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Benefit Hoola vs W7 Honolulu

9 April 2015
Most of the time that W7 have featured on my blog, I have presented you with a dupe of a very popular, yet more expensive product. Today is no different as W7's Honolulu* is a bronzing powder that is extremely similar to Benefit's Hoola, a bronzing powder which we all know and love (I've even bought myself a new one as my old one's looking a bit scummy #bloggerproblems).

Honolulu left, Hoola right.

So what makes these powders so similar? They are both matte brown, with Honolulu being only slightly darker than Hoola. Both are also well pigmented, but in this case I would say that Honolulu is that bit more pigmented. However one of the things I love about Hoola is that it's so build-able, meaning I can go for a simple day-to-day bronze or a more dramatic look and it doesn't matter if I've been heavy handed, whereas with Honolulu all you need it a light sweep. But I've owned and used Hoola a lot longer so my views may be bias, I was still pleasantly surprised at the quality of Honolulu and these differences aren't at all noticeable as you can see from the swatches, it's a matter of preference.

The last W7 dupe I wrote about was their Absolute Lashes mascara, where the packaging was almost identical to Benefit's They're Real mascara. However they've gone for their own style with Honolulu, the packaging looks quite cute and Hawaiian like the name suggests. But I have to say that Hoola has much more practical packaging with the lid being attached plus having a mirror (mirrors always win brownie points in my books). Both also come with brushes that fit inside the boxes reducing the risk of losing them. Although Honolulu's brush feels softer than Hoolas, it tends to flick excess powder making my face look dirty - which isn't a good look on anyone.

Last but not least is the price tag, you can pick up Honolulu at around a fiver when Hoola costs around £23.50 - that's almost 5 times more expensive! With the quality being so similar, I think Honolulu wins with the price as the practical packaging isn't much to give up. Out of all the dupes I have tried this has got to be the best one that matches with regards to quality, so it is definitely worth a try!

Have you tried any of the W7 dupe products?


Emma xo






40 comments

  1. I've been meaning to try Benefit's Hoola bronzer for such a long time now but may try out the W7 version before splashing out and buying the Benefit one! Thanks for a lovely, and helpful review :)

    Blushhx

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  2. I have the Hoola bronzer and use it to contour, this is such a good dupe! x
    Emmysukblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I may buy the W7 bronzer as it seems like such a bargain :)

    Sarah | sarahanne14.blogspot.com

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  4. Carys Emily9/4/15 1:59 pm

    When my little sample of Hoola runs out I think I will try the dupe out, seems like a bargain !

    Distant Dreamer

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  5. Jodie Vernon9/4/15 3:24 pm

    They look so similar! Honolulu is definitely an amazing dupe for Hoola!

    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  6. Great post and great dupe!

    There is a fun giveaway on my blog and I would love it if you would check it out! :)

    Stay fancy!

    xxx Kelly-Louise

    fancysince1992.blogspot.de

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  7. Wow, this is just the perfect dupe for Hoola! I actually wanted to buy Hoola but Honolulu is so similar and so much less expensive! x



    Beyond The Velvet | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  8. Charline Steuckers9/4/15 5:04 pm

    It's amazing how a brand can live of only rip-offs of other brands... I wonder if they get sued for it much, you would think some brands take a patent on their products... I mean even the packaging is always so very similar! :D

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  9. amanda beautie9/4/15 6:49 pm

    I have one of w7's eyeshadow palettes in the shade In the Nude and it is such a great dupe for the Naked 3 palette by Urban Decay! Even the packaging looks very similar. This bronzer looks really nice as well! I really like w7 products! Lovely post xx

    Beauty Girl

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  10. Wow, so so similar! The shade, the packaging - even the fact that the name is so close!

    cottonandcandie
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  11. Honolulu is a pretty good stand alone bronzer! But it's definitely a bonus that it's so similar to Hoola :)

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  12. Yeah me too! I use it just above my cheek bones and compliment it with a highlighter :) x

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  13. It is a bargain that's worth having! A crappy bargain is never worth it :)

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  14. Definitely worth a shot :) once my Hoola runs out I'm going to use up the Honolulu!

