Hoola takes centre stage in the second instalment of my Benefit haul. I have been put off purchasing Hoola for a very long time, so much hype has surrounded it, and there seems to be a love it or hate it attitude with this bronzer.
I personally think bronzers are one of them products that everyone seems to own, but don’t actually know how to use them, and most people don’t need to use them. A bronzer is quite nice on people after they’ve had a nice day in the sun and they wan’t to showcase their tan in those summer nights (I totally sung that last bit like I was Sandy in Grease, I know you did too!). They are also used to contour the face.
I often wonder why people who already have established cheekbones and good facial shape, feel it necessary to contour. They either like a very dramatic look (which in my opinion should be left well alone) or don’t know what they are doing when it comes to applying make up and apply it thinking that they should be using it because everyone else is.
With that out the way, on to the review.
I like this bronzer because there is no shimmer to it and it is light enough for me to use without looking dramatic. I use this to contour as I have a round face, haven’t seen a cheekbone for a good 10 years, so until I am a slim jim, I’m going to cheat a la Adele (who to me, is a make up inspiration) to gain some facial structure. Hoola is fantastic to blend so you have a more natural finish. The little brush that comes with it is easy to use, and is shaped perfectly for cheek contouring. If you wanted to use this product as a bronzer, you’d need to invest in a proper bronzing brush, that’s if you can fit it into the tiny box.
Again this is Benefit we are talking about, so there isn’t too much product and at £23.50, I’m sure there are just as good ones for a fraction of the cost. In fact, off the top of my head, Sleek’s contour kit is better at £6.50 as this comes with 3 shade options and includes a highlighter. Sleek products have a great pigment, so out of the two, I’d recommend the Sleek every time.
Is it for you? Once again if you’ve more money then sense, yes. If you’re swtitched on, you’d run for the hills (or to another bronzing product). To me, the price, size and amount of product is a let down. I’m quite astonished that this is credited as the best selling bronzer in the UK. I think this could be because people (like myself) jumped on the Hoola bandwagon and now regret it. It is a nice bronzer/contour product, but there are better.