I have known of the magic called contouring since way back in high school, when I introduced to makeup for prom. My makeup artist back then (a friend's friend) said that she will not do it because we were in a rush for time. But ever since, I have been very intrigued by this concept of slimming your face with some brown powder.
I have never found the need for contouring and/or bronzing because of two things,
i) I was much slimmer back then, perhaps almost underweight (probably slightly under), and
ii) I am too tanned. I have so much sun here in Singapore, and I enjoy it; I enjoy swimming since young.
But of course, makeup videos have their influence on me. And I bought Benefit Hoola, JUST IN CASE. This is still the only contouring powder I've got. I am behaving myself; I am resisting the urge to get NARS Laguna.
So how does it fair for people who aren't the most interested in contouring/bronzing?
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I adore the packaging. It's Benefit, 'nuff said.
These are the ingredients. I like how simple the list is. Stay away if you're allergic to talc.
And I enjoy the Benefit brushes. They are actually highly usable! In fact, I do use the Benefit brushes most of the time.
And here is the product. Hoola bronzer is a light-medium cool latte brown.
According to many, this kind of cool latte brown is the best contouring colour you can ask for, because they imitate shadows the best.
The powder is very soft, pigmented, and applies well with the brush provided. It is slightly powdery, because the primary ingredient is talc. It stays long on my skin, such that I can still see the contour in photos 3-4 hours into wear.
It is highly build-able into a bronzer. I can easily use it to give myself a fake tan. But I love it better as a contour.
It costs about $40 at Benefit counters.
I am able to live on this alone, with minimal urge to get another because this is simply too good! It is well-worth the hype - only bronzer you ever need!