Benefit - Dew The Hoola
Benefit's cult Hoola Bronzing Powder has been one of the most popular bronzers on the market for some years now, in fact it has been the UK's number one best selling bronzer for the past 7 years, and with very good reason! Now you can get it in liquid form. Benefit have taken a leap of faith to bring out one of the best powder bronzers ever in liquid form and they have succeeded.
One of the big selling points of the Hoola bronzing powder (see our review here) is that it is totally matt (the only way to wear bronzer) and Benefit have achieved this matt finish in it's liquid form. So, for those who prefer their liquid formulas over powder, you are on to a winner with this product. The finish you get with this product is a very natural bronze, like you have just come back from holiday.
I have never tried the liquid bronzers before. It's not something that ever appealed to me, for whatever reason I don't know. But if I was going to try one it had to be none other than the liquid version of my favourite powder bronzer, mainly because it was claiming the same matt finish. You can use this bronzer by adding 2 pumps to your foundation for an overall bronzed look. I personally prefer to use it only in the places where the sun would naturally hit my face, so I take 1 or 2 pumps on the bak of my hand and use my new Real Techniques Sculpting brush (review on this coming soon) to apply it to my cheekbones, forehead, bridge of my nose and chin. It blends unbelievably well and looks seamless. You could of course also use your fingertips to apply it. This liquid bronzer is also perfect for creating the contoured look, again because of it's easily blendable properties.
I would say the main difference between the powder and liquid is that, with the liquid you definitely get more of a glowing finish, still matt, with no shine or shimmer but a natural glowing look. The liquid formula is best when you are using liquid foundation and cream blush. Everything blends so well together, you can't see where one finishes and the other starts. I always use a liquid foundation, so when I am using a powder blush I will opt for Benefit's Hoola Bronzer Powder and when I am using a cream blush, I use the liquid version. It's good to have options!