i haaaate the way this smells. it reminds me of that cheap makeup you buy find at the dollar store. to me, just not pleasant at all. the colour, though, is pretty awesome. what i love about this blush is that it is so easy to build up & get the colour perfect for you. i'm pretty new to benefit blushes & i will say i hate the packaging....too much work, so i'm going to depot this & put it in a magnetized palette. anyways. the colour can come off as sheer or opaque, depending on your application technique. i'm incredibly fair & this works well for me with just a super light sweep. i probably wouldn't buy this again because i don't find myself wanting to use it that much.
I worked for Benefit for many years and know the "box" products pretty well. The quality of the boxed products has always been very good... up until I tried Coralista and Bella Bamba. There is something about the texture that is not the classic Benefit chemistry. If you take a look at Dallas and how finely milled it is and how the finish blends in flawlessly, and compare it to the aforementioned blush products, you will notice a difference in quality. I am not sure if it has to do with the metallic finish, but both Coralista and Bella Bamba both have this cheap feel to them. It is unfortunate that with the beautiful coloring of these blushes that they had to use a low quality consistency. I will continue to use MAC and NARS blushes for the quality, and Benefit for products I've used for years like Ooh La Lift and High Brow.
I did give the Bella Bamba three stars because the box is more durable than previous Benefit boxes (new waterproof plastic coating around the box, the lid is now attached to the product) and a nice mirror in the inside. The color is great, but the quality is lacking.
I bought this a few days am I'm in love! I've got medium-olive skin and normally stay away from pink blushes but this really suits me! I apply it with my E.L.F. Studio fan brush for a nice flush. I don't find it too shimmery and LOVE the smell! The only other BeneFit boxed powder I have is 10 (which I rarely use now but still like). I prefer the old packaging so Bella Bamba loses points for that and the fact you get significantly less product (not that I'd need more, I'd just have preferred it to be a bit cheaper).
I'm surprised at the negative reviews on this one!! I love this blush! Usually I go for the girly pinks, and this one caught my eye, and I was glad I grabbed it. It REALLY warms up my face but not in an orange-y or bronzed out way... Just in a very bright and perked up way. The shimmer is gold, and it's not too over-the-top, IMO. I thought it was a perfect watermelon shade with gold shimmer, and I'm so glad I now have something other than the typical girly pinks.
As i have most of the other Benefit blushes i thought i'd try bella bamba out as i had heard that this was aimed at tanned and darker skin tones.
I love this! I have to say that the effect is better on my skin tone (NC35 at the moment) than all the other benefit powders i have .... Dandelion, Coralista, Georgia, Sugar Bomb, Dallas....
The powder is very fine and so it is easy to apply - this is one of the things i love most about the benefit blushes. I apply with a lighter hand as you can easily look too overdone if you apply with a heavy hand.
This is definitely a shade to try for tanned and darker skin if you like pink blush. There is shimmer, but i always go for shimmery blushes so i don't mind this.
I have applied on its own with a light hand for a fresh pop of colour and also on top of bronzer (NARS Laguna) which gines a lovely bronze/pink glow.
Best Benefit blush for tanned/olive/darker skin tones :-)
This is on the verge of being clown makeup. It's way too bright pink and too shiny. I wanted to try a Benefit box o' powder but this is absolutely the wrong one. It's garish.
The color is gorgeous (fun warm pink) but its a GLITTER BOMB! Its so much shimmer....like way more than orgasm...also a little more pigmented. Do not want.
I went into Ulta origionally wanting to buy Benefit's Dandelion but found out that they didn't carry that product. So I was thinking about buying Sugarbomb instead, but that was really close to a blush I already owned. I was about to check out when I saw Bella Bamba and I thought it looked really pretty and was worth a try. When I got home I tried it on. I love it! The only gripe I have is that if you apply it too heavily then you can end up looking like a clown. Personally I don't see any shimmers when I apply it. But that's just me. I think that it would compliment lot's of people's skin tone. You just have to be REALLY REALLY CAREFUL not to apply to much.
