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I've had my bottle of Hollywood Glo for years. I distinctly remember buying it in my second year of uni with my student loan (and I graduated four years ago now). There is a sticker on the front of the box I have which says 'Cosmopolitan Beauty Award winner 2006'. I have had this for a long time!
I bought it after visiting a friend for the weekend in London and trying hers, so when I had some money I bought some myself! It still has the sticker on the bottom, saying it cost £16.50, which is quite pricey but inkeeping with Benefit costs really. Apparently this has been discontinued and is selling for about £20-30 on ebay (wow I should put the rest of mine on there!)
The product comes in a bottle inside a cardboard box. The box is vintage style with a Hollywood style movie starlet on the front. The text says 'for screenstar loveliness, use Hollywood Glo'. It's like a much more expensive looking Soap and Glory product, with the pink and cream colour scheme. This product is described as a 'finishing touch facial glow' which is a posh way of saying 'blusher'.
The instructions on the bottle tell you to apply over makeup or on it's own. I have only used this product on nights out so it always goes on over foundation for me. There is a very long list of ingredients. I've kept the box all these years as it's just really nice. I've often left it out among my makeup products as it just looks nice to display.
The inside of the box holds the bottle very securely via a piece of cardboard with a hole in it. The bottle holds 30ml of fluid. The bottle has a vintage shape to it, wide at the top and tapering down to the bottom. The back of the bottle has the same instructions as the box, and the front has a sticker with the same picture of the lady telling you to use Hollywood Glo for screenstar loveliness. The sticker has curved edges which are very stylish
The bottle has a screw lid, which again has a beautiful tapered shape to it and looks very vintage. This is where the bottle stops being good. The screw lid means that you have to turn the bottle on its side to get the product out. the thickness of the product does mean it can be difficult to get out of the bottle. I tend to shake it, turn it on its side and get some of the product on my fingers and apply to my cheeks, but it's not ideal and can go from struggling to get anything out to lots of it pouring out and causing wastage. Basically it looks nice but it isn't in any way practical.
The product is almost like a liquid cream, and I tend to apply to my upper cheekbones. A little bit goes a long long way so use very sparingly. The product dries quickly and doesn't stay wet on your cheeks, although it is at first application. The colour is very pink! It is also very glittery. It can be easy to look caked and I have had to brush a cotton wool pad over myself before to tone it down. However, when applied properly it is very shimmery and pretty. It's definitely too much for daytime use, but for evenings its lovely and it really does look lovely. It does show up nicely in photos and give your face a pretty sheen.
I've had this product for at least 5 years, and for the first 3-4 years I used it every time I went out. This includes two years at uni where I went out at least 2-3 times a week. I've still got about three quarters of the bottle left. Whilst £16.50 is expensive, there is definitely lasting power! I stopped using it recently as I prefer the Soap and Glory powder blusher, but I dug this out the other day and forgot how much I used to love it.
Overall, I think the product looks better than it performs. It was obviously created to look stylish and vintage, but the design is not that practical. However, it goes on as a nice product and lasts for a long time. I was sad to see that it's been discontinued, but I hear the benetints are good so I'll have to try them when this runs out... at this rate it'll be a good 15 years until that happens though!
I bought a bottle of the Benefit Hollywood Glo several years ago at the Benefit counter at my local Boots in an attempt to brighten up my very pale, freckly skin. From memory it was around £20 for the 30 ml bottle but seems to have been discontinued now and I can only find it on eBay for £41.99 which, in my humble opinion, is WAY overpriced and the product is absolutely not worth that!
The bottle itself is actually quite nice (this is high praise from someone who considers themselves to be above being sucked in by packaging!!) and looks very retro. It's not unlike something you'd expect to have gotten a lotion or potion in from the old style apothecary store but with the modern twist of the graphics on the front. It also came complete with a cute little, similarly retro, cardboard box which, although it does give more information than can be found on the bottle (most of which is superfluous to me anyway), really annoys me because I don't think it's really needed and I hate unnecessary packaging. The glass is transparent so you can see the peachy/bronzey colour of the lotion inside and the lid is a very simple pearlescent white screw top. On taking the lid off...is where the problems started :(
I don't know what fragrance I expected to be greeted with when I opened this bottle, but it certainly wasn't the one I was hit by. Well, hit by is probably an exaggeration as it isn't hugely overpowering, but you can definitely smell it once you undo the lid and, to be honest, the fragrance reminded me of those kids watercolour paints you used to get in the long metal tins...not exactly the scent you want from something you're about to plaster over your face!
