Benefit Hoola Bronzer - £23.50
I'd been after a matte bronzer for ages, after years of shying away from the whole contouring concept I thought it was about time I embraced it, this may be partly down to the fact I've put on weight and my cheekbones are currently in hiding.
Enter Hoola by Benefit, it's one of the most notorious matte bronzers and has been the most popular selling bronzer in the UK for a few years now. This is down to the fact that it's so versatile, it suits so many different skin tones and can be used to contour, as an all over glower, or even as an eyeshadow.
The product itself is muted, matte bronze with not even a speck of shimmer. It has a really great colour payoff when applied to the skin and can be easily built up for a harsher evening contour look without looking muddy or worse, khaki coloured. It has a lovely silky finish and looks gorgeous on top of both heavy and light foundation. In the photo's above I've gone for an "almost not there" application to give you an idea of just how subtle it can be.
Hoola comes with a standard Benefit box brush which I normally discard straight away, but the straight edges made it quite easy to apply for a contouring newbie, saying that I'll probably invest in a decent contouring brush soon - any recommendations?
As with a lot of Benefit packaging, it's pretty bulky and not the best for travelling, but the typical kitsch design makes it a gorgeous addition to my dressing table. It might be best for hardcore bronzing fans to use one of their deluxe samples for travelling so the cardboard packing doesn't become damaged.
Price wise it's definitely more high end, my other bronzers have all been under to £10 mark so it was a splurge for me, but one I'm happy with! You get quite a lot of product for your dollar and I reckon this is one I'll still be using next year.
Have you tried Hoola? What are your favourite bronzers?