Ok, so here't the deal. I've had a Hoola Bronzer in my makeup arsenal in some form or another for, no joke, years. I'm honestly surprised that I haven't reviewed this before, but since it's a cult classic and a general favorite of mine it's high time that I do!
Benefit packaging, as a general rule of thumb, is absolutely adorable and Hoola is no exception. Although the cardboard box packaging isn't very sleek, I think that it's worth the bulk because it's do darned cute. The top swings up to reveal a small mirror and a plastic tray protecting the pan from the included flat topped brush which I highly recommend keeping since it does a great job or sculpting in a pinch.
The matte powder is very finely milled, meaning that the oh-so-soft pigment wafts gently on to your skin and silkily blends out to a very attractive and very convincing tanned appearance. I know that a lot of people like to use this for contouring, but I find it to be too warm and I'm pretty damned yellow toned, but to each their own. The shade can be used sparingly on fair skin or more heavily on medium skin, but unfortunately due to it's single shade option Hoola is not for everyone and we're left at the far too common conundrum of deeper skinned POC being left out of product ranges.
Depending on your financial situation (mine is dire tbh) $29 can feel like a lot to shell out for a bronzer, but I personally think it's worth the investment at some point because it's a great matte bronzer that doesn't require a ton of product and it legit lasts for EVER... ok, maybe not forever, but I know people that have the plastic clamshell sample and got upwards of a year of use out of it or more.
Size: 8.0 g/0.28 oz
Availability: Ulta, Sephora, Benefit Boutiques, and benefitcosmetics.com
- Easily blendable
- Finely milled
- Excellent color payoff
- Creates a very convincing MATTE suntanned glow
- Very limited (read ONE) shade selection for an entire brand's bronzers
- Packaging is bulky, but cute
Cruelty free: Yep yep!
Final thoughts: This bronzer is a cult favorite for a reason. It's definitely worth the price point whenever you've got a spare $29 lying around, but I would skip this if you're past the deeper side of medium or so since it won't give the same effect.
More information about this product HERE.
And now for the giveaway! U.s. only, guys. Sorry! I'm hella broke.