I like it. With a light application, it is the perfect matte bronzer. BUT the packaging drives me nutso. Why is it square? with such high sides? in a PAPER box? don't even get me started on that cruddy excuse for a brush.
NYC bronzer in Sunny is nearly identical in color, and under $3. Buy that instead. Learned that from another mua-er --thank you!
Love the shade of this bronzer and the fact that it is matte. Perfect for everyday, or to naturally bronze up your face for the evening. I took off one lippie because I hate the packaging, hard to swirl a brush inside the square, high edged, cardboard container.
I really love this bronzer. I was not a fan of bronzers before trying Hoola because the ones I tried were all shimmery which looks unnatural or they were way too dark for me. I am fair skinned and while Hoola looks pretty dark to me in the pan, it actually looks really good on my skin. I feel that I only need a little but can build it up, it applies really evenly for me and blends well. It is matte and therefore looks very natural for bronzer OR contouring. I got this in the Legally Bronze kit at Sephora for $38. It comes with 4 full size items and is an exceptional deal that I highly recommend. With that in mind and despite how much I like this bronzer, I would not pay full price for it ($28). Also, the brush it comes with is a joke and should be immediately thrown out. Would I buy this again? Absolutely, but only in a kit or on sale.
I am so confused on how I feel about this bronzer. Some days when I apply it lightly all over, it gives my face that beautiful matte tan look, but when I try to contour, it looks very patchy and muddy. I don't know if I'm applying wrong or what. The price was good for a "high end" bronzer. I've tried to apply to contour with every brush. Maybe it's just my brushes, I don't know. Oddly, I love the way it smells! And the packaging just makes me happy :)
I am fair skinned (nc/nw 07-10) and I really like this as a bronzer color. If I apply it with a light hand I can kind of make it work for even my fair skin. A little goes a long way for me. It adds a nice warmth to my skin, especially when I am wearing medium to full coverage foundation. But BEWARE FAIR SKIN people, if you cannot apply this super lightly it will make you just look dirty.
It has a good pigment level, applies smoothly to my skin, and blends easily enough. I love that it is a matte shade. I don't have to worry about too much shimmer all over my face. My skin reflects the light enough, I honestly don't need more. Ha.
::edit:: in the end I got rid of this, I don't think it worked as well as I would like. Too warm for my skin tone. It made me look dirty in photos. I use nyx taupe for contouring, but I haven't found a bronzer yet.
I like the packaging. Sanitary, secure magnetic closure. I like the brush a lot too. I washed it as soon as I got it, it shed little during that wash, and has been wonderful since. I see why this is a cult classic.
But, as much as I do like it, I think I may only use it in the hight of summer. I am as dark as I can get and if I barely apply this it can be too dark it I am not super super super careful. I do wish benefit had another matte bronzer in a lighter skin tone. I think sugarbomb is actually much closer to what my skin actually looks like when I have been in the sun.
To start with, I'm right now somewhere in between NC30-NC35/Lucy Minerals 50-50 Creamy Bisque-Golden Medium/MAC F&B C3/Tarte TM "Agent 010". However, after I got tanned to NC35-NC40 in summer, I switched to MAC Espresso.
This, for me, is the PERFECT contouring colour for only under cheekbones, jaws, and temples. The color is yellowy-beige, which at first I thought is not cool enough to be a contouring color. It proved to be the one, giving me the muted contour that I like. With this on, my face looks contoured but very subtly. Most of my friends and my sisters don't realize I've done contouring until I told them, although they did notice something different.
However, on me this does not work well for nose and crease contouring. I use more chocolate MAC Wedge to do the job.
The product itself is lovely. I only need to tap my brush lightly on the surface. The product is not chalky and too powdery, very easy to blend. A little goes a long way. The surface does not harden as well from the moisture from my face that stuck on my brush like MAC's eyeshadows.
I'm not a fan of Benefit Box o Powder cardboard packaging, although I have to admit it's cute. I can imagine myself destroying it really easily. Luckily, I depot every powder product and put them in a palette, so the packaging can't bother me much.
But I don't appreciate Benefit keeping up the price and cutting down the amount of product. They thought they could compensate it with flip-top and mirror? That is called f*****g your loyal consumers.
I'm definitely looking to find a dupe from a more respectable brand. It's probably going to be hard as this is the most perfect contouring shade that I've tried. In the meantime, I have no choice but to repurchase.
Love this product. I use it all year round. It looks so natural. I swipe a little under my check bone and onto my temples then I apply my blush over the apples of my cheeks. It gives great definition and doesn't look to bronze. LOVE IT!!
This is a great product. The colour is absolutely perfect for almost any skin tone. I use it in both the summer and winter, and find it to be very buildable depending on how much definition you want. I have used it as a contour and as an all over powder when I'm not wearing foundation and I love it for both. If you're looking for a product with shimmer this is not for you. I personally think you need a matte and shimmer bronzer, and this is the perfect matte product. The only thing I dont like about it (along with other Benefit products) is the box powder. I find there is a lot of product in such a small area and wish I could move my brush around a bit more. Other than that it is amazing!
Okay, the colour of this bronzer may be good and may not have any shimmer, but this is not a high quality product. The first ingredient in this is talc, which is ridiculous for a powder retailing at £23.50. I dislike the feeling of talc-based products and feel that 'premium' brands should not include them as a predominant ingredient, if at all. You can easily find inexpensive powders to substitute Hoola. I find that talc-based products don't achieve that glowing, radiant finish. So Benefit powders are quite chalky. I would recommend a friend to get a MAC face powder instead; you get more in a compact (Benefit 0.28 oz, MAC 0.30 oz), it is less expensive (£19.00) and the finish is much more flawless and high quality looking (there is no talc!). MAC has every shade under the sun, as well. However, I would be happy to receive this as a present because the colour is a nice and I would not feel guilty about spending the money.
I love this product mainly because there's no shimmer !! finally i natural looking bronzer that doesn't look like you dipped your face in glitter. Although its expensive it lasts forever and i use it almost every day , think it's a great investment although wouldn't use the brush provided as it doesn't give even coverage.