Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: Benefit Bella Bamba

I've had this blush for quite a while now but never got around to reviewing it. Bella Bamba is described as a "3D brightening pink face powder." It claims to brighten, sculpt & define.

Bella Bamba is a pretty pink color with great pigmentation. It can be built up in intensity or blended out for a softer, pretty pink glow. (Tip: A little goes a long way!)

In the box, Bella Bamba appears to be somewhat of a coral pink. At first glance, it even appears to be quite similar to NARS Orgasm blush. However, when taken out of the box and swatched, Bella Bamba is actually a watermelon (medium) pink with a subtle golden sheen versus a coral pink. Orgasm also has a more intense golden sheen over Bella Bamba.

For the most part, I'm in love with Benefit's packaging (so fun!). However, their previous box o' powder lids (except Dandelion) were removable and could easily came off in your purse, makeup bag, etc. So I was happy when Bella Bamba was introduced with a new lid. The lid flips open and has a magnet that seems to do a good job of keeping the box top shut. Bella Bamba also includes a convenient mirror for touch-ups.

The brush that comes with Bella Bamba is soft and overall pretty decent for a brush that is included with a product. It is quite an improvement over previous brushes that have been included in other Benefit products like Benefit's Hoola and the Hello! Flawless powder in terms of usability.

Brushes from Right to Left:
Bella Bamba, Hoola, & Hello! Flawless Powder

The only potential downside I see to this blush is the scent. Bella Bamba has a sweet watermelon scent to it, which may bother some. Personally, it has grown on me.

Cost: $28 for 8.0 Net wt. 0.28 oz.
Where to buy:, Sephora, & Ulta

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