The boomf on the bottle states that the Hollywood Glo is a "finishing touch facial glow" and that you should pat lightly over your finished makeup or that you can wear it alone. So, determined that the smell wasn't going to put me off using something I'd spent so much money on, I decided to follow the instructions (admittedly not something I'm known for doing, much to my husbands frustration - especially when it comes to recipes, but that's another story!) and, after applying the rest of my "face" I proceeded to pat some of the Glo over the top.
It was a simple product to use; just shake the bottle, it up and pour some of the liquid onto your finger or a cosmetic sponge. On reflection, whilst I used my finger, it would probably have been advisable to go down the sponge route as it is a lot runnier than I was expecting and I ended up having some drip off my finger. Luckily it landed on my sock and not the carpet! So, second time around I actually held my finger over the opening before tipping the bottle , but this meant I didn't get enough out to cover a lot of area and ended up taking ages (well, at least two minutes longer than I was actually willing to spend doing this sort of thing!) for my to apply properly.
Well, I applied it, went off to the bathroom to wash my hands (the ends of several fingers now being caked in the stuff) and came back to the mirror to check out the "glow" to my skin...only to be confronted by Mrs Tango! Yes, the facial glow as promised by Benefit actually made me look like I'd been out in 30 degree heat for a couple of hours without any suncream on! I was horrified! Whilst it did give my skin a nice shimmery glow to it, the actual colour was awful and I hurriedly took off all my makeup and started again.
Second time around?
After reading the bottle again, the second time I applied it I just dabbed small amounts on my cheek bones and rubbed it slightly, using it pretty much as a blusher rather than a skin illuminator. This, admittedly, did give me a lovely finish, making me look sunkissed and healthy without the tango effect, and I was much happier with the results.
So would I buy it again? In a word...NO! Disregarding the fact that it appears to have been discontinued anyway, there is no way on earth I would have bought another bottle of the Hollywood Glo. The main reason I bought it was so that I could look healthily sunkissed without having to wear a fake tan, but as my skin is so pale it just ended up making me look salmony pinky orange and shiny and only really worked as a highlighter. But I already have products I use for this (including Benefit's High Beam which I much prefer) so wouldn't want to spend that much money (especially given that I now come complete with a mortgage!) on something that I wouldn't be able to use in the way I wanted. Needless to say, my bottle of Hollywood Glo remains almost full, having only been used a couple of times and then delegated to the back of my makeup drawer, only to be pulled out last weekend during a clear out and now destined for the bin!
I'd just like to add that I've used several Benefit products in my time and never really been disappointed with any of them. So, more than anything else, I was slightly put out at the advice of the girl on the Benefit counter who helped in my purchase of this. Whether she was a trainee or just not that good I don't know, but if she knew her products as she's meant to she should have known that this Glo would not be the right thing for my pale skin. And, one of the reasons I don't mind paying a premium for products like this (if they work!) is that you get "expert" advice when you buy it from someone who knows what they're talking about, rather than having to hazard a wild guess yourself or rely on your friends opinion.
Welcome to my review of Benefit Hollywood Glo.
If you are familiar with this brand you may know already that it is sold in Debenhams and many other places. To me, this brand works absolute magic and knocks years off your age and also to many others whom I have spoken to about Benefit products they all seem to think the same.
This is a review of Hollywood Glo, I used this quite some time ago and when I tried to get some the other day I was told it had been discontinued, but I was luckily able to buy some online!
As you can see from the picture above, the finishing touch facial glow comes in a bottle and in liquid form. One bottle lasted me months! I used this simply as a highlighter. I applied a few spots of this under my eyes and it made me look vibrant and awake.
The shimmer gives you a lovely healthy glow and makes you stand out from the crowd. Many use this as a highlighter but you can use it on your cheekbones as a sort of bronzer to give you a sun-kissed look. However, others have chosen to mix this with a normal foundation giving a radiant skin tone.
