February 11, 2016

Benefit Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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I am so not a sun goddess but beauty confession, I really like Benefit Hoola and Benefit Dallas. Shhh! Don’t tell ANYONE you heard that from me. And I even like Benefit Hoola more now that there’s a new Benefit Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush to apply it with.

Benefit Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush

Shortly you’ll be able to get your hands on the new Benefit Hoola Collection which not only includes the new Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush but also a new all over Hoola body bronzer as well as a liquid version of Hoola. So if you’re a Hoola kinda girl or guy you’ll be happy!

Currently, I’m in love with the brush.

So here’s the deal, I hate bronzer with a passion. It makes my dull skin even duller. It’s difficult work picking JUST the right bronzer as either they are too muddy or too orange or just too dark.

My Tips and Tricks for Bronzer Application post from a hundred or so years ago pretty much sums up how I like wearing bronzer. It’s all about the blush. I typically like applying a little cheek stain and sweeping on the very lightest, sheers layering of bronzer on top so it kinda gives that glow from within look. Or I like using a little bronzer first and a powder blush on top.

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Now part of my problem with bronzers isn’t only the fact I don’t like the way they look on me but ALSO the fact I have such a heavy hand during application. That’s why the new Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush is perfect. Seriously, if you have a heavy hand this brush is for you. I don’t think it’s ideal for contouring work as it does have very long and floppier bristles that are super soft. It is, however, perfect for gently sweeping on a very sheer layer of bronzer. Considering Hoola is very dark and quite pigmented this brush is perfect for use with it as you can get a sheer, very natural layer of it onto your face without every over doing it.

Did I mention it’s kinda cute too?

This has a long gold bamboo handle and the bristles are black with turquoise tips for an ombre effect.

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For those of who hate bronzers but do like a sheer glowing layer of color on our faces the Benefit Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush is the perfect tool. Get a sunny, natural glow without looking completely muddy or dull courtesy this brush!

The Benefit Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush will be available soon at Ulta, Ulta.com, Sephora.com, Sephora, and benefitcosmetics.com for $24.


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • WhosThirty

    Omg, what a cute brush! Totally has that Hollywood regency vibe I would buy a whole set of brushes in this style.

  • Rochelle

    Just wanted to let everyone know that this brush and Hoola bronzer is available on HSN for $29 for the set. They have the whole Hoola line mentioned. Free shipping on all beauty there too for the next few days!

    • Amanda

      Thanks for the heads up! BOOM I just ordered the brush and Hoola set! $24.65 after tax and shipping with a 15% new customer code.

  • Cheryl

    Do you happen to know how the size and shape of this brush compare to the Real Techniques blush brush and/or It cosmetics ball powder brush? It appears to be of a similar shape, but perhaps a bit narrower. My brush collection is already a bit out of control, but this is really pretty! Decisions, decisions…

      • Cheryl

        Thank you! Do you notice any particular difference in application? Pretty design aside, I am trying to decide whether or not I “need” this shape!

        • Isabella Muse

          the real techniques and it cosmetics brushes are heavier, denser brushes so you’re going to get better color pay off with using these with bronzers or powders. This is more a sheer layering brush. Hope this helps?

          • Isabella Muse

            No thanks needed, I didn’t do anything at all! Good luck if you do get it. You’ll like it if you’re like me and just want a really sheer layer of powder or bronzer on your face!

  • Sophie.N

    Ok, you just talked me into buying it……personally I don’t care for the turquoise color, but I could really, really use a decent, light- handed layering brush in my life, especially with summer coming up and I want a tiny bit more color, but don’t want to overdo my pale face. The fact that I LOVE Hoola helps too! Ty, you made me smile today and your Alice review was fantastic, especially the eye look you ended up creating from it.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Sophie 🙂 I’m glad I somehow helped! I know yesterday Benefit had 20% Off too! Maybe it was extended for today? Before you haul check retailmenot for coupons!!!! Good luck! I hope you like it! Let me know when you tried how you do!

  • Krista

    Do you think that this brush would be good for Guerlain’s Météorites? I ask this because I heard that the Guerlain brush is terrible. This, however, looks a bit like it and appears to be of good quality from what you’ve described. Would love your opinion!

    • Isabella Muse

      Sure, you can use it with meteorites but it might pick up a little too much color as the bristles are dense. I typically like a fluffier softer brush when using Meteorites!