Hoola Quickie Contour Stick
Contouring is a classic makeup technique that continues to enjoy a resurgence at cosmetic counters. Benefit's Hoola Quickle Contour Stick joins the party but works better for bronzing than it does for contouring!
The only issue with this twist-up, cream-to-powder stick for normal to dry or combination skin is its color. It's not that the color is bad; it's an attractive, medium bronze tone that's workable for light to medium-deep skin tones. The issue is that the color doesn't work for contouring—it's simply too bronze-y. The shade's copper-tinged warmth makes it difficult to create shape and shadows on the face, which is the reason to contour. Contouring is supposed to add depth and shadow, not "color".
If you want a fragrance-free bronzer with a soft, easy-to-apply cream-to-powder texture, this works beautifully. The sole shade's finish is long-wearing and, once set, offers natural-looking, translucent color that builds color well for those with darker skins tone or simply want more intensity.
Is this workable at all if you wish to contour? Maybe, if your skin tone is medium to light tan; however, the most believable contour typically has a brown base with a hint (just a hint) of warmth or a taupe-ish shade. With this mix and the right applicator, you can create a more sculpted complexion rather than looking like you shaped and shaded your face with bronzer, which won't fool anyone.
Bottom line: This is a very good pick for bronzer, but strikes out for contouring, especially if you have a lighter skin tone.
- Lightweight, cream-to-powder texture is easy to apply.
- Offers believable translucent bronze color for most skin tones.
- The color is too warm and bronze-y to work well for contouring.
Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco, circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.
Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun and its product arsenal is centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.
Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.
For more information about Benefit, visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.
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