Hello blog readers! I didn’t have time to update this week, other than hanging out with friends, eating, and job hunting, I spent most of my time playing Guild Wars 2 instead of blogging. 🙁 I’m glad it’s Canada Day long weekend, but then again, since I’m not working yet, I guess everyday is a long weekend for me! As it’s finally showing some summer weather in Vancouver, it’s time to look like I tanned, because I am quite pale. Benefit Cosmetics comes up with the most wonderful boxed sets and I would love to collect all of them if my wallet didn’t hinder me so. I picked up the kit “The Bronze of Champions” several months ago and not only am I late in my review, I’m probably hopping late on the Hoola bronzer bandwagon (which is in this kit.)
There are seven mini items in this kit, along with tips and tricks on how to create a look using these products, similar to Benefit’s TropiCoral box set. In here we have:
- 3.0g/0.1 oz Hoola Bronzing Powder
- 6.5mL/0.22 fl oz Ultra Plush lip gloss in Hoola
- 2.5g/0.08 oz Watt’s Up! Soft focus highlighter for face
- 3.2g/0.11 oz Creaseless Cream Shadow in Bikini-tini
- 1.2 g/ 0.04 oz Longwear powder shadow- thanks a latte!
- 3.0g/ 0.1 oz They’re Real mascara
I have done a review on Watt’s Up(here) and They’re Real(here) before. I find that They’re Real is an average mascara, since it smudges a bit on me, and I stick to drugstore mascaras most of the time. I found Watt’s Up could be quite hard to blend in if you directly apply it to your cheek, but if you first glide the product on the back of your hand, then use a finger to slowly dab the product on the cheek, it will look more natural and it would melt in the skin.
The creaseless cream shadow in Bikini-tini really doesn’t crease! It’s a soft, creamy, light pink colour that can work as a highlighter on the eyelid or browbone, and I also use it as a base for other eyeshadows so it will last longer, without the need of a primer. Thanks A Latte! is a golden brown colour. It is smooth on application, but not very pigmented. It’s easy to blend and easy for eyeshadow beginners (like me!)
A small brush comes in the kit to use with the bronzer, but I prefer using my own fluffy brush. Hoola is a matte brown bronzer that is neither muddy nor orange. It is extremely simple to contour with this product. The colour of Hoola can be made stronger if you swirl your brush a bit longer. Also, Hoola makes a great eyeashadow colour! If I’m in a hurry I just sweep that on my eyelids alone.
The Ultra Plush lip gloss in Hoola feels the same as the Coralista- smooth and not sticky at all.Although the gloss looks brown in the tube, it is hardly noticeable on me. I stay away from sparkly lip products, but there isn’t any nitty-grittiness from the sparkles in the Ultra Plush gloss. I prefer using this gloss over another lip colour since it shows up mostly clear.
Bronze of the Champions is extremely easy to use and provides you a fairly, effortless summer look. The two things I’d most skip out on is using the included brush blush, and using my own mascara. For those looking for a matte bronzer, I recommend Hoola for sure.
Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m fairly busy this week, making two costumes for a Cosplaying convention located at UBC in a month! I’m making a dress from The Great Gatsby that Carey Mulligan wore at tea, and Mila Kuni’s red outfit when she played Theodora from Oz The Great and Powerful!