11 January 2014

The perfect contour with Benefit Hoola

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Let's be honest - everyone needs a reliable matte bronzer, and they're pretty hard to find. Few bronzers are as popular as Benefit Hoola (Benefit, 8g, £23.50), a bronzer I have never been quite able to resist. My first try of Benefit Hoola came from a Christmas gift set of Benefit favourites in mini form, and the mini Hoola is still going strong with plenty of product left even after a year's use. I recently had some Debenham's vouchers burning a hole in my pocket and I figured my mini Hoola was due an upgrade. Do you ever use a sample size for so long, and you're so eager to buy the full size but you tell yourself to wait until the sample size is finished? Well that was my original plan with Hoola, to finish the mini before indulging in the full size. The plus side to having two means the mini will now be the perfect, permanent addition to my handbag for on the go touch ups! But what's so special about this boxed beauty from Benefit?

Hoola is the best-selling bronzer in the UK and for years, Hoola has racked up quite an impressive selection of Best Bronzer awards. Completely shimmer free, this matte bronzer can be used in so many different ways, a versatile product that I've personally used for everything from contouring my cheekbones, to my nose and even the crease of my eye, perfect for an all over glow (in the summer days when we're a bit more naturally tanned) and if you're on the-go and in desperate need of an eyeshadow, it doubles up as a matte, nude and natural shadow. Housed within a box, famous to Benefit as the packaging for the blush range, the packaging for Hoola is actually much more up my street than designs of other boxed products. It's bold, it's stand out, but it's not tacky. Very well presented, the box top flips open and the first thing you see is a very cute brush with a pale blue wooden handle and white bristles. For those animal fans out there, I'm sad to say this handy addition of a brush is made using animal hair. But for those who don't mind natural-bristle brushes, the brush itself is very soft and nicely shaped for applying contour to your cheek bones, although otherwise I prefer my Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush. 

The bronzer itself is really beautiful. A shade which would be flattering on a whole variety of skin tones, I've heard rave reviews from the palest to the darkest of beauties; a well loved bronzer all round. When I say matte, I really mean it - there's not a speck of shimmer in sight, which is really important when contouring. The powder has a beautifully soft, silky finish with a slight touch of fall out, but the joy of a box packaging means there's no unnecessary mess. Applied to the skin and the stunning colour in the box shines through, with fabulous pigmentation and great colour pay off. Hoola can be used for anything from a sheer flush, to a more densely built up contour as the shade is very easily build-able, without looking dirty or muggy. The brilliant thing about this bronzer for me, is the shade. Exactly how you see the shade in the pan, is how it translates to the skin. Not an orange tinge in sight, this warm brown with red undertones is super flattering. Step aside Laguna, Hoola's taken the number one bronzer spot...

Read my review of the Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (link)
Read my review of 5 Mini Benefit Products (link)

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

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26 comments

  1. never tried this before but it sounds amazing ! could do with a new bronzer :)
    great post :)
    The Inked Blonde

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    1. Ohhh a perfect excuse then to give Hoola a try for yourself! :) I think it's fantastic! xo

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  2. I've always wanted to try this bronzer and the boxed blushes of Benefit. If I get one I will defiantly try this.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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    1. Fab! Be sure to let me know what you think to it if you do :) xo

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  3. Always tempted by this - I hear the word matte and normally I'm straight there! However my trust Sleek contour kit is still brilliant so I don't feel the need to spend the extra dough (...yet)!

    xx


    www.erinjaine.blogspot.com

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    1. I really didn't get on with the Sleek Contour Kit, too muddy for me! This is a whole world apart, if you can get hold of a sample give it a go. You'll be amazed by the difference! :) xo

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  4. I've never tried this but its been on my wishlist for a while. May treat myself soon to this x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You should! I don't know why I waited so long to pick up the full size, when I've loved it for so long! xo

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  5. I had this years ago and loved it! i think its time i repurchase!

    Hannah Heartss xxx

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    1. I love finding a product you love so much, it's worth repurchasing! :) xo

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  6. I definitely need to try this, I've given up my fake tan habit and now I really struggle with bronzers, especially orangey ones so this sounds wonderful! Fingers crossed I can get it to work with my super pale skin!

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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    1. With a light hand it's be lovely on paler skin. It's very easily build-able but a light hand means it applies sheer enough to blend to a lovely, natural finish :) xo

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  7. I love Hoola, its a perfect bronze!

    Anoushka
    Anoushkaloves.com xx

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  8. I've only recently started to use Hoola but I love it :) Perfect contour shade x

    Jordan-Alice

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    1. So glad you love Hoola too, Jordan! :) xo

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  9. i hated the sleek bronzer/contour because i found the pigment too much and i just looked overdone, how would you say this compared? and is it easily blendable?
    bloody hell im like 20 questions over here!!
    Lizzy | elizabethsophiee x

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    1. I really didn't get on with the Sleek Contour Kit, if that's the one you're referring to. This is completely different, an actual wearable bronzer compared to the muddy, hard to blend Sleek Contour Kit xo

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  10. Love this bronzer and how its intensity can easily be built too :)

    www.natalielovesbeauty.com

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    1. Me too. It's such a wearable bronzer, which can be hard to find! xo

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  11. Hoola has been my favourite bronzer for years! :)
    I always go back and forth and try others, then come back to Hoola!

    floraldanielle.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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    1. I think this could easily be a staple product for me, forever more! Alongside Laguna, I'm not sure either could be beaten. Although it's a good excuse to try lots more bronzers and see if they compare ;) xo

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  12. This has been on my wish list forever although I have recently lucked out as my friend asked me to pick this up for his sister and then said he didn't need it so I just had to keep for myself!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  13. I have no idea why I've never used this, I'm a huge Benefit fan!

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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    1. Ohh, do you think you'll give it a go now? :) xo

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