By Chrystal Kfir
For my second edition of Splurge Vs. Steal, I’m following up with contour part of HAC-ing aka bronzer which can be used simply as a bronzer but here we will be using it in example for contouring. Everyone loves a little Chanel in their life, don’t deny it, that’s where I’d like to introduce you to my long time lover Soleil Tan de Chanel. We’ve been besties for years, then one day whilst strolling through Target I decided to take a looksy in the cosmetics and found myself drawn to the Sonia Kashuk section where my eyes met with their Cream Bronze, which seemingly looks very similar to my Chanel. Only setting me back $10.99 I figured I might as well try it, it comes in two shades Warm Tan and Rich Tan, I bought the Rich Tan because I really want to use it for contouring. I would have to say this is a pretty good dupe, but in the long run you actually aren’t saving money due to the fact the Sonia Kashuk is 5.2 grams coming out to $2.11 per gram and the Chanel is 30 grams (1 oz) which comes out to $1.60 per gram, so I guess its really up to if one wants to bite the bullet and spend the $48 once for the year, yes it lasts that long or keep buying the Sonia Kashuk over and over. For product texture, the Chanel is more of a whipped consistency vs the Sonia Kashuk is more of a cream, meaning the Chanel is a bit powdery and comes out more matte which I do prefer. The colors do come out to almost a match but I think the Sonia Kashuk has more of an orange hue and the Chanel is more brown. That being said, I do prefer the Chanel and will stick with that but for someone who is starting out with cream bronzers or contouring I would say start with the Sonia Kashuk as it leaves less of a dent in your wallet initially.