Product Type: Benefit makeup
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A bit 'o' bronzing
Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder
Member Name: katyj10
Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder
Advantages: Nice colour
Disadvantages: Can go wrong if you use too much
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!
Summary: Nice product from Benefit