Worth The Hype? Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Apparently March has been the month of trying new things. I’ve delved into so many makeup brands that I haven’t tried, for better and for worse, one of which being Benefit. I know what you’re thinking, how can a 23 y/o gal who loves her beauty purchases not have tried Benefit products before??? I guess the truth is that as shallow as it is, the packaging has never really called to me. Especially for such a high end price tag. However, for years I have witnessed girls and bloggers alike talk about Benefit Hoola Bronzer like it really is the bees knees. So, naturally, I really did have to find out if it was worth the hype.

Well, instead of buying the lil sample bronzer to see if I liked it, I went full blown and bought the real thing for £24.50 like a doofus. Yep, I’m a bit of an idiot like that, but hey I’ll be bronzed for years with this product as a little really does go a long way. I’ll get to that l8er though, because let’s talk packaging.


I absolutely hate this little cardboard box thing, I’m so sorry Benefit! I’m not the biggest fan of cardboard packaging in general, but for a bronzer like this, I can imagine a lovely little plastic snap-shut style packaging that would just work much better. I’ve accidentally closed it wrong and the corners of the cardboard into the product more times than I’d like to admit. The good thing about the lil square-style is that these types of product are easily stored away, so that’s something ey?


Everyone raves about this being such a flattering bronzer, and particularly about it being a gr8 shade to contour with. I’m sort of wondering if I’m using it wrong or what, but this shade is pretty warm. By pretty warm, I mean it looks ridic if I try to contour with it. As a bronzer shade, it’s beautiful. Is it anything special to be worth the price tag? I’m not entirely convinced.


A little really does go a long way with this bronzer, like wow. Unfortunately this does mean there’s a significant amount of kickback, even when I go in with a light hand. I also find that you can go OTT, so, so easily. Like I need to make sure I use a less dense brush, a light dab in the pan, and a light hand to apply. 


Is it Worth The Hype? Ya’know what, I’m really not sure if it is. I know that I’m probably insulting a lot of beauty lovers with that statement but honestly, £24.50? I would probably not repurchase this, but then again, I probably wont have to as this will last for-ev-er. One thing that surprised me about this bronzer is the brush, I absolutely love the brush. Not for this bronzer though. I love using the brush to contour, it’s absolutely fab at getting right into the cheekbone to define. If I could buy the brush separately, I would.

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Do you love the Benefit Hoola Bronzer?

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  1. Alicia S
    April 6, 2017 / 8:04 PM

    I'm personally a fan of Hoola, and I tend to use it to contour or as a transition shade in my crease while doing my eyeshadow.Alicia xwww.aestheticobsessed.co.uk

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      April 6, 2017 / 9:02 PM

      I'm glad you love it hun, I do aswell! Perhaps not for the money though!

  2. Jessie-Ann Lewis
    April 7, 2017 / 7:21 AM

    Aww it's a shame you didn't feel it was worth the money. I have used Hoola on and off for many years and love it. I've got a box ready to use this summer 🙂 xxJessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      April 9, 2017 / 10:05 AM

      Awww so glad you love it hun, I totally love the formula but its so pricey compared to my other fave bronzers! x

  3. Emma Murray
    April 7, 2017 / 10:36 AM

    I've never tried it but wouldn't mind seeing how it goes on me. I saw they had a lighter one out and that excites me because I'm pale AF hahah but the price is a bit for me at the moment, nearly $50 and I don't know if I can justify it yet!! Em xxhttp://edoublemamurray.blogspot.com.au/

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      April 9, 2017 / 10:06 AM

      I know right, that's exactly what held me back – but you do you boo xo

  4. Ena
    August 9, 2018 / 5:20 AM

    I am using this for a long time. Even after competing my makeup classes London I used so many bronzers, but I love this one most till.

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