Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Benefit Hollywood Glo
Member Name: redhead78
Benefit Hollywood Glo
Date: 22/02/12, updated on 22/02/12 (114 review reads)
Advantages: Would give darker skin tones that sunkissed look
Disadvantages: Doesn't work for pale skin, smells like paint, very runny
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.
Summary: Not for me I'm afraid...a big waste of money