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Hoola is a bronzer from Benefit Cosmetics and it is in fact the number one selling bronzer in the UK. Hoola costs £24.50 and it's 8g in weight. The packaging is gorgeous. Hoola comes in an attractive looking box with its very own brush inside. There's also a mirror inside the lid for touch ups on the go. The box is pretty sturdy and the brush is a natural bristle brush which is a perfect size and shape for applying the bronzer. Overall the packaging is very impressive. What about the bronzer though?
I am very impressed with Hoola. It's definitely my all time favourite bronzer. Why? Well, it gives a lovely matte finish without any hint of shimmer or sparkle. It's nice to have a matte bronzer for once as the matte finish it gives just gives you a nice natural look. It's almost a "holiday tan" look without looking fake or tacky. It's not cakey either, in fact it goes on nice and smooth and it just glides nicely over the skin. The bronzer looks darker in its box compared to what it looks like when it's on your skin so try not to panic if you think it looks a little too dark. I have pale skin as I am a natural redhead. Hoola gives me a healthy look without looking too dark. It takes away my naturally "ghostly" look! I apply it over my cheeks, chin, forehead and nose.
Hoola lasts ages so it's worth the money. I've used mine a good number of times and I've hardly made a dent in it! The brush has also lasted a long time too. No bristles have fell out of it and it still feels really comfortable when brushed against the skin. The natural bristles feel lovely when brushed against your cheeks. You can instantly tell that this bronzer is a premium product.
A perfect bronzer suitable for all skin types and shade.
Worth paying a little extra for!
Benefit Hoola is a soft bronzing powder to give you a healthy, natural looking 'tan' year round. It's priced at £23.50.
I love the packaging of all Benefit's blushes and bronzers. The little boxes are so cute and they have a mirror in the lid and brush included. Yes, lots of blushes and bronzers have brushes included, but the difference with Benefit is that their brushes are actually a useable size!
The bronzer looks a bit darker in the box than it actually is when it's on, so if you're fair like me there's no need to worry, it isn't too dark at all. The powder is very soft and silky feeling, you can really tell it's high quality just by how light and fine it feels. It picks up easily onto the brush and applies easily onto the skin.
The brush that comes with the bronzer is really great. If you're not used to it the shape might seem a little odd for some people, but I find it really good as it allows me to sweep it easily across the apples of my cheeks like a blusher by using it widthways, or use it lengthways for contouring.
This is probably the only bronzer I've ever bought which is completely matte. There's no shimmer to it at all, not even a hint of it, which is great for me as I think it looks a lot more natural than the shimmery ones. It does give a very natural sunkissed look, and it's easily buildable so you can choose the level of colour you want.
This lasts all day on my skin, even when I use it just on bare skin, no primer or base or anything. It just lasts and lasts. It never feels heavy on my skin and it never slides off or sinks into my pores, but when it comes to removing it, it's dead easy.
Yes, I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a high quality matt bronzer in a shade that will suit any skintone. It may seem expensive but mine has lasted me forever.
Admittedly, I wear a bronzer all year round, whether this is to add a little colour to my face or to contour, though in summer I really like to up my bronzing a little, especially as my body seems to tan naturally far more than my face does. Personally I prefer my bronzers to be a matte finish rather than the shimmery ones as I believe this gives them a more natural look and then they can also double up as a contouring product. Due to this reason I decided to give Benefit''s Hoola a go as this is one of there matte bronzing powders, it has also been the UK''s number one bronzing product for the last five years!
===~~Price and Availability~~===
Due to this being a slightly higher end make up product it is certainly not cheap costing £23.50 and admittedly I was a little dubious about spending this on a bronzer, though after having read many positive reviews I was pretty sure I was going to love it.
You can sometimes find Benefit products on offer, such as buy 2 items and receive one free, or buy 2 items and receive 10% discount, etc. Debenhams also often hold weekends or months when you can receive extra point on your beauty card when buying make up items, including Benefit.
Alongside most Benefit products this is available in larger department stores such as that of House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis, etc. It is also available from independent Benefit stores, along with all the online stores. You can sometimes pick up Benefit items on places such as eBay, however Benefit fakes are often all sold on here so it is worth doing your research and making sure that the seller is trusted.
One of the things that I really love about Benefit is there packaging. All of there blushes/bronzers come in cute little boxes which when opened there is a mirror in the lid (which is not the best quality and is too small to apply make up in etc but is handy nonetheless) and a small brush which can be used to apply the product.