Although this is in liquid form, I feel the downside is that this is a little too thick to be in a bottle, it would be better if it was in a jar. It would be easier to use that way. When I bought this I seem to remember it being around £18.00 which is not too expensive as it lasted for quite some time but as I say in a bottle you can't use all the dribs and drabs that are left because they are stuck at the bottom.
I bought some more from Ebay because no shops seem to have this at the moment but if you can find it, definitely try it! Thanks for reading.
Benefit Hollywood Glo was one of the first Benefit products i ever bought.
The liquid product is meant to highlight your complexion with a pinky bronze glow which appealed to me as i have quite pale skin and wanted a bit of colour for my face.
The colour comes in one shade only which may not be suitable for everyone.
On the back of the bottle it says that the product should be patted lightly over make up or to be worn alone. I have never worn this product alone so can't comment on that aspect of the product.
I usually apply this to my cheekbones. It gives a nice glow to my face and highlights my cheekbones. However i would prefer if the bottle had a pump attached to it as it is far too hard to get the liquid out and sometimes far too much of the product ends up coming out. The fact that it is a liquid means it is a bit harder to apply than a powder bronzer and as a result i have found that i don't use this as much as my powder bronzers.
At about £16.50 it is expensive and the fact that i am not using it as much as i would like to means it isn't really worth the money.
I'm a big fan of Benefit cosmetics and a few years ago went through a phase of buying their cosmetics on a regular basis. Now that I have a car and a mortgage I can't afford to splurge regularly but do like to treat myself now and again. Benefit's Hollywood Glo was one of the last things I bought from Benefit a couple of years ago. It is a complexion highlighter which adds a pinky bronze glow to your face.
The product comes in a glass bottle with a shimmery ivory plastic screw-on lid and, as always with Benefit products, there is a quirky 1930s (?) style label on the front which says 'For Screenstar Loveliness use Hollywood Glo' with a picture of a lady applying the product to her face. The bottle comes in a cardboard box also but this is unnecessary packaging as far as I can see. Being in a glass bottle, the product is quite heavy and I have been known to knock it off my dressing table from time to time and it hurt when it landed on my toe!
The product can be seen through the glass and at first sight it looks awfully dark and very shimmery. It doesn't come in any other shades and so I was a bit concerned about how it would look on me as I have very fair skin, but as it is partly a bronzer, I tend to use it in the summer when I have a little more colour than usual.
On the back of the bottle it says that the product should be patted lightly over make up or to be worn alone. I chose to use it over make up firstly, so I put a little of the product onto the back of my hand before using it. This proved quite difficult as the product is quite thick in consistency and doesn't come out of the bottle very well, then when patting the bottom of the bottle as though it were a ketchup bottle, too much comes out! I find that tipping the bottle upside down with the lid on and shaking it as though shaking the product out of the bottle brings the product to the neck of the bottle, allowing a fingertip to get the required amount of product.
As per the instructions I lightly patted a tiny amount of the product only on the areas I wanted highlighted such as cheekbones and brow bones and a little down the centre of my nose. The product did go on quite dark at first and I learned to blend it in more which reduced the depth of colour but didn't reduce the sheen it gives to your face. The product is shimmery and gives your skin a shimmer which made me feel I didn't want to put it all over my face. Used over make up, the product spread quite well and blended in well with my foundation. When used alone, I find it doesn't spread quite so well and can look a little patchy so you must ensure that it's blended in well.
As a bronzer/highlighter, I do like this product as it gives a nice colour and shimmer to the face, however find it messy with it being a liquid and find bronzing pearls much easier and convenient to use. I use it now and again but it's not a staple part of my make up regime.
I love Benefit's Hollywood Glo. I received it at the end of November last year for my birthday and quite frankly I have been in love with it ever since.
It is one of the best liquid highlighters/bronzers I have ever used. You do not need to apply a lot of this highlighter as just a little creates a strong sheen and goes a long way. Ultimately it blends well with my mousse blusher and foundation. It can be used on any part of the body that you want to add a nice sheen to or anywhere you want to highlight. I use it on my cheekbones and just at the arch of my eyebrow. It has a lovely texture and when your wearing it, it doesn't feel caked on.
