Review: Benefit Dew The Hoola Liquid Matte Bronzer

When Benefit launched the new bronzing additions to their Dew The Hoola range back in March I was instantly intrigued and wanted to know more. While I’m not a big fake tan user anymore, I am very partial to a good bronzer and so was very excited by their new Liquid Matte Bronzer offering for the face.

When I was travelling to London a few weeks ago, I decided to do a beauty haul and stock up on some new products that have been on my list for a while now and this was at the top. Apart from reading some great reviews online, as with most Benefit products, I was totally obsessed with the packaging too and couldn’t wait to get it home and put it to the test.

The bronzer comes in the most gorgeous gold bottle which has a pump at the top for easy application. When I first used this I put about three pumps on to my hand but it ended up being far too much so you really only need one pump which equates to roughly a pea size amount. As the formula is so light, you wouldn’t expect the pigment to be as good as it is, but it really is brilliant.

It has a gorgeous brownish gold tone which is quite dark, another reason why you only need a small amount, plus it blends so easily into the face. For application, I used a small angled stippling contour brush and dabbed it lightly along my cheek bones and on the outer sides of my nose.

The best thing about the formula is that it is very build-able meaning you can wear it as light or as dark as you want – so whether you’re looking for a soft glow for daytime or a strong contour for a night out, either way this product is going to work for you.


It’s not only great for contouring, I’ve also used it in the same way as I would a cream blusher and lightly applying directly on to my cheek bones. Because it is matte based with no shimmer, it has that ability to give your cheeks a natural glow without making you look shiny which is a major plus for me.

The only slight, and I mean very slight, reservation would be the fact that the smell is very sweet, in a perfumed kind of way. It’s not a bad thing, the smell is nice, but I’m just not one for very sweet scents.

But really that doesn’t even matter because this is already a new favourite of mine. I’ve applied this first thing in the morning and by evening time it still looks as good as when I first applied it.


If bronzers aren’t your thing however, this may not be for you as the pigment is quite dark and it does need to be blended well. But if like me you can’t resist a nice bronze glow, then this is a winner. I was worried it might be tricky to use being liquid but its light formula means it really is so easy to apply. Just make sure you start with a small amount and build up, that way you can’t go wrong!

The €31 price tag seems quite reasonable to me given I needed such a small amount, so I’m pretty sure this is going to last me quite a while. But only time will tell so I will keep you posted on that.

All in all this gets a solid 9/10 for me.

Sorcha x

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