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Wednesday 2 July 2014

Benefit 'Hoola' Gloss

Benefit 'Hoola' Ultra Plus Lipgloss |  £14.50* | Link

It's not often that a lipgloss makes it to 'handbag' status in my books.  I'm really not a lipgloss girl - I'm the type to kill two birds with one stone and opt for a glossy lipstick instead.  I don't know why, but I just cannot stand the feeling of it on my lips and I usually wipe it straight off as soon as I can lay my hands on a Kleenex.  However, after trying out Benefit's 'Hoola' lipgloss I've managed to find a new favourite -  finally a lipgloss I can actually wear on a daily basis without having to suffer for the sake of a bit of sheen! The gloss glides on so smoothly and it doesn't have a hint of stickyness whatsoever.  In fact, I'd liken the consistency to a glossy lip balm or lip laquer - very comfortable to wear and not at all heavy.  Thumbs up so far - so why else do i love it?

The perfect companion to Benefit's ever-famous 'Hoola' bronzer (you can read my review of that here), the shade leans towards a brown/golden tone with a hint of shimmer - perfect for summer tans!  The colour really is right up my street - I've become quite partial to a browny-nude lipstick just recently (my little nod to the 90s) and the warm brown/orangey hue to this really does compliment my lipstick choices - the teeny-tiny shimmers in there set off the colour perfectly and add dimension. Fear not though - even though it's shimmery, there's no grittyness to it whatsoever and it glides on with ease. You don't need much at all either, just a quick squeeze of the tube and you're good to go - I really like the packaging as there's no mess or fuss and the tip is angled perfectly for application.  Personally, Hoola is the perfect shade for me as I'm a big fan of nude colours and light corals (i find the gold tone works very well with shades like these). In the photo above, I'm wearing it with Mac's 'Spice' lip pencil - as you can see, it adds a teeny hint of orange/golden shimmer without completely masking the colour underneath - a perfect complimentary hue and one that will work very well with a wide variety of skin tones.  Wear time is also quite impressive to say how light and smooth the texture is and I don't find myself having to reapply every single minute of the day.

Overall, I've been loving this lipgloss. If you're like me and usually hate the feel of gloss on your lips but crave that perfectly polished finish - I urge you to give these a go. It's worth mentioning that I've tried 'Coralista' in the past and I found that to be very similar (maybe slightly thicker in consistency but nothing I couldn't handle) - so it seems as if the texture will be pretty spot-on across the rest of the range.  I'm actually thinking of doing a post on lipglosses soon for those of you who struggle with consistency like me - I've tried my fair share of them in the past and only a select few manage to find a permanent space in my makeup drawer! Hoola, however, has gone one step further and has shuffled it's way into the little pouch in the side of my handbag... (a space I often only reserve for essentials like car keys and the odd lip balm) - yep - that's how much I've been loving it. If you fancy having a browse through the shade range or finding out more about Benefit's lipglosses, head on over here.  I've also discovered they've launched a few more shades I wasn't aware of here - (I'm definitely tempted by 'Poutrageous')...

Have you tried Benefit's lipglosses? What did you reckon?


  1. I have a few mini versions of Benefit's lip glosses and they are amazing :) I've never found a lip gloss that is as smooth and lovely on the lips as them! They're even better than some lip balms I've tried haha. Lovely review and photos Beth xx

  2. oh this is gorgeous on you, I love the liner too it really completes the look x
    Liza | Beauty Blog Glambeautys | YouTube | Family & Lifestyle Blog Glambambini

  3. WOW! The shade is actually wearable, such a lovely warm/nude shade :) reminds me of toffee actually ^^

    fab review!

    zara @ bows and pearls

  4. The colour is beautiful :) Hoola bronzer is my favourite contouring colour too! Love these from benefit :)

    thanks for sharing, hope you have a lovely day!

    Ying ♥ || *- YingcBeauty-*
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  5. Beautiful colour on you!

    Tsui Chung.
    Fashion Ganache.

  6. I also don't like the feel of lipgloss and have also recently tried Hoola lip gloss and love it! You are right it has a lip balm like feel and love that it is a neutral shade that can be worn all the time.

    Bella x

  7. Ooh, it looks beautiful with Spice, and I too dread the sticky lipgloss situation so it's great to hear there's no such problem with this! | YouTube

  8. Love this on you, it looks so pretty! x
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  9. I don't normally choose lipgloss's either, but this one looks so smooth and shimmery! Such a pretty shade too :) x

    Georgina | headintheclouds

  10. This looks gorgeous on you Beth and I'm like you I always sway towards my lipsticks rather than glosses. This one sounds perfect though so I'm very tempted to give it ago xxx

    Danielle || Miss Sunshine & Sparkle

  11. I'm defo not a lipgloss person, but I'm really really loving the dark nudes that are popping up all over the place!

    Georgina at

  12. This looks lovely on you! I'll have to give this a go! -- Lindsey xx

  13. Oh I love this colour. It looks so gorgeous on you!

    The Sunday Chapter
    Angela xo

  14. Very nice, Beth! I really love Hoola as well and I agree that it's great for a tanned complexion!


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  15. This isn’t something I was particularly interested in, but it looks lovely on your lips! Will have to go and swatch it in store now!

  16. Looks so bronze and pretty coming out of the tube! Makes me want to go to Sephora and swatch it now.

  17. Oooh! That's so pretty. I had a Burt's Bees gloss that was similar in shade but I think my mom ended up stealing it.. Also, I wish a "summer tan" was a phrase I could use.. This pale girl is pretty pale year round! I'd love to try the Benefit Dandelion gloss and blush- have you tried either of those?

  18. it looks gorge on you, thanks for the review

  19. I really want to try this lipgloss. Like you, i'm not the biggest fan of glosses. I just cant understand how people have drawers full of glosses. I only came across 2 gloss formulas which are close to perfect as gar as glosses go and they were; Tanya Burr's Lipglosses and the Liplicious brand i found in Bath and Body Works. though after readin your review i'm tempted to get this gloss too.

    Lovely post as always :)


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