It's a gorgeous sheer pink, bronze colour that I think would suit most skin types. It doesn't look cheap, tacky or overtly glittery/shimmery like a lot of other highlighters and stays put for a long time. It really makes your face look radiant and brighter.
The only problem I have is that it's really hard to get out the glass bottle. You have to shake it a lot to get a little out or dip a brush into the bottle. I feel it would be better in a squeezable bottle or in a little pot or just packaged with something that makes it easier to get out.
It comes in a nice packaging that's has a vintage old school Hollywood feel about it. Overall this is a great product that ultimately lasts for ages.
When I brought this product I think it was around £14.50 from my local Benefit counter which sounds expensive but a little does go a long way.
I got this highlighter as I needed something to put on my cheekbones that would compliment my tan in summer. This comes as a liquid bronzy/pink highlight in a glass bottle. I like to use this along with some cream blusher over my tinted moisturiser or just plain moisturiser in summer, as it isn't heavy or sticky feeling like powder. Powder foundations and blushers are very nice for winter, but I find that in summer, I do need a nice breezy make up that won't go cakey in hot weather.
This highlight has got a nice colour and sheen to it and compliments my tan beautifully. It blends in nicely with my skin and the cream blusher and overall, I am pretty pleased with this. The only thing I would say is that it's quite difficult to get out of the bottle. I have to shake it out onto the back of my hand but need to do this for longer than I would want. If it came with some sort of dispenser or pump, this problem would be solved and application made quicker and easier. This product is currently being sold at £16.50, which isn't too bad, considering there's quite a bit of liquid in the bottle and you only need a bit to highlight your cheekbones and other areas on the face or select areas on the body. Basically anywhere you want a nice bronze highlight.
I received this product a couple of years ago as a gift (my family and friends know they can't go wrong with something from Benefit) and it is still being put to good use now. This small bottle of strange-coloured shimmery liquid promises to give you a Hollywood actress glow and get you ready for your close up!
As with most Benefit products, the cute packaging of Hollywood Glo is worth mentioning. The bottle is sold in a box but to be honest, I hate secondary packaging, so that went straight in the bin without me paying much attention to it. The bottle itself is made of clear glass and although reasonably small is quite heavy and sturdy (I have dropped it a few times and no breakages to date!). The shape of the bottle with it's screw top lid has a real vintage feel to it - almost like it should belong in your grandmothers dressing table drawer along with her collection of lotions and potion of days gone by! The image of a glam Hollywood-actress-type lady and the font style on the label enhances the vintage theme.
At first glance, the make-up itself looks a strange colour - a sort of bronze colour with a pink hue to it - and appears to have quite a bit of 'sparkle' to it. This sparkle is created by what looks like tiny shimmery pigments rather than glitter particles. The liquid is fairly runny and has a noticeable scent. The smell is quite particular to the Benefit brand in my opinion. This product, as well as quite a few others in their range, smells like 'Maybe Baby' which is Benefit's peony rose scented perfume. I personally like the scent and have even bought the perfume but I could see why some people could find it quite sickly and sweet. In any case, when on the skin the smell isn't particularly obvious.
You can use this product a few different ways - on its own, under foundation or over foundation. I can't say I've tried using it on its own as my skin is not good enough to go without foundation and I suspect adding extra 'glow' would only make my skin look greasier. I have, however, tried this under and over foundation.
The best way to apply this is to tip the bottle slightly to leave a small amount on your fingertip and pat it lightly on to the areas where required. I tend to use it more like a highlighter - along the top of my cheekbones and under my brow bone - for a slight glow. I find that applying it underneath foundation has little effect whereas using it over does give you a subtle glow. Add too much, however, and you will really glow (and not like a Hollywood actress as intended!).
If used correctly this product will give you a lovely glow that catches the light and will last a long time. However, at around 16 quid a bottle, it's one of only a few Benefit products that I wouldn't splash out on myself as its not something that makes a huge difference to your look! But if someone was to offer it as a gift again, who am I to say no?!
sheer rose-bronze complexion highlighter