound super gross but it also TASTES like chocolate.

    1. Ha Ha Ha I was wondering but never tried it :)I love mine!

  5. Could you do a post on how you use bronzer?

    I have NARS laguna, and a few bronzey MSF's but IDK what the hell I'm doing with them half of the time, and if I'm using them properly.

  6. I'm really enjoying the new Bare Minerals Ready bronzer, it's soft and buttery and just blends beautifully. I had thought about this one at one point but ended up going with the Nars Laguna.

  7. This is my favorite bronzer ever.

  8. This looks so so amazing on you ... I like milani and Nyx bronzers as they are pocket friendly :)

  9. (Same anonymous tht asked about neutrogena healthy skin). I'm also a huge fan of the chocolate soleil bronzer, heard about it from youtuber emilynoel ( It smells divine! Goes on well like u said a little goes a long way. You shuld try too faced's primed and poreless skin smoothing primer if you haven't already, its lovely.

  10. I have the same one and I love it - perfect for contouring!


  11. my favourite bronzer is BLUNT from mac! also love FAUX TAN from bare escentuals, sooo natural! love your blog :-D

  12. Great review, these looks like a really great product.

  13. Thanks for sharing, I've seen many reviews on this but yours just sealed the deal - my next trip to Sephora I'll be picking this up. I've been using MAC Refined Golden but it is far too dark and orangey (gasp!) for my fair skin. :)

  14. This is my favorite bronzer / contour ever! It definitely lasts ages! It's a perfect contour shade and the packaging and smell are such a bonus!

  15. Looks really nice, you look gorgeous in that photo xx

  16. Awesome post! I really want this bronzer! It seems amazing for contouring!!


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