New: Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer

Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer review

Benefit have launched a new version of their hugely popular Hoola bronzer: Hoola Lite. This is the first time that they’ve properly strayed away from their bestselling bronzer shade, offering up a slightly lighter alternative for those with fairer skin. Or, I suppose, those who want more of a gentle sunkissed effect rather than an obvious tan.

Both bronzers are nice and matte – perfect if you prefer your cheek colour without a carnival level of glitter and glitz. Both Hoolas blend well, though I was slightly haphazard in the video below, mainly because New Baby Ted started screaming the house down!

Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer review

So, original Hoola on the left side of my face (as you look at me in the picture above) and Hoola Lite on the right hand side. Hoola Lite is a very creamy sort of bronze – it’s on the cooler side, so would work reasonably well as a contour powder too, for those who want to dabble in that. In a nutshell, it’s just a very foolproof and flattering powder that’s difficult to overdo and stays in place all day. It’s quite similar to the Bourjois Mat Illusion that I reviewed here, but ever so slightly lighter and cooler in tone.

Take a look at the video below to see both shades in action – links are further down the page. You can find more makeup tests and reviews by clicking here.

Hoola Lite, £24.50:*
Bourjois Mat Illusion in Fair:*

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  1. May 14, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    About time! I have had so many people say the Hoola bronzer is the best there is. But the original is so dark on me it looks utterly ridiculous even if I go in with the lightest hand I can imagine. Hoping more makeup brands follow, it is really hard to find a subtle bronzer!

  2. Lizzy
    May 14, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    Hello Ruth I love your blog so much but I miss Sunday tittle tattle Will you be able to bring it back when you have more time?
    Love Lizzy

  3. May 15, 2017 / 9:11 am

    This looks amazing for pale skinned people! Finally they’re getting more shades out x

  4. May 15, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Finally! Hoola has always been too intense for my taste, I like a very soft bronze, but that one sounds like I could like it.

  5. Chloe J
    May 15, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Ruth, what brushes are you using here?! Thank you!

  6. May 15, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Both bronzers look very pretty. But honestly, I do not see a big of a difference in the colour saturation. But maybe it is just lightning

  7. Ivana
    May 15, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Hello, what brush do you use in the video?

  8. Jennie
    May 15, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    I have loved Hoola bronzer for years and years and can’t wait to try the new lite shade! I just wish they would change the packaging. The cardboard box always gets really bashed in my make up bag and looks horrible really quickly. My only gripe, otherwise a long term favourite.

  9. May 15, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    So happy that Benefit have finally listened to us fair skin girls. Can’t wait to give this bronzer a try.


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