===~~Applying the product~~===
As previously mentioned, this bronzer does come complete with its own brush, this is a very small, narrow brush which has virtually no handle. I have tried applying with this brush, though have to say I do not like it. I have found that it picks up a good amount of product and does transfer it to the face, though find it has a fairly scratchy texture to it which makes it hard to blend the bronzer out. Due to it being quite flat it also makes it hard to apply to the cheeks and you can sometimes be left with just a ''stripe'' of colour as it''s very hard to blend it. I also found that due to it having almost no handle it sat very uncomfortably in my hand and couldn''t get the right grasp on it, which may be why I was a little heavy handed when applying the product this way.
I have also tried applying this with my own brush and have found this so much easier. When applying the bronzer it has a really soft and light texture to it, which means it is actually very easy to blend in; when using the right brush! I have however found that it is also very easy to pick up too much of the product in which case the bronzer can look very unnatural and to dark. I have found that simply tapping off any excess can easily avoid this though. This bronzer is also very buildable which means you can simply apply it very lightly all over the face for the natural sun kissed look and also build it up in certain areas to contour the face, like just below the cheekbones. I really like the fact that I can do this with just one product. I have found that even when building up the bronzer like this it does not become cakey or unnatural looking, which I think it mainly due to it being such a fine powder.
Despite it being a fairly fine powder I was pleased to find that this bronzer had virtually no fallout when applying and therefore the product went exactly where I would have liked it to go. As previously mentioned, because it is very blend able if it had had any fallout it would have been very easy to fix.
I was very pleased with the results of this bronzer, perhaps the thing that I was most impressed with was the colour. Alike most people I have a fear of bronzers being too orange and shimmery or too grey toned which can look ashy on the face, though found that this bronzer was somewhere in the middle in where it was a natural looking ''brown'' colour. Even when built up in the likes of contouring I was pleased to find that it did not look muddy on the cheeks and instead looked like a natural shadow.
I have found that this bronzer stays in place all day, even in this hot weather, which I particularly like as I don''t need to worry about it sliding down my face. Despite it being a matte shade I was also pleased to find that it didn''t look flat on my face and instead added a little definition and shape; especially when used to contour. I do sometimes add a shimmery bronzer on top of this just over the cheekbones for days when I fancy a little shimmer and have found that even when applying the two products on top of one another it does not become cakey looking.
Overall I am really impressed with this bronzer and can see me continuing to purchase it. Nars Laguna had been my favourite bronzer for a long time before this, but seeing as this one is a little cheaper and is ''more matte'' I can see this one becoming my new favourite very soon! It is definitely still a pricey bronzer costing just over £20, though I do think this is justified a little in both the quality of the bronzer and also the fact that a little really does go a long way so can see it lasting me a long time. I have had mine for around 3 months now and have only made a little dent in it!
The only downside to this bronzer would really be the brush that comes with it as I do think for the price you are paying the quality could have been a little better and the bristles colour have been a little softer. Nonetheless if you are not relying on this to apply the bronzer with then it doesn''t really matter a such.
If you are looking for a natural looking bronzer you can wear on a daily basis, not only to bronze all over the skin, but also to contour then I really would recommend this product and if you can still not justify the price I think it is definitely worth popping on a birthday or Christmas wish list!
After a friend lent me some of this bronzer on a night out, I was that impressed that I bought one for myself. It gave my cheeks a lovely shimmer and seemed to stay put throughout the whole night. I now use this bronzer every day however I no longer use the applicator brush that comes with it as I felt that even after trying to blend the edges, it would make quite an obvious line which looked awful! I am a fan of benefit products and although they can be pricey, they are often worth it and do last ages. I can see that this product may be a little dark for paler skin so I would definitely suggest having a look at this product in real life before purchasing if you have lighter skin :) For anyone who is new to benefit or looking to try their products, they do boxes containing smaller versions of products for an amazing price, giving you the opportunity to try many products for often what you might pay for one full sized product. I would also say a top tip would be to buy Benefit products through shops who do offers regularly such as 10% off! and to sign up to benefit online as they often have great offers running!
Being naturally super pale, I was looking to get a bronzer to add a little colour to my face.
Being a loyal Benefit fan of many years, they were my first stop, leading to me coming away with this little very cute box.
The box is indeed very cute, in the same style and size to many other of Benefit's blushes and bronzers.
It comes with a flat, rectangular shaped soft bristled brush, along with a little plastic tray meaning it can be kept separate form the product.
In the box, Hoola is a light milk chocolate colour with no shimmer whatsoever. Swatched with a finger, it does go a little paler.
