Are You Ready To Do The Hoola With Benefit This Summer?

by Gio

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Name: Hoola
Brand: Benefit
Size: 8g
Price: £23.50

From Benefit’s website:
Dust this soft bronze powder over your complexion for a healthy, natural looking “tan” year-round. No tanning bed necessary! Complete with soft, natural-bristle cheek brush. It’s pure colour – no sparkle and no shine!

What I liked:
– universally flattering shade, can be used both by pale princesses and dark damsels
– sheer, but buildable
– smooth texture blends like a dream
– longlasting
– versatile, can double up as blush, and even eyeshadow

What I didn’t like:
– there’s just a hint of fallout

For years, I heard people raving about it. But I wasn’t convinced it was for me. This kind of thing has never appealed to me much. It can end in disaster so easily. But, a few months ago, I finally took the plunge. I joined the Hoola club.

Nope, I’m not talking about the hoola hoop, although that’s always jolly good fun. I joined the Benefit Hoola-La-La club, reserved for those ladies who just ca’t live without their beloved Hoola Bronzer. Give it a go, and you’ll join its ranks too.

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What makes Hoola so popular and flattering on a wide variety of skintones, from Casper pale to chocolatey brown, is its colour. It’s a matte, medium, yellow-toned brown that never looks muddy, dirty, or disco-bally on the skin. Here, there’s not a hint of orange or shimmer (that’s the last thing you want when contouring).

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And it is so easy to use. Practically foolproof. The creamy, smooth texture blends like a dream on the skin. On the sheer side, it can easily be built up to your desired intensity. I’m pretty pale so one dusting of powder is more than enough to add definition to my face, but I know dark damsels who love it too. They have to apply a bit more, but the natural, slightly tanned finish Hoola gives our skin is worth the extra time.

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Hoola’s other strength is its versatility. It can be used to contour, adding definition to cheekbones and slimming the nose and chin. But it also doubles up as a matte blush for those days when you only want a hint of colour, just enough to make you look alive, on the cheeks. And, in a pinch, you can use it as a matte eyeshadow for a no makeup makeup look.

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Just put it on and forget about it. For the next eight hours, Hoola won’t budge from your skin. Mine isn’t very oily, and I only see the first signs of fading after the eight hour mark. Quite impressive. What’s less impressive is the fallout. There is just a touch of it here, which is not enough to bother me. Bt I thought I’d mention it. It’s the only thing I would improve about this bronzer.

Summary
Benefit Hoola is a sheer, universally flattering shade that’s foolproof to use. Longlasting and creamy, it blends like a dream, with only a hint of fallout.

Rating: 4/5

Disclosure: this item was in a gift set my friend Janessa sent me for Christmas. In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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2 comments

Gauri July 7, 2015 - 5:04 am

Loved the eye makeup!

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Gio July 7, 2015 - 7:44 am

Gauri, thank you!

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