Thursday, 26 October 2017

All about Benefit - Hoola Light, Hoola Quickie Contour Stick and Dandelion Twinkle

In my opinion, Benefit Cosmetics is one of the brands that creates hype like no other and I have never really bought into the Benefit gimmicks. So many of the latest Benefit releases have not only not appealed to me in the slightest but also turned me completely off the brand for a little while (those ridiculous lipsticks and eyeshadows earlier this year were a real low point IMO). It would take a special release for Benefit to redeem themselves in my eyes after those products and a special release came in the form of new base products during the summer and I'm all about that base. I wasn't originally going to post about these because I feel like Benefit and these products in particular have gotten plenty of online coverage over the last few months, but I have literally used at least one of these products every single day for the last few months. 

I've long time loved the Hoola Bronzer (though I cannot say I am a huge fan of the box packaging) so I was delighted to hear that there was a lighter version incoming called Hoola Lite. The Benefit Dandelion blush is one of my favourites so I was also chuffed to hear that they were releasing a Dandelion inspired highlighter. I was on the fence about the Hoola Quickie Contour Stick as I hated the 'Dew the Hoola' Hoola cream bronzer that was released last year - it shows up way too orange on my skin for my liking and is certainly not as cool as its powder cousin. This had the makings of a very lucrative launch indeed so I tested out all the products in Sephora in May, liked what I saw and I then swiftly ordered all the products as soon as they were released here because I wanted to try and use them myself before the hype took hold. (As an aside - I bought them from the Look Fantastic website and had them delivered to Parcel Motel - I had a discount code that was sent to email subscribers and ended up saving 30%+ plus on Boots prices.)


I first got to give Hoola Lite a whirl in a special limited edition palette called Cheek Parade long before it was individually released and I enjoyed it so much that I knew I was going to get the full size version for easier travel and top ups. I didn't want it so much for contouring but for gently warming up my face when I want a more natural bronze look. I'm not the fairest of the fair (MAC NW20 for reference) but I am particular when it comes to my bronzers and so many bronzers flash either too orange or too dark for me so I've taken a penchant for building up lighter bronzers to achieve the desired level of bronze. As you will see from the swatches below, this is a good few shades lighter than the original Hoola. I use a fluffy blush to apply this around the perimeters of my face to make myself look a little more subtle-y sunkissed. If you are not fair/light in skin tone, you might want to skip on this.


I've used the original Hoola bronzer for years - it probably comes second only to my beloved NARS Laguna bronzer and it that perfect shade of brown for contouring against my skin shade- so I was very pleased altogether to hear that Benefit were releasing a Hoola contour stick. I'm more of a powder advocate than a cream product fan but it the summer months, I find myself reaching for the creams more and more to achieve a more natural, glowy look. I already mentioned that I really didn't like the Dew the Hoola liquid bronzer that was released last summer - it was way way too orange on my skin tone for me to pull off - so I had initial reservations about trying this product and wanted to try it in person before committing to purchase. As soon as I clapped eyes on it in Sephora back in May, I knew we would get on famously, and I've been using it so much since, even in the last few weeks where the autumn has finally taken hold. The texture of this is perfect - it applies like a dream, blends so easily and sets down and does not budge once applied. When applying this, I usually apply it straight from the bullet on my forehead, around my hairline and under my cheekbones - I don't put any on my jawline but I would buff any excess product on my brush there instead. It doesn't disturb the foundation underneath and looks completely natural on the skin. You get 8.5g of product in the stick which should last a while as you don't need to use a whole lot of it.


I was sure that this highlighter was going to be pink chunky glitter but to my great surprise, it's a very shiny and not very glittery highlighter that doesn't flash pink on my skin tone at all. This highlighter is possibly the most flattering wet look, sheeny and not glittery highlighting product that I own. Lord knows I love me some highlight and I don't think I have anything else quite like this one already. It doesn't really matter how much you apply - I don't think you can apply too much of this to be honest so I have been applying it liberally. It comes in the same box packaging as the other bronzers and blushes which I am not terribly keen on (I would prefer a simple compact instead of chunky box faff). I apply this with my Zoeva Luxe Highlight brush #105 along my cheeks and down the bridge of my nose and it leaves a gorgeous lit from within glow on the skin with absolutely no traces of glitter. Even though the powder looks pink in the pan, it doesn't apply pink to the face in my opinion - so I don't think you would get away with using this as a blush substitute if you wanted some cheek colour. Speaking of blush, when you pair this highlighter with Dandelion, that's when the real magic happens. I just feel like this highlighter is health in a box - on the most miserable grey days, it makes me feel like I've been sitting out in the sun for hours. If you love a full on metallic glow that can be seen from the International Space Station, this is not the product for you - if you are looking for a more natural, glowy highlight, I honestly believe you would be hard pressed to find a better alternative. This is pretty much the only highlight product I have been using for the last few months. I think this highlight would look great on lots of different skintones - obviously the fair skinned folk like myself but also medium/darker skin tones because the product is not ashy and quite buildable. I've used this so much that I have made a sizeable dent in it and I think I am only a few more uses away from hitting pan. 


If you're looking to purchase these products yourself, have a look at the Look Fantastic website or you can also pick them up from Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichol, Cloud 10 Beauty or in one of the many pharmacies that stock Benefit products. Hoola Lite and Dandelion Twinkle retails for €34 whilst the Hoola Quickie Contour Stick will set you back €30. 

Have you tried any of the new Benefit products yet?


  1. 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.

  2. Nowadays, I am more into nude lipsticks, rather than bold or liquid lipsticks. Recently, this one is favorite of mine! I repurchased mine in this march, also I bought one for my sister and I did make-up lesson London and there I met Lucy there, I gift her one too! She also loves this one a lot. Actually, this is a universal shade, which suits everyone. That's why this is so hyped. So comfortable to use, not drying at all! <3


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