Applied with a brush, it remains pretty true to the box colour. The shade works well on a multitude of skin tones.
On my first attempt on using Hoola using the brush it came with.
On my fair with pink undertone skin, It swamped me with colour. I looked like I had applied coffee grounds it swamped me that much.
The brush is just the wrong shape for an even application. It is really too small and concentrates the colour in one area too much. I would personally recommend using a blusher brush for a more even application.
Because of Hoola having no shimmer, it makes an excellent contour powder. Because of this, the colour doesn't 'fight' with blush shades, which makes it suitable for use in a variety of looks.
I'm a bronzer-lover, so it was only natural for me to steer towards a darker bronzing shade. I've read many reviews of Benefit's Hoola bronzer and so decided to splurge (£23.50!) and treat myself. For me, this is an expensive, luxury item.
Hoola comes in a solid box made of very strong cardboard. This may not sound very appealing, but the product itself is very attractive. The box is a purple/burgandy and is adorned with bamboo canes, a small flower and the distinctive 'HOOLA' text and benefit logo. The lid lifts and reveals a small, square mirror on the underside - a cute, functional little addition. You also recieve a small, crisp applicator brush with the bronzer (though why it is white I don't know).
The applicator brush is firm but lush, and feels great on your skin. It is very precise, but blends well if you work on an area. I'd advise tapping all excess off the brush before applying to your skin. The brush gets very brown very quickly so do not worry about keeping it white - it just doesn't happen!
The bronzer itself is a gorgeous dark shade. For me, with brunette hair, it really warms my complexion up. It may be a little too dark for those with a very fair/fair colouring. It's a warm brown - not an orange - and can be great for contouring as well as adding a tanned touch.
The bronzer is a matte shade and a little goes a long way. I'd advise using a large, circular brush to buff the skin with the colour. The bronzer stays put all day and can be used on your face, collarbones/neck etc.
If you're looking to treat yourself, this bronzer is perfect. I'd never usually spend so much on 1 cosmetic item, but in many ways I understand why people do. The quality is high, the bronzer lasts all day and a little goes a long way. The colour is also superb.
Recently I have been rather obsessed with building a Benefit Box collection, it all started a few months ago when I bought Dandelion, I loved the unique packaging and how each one has a cute catchy name and also a handy brush! I went on to collect quite a few more and was running out of options until a friend of mine noticed that I didn't have the Hoola Bronzer stacked up in the Benefit Box Tower - she told me it was one of the most popular ones, I was so surprised I had not seen it on my travels before! Nonetheless, I was intrigued to know what made it popular with the public.
On a shopping spree not long after, I went to Boots and after a hunting mission, I had to have it ordered in for me as it had sold out! This made me think that it must have been a brilliant bronzing tool. Whilst I was waiting for it to arrive, I had the chance to do some research upon it. Benefit claim that this is a soft bronze matte powder that will illuminate your skin and give your complexion a 'healthy, natural looking tan!' We are told to 'dust lightly' across cheeks, chin and forehead to 'bring the warm tan of the island to your skin and Spirits!' I must say I was quite excited to try it only from reading about it!
A few days later I finally got my hands on it! The packaging is very simplistic - especially for Benefit, they usually have a whacky or whimsical design going on but Hoola is simply presented in a gorgeous mid toned purple box with 'Hoola by Benefit' wrote on the right hand side in a light blue colour. On the other side is a picture of two bamboo sticks crossed to outline the box with a tropical white flower sat on top of them. When I think of the word Hoola I think of Hawaii or a tropical Island with those flower garlands and grass skirts, and the packaging conjures up this image too. It's a very well thought out design. Once you take off the lid you are presented with the product and a pretty turquoise brush that has the softest bristles in a straight line formation to help sculpt, contour and create cheekbones.
In the box the shade looks like a quite pale brown that wouldn't cause you to look too dark, orange or over the top which was something I was very glad about. I swirled my finger around and swatched a bit onto the back of my hand, at first it looks quite dark, however after blending it in with circular motions it transformed into a lighter and more glowing shade of brown. Once applied to the skin you really notice the varied undertones of gold, bronze and even pale burgundy red in some lights!
To apply I like to use the brush provided as I think it works the best, I have tried using a normal bronzer brush but it doesn't have that same effect for me as I really love the shape of the bristles and think that more brushes should be shaped in this way. It makes it so simple to just gently load up some product onto your brush (there is no danger of putting too much on as the white bristles allow you to see how much you have on there!) I then love how simple it is to just sweep it across my cheeks in a straight line fashion and then blend in using downwards and upwards strokes. You can also apply a little to your temples, sides of your nose and jaw line if you want to contour. This bronzer makes me look so naturally tanned and naturally radiant that I sometimes wear it on its own over a primer and with a bit of concealer as the overall look is so effective! I wear this with a pink or red toned blush, however I have tried it with a coral one and it goes well with them all!
