Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer review, photos and comparisons.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Bronzers come in a variety of forms:  powders, creams and gels.  I have a particular weakness for gel formulations.  Bronzers that are formulated with a gel-like consistency tend to blend seamlessly into the skin and last longer than any other formulation.  Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer ($56 USD/ 1.3 oz.) is an example of a gel bronzer done right.  This beautiful golden bronzing liquid imparts a truly “natural” and refined summer-time glow.  Ladies and gentlemen, here comes the sun!

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

The Pros to Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

  1. Beautiful golden caramel color.
  2. Imparts a subtle radiance due to silica and mica in the formula.
  3. Formula is thin, but has a concentrated consistency.
  4. Wear time is 10 hours + when worn alone or under foundation.
  5. Small amount needed to achieve results.
  6. Lightweight formula blends out smoothly and evenly without a sticky film.
  7. Can be built-up without appearing patchy or uneven.
  8. Can be applied with fingers or a brush (Wayne Goss 01 Brush).
  9. Medium and darker skinned beauties can get away with wearing this bronzer alone to even out skin tone and add a touch of radiance.  When I applied this to my sister (she much darker than I am) she barely needed foundation to finish off her look.
  10. Dry-tme is very forgiving (low-level of alcohol).
  11. Can be mixed with lighter foundations to deepen color for summer time wear.
  12. Plastic squeeze tube is travel friendly and efficient–you can get every last drop out.
  13. Product flows smoothly out of the tube, does not coagulate at the opening.
  14. Chantecaille’s signature light rose fragrance is pleasant and non-offensive.
  15. Formulated without parabens, however, this puppy is loaded with silicones.
  16. According to Chantecaille, “A Youth-Preserving Bearberry Complex provides anti-glycation and anti-oxidant benefits”.

The Cons to Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

  1. If too much bronzer is dispensed there is no possible way to get it back into the tube.
  2. Can look orange, if too much product is used–especially on lighter skinned beauties.
  3. Second ingredient is Isohexadecane, a highly pure derivative of petrolatum (aka: mineral oil) used as a thickening agent and skin conditioner.  I would have preferred Castor Oil for the price point.
  4. Chantecaille claims, “Raspberry Stem Cells repair DNA damage, and prevent inflammation and the absorption of free radicals”.  The ingredient Rubus Idaeus Leaf Cell Culture (raspberry cell) is toward the bottom of the list;  highly improbable that this will have any effect on the skin, let alone DNA damage.
  5. The “anti-glycation” effect, due to the bearberry complex (Arctostaphylos UVA URSI Leaf Extract) is also low on the ingredient list, and unlikely to have any effect on the skin—but it is a nice addition, as opposed to having another chemical added.

Comparison:  Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate vs. Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

Comparison: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Comparison:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate ($39.95 USD/ 1 fl.oz.) is housed in a glass jar with a pump. This packaging, although sanitary, is not travel friendly and the pump has a tendency to get clogged very easily between uses.  Typically, product would get trapped within the inner top portion of the pump, harden over night and expel a dried coagulated sediment the following day–quite annoying.

Comparison: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Comparison:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Both formulas are unbelievably lightweight, however, you can tell Dr. Hauschka is thinner and not as concentrated as Chantecaille.

Blended Swatches: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Blended Swatches:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Sheered-out swatches: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Sheered-out swatches after 1 minute:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Both formulas blend out very nicely.  However, when sheering-out the bronzer further, Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate becomes patchy and uneven.  Chantecaille remains smooth and even.

Swatches under tap water for 30 seconds: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Swatches under warm running tap water for 30 seconds:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

In the presence of a moistened environment (aka: sweat, rainfall), Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer held up infinitely better than Dr. Hauschka.  Do keep in mind, Translucent Bronze Concentrate is all natural and predisposed to having less endurance when compared to products formulated with silicones and/or mineral oils.

Without Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

Makeup without Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Makeup without Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

With Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

Makeup with Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Makeup with Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer ingredient list.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer ingredient list (click to enlarge).

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer can be found at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth AvenueSpace NK, Neiman Marcus, (where I purchased mine..if in the White Plains, NY area, at The Westchester Mall, ask for Elizabeth..so lovely and helpful).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer is a wonderful seasonal product.  The bronzing effect is rather subtle, but the outcome is truly radiant and “healthy” looking.  My spring time tan has yet to “spring out” on its own, Chantecaille gives me the boost in color I so desperately need and want.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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