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Even if you just found out that there's a difference between bronzer and contour, you've still likely heard of Benefit's Hoola Matte Bronzer — it's just that popular. This long-time favorite has over 230,000 loves and nearly 2000 5-star ratings on sephora.com. Makeup artists, vloggers, editors, beauty lovers, and probably your next door neighbor have raved about this formula, and Hoola stans swear that it has a natural finish that gives off a summertime glow, even if you're in the midst of winter.
But the original Hoola was lacking in its range. In 2017, the brand decided to expand and launch this cult-favorite in a lighter shade for porcelain-to-fair skin tones, but one question ignited: What about those with tan and dark skin tones? Well, the time has finally come. Benefit is launching two new shades: Caramel for medium-to-deep skin tones and Toasted for deep skin tones. This will bring the lineup to four options, and as one Instagram user put it, "It's about time."
So, now that women with caramel and chocolate skin tones have a shot at the cult product, we asked five R29 staffers to put it to the test to see if it lives up to the hype of the original. Read their unfiltered thoughts, ahead.