It would suit all skin tones and skin types, if you have fair skin then make sure you use it sparingly and as a bronzer and if you have darker skin then Benefit suggest that you could apply all over for a deeper tan look.
I have been using this as my day to day staple bronzer as I just can't get enough of it! I really would recommend you try this and see for yourself just how great it is!
You can purchase this at Boots or Boots.com, all good online make up stores, eBay, Amazon as well as any department stores that have a Benefit counter, oh and of course the Benefit website. It is quite expensive at £23.50, just like all the other box blushes and bronzer, however a little really does go along way and your skin will thank you for it!
This is a review of Hoola Bronzing powder from Benefit. I have had two full sized boxes in the past of this and more recently got a small 3g Hoola for 'on the go' in a bargain little box called 'tan about town' which also contained two other products.
What is it?
There are many reviews on dooyoo on Hoola but I'll assume you don't know it's a bronzing powder. It's quite intense so you can make a little bit go a long way. I have had a few disasters in the past from being a little heavy handed but as long as you are aware of this you can proceed with caution.
The normal sized packaging, which I've just learnt is smaller in weight than it used to be, comes with a nice sized brush which fits in the box but it's a bit wedge shaped so can result in aforementioned heavy handed-ness. I prefer to use a light brush and to work carefully on the bronzer so I don't look over cooked. I just swirl the brush in the box and apply it lightly to the face in circular motions to the apples of my cheeks and forehead. I use this over blusher usually so it's just a finishing touch for my face really.
My version of Hoola is just a tiny plastic tray which is designed with the lid to shut over the top so you won't hopefully have any accidents, especially if you decide to use this one as a travel version. I'd be careful with it if I take it out as I don't want it to break on me. The normal size packaging is far sturdier, in a cardboard box with a flap over mirrored lid but this one is obviously a lot more expensive. Curiously, although I bought mine, it does say on the back 'not for sale' so I can't help but wonder if this was made as a freebie or for some other promotion as the other two products don't say that on the packaging. The three items came in a little cardboard box which is really cute and caught my eye. Inside there are segments to hold each product securely.
I paid £9 for the three Benefit minis which I think is pretty good as each one is a generous sample size. I just work it out at £3 each which I don't mind paying. If I don't like it, it's not such a hardship then. There is a sticker on the box which says the set is actually worth £18 and there is a free voucher inside too for a "free makeupper" which is basically a session on their stool in a busy department store. The voucher promises their talented beauty artists will have you smiling in no time. I think if you look like you are going to spend some money on their wares that you can probably get this service with or without the voucher.
I have actually missed Hoola in the time I have spent without a box of it in my make up kit. I really have been mainly using mineral make up over the past couple of years and have found their product 'Warmth' to provide a similar effect that Hoola gives as a bronzer. Price wise the Warmth is cheaper but a loose and wayward product and having Hoola in a block will probably save a few emergency moments with the carpet. I think I would struggle to part with the full asking price for Hoola but then it really does last ages so I would buy it with voucher, points or put it on a present list if anyone was asking!
Benefit Hoola comes in the standard square cardboard box which all Benefit powders are sold in. The box contains 10g of matte bronzing powder and a flat brush to apply it with.
The powder has a silky texture and a light fragrance and feels light when applied. It is quite a dark shade of bronzer but if applied correctly will suit most skin tones who wish to look tanned.
I find that application is better if you use a specific bronzing brush rather than the flat brush which comes with the product. You really must shake off the excess powder before dusting over your face otherwise you will end up with a really dark patch which you'll have to blend well to hide.
If you dust off the excess and apply to your cheekbones and forehead this will give you a light bronzed look. If find that I only really use this if I'm already wearing fake tan because I'm naturally quite pale and it can be a little too dark if I don't already have a tan.
I have been using benefit products for many years and one of the products I couldn't live without would be Hoola. Having naturally very pale skin this little miracle box ensure that my work colleagues don't call for the doctor.
This bronzer is amazing, it is a fantastic colour and doesn't leave you looking orange. I would also recommend it to all skin tones. Since I have very pale skin I just tend to use a small amount just to make me look health. For darker skin tones you can just apply more and still achieve fantastic results. Back in the days when had a tan I still used this product to keep my healthy glow.
