They suspiciously looked like dupes of some other famous products, Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer but at a fraction of the cost. Did I need any more bronzers? No. Did I want to buy those little gems and test them out myself and then tell you all about it? YESSS.
Both products are from discount UK cosmetic brand W7 and they cost me AU$9.95 each. See end of post for details on where to buy these from.
Both products come in a square cardboard box very similar to the Benefit blush/bronzer cases. They even come with the same style of (useless) brush.
The first thing I did when I brought these home is pull out my Benefit Hoola to compare to W7 Honolulu.
Honolulu is slightly darker and warmer toned than Hoola, but my god the pigmentation and smoothness is ah-may-zing! It blends like a dream... though I must warn you to use a light touch as it's very very pigmented.
Considering Hoola is sold here for AUD$51 and this is less than AUD$10, this is a fantastic product you can't pass up. It's especially good for people who find Hoola a bit too ashy for their skintones. I absolutely love Hoola, it's what I use to contour, but in summertime it's actually too light for my skintone, so I'm really really glad I found Honolulu.
The next possible dupe is Africa, which in my opinion looks to be a good dupe for Too Faced Pink Leopard. Now I don't actually own Pink Leopard, so I'm going only based on pics I've seen online.
|Picture on the right of the Too Faced bronzer was taken off Google Images|
Not being able to show you Pink Leopard and Africa swatched next to each other, I can't really say how good a dupe this is, but judging Africa on its own merits it's a beautifully pigmented, smooth and finely milled highlighting powder. It's marketed as bronzer, but it's definitely too shiny and too light to work as a bronzer.... see swatch below.
Funnily enough when I brought these home, I noticed that Nicoletta from Nicoletta's Beauty Space had also bought and reviewed the same products, so check out her blog for more pics and where to buy them in UK (Savers?).
In Australia I've seen W7 at discount cosmetics stores like Cosmo Cosmetics, Gloss, Groove and also online at http://www.fashionaddict.com.au/ I bought mine at Cosmo Cosmetics in Parramatta (Sydney), but there's also a Cosmo store at Wynyard station. If in doubt, google where to buy W7 and lots of websites come up.
What do you think of these dupes? Do you own any of these dupes or even the original versions?