Hello darlings! Quite some time ago I asked my readers for some feedback and a lot of them (a lot of you) expressed a wish for more product comparison posts - drugstore vs. high-end, similar products, dupes and so on. Whilst I probably won't do much drugstore vs. high-end posts (since I'm a snob and mostly buy high-end makeup) or dupes (since my makeup collection really isn't that vast), I can certainly compare similar products for you and maybe help you decide which ones to get. To start this series of I decided to compare two similar bronzers that are very well known and loved by many. :)
Benefit Hoola - Comes in a cardboard box that doesn't just look cute but also feels pretty secure and sturdy. It has a tiny mirror inside which is usable, I guess. You also get a small brush with it and again, it's usable but I prefer to use a normal, full-size bronzer brush. :)
The shade of this bronzer is a true warm brown without any orange peeking through (man do I hate orange bronzers with a passion). It's great for warming up the skin or for contouring but if you're really pale it might be a tad too dark for you. Fortunately it is very blendable and I think almost any girl could get it to work for her. You really need just a small amount of it so don't even think about swirling your brush around and applying it directly to your face. :) All in all, a gorgeous bronzer.
Price tag: around 33€ for 8g (lookfantastic.com)
|Hoola on the left and Chocolate Soleil on the right|
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (in Milk Chocolate) - This bronzer comes in a normal compact. The new packaging is golden and a bit less well made, the older packaging was much, much better and looked better as well, but this one also works. :) It also has a lovely, functional mirror inside.
The shade of this bronzer is quite a bit lighter than Hoola and much more on the cooler side and that's precisely the reason why I prefer it. It just works much better for my pale complexion and ends up looking much more natural. I don't have to be too careful when applying and it's also super blendable. The make or brake with this bronzer is probably it's scent - it has a wonderful chocolate scent to it that will be a plus for some and a huge minus for others. I personally love the scent and it makes me want to use it even more. :)
Price tag: around 32€ for 10g (beautybay.com)