What's in the box:
The bronzer comes in a little cardboard box which may not seem practical since it doesn't hold closed and isn't waterproof, however I have never had a problem with this. Even though I just tend to throw all my make-up into a box this product still look like new.
It also comes complete with a brush however I don't tend to use this. The box is a little bit small and is flat so if you aren't careful you can end up with a stripe across your cheeks. It does do the job however if you take you time and haven't got a large make-up brush.
At £23.50 it may sound pricey however this product lasts ages and is fantastic quality. It doesn't break or crack like cheaper products, it doesn't have a over powering scent and the colour results are fantastic.
Like may of the Benefit products this is a fantistic product. A real must in any make-up bag.
All makeup lovers have heard of Benefit Cosmetics, some love it, some hate it. I'm fairly indifferent over the company, but there are a few holy grail products that I can't seem to live without, one of which being Hoola Bronzer. Benefit are known for their quirky packaging, high prices and irritating staff members that pounce on you as you walk by, but that aside, their bronzer is of good quality and has been a staple in my makeup bag for the past 3 years. This could very well change from now on though, but I'll get to that later.
Hoola Bronzer is famously known as one of Benefit's boxed powders - a group of their most famous products. Any cosmetics fan will have heard of it and most of which will have used it at some point. It comes in a square purple box with a bamboo style print round the the edges and a few bamboo stick on the front, keeping in with the "hula" theme. "Hoola" is printed across the front of the box in blue with the Benefit brand printed directly underneath in the same sky blue colour. The packaging has somewhat changed recently (something that Benefit made a big song and dance about), and although you probably don't care about the old packaging, I feel that I must bring this up now for you to make perfect sense of my complaint coming later in the review.
The old packaging saw us with a slightly chunkier box that the lid could be fully removed from. This then opened us up to a tiny bronzing brush and a box full of product.
The current packaging has a more convenient flip lid that still opens up to a bronzing brush but also has a mirror inside. The box is also shallower that the original.
Both boxes have the ingredients printed on a peel away label on the base of the box - along with the brand contact details which came in very handy today!
I cannot comment on the use of the brush that comes with the product simply because I don't use those brushes to apply my makeup. A flat, square brush doesn't seem like it would apply the makeup in the most flattering way, but for those interested, the bristles do feel like they are of good quality and if you have lost your bronzing brush then this would probably get you through!
The bronzer itself is typical of any bronzer in that it is a basic brown powder. However this is one of the only non-orangey bronzers I have ever come across (aside from Nars Laguna, but shimmery bronzer is a nono!) so it always keeps me coming back as I'm not a huge fan of the wotsit look. It is also a very finely milled powder so it doesn't look or feel chalky at all. It does appear fairly dark in the box, but as you swirl it onto your brush, tap off the excess and sweep onto the areas you want to contour and bronze, you're left with nothing but a flawlessly contoured face. The bronzer adds a nice summer glow to the areas you'd want to appear more tanned, whilst adding a shadow to the areas you want to slim down (cheekbones, temples and the jawbone are the main three, but I know a few people who contour their nose too). There are no nasty, brown marks left across your face, no streaking and no cakeyness. The bronzer is perfect for my pale skin but could easily be built up to be darker on people with a darker complexion (or me when I'm tanned).
The bronzer does last all day with me (applied over primer, foundation and setting powder) so I have no complaints over the staying power at all and unlike some bronzers, it doesn't get patchy throughout the day. Although it is subtly fragranced with some kind of floral, I have never had any skin irritation either which is a great thing considering my sensitive skin. There is also no staining left over after washing it off (as opposed to Loreal, but that's for another day)!
My complaint lies within the value of the product itself. As I mentioned earlier, the original packaging contained 11g of product - this would cost a fairly hefty £23.50 - an expensive price tag at the best of times.
I've only just returned from Boots today to find that the £23.50 I spent on my Hoola this afternoon actually came with 28% less product in it - only 8g. After doing a quick bit of maths I figured out that should the product be being sold at it's original value, I should only have paid £16.92 for the new product, not the original price of £23.50. Quite frankly, I'm appalled at this and despite not being much of a complainer, I fired off an email to Benefit in search of a reason why. Are they the money hungry sneaks that they appear to be or is there a genuine reason for the markup? The only genuine reason I can think of would be if there was gold dust in there, and I'll be the first to tell you there isn't!
I was only just prepared to buy the original product at that price, but with a markup like this, it'll be the last time I buy this bronzer. I'll be off hunting for a replacement whilst waiting for my response from Benefit. I'm very interested in what they have to say about this.