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  15. Fab post, Honolulu sounds great and such a bargain :) I love the same of it also, definitely reminds me of summer ;) I have to agree any packaging with mirrors always wins in my books :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  16. They're crazy similar! I actually forgot which swatch was what as I took the photos two weeks ago haha! But I kept Honolulu left and Hoola right so it worked out okay in the end :') x

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  17. Hoola is the best bronzer I've ever used! The fact this is so close makes it amazing especially for the price ! Xx

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  18. It's the best dupe I've found so far :) xx

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  19. Honolulu is perfect for makeup on a budget :) it's not tacky either, it's actually worth trying out! X

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  20. It is crazy how similar some companies make their products, but must be different ingredients perhaps that keeps them legally safe? Who knows, haha! X

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  21. Yeah I bought their In The Buff palette before going to buying a Naked 2 palette, their dupes are pretty spot on :) xx

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  22. I got so confused with their names when reading what I wrote back, it's grammatically correct (some of the time) but it just sounded so odd haha! W7 are pretty good for their dupes, absolute lashes shocked me most as the packaging is almost the EXACT same to They're Real! Xx

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  23. Perfect timing then haha! Can't go through summer without a good bronzer :) can never have enough mirrors! X

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  24. Sophie Smith9/4/15 9:10 pm

    I wish I'd seen this before I bought hoola! That's such a good dupe! I definitely need to pay more attention to W7

    www.sophieslittlesecrets.blogspot.com

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  25. Hannah Cornish9/4/15 9:52 pm

    Oooo what an amazing dupe! I have a small size of hoola and quite like it, but next time I think about buying a bronzer, I'll have to give W7 a go! xx

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  26. theblackblush blog9/4/15 10:00 pm

    They are super similar! I never tried Hoola but it's on my wishlist!
    xx
    www.theblackblush.blogspot.pt

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  27. This sounds like a wonderful dupe! I'll have to keep my eyes out for both of them ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  28. Bit of a blatant copy, but then all W7 stuff seems to be! Saying that, I do like them for their dupes!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  29. They look so similar! Great post! Abi :)

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  30. You're right, there really isnt any difference! Thanks for this post!

    http://diamondsofsugar.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. This is such a great dupe! thanks for sharing!
    -Sisi
    www.modernbeautygirl.com
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  32. andrea garcia10/4/15 6:31 am

    Wow, I love Hoola and I have never seen this other bronzer!

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  33. Mademoiselle Lala10/4/15 2:36 pm

    I only have Hoola so I cannot compare the two, but they look so similar I don't think I'd be able to distinguish between them! :)

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  34. Madison Victoria x10/4/15 9:30 pm

    Hiya great post and quite random where dish you get that little dish from as it looks perfect for blog background photos xx

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  35. Wdowa Po Stalinie11/4/15 10:59 am

    almost identical, and the huge price difference ;)

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  36. Ellie Adams12/4/15 3:42 pm

    Such a huge price difference, I will happily take the budget version every time if the quality matches. Great post lovely :)


    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  37. You cant go wrong with a good dupe, can you?! Playing with new makeup (just makeup in general really!) is one of my fav things to do. :)
    I'm in need of a matte bronzer now, as I only have a shimmery one left. Where can you buy W7 products? I know I have seen them some where, just cant place it...
    iihmakeupandglitter.blogspot.com

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  38. This looks so similar - the price is amazing in comparison to the Benefit! xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

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  39. The price difference is a huge shocker.

    W7 never fail to amaze me with their products and the quality for the price! I'm definitely in need of a new matt bronzer, so will be looking out for this!

    LL | CAUTIVAR

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  40. Lesley1000 .13/6/15 1:58 pm

    Totally agree

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