Benefit Hoola Bronzer Review + Giveaway

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Hi! The giveaway at the bottom is using the Benefit Hoola Bronzer that I got for free at the ipsy Generation Beauty Cocktail Party. I already have one and decided to pass this one on to one lucky reader! Just wanted to disclaim that. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own, as per usual.

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. 

TL;DR section:

Price: $29

Size: 8.0 g/0.28 oz

Availability: Ulta, Sephora, Benefit Boutiques, and

  • 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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Nice to see a matte bronzer. I could use a change up to the usual shiny ones.

  2. The packaging is adorable! This one is a classic.

  3. I would love to see more dupe comparisons and reviews of cheaper grocery store products!

    1. I'll definitely work on discovering some dupes! I also just bought a ton of inexpensive and easily accessible items and have some drugstore PR samples in my to-review pile. Thanks for the input!

  4. I agree- dupe comparisons would be great. I'm always looking for a better bang for my buck.

    1. I'll definitely keep that in mind! I love me a good dupe, but I'm really picky about them haha. I'm pretty sure I have some dupe debunk posts coming up. Also, congrats on winning the giveaway!

  5. I like to see product reviews! I like to read up on opinions before splurging on a product.

    1. I feel you there! I love reading and making reviews. They're kind of dominating my blog space right now, haha.

  6. I would like to see more benefit product reviews like high beam.

    1. I actually don't have High Beam at the moment... I must have lost it in the move. :(


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