Overall, I highly recommend the product itself, but only if you can find it brand new off of ebay. 8g of product is absolutely nowhere near worth £23.50, especially when you could get 28% more product for the same price just a few months ago. If anyone has any recommendations, then please do let me know! I'll also only be awarding this bronzer 2 stars which is no reflection on the quality of the product, but more so the value.
Thanks for reading.
I am a long time user of Benefit products, and I have been a loyal user of Coralista Blusher Powder for most of this time. For Christmas, a friend of mine bought me a Benefit gift set, part of which was the Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder.
This powder is a bronzer and a blusher, so straight away I was impressed with the multi-tasking. The powder comes in a square box, just like all the other Benefit bronzers and blushers, and there is a square brush inside the box with a wooden handle, so you can easily apply the product.
Hoola is a brown, tanned colour and has a slight brown glow to it, and this can all be seen just from looking in the box! The box itself is a purple-pink colour, with a bamboo effect pattern on the sides, to make it look like a Hawiaan/Tropical style. The words Benefit and Hoola are printed on the top of the box.
The box opens easily, and the lid lifts right off to reveal the brush and the compressed powder inside. The brush sweeps over the compressed powder easily, and lifts a small amount of the powder into the soft bristles. The square brush is perfectly shaped to enable easy and smooth application to the face. The powder blends onto the skin really easily, either on its own or over make up.
I am used to the pink over tones of Coralista, as I have been using it for so long, so it was quite different to see the bronzed brown effect on my skin. It looked really nice, and had a very natural glow to it, so I didn't look orange. I found it to blend into the skin really easily, and I didn't need to use a lot of it to get the desired effect.
The powder itself is very lightweight, and I could not feel it on my skin. It didn't clog my pores or make my skin feel caked in any way. I also found the staying power of this bronzer to be amazing, it didn't seem to fade what so ever, even after a night out. This did make me worry that it may be difficult to remove, but it came off really easily with make up wipes, and just as easily with face wash too. I was very impressed with this, as it is so easy to take it off, that no matter what state I am in when I get home, I can just remove the make up quickly.
This product is quite expensive, but if it lasts as well as the other bronzers and blushers I have had from Benefit in the past, then it will be more than worth the money paid for it. The box of bronzer costs £23.50 and is available from all Benefit Counters in department stores like House of Fraser and Benefit, as well as Benefit Boutiques and online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk
It may seem expensive, but I promise you, this product is fantastic value for money and I am truly converted to it. A wonderful product that is long lasting and easy to remove, as well as looking amazing. I totally recommend it to all women.
I'm a fan of bronzer and since been a teenager I have worn bronzing powders. Even during the winter months I love how even pale skin can be given a warm glow with correctly applied bronzer. However over the years out of all make up products I have used bronzer is the one product that can go so wrong if you choose the wrong one or apply it incorrectly. I have found with a lot of poor bronzers that rather than leaving you with a sun kissed glow they can leave you with an orange umpa-lumpa face instead. Obviously this is not a look I want to sport so choosing the correct bronzer is essential. After a discussion with my (female) work colleagues about choosing a new bronzer one product was highly recommended was Benefit Hoola, which one of my colleagues kindly let me try out before I purchased.
The description of Benefit Hoola is "a soft bronze matte powder that gives your complexion a healthy, natural looking tan. Dust it lightly across cheeks, chin and forehead to bring the warm tan of the island to your skin and spirits."
As described earlier I had heard a lot of good reviews about Benefit Hoola from a range of different people with different skin types and tones. The general feeling was although this would give your skin a tanned look it would not leave you with an orange glow. This is what sold the product to me and I feel when I visited the Benefit counter to purchase the Benefit representative was very enthusiastic about this bronzer and actually claimed it is "not possible to turn yourself orange" with Benefit Hoola because of the colour of the bronzer and bronze colour is more of a brown rather than containing orange pigments.
Benefit Hoola comes in a square cardboard box. This is a deep purple colour with the Benefit logo written on and a white flower . Initially I did think this was not the most durable of bronzers to travel with but I actually feel because the box is so strong and the lid has a magnetic fastening (with a mirror on the lid) if you drop the box unlike bronzers in a plastic case it does not smash or the bronzer does not break into bits. Inside of the box is a small brush to apply the bronzer with. This is a white long brush about 3cm long and 2cm long goat hair bristles. This has a green handle which is long and flat.
