Thursday, 13 February 2014

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Review

Okay, I know I said I'd do more fashion posts, but me, being fickle I've decided to keep it the way it is, just try my hardest to do more fashion related posts! So apologies for me, being all over the place lately, but I've made up my mind, and I hope you enjoy the new posting. I plan to do 4/5 fashion posts a week, and a couple of beauty and lifestyle thrown in for a nice mix up. I also promise not to mention it again! ;)
 Now it's absolutely horrible outside, and my holiday seems like months, and months ago so I'm trying to recreate my glow. I've got my tan down with Cocoa Brown, but I have been quite undecided on a bronzer, for sometime now, until I found this little gem in my stash, that I'd completely forgotten about! I've been using Benefit for years, so it's always nice when you remember a little treasure that you use to love. Sweeping a little bit of bronzer over your face, gives you a nice healthy glow! Out of all the bronzer's I've used over the years, I always gravitate back to this one. I love the cute packaging and the colour is so nice and subtle and blends perfectly, so I'm left looking like I've been away for a few weeks!
I always forgot about bronzer as I contour with it my matte powder, I got in the Sleek contour kit, but sometimes I want to put a little more colour on my face than the places I contour. When I look for a bronzer, I want something that gives me a bit of colour, but isn't too heavy. A lot of bronzer's I've tried and tested are too dark, and "cakey" for my liking, especially for during the day. When I go out on the town, I wear dark Cocoa Brown tan, so I can afford to go a bit darker with my bronzer, but for every day use I want something natural looking.When I first tried Hoola bronzer years ago,when I was a little nipper I really liked it,and it was my go to bronzer for a number of years. I've rediscovered it again and it's become a staple in my makeup bag again. I've been using this since because Christmas, on a pretty much daily basis and I haven't made that much of a dent in it, which is great considering it's not the cheapest bronzer on the market!
The packaging(In typical Benefit style) is lovely, and really cute and fits in with the Hoola theme, very well! It's also a huge plus that you get a brush with it. I personally leave this for contouring and use my large powder brush from MAC to sweep it all over my face. Hoola is a matte bronzer, and is a lovely warm brown colour, not orange in the slightest. I'm always wary of this, as back in the school days I had some mishaps with bronzer, that had me ending up looking like an extra in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! It's incredibly natural looking, and would be perfect for beginners. You can sweep it all over your face for a natural look or for you can use it as a contour powder for a more defined look.  I really like how natural it is. It really just gives you a nice sunkissed glow, that doesn't look too heavy or dark. It's really perfect for this time of year, when you just want a healthy glow, and not look so ghostly! The reason this has been my go to bronzer is because of how natural is it. I've loads of bronzers, but I choose this one over anyone else because I just look so healthy when I wear it! 
Benefit Hoola Bronzer* €34

So like I said it's not the cheapest product,at €34 especially now when you can pick up a Rimmel Bronzer for under €10, but it really gives you such a lovely glow, and lasts forever, and due to the box it's in, it's really hard to break, so you don't have to live in fear that it will shatter, if you're like me and have butter fingers. As much as I like to have a bit of shimmer(mainly for nights out!) I prefer the matte look, so this really is the perfect bronzer for me, and I'm glad I rediscovered it. You can pick up Benefit in their Boutique on South William Street, in Debenhams, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser! 

Sian xxx


  1. I've literally just ordered this online, can't believe I'm so late getting onto this band wagon!
    Thank you so much for your review!



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