I find this to be okay. This is coming from the girl who didn't really like NARS Orgasm blush, and pretty much hates any shimmery blush in general. Because I'm very cool-toned, I felt that Orgasm was way too warm for me since it had a lot of gold shimmer, and ended up turning my cheeks a weird orangey-rust sort of color. I usually use Benefit's Thrrrob as my regular blush, which is a light pink and not very shimmery, as well as the fact that I prefer pink blushes on me. However, I saw this and couldn't resist.
I knew full well ahead of time that this would be chock-full of shimmer. I looked at a bunch of reviews and photos, but still decided to get it anyways. It's quite a nice color; very vibrant. It has shimmer to it like NARS Orgasm does, and not glitter like NARS Angelika does (though Angelika's glitter does shed).
When wearing this, I have to blend it out quite a bit, though, since in the daytime, the shimmer can go into overdose-zone. This much cooler than Orgasm, which I think has to do with the fact that Orgasm is a peach (which tends to be warmer) blush with gold shimmer, while this blush is a watermelon (which tends to be cooler) blush with gold shimmer. However, if I apply too much of this, the gold shimmer takes over, making my cheeks look muddy.
This is quite the statement blush (on my skin tone, at least), so don't let your eyes or lips compete too much with it. What makes me happy is that this doesn't make my cheeks look as warm/weird as Orgasm does. That's hard to do, since most golds tend to make my cool-toned skin look muddy or sickly.
When wearing this, I have to be careful, though, since I have medium-sized pores on my cheeks, as well as red acne scars. They get accentuated a bit by the shimmer. I think that older women should stay away from this blush. The shimmer would make them look childish and ridiculous, as well as draw attention to their signs of aging. Since I'm in my teens, though, I believe that I can get away with the shimmer in this blush more easily.
This doesn't do any sort of 3D/sculpting business, but I'm fine without it. I expected that claim to be a bunch of malarkey anyways.
While I see darker skin tones receiving some decent color-payoff from this blush, however, I see fair and fair-medium skin tones having the best payoff from it. This is way more pigmented than most of their other boxed blushes, though (like Dandelion, Georgia Peach, and Thrrrob).
I knew that the package was going to be smaller, but I'm surprised by how much. At least knock down the price by $4 or $5! (In U.S. dollars, that is, which is my currency.) The magnetic lid I'm not that crazy about, since I'm so used to the pull-off type from my Thrrrob box. However, this would be decent for travel. The mirror's okay, but I've never found myself using it. The blush does smell a bit fruity, but the scent isn't really potent. Unless you put your nose right on top of the blush and sniff it, you can't smell it. On the cheeks, I would imagine that the scent fades quite quickly.
The brush is very nice and soft, and hasn't shed yet. Nowhere near as scratchy as my Thrrrob brush. It also picks up color well. (A bit too well, so blow it off a bit before applying, otherwise your cheeks will be shimmer-city.) However, I dislike that the brush is pure white in color, because the blush ends up staining it easily.
If you're a fan of NARS Orgasm, I would recommend trying before buying, because I think Benefit's Coralista would suit you better. If you found Orgasm to be too warm (or if you like really shimmery blushes), then this might just work for you.
I don't love this. It's a stage of "like" at this point, because I don't like shimmer in my blushes (though I knew beforehand that this would have shimmer in it), and it can be too dramatic for daytime, so I don't see myself ever hitting pan on this (like I have with Thrrrob, which is much more sheer and less shimmery). It's not a "love-hate" relationship, or even a "hate" relationship. It's just a "meh" relationship.
Before, I wrote that I might buy this again if I had a coupon. However, this seems very unlikely, seeing as how I don't reach for this blush that often. I don't completely regret my purchase of this, but I wouldn't buy it again. It's a nice product, don't get me wrong, but it's just not for me.
Gorgeous Watermelon shade. I would only use a skunk/dual fiber brush. MAC 131 would be perfect. It gives a mirror-like finish to my skin. The same finish as MAC's Veluxe Pearl line, but in a blush. I feel the mirror-like shimmer is too much for my over 40 skin. I pass on this, however, the color is really beautiful. Use a light hand to avoid adding too much shimmer.