Benefit Hoola is available from Benefit counters which you will find in most department stores including John Lewis, Debnehams, House of Fraser and Selfridges. You can purchase from all of these stores websites and you can also purchase this bronzer online from ASOS. The price of Benefit Hoola is the greatest disadvantage in my opinion. For an 11g box it costs £23. If you shop around online you can purchase Benefit Hoola slightly cheaper from retailers such as www.fragranceonline.com and www.cosmeticshouse.co.uk for around £17 but as far as bronzing products go this is expensive
The directions for use are "Sweep across chin, cheeks, and forehead with accompanying brush. For lighter bronze coverage, use with our fantail brush"
Benefit suggests that on darker skin tones use the Benefit Hoola fantail brush to apply all over for a medium to deep tan look. On lighter skin tones, use the slant powder brush to contour cheekbones, jaw line and down the center of the nose.
When I first tried this bronzer I did use the brush that came with the bronzer. Although it is a satisfactory brush that gives an even application and is compact so great to pop inside the bronzer box I personally did not like the feel of the brush as I felt the bristles of the brush were a little too rigid for a bronzer brush and I also felt the handle of the brush (which is only about 3cm in length) just did not feel right in my hand when I made sweeping movement to apply the bronzer. When I came to purchase this at the Benefit counter I tried the brush again and still felt this way so when I got my product home I decided to use my MAC 187 Stippling Face Brush to apply Benefit Hoola. Which priced at £30 as you would expect creates a much better application of the bronzer product and is a lot easier to use for application as the long traditional shape brush sits comfortably in your hand as you sweep over your face.
Applying the Hoola bronzer is very easy and what I liked about the bronzer is that I only need to sweep the brush into the bronzer twice which allows me to apply enough bronzer to my face. With many other bronzers I have used I find that I need to sweep the bronzer brush into the product 5-6 times to get enough bronzer for an even application. I do find the colour of this bronzer is quite misleading to look at. It actually looks a lot lighter than many other bronzer products that I own however I feel when applied this is not the case and the colour is more of a brown than a gold/ orange colour. Because you do not need to apply much bronzer to your brush I find this is a very economical bronzer. Although this bronzer cost me £23, even after 8 months of use using at least 3 times a week I have found that I probably have not even used half of the bronzer in the packaging yet.
I was very impressed with the results of this bronzer both on skin which is already tanned and when applied on skin that is in need of a tan. I feel the Hoola bronzer gives a lovely deep brown colour which has a definite brown bronzed glow but looks like a natural tan rather than cheap orange glow many bronzers or false tanning products give to skin. What I like about the hoola bronzer is that it is a matt bronzer and it does not have a shimmer or sparkle to it. I dislike bronzers that are overly shimmery as I feel they look very unnatural and quite cheap looking. I also find that because this is a matt bronzer the bronzer blends in better with your skin and you can give your neck and shoulder a quick dusting to ensure that your face looks the same colour as your body.
The feel of the bronzer on the skin is lovely. This leaves a very soft smooth feel to skin yet skin does not feel overly dry and powdery.
I do think although this bronzer is very natural looking when applied you do need to take care when applying. If you apply too much you will not look like an orange faced umpa loompa but you may look overly brown with a muddy dirty face. The Benefit representative did mention that it is impossible for this bronzer to turn your skin orange which I feel is a true claim but what she did not mention is that it is possible to make your face too brown. Therefore I would recommend you do not over apply and always ensure the room you apply your bronzer in is lit adequately so you can see the true colour of your face!
The skin on my face goes quite dark when I have a tan and I feel that when using the Hoola bronzer I actually find myself wearing less face make up. If I sweep this bronzer over my tanned face I feel it emphasises my tan and gives it an even colour so much so that I do not wear any foundation. On my skin without a tan (which is a mid-olive skin tone) I take slightly more care to ensure I do not look too brown but sweeping over my cheeks and forehead still gives me a natural sun kissed glow and I look less pale.
My friend who has very fair skin has borrowed this bronzer and although the colour of the Hoola bronzer is suitable for paler skin I do think you need to take more care applying. My friend only needed a very light sweep over of the brush on her face, any more than this could have led to the colour being too brown.
Not only does the Hoola bronzer give your skin a natural tanned glow, the results are long lasting. If I apply this product in the morning my skin still has a visible bronzed glow to it the following evening. I also like that once applied the Hoola bronzer does not wear and rub off or become patchy like many bronzers do leaving you with uneven coloured skin. The Hoola bronzer leaves your skin an even bronzed colour until you come to remove it. Removing the bronzer is very easy and it will wipe off your face with a make-up wipe.
