Pretty much from the day I started watching Youtube videos and reading blogs I’ve heard only good things about the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. For years and years it has been one of the number one bronzers out there and pretty much everybody who loves makeup owns and loves it. Even though I’ve been into makeup for ages now I’ve never really tried it, which is definitely a shame. Therefore I decided to buy it and give it a try. Today it’s time for the review. If you’re interested in finding out more about it, make sure you continue reading!
The Benefit Hoola Bronzer comes in a small little square box made out of cardboard. It has a classic beachy design and it really reminds me of Hawaii (not that I’ve been there, but just from what I’ve seen in movies and such). It’s really cute looking and shape wise it’s very convenient.
The little box comes with a tiny little brush to apply the bronzer with and contains 4 grams of product. The regular sized version contains 8 grams, but because I’m very pale and I wasn’t sure if the colour was going to be right for me, I ended up buying the 4 grams version.
On the back of the box Benefit tells us a little bit more about this product. It says that you have to brush it, lightly, across the cheekbones and forehead (or anywhere else) in order for the soft matte bronzing powder to make you look tan. I like how they don’t just claim a bunch of random things but instead they phrase it in a ‘how to use this product’ kinda way. I like that.
So, onto the product. Let’s first discuss the shade. I’m very pale and for pale people like me it’s very tricky to find a bronzer that is not going to be either orange or overly visible or both. You want something matte, something not too light, not too dark and something with a ashy or at least not orange undertone. This Hoola bronzer is basically that.
The thing I like so much about the shade is that it’s very versatile. I think this is a bronzer that lots of people can enjoy using because of its neutral undertone and its medium darkness. It isn’t too dark for us pale girls but it isn’t too light for people with slightly darker skin either. It’s basically just the perfect bronzing shade.
The powder itself is completely matte, which is what I prefer when it comes to bronzers. Especially if I want to use those bronzers to contour a little bit.
The texture of the powder is really nice. Like Benefit said, it is a very soft powder. It’s soft, smooth, silky and it goes on like a dream. It’s not blotchy, patchy, flakey, dry or whatnot, it has the perfect texture.
The pigmentation is just about right either. I personally don’t like overly pigmented bronzers because those just mean trouble to me. I want something that does have pigment and that does show up, but it has to be at least a little bit fool proof. This is exactly that. It has quite a lot of pigment, and is definitely buildable, but it’s not one of those bronzers that if it touches your face at a place you don’t want it everything is messed up. It’s perfect.
When it comes to staying power this bronzer isn’t a product you’d be disappointed in either. It stays pretty much all day and it even survives a little rain and sweat. Since it’s Benefit I didn’t expect any less from it, but it’s definitely something worth mentioning.
Overall I’m pretty surprised by how much I ended up liking this Hoola bronzer by benefit. The shade is absolutely perfect for me, it makes my cheekbones look incredible and everything else about it is perfect as well. I love this product so much and I definitely think it’s a shame I haven’t tried it earlier!
The Benefit Hoola Bronzer is available at Sephora and Douglas for €15,- (4 gr) and €33,- (8 gr).
That was it for today’s review. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know which bronzer is your current favourite!