Hoola vs Park Avenue Princess
Note: Two years ago, I wrote what has been by far my most popular post. It definitely needed an update...so I'm posting it again here, with some refreshing.
My two most used bronzers of all time are: Benefit’s Hoola and Tarte’s Park Avenue Princess. I love them both equally, for totally different reasons. For the most part, I use bronzer as a contour, rather than color on the whole face. Because I’m fair of skin, I need something that can go on pretty light, but also build up if I want a more dramatic look. Both of these bronzers work really well at accomplishing this.
Benefit Hoola is a true brown bronzer. Because it isn’t orange or red based, it works on a lot of different skin tones, without looking too ashy or muddy. It is fairly dark, as you can see in the swatches at the top of this post, but Benefit has come up with a "Hoola Light" if you think that this one is too dark. It looks really natural under the cheekbone. It is pretty long wearing, but I do notice that it begins to fade slowly around the six hour mark. It goes on fairly lightly, with moderate pigmentation, which is nice because it is harder to be heavy handed with it, but it might not show up on a medium to dark skin tone the same way it does on a light skin tone. Hoola in the full size also comes with a brush that is of pretty high quality in terms of free brushes. It retails for $36CAD or $28USD here.
Park Avenue Princess has more of a red undertone. If you naturally have a lot of redness in your skin, this one might not be for you. It’s something to be wary of. This is waterproof, and lasts forever. Once it is on, I can get a good twelve hour day with it, without primer of any kind. Unlike Hoola, this one goes on very heavily pigmented. I find that I have to reign myself in to avoid the brown line of shame across my face. It’s also very similar to the Nars Laguna bronzer, but is more matte, so if you like that one, but wish it wasn’t shiny, this is a good choice. Park Avenue Princess retails for $38CAD or $30USD and is available at here.
Both of these provide a matte finish, which is particularly good for contouring. I use Hoola more in the winter and Park Avenue Princess in the summer, just because of changes in my coloring. I would say that I prefer Tarte more, just because of its long-wearing nature. Once it’s on, I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I can confidently believe that it’s on. That said, Hoola is also great. Either is a good addition to your collection.
What's your favourite bronzer?