The Best Benefit Hoola Bronzer Dupes in the UK

If you’re into makeup and all things beauty, there’s no doubt that you will have heard of Benefit’s Hoola bronzer. A staple in the industry for many years, its matte, deep tone is perfect for contouring. However, not everyone can afford the high-end price tag that comes with brand names. 

If you’re looking for a bronzer with the same high-performance power as Benefit’s Hoola, but need something more affordable then look no further! In this article, I’ve found the 3 best dupes for Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer. I’ve also answered some commonly asked questions. Read on!

The Best 3 Benefit Hoola Bronzer Dupes

Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer

Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer

Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer has been praised as a dupe for Hoola due to its buttery, blendable formula. Hoola is known for its ability to bronze and contour the skin without looking orangey or cakey.

The colour difference between these two products is almost unnoticeable, the only slight change is that Rimmel’s product has a slight sheen to it.

The formula itself isn’t too dissimilar, Rimmel’s bronzer is buildable and blendable, leaving you with a chiselled and sunkissed look. Not only is this product a lot cheaper, with this bronzer you get 14g of product, compared to 8g of Hoola. 

The formula itself is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain without an umbrella, or heading for a day at the beach. One thing to note is that similar to the original Hoola bronzer, this shade is not suitable for deep or darker skin tones. 


  • Very similar colour to Hoola
  • Blendable 
  • Buildable 
  • 14g 
  • Waterproof formula 


  • Not suitable for darker skin tones
  • Not as long-lasting as Hoola

The Balm’s Bahama Mama bronzer

The Balm’s Bahama Mama bronzer

The Balm’s Bahama Mama bronzer is another great dupe for the Hoola bronzer. Although it’s slightly pricey for a dupe, it’ll still cost you less than the original Hoola bronzer.

Bahama Mama is a similar colour to Hoola in terms of it being a matte, dark brown. The satin finish with greyish undertones means that this bronzer is perfect for creating shadows on the skin, without leaving an orange tint – much like the Benefit bronzer!

It has a high pigmentation with a finely milled formula, meaning that a little goes a long way as the product is easily picked up and blended by a brush. Bahama Mama also has great staying power, I’ve used this product myself and can safely say that it lasts all day without smudging, even without a primer! 


  • Cool-toned brown with greyish undertones, suitable for all skin tones
  • Multipurpose, suitable for use as a bronzer, contour, eyeshadow and body makeup
  • Satin finish
  • Finely milled
  • Buildable
  • Blendable
  • Strong staying power


  • Has a slight fragrance

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Bronzer

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Bronzer

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Bronzer helps to achieve a natural-looking, sun-kissed complexion all year round. NYX is a famous high street brand that is known for duping high-end products, without compromising on quality. 

This bronzer comes in multiple shades, meaning that it’s suitable for all skin tones. It has 9g of product, which is slightly more than you get with Hoola bronzer. As with the other dupes, this product is extremely blendable and buildable.

The product is not as finely milled as other bronzers, but it still has a soft, satin finish on the skin without the use of any shimmer.

Reviews have stated that this product lasts for over 8 hours when applied correctly! The product itself is also vegan and cruelty-free. 


  • Vegan and cruelty-free formula
  • Multiple shades available
  • 9g of product
  • Blendable
  • Buildable
  • Matte, satin finish
  • 8-hour wear! 


  • May not be suitable for extremely oily, or extremely dry skin

Benefit Hoola Lite Dupe

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in the shade Light

If you’re searching for an alternative to Benefit’s Hoola Lite bronzer, look no further. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in the shade Light is a great dupe! Physicians Formula is a brand that has been raved about by YouTubers and influencers for years, even before the Hoola Lite came out. 

Butter Bronzer is so soft and buttery, it has an almost cream-like texture despite it being a powder. It’s extremely finely milled, with a matte texture that blends into the skin seamlessly delivering an almost ‘lit from within’ glow. The light shade is almost an exact colour match for the Hoola Lite, working on even the palest of skin tones. 

Despite the Butter Bronzer being a dupe for Hoola Lite, it also has some features that many would say outshine its more expensive counterpart. Physicians Formula has packed this bronzer with fatty acids and pro-vitamins to soften and hydrate the skin.

This bronzer is super beginner-friendly, as due to the extra hydration it’s easy to blend and doesn’t disturb your base underneath. 


  • Beginner-friendly
  • Highly rated by many influencers
  • Soft and buttery
  • Hydrating
  • Hypoallergenic and Paraben Free
  • Vegan and Cruelty-Free
  • Almost an exact colour match for Hoola Lite


  • Cheap packaging

Is the Benefit Bronzer Vegan or Cruelty-Free?

Benefit’s stance on cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics remains unclear. Benefit states in their FAQs on their website that they do not test on animals and are convinced that animal testing must come to an end, with their products having strict testing methods that do not involve animals. However, they sell their products in mainland China. 

For those who do not know why this negates their cruelty-free standpoint, it is a law to test products sold in mainland China on animals. In order to sell products there, companies must commission and pay for animal testing before their products can be sold.

Benefit has stated that the bulk of its products is considered “general cosmetics” which can be imported into China without animal testing, but the government authorities still require companies to make “special” products available for animal testing. 

woman holding benefit hoola bronzer dupe

Whether or not Benefit is strictly cruelty-free can be difficult to say. For some people, the fact that they do not test on animals when they make their products in America is enough to support their cruelty-free ideology.

On the other hand, some people may say the fact that they sell in mainland China contradicts this statement as they are still allowing their products to be tested on animals, despite not doing it themselves. 

In terms of whether their products are Vegan, this is difficult to say for sure too. In terms of Hoola, looking at the ingredients there does not seem to be any animal product derivatives.

So, the bronzer itself is Vegan friendly (although not explicitly stated anywhere), but the fact that it is not Cruelty-Free may be a problem for many vegans. 

A dupe may be a better alternative for you if you are looking for a completely cruelty-free and vegan product. The NYX Bronzer and Physicians Formula bronzer mentioned previously in the article are both completely vegan and cruelty-free, whilst providing the same high-power performance! 

After reading this article, I hope that you’ve found all the information that you were looking for!  It’s clear that great makeup doesn’t have to always come at a high price, there are plenty of dupes on the market too! I hope I’ve helped you find your new favourite bronzer for a more pocket-friendly price.


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