A Bronzing tale: Benefit Hoola and NARS Laguna

With the snow outside finally starting to melt I thought it fit for me to do a post about the two bronzers that I have been using for the past year. As you can probably tell from the title, they're Benefit's "Hoola" and NARS "Laguna".


They are both rather weak from a packaging aspect - Hoola is in a cardboard box and Laguna's black casing attracts all the scratches and marks in the world... but it's what's inside that counts... so let's take a closer look:


Since I've been using both for over a year now, it is no surprise that I have hit pan on them. Hoola is on the left, Laguna on the right.

up close shot of Benefit Hoola

Benefit Hoola is definitely my favourite of the two. It has a matte finish but it's not a dull, bland matte. It is very finely milled and incredibly easy to blend in and build up.
I would love to repurchase this and I would do it in an instant - if I didn't hate the packaging so much.
The cardboard is just so cheap and ugly... it comes with a useless brush, and the deep square shape of the container is very impractical. Larger bronzer brushes might have trouble fitting in there properly.
Such a shame because I really do love the powder. This costs $28 at Sephora, or $35 if you like to get ripped off and purchase it from the Shoppers Drug Mart beauty boutique (that's where I got mine, but only because I could redeem my rewards points for it haha).



NARS Laguna is also a good bronzer, but I wasn't wowed by it so much that I would justify a repurchase. It retails for $33 at Sephora. It does give a nice bronzy glow, but the application isn't as smooth as Benefit Hoola's. It's quite easy to mess up and get it looking patchy and uneven. Also, it's also not as easy to build up.
It has a fine shimmer in it which I don't mind - it is very subdued and doesn't make you look like a glitterball by all means. It gives a nice glow to the cheekbones. If you're like me and have some acne scarring on your cheek area, be careful with this since the shimmer particles in it do tend to accentuate any uneven skin texture. Use a good primer/foundation beforehand.

from left to right: Benefit Hoola, NARS Laguna

When swatched, they are very similar colour-wise. Hoola shows up a hint deeper because of its matte texture. There's also a hint less orange in Hoola than in Laguna.
On me, they show up very similar when applied, but I just personally prefer the texture and application of Benefit Hoola.

I hear good things about the Dior matte bronzers, so I am keen on giving them a try - unless by some miracle Benefit gets rid of the cardboard box (highly unlikely). I don't mind the boxes for the blushes, but since I like to carry bronzer around with me, I like a bronzer compact that's resistant, accessible with different kinds of brushes and with a nice big mirror on it.

What bronzers are you using at the moment and would you repurchase them?
Have you tried the Dior matte bronzers?

- Sandra


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