Benefit Hoola is definitely one of the best bronzers I have used and I would definitely recommend it to others. The bronzer creates a very natural tanned look and the colour is a lovely bronzed brown look rather than an orange glow. I think this is a great bronzer for a range of skin tones and providing the bronzer is applied correctly it will give you an even matte bronzed colour whether you have pale or darker skin leaving it with a soft silky feel.
The packaging is pretty and stylish and is actually a lot more functional and durable than the plastic pot bronzers which smash very easily!
At £23 this is an expensive bronzer but I do feel it is a very economical bronzer and even though I use this product almost daily it will last me over a year. Compared to some cheaper bronzing products I find I need to replace after only 6 months of use.
Great for a natural looking brown bronzed tan and top marks that you can't achieve an umpa loompa orange look but you do need to take care applying in order to avoid the overly brown muddy faced look!
Hoola by benefit, an expensive but really nice bronzer, I have just checked online for prices and Amazon came up the cheapest at £9.99 boots have it for £23.50 I have had mine for ages and there is still loads left,
I use this every single day that I wear makeup, I was using the gosh bronzer which is ok but you have to apply alot more of that one so I get my bronzing done faster with benefit hoola!
Its a beautiful matt bronzer which I love, I am not keen on the shimmery bronzers, I apply this after my foundation along my cheekbones , temple area, jaw line and neck, I find it looks nice and natural and lasts all day long, I always apply blusher after my bronzer just on the apples of the cheeks.
Its a very smooth powder easy to apply and you don't need to use loads I don't use the brush that comes with it but you could use it for contouring under the cheek bones as long as you were to use the smallest amount and blend really well as its very easy to apply too much.
You get 11g of bronzer in a square shaped cardboard looking box the box is very strong but I find it doesn't take long for the box to look tatty!! I like that look though because it gives the product character.
It has a nice pleasant smell :)
I have been addicted to bronzer ever since starting to use makeup and have used many different brands over the years. Unfortunately the majority have made me look orange which I learnt to accept as a feature of bronzer and solved the problem by combining blusher for a pinkier look. I recently came across a review for Benefit Hoola Bronzer which led me to read more reviews and my main observation was that everyone agreed that this bronzer couldn't possibly make you look orange.
I had to see for myself if this was true and went to Boots straight after work and to the Benefit counter. I've never really bought a lot from Benefit and usually use Rimmel makeup. I wasn't keen on the fact that the counter is manned by attendants who try to help - I prefer to browse on my own. However the attendant turned out to be really helpful and found the Bronzer for me then proceeded to demonstrate the colour by brushing it onto the back of my hand. I then decided to buy it despite being horrified by the £23 price tag!!
The bronzer comes in a cute little square cardboard box which feels strong so would be safe to carry around. I also get the feeling it would be less easy to smash the actual bronzer in this box than the usual plastic cases other brands use. The lid is magnetic and simply flips back to reveal a small compact mirror on the inside. The box is a deep purple/maroon colour and has a very simple yet expensive look about it. There is a small brush included which fits inside the box - this sounds handy but the brush is absolutely useless particularly if you are used to using big blusher brushes. So I actually ended up throwing it away after one use!!
To begin with I thought the bronzer looked slightly pale inside the box however the actual colour is not pale at all - it is a lovely deep brown colour which literally mimics the colour of a real tan. The colour is not remotely orange although I feel if it was over-applied it could look equally as fake so be careful! I am naturally slightly olive skinned so I felt the colour suited me, however I'm not sure how it would look on very fair skin - perhaps it might be slightly too dark..
I also learnt quite quickly that only a small amount is needed - I was far too used to other bronzers which have to be practically piled on before any difference in colour can be noticed! However once I was used to only applying a small amount I found I could get a very natural look. This is a real bonus as it means not applying as much actual makeup to the face, it is quicker and of course it means the bronzer is likely to last longer than others - which makes the price seem less drastic.
The powder itself is clearly of a very high quality, it feels so smooth on the skin and delivers a natural looking 'matte' effect - rather than that fake looking shimmery look which is way over the top for everyday use. I can also say that the bronzer lasts all day and I haven't yet noticed it falling off or felt the need to re-apply it during the course of the day. Despite this it washes off normally like any other.
I am thrilled with this product, it delivers an easy to achieve natural look and I can't imagine going back to my old orange bronzers ever again! I don't like spending a fortune on makeup however I felt this was well worth the money and can imagine it lasting a long time.
This soft bronze powder leaves a healthy tan on even the palest of winter complexions / With a lush, fanciful brush, the sun dust sways across your skin like a warm summer breeze /