It's been a month since I posted a Battle of the Highlighters comparing the Hardy Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki and theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. Oddly enough, I am comparing another product from theBalm today in my Battle of the Bronzers.
Today I am featuring theBalm's Bahama Mama Bronzer and Benefit's Hoola. I don't have a full size Hoola bronzer, but the product is the same even if this is only the deluxe sample size.
Packaging: Both of these products come in cardboard packaging. Both have mirrors. Hoola comes with a brush, but I never use the brushes that come with the products. Bahama Mama is much more compact and easier to store than Hoola (the reason I opted for the deluxe sample instead of the full size). I feel like there is a lot of wasted space in the Hoola packaging. Since the bronzer sits lower in the box, I think it would be difficult to get the last bits of product out without destroying your brush once you have hit pan.
Size: Bahama Mama is .25oz, while the full size Hoola is .28oz. The Hoola deluxe sample is 0.1oz.
Product: Both products are a powder. Hoola is a bit softer than Bahama Mama.
Availability: theBalm cosmetics are available on their website. Certain products are available at Sephora.com, but I didn't see Bahama Mama on Sephora's website. Hoola is available at Sephora, Ulta, and Benefit's website. I'm sure you can also find it at other online retailers.
Cost: Both of these are higher end bronzers. Bahama Mama is $19 on theBalm's website. I found mine at Marshall's in a set for $10. Hoola is $28 at Sephora. Ouch.
I got my deluxe sample size of Hoola in the Tan About Town kit at Sephora. It was $12 and included deluxe samples of Some Kind-A Gorgeous in Medium (WAAAAAY too dark for me to use) and BadGal lash.
Overall: These are both good products. Bahama Mama is nicer for your budget, but Hoola is a long-time YouTube favorite. I would recommend that you try the Tan About Town kit to see if Hoola works for you before spending $28 on it.