Benefit Hoola Review

Benefit Hoola £23.50 available from Debenhams here

I've had it in mind for a while now to invest in a good contour bronzer, which is never an easy task when your complexion could give Casper the friendly ghost a run for his money. Top that off with a pinkish 'cool undertone' and most bronzers look very orange and unnatural on me- and lets face it, is there any worse start to your day than rushing out of the door in the morning to later realise you resemble a Wotsit? I don't think so. In order to give a bit of colour to my complexion that I've fondly categorised as 'pallid corpse' I was using 'Glow Summer Bronze' by Model Co, which is a lovely bronzer but is quite shimmery so not the best thing for adding definition. I'd seen reviews for Hoola being a great neutral shade, and after looking up a few swatches knew that it had to be mine.

I was told by the girl at the Benefit counter that there are no red or orange pigments in this, so is good for all skin tones. As you can probably tell from the picture it's a dark bronzer, but blended out it's fine even on my pale face. As soon as I tried this I knew I'd never be without it again, my face looks so much more defined and Hoola works beautifully with the subtle highlight of Lightscapade. I love the box packaging, but on the downside it is a bit of a pain to get your brush into. I found that it's a lot smaller in person that I was expecting from seeing in pictures, and you can't swirl your brush into the small pan because of the raised edges. Instead you have to tap the ends of your brush into it although that's probably a good thing in a way, the pigment is really good so swirling the brush around would probably pick up way too much product. I haven't used the brush that comes with this and doubt I will, I apply with a small angled contour brush and buff out any harsh lines with a powder brush. I think the Real Techniques contour and powder brushes would be great for this, and I can't wait to pick them up to give it a try. Hoola costs £23.50, and as far as I can tell all of their other boxed powders cost the same. There are eight grams of product in each box, and although it looks compact eight grams is a lot and should last for the best part of a year of daily use. 

Overall I couldn't be happier with Hoola bronzer, it makes such a difference to how my face looks and I'll happily repurchase when it eventually runs out. I'm a convert to these little boxed powders by Benefit and will be looking into getting more, I have my eye on Hervana which is a matte pink blush. I don't think the packaging would stand up too well to being thrown around in a makeup bag, although I store all of my everyday products in an acrylic tray on my dressing table so is fine for me. Personally I wouldn't take a product with this kind of packaging out with me in my bag anyway, so if you're looking for something a bit more travel friendly this probably isn't the best thing to go for. But otherwise I'd definitely recommend Hoola, especially if you're looking for a bronzer to contour with.

Have you tried any of Benefit's boxed powders? Which one should I go for next?


  1. looks like a great bronzer!!too bad is a little bit expensive. it looks great on you!

    Bea =)

    1. Thank you :) Yeah it's definitely on the pricey side, always a problem with higher end cosmetics. But for the quality and how long it should last, I think it's well worth it x

  2. This bronzer looks great on you. I like the Thrrrob blush.

  3. Looks like a great bronzer. I am using miners brozer/blusher at the moment. Which is a lot cheaper i got it in a beauty box. I love this the colour pigment looks fab

    kate @ sparkle dust xx

  4. I would love to try his bronzer. Beautiful photo of you!

  5. I love the effect of this as your contour! I use the MAC MSF Natural in Medium Deep as my contour color, and while it's matte which makes it ideal for that area, I am starting to find it a bit orange for my taste. Maybe Hoola is my better bet! x

  6. Hey! I am stopping by from the blog hop! I am your newest follower, if you get a chance stop by and check out my blog! I absolutely love hoola bronzer. That's a great picture of you! Have a great weekend :)

    Southern Beauty Guide

  7. I love hoola, it is a great matte bronzer. x

  8. I had my eyes on this for ages, heard so much about it x

  9. I really want to try this out :) I recommend their Hervana blush!

  10. Thanks for the post. Looks great on you. Besides the Laguna Bronzer this is my favorite one! I have had it Forever. If you use it a lot its worth the money because it lasts and I haven't had a problem with it breaking or separating. :)
    Fun giveaway on my blog right now!

  11. You're beautiful, I love that way the bronzer looks on you. Great color for your skin tone.

    Maya D

  12. Love the look of this, it looks great on you :) new follower from the hop,would be great if you followed back ?

  13. I think the bronze color is really pretty, and the powder has good consistency. It would look good on anyone. However, price point is high.

  14. I was recently luck to win the Hoola, and Im loving it!
    Found your blog via the Aloha Blog hop, and I am now following you!

    Hope you will check out my blog too, and also enter my international giveaway;

  15. Your blog is great! I've followed you and would love a follow back :) thanks I also have a competition running atm too! X