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this is a great blush. its like nars's orgasm but more natural-looking. i think its the better option for someone who wants that type of look but who doesn't want to look super shiny.
Benefit's Bella Bamba is one of their cult classic Box-o-Powders. Bella Bamba is one of the newer Box-o-Powder, released in 2011, but it has quickly become a favorite for many, some even site it as a dupe for NARS Orgasm. Benefit calls Bella Bamba a "3D brightening pink face powder" and says that Bella Bamba will "amplify cheekbones and create the illusion of sculpted features with this 3D watermelon blush. Laced with gold undertones, Bella Bamba takes eye-popping pretty to the third dimension, - you'll never use traditional blush again." Whoa Benefit, feeling confident, are you? I got this mini version of Bella Bamba in Benefit's Sexy Little Stowaways value kit. It contains 3g (.1 oz) of product, a little more than 1/3 of the full size product. The full size box of Bella Bamba sells for $28 for 8g (28oz), giving my little sample a value of $10. This blusher was made in the USA. Benefit does not test on animals, but doesn't consider themselves cruelty free. Benefit products can be bought from the company's website, free standing Benefit boutiques, department stores with Benefit counters, as well as specialty stores like Ulta and Sephora (and their respective websites).
Packaging for the sample size of Bella Bamba is pretty cheap. Just a flimsy black plastic compact that flips open and never wants to stay shut. The full size box of Bella Bamba is kinda beautiful though. The cardboard box is purple, shiny, and features an orange and pink design on the lid. The name of the product is written in pink lettering. On my little sample, the sticker with the same design as the box is starting to peel off, which sucks. The full size of Bella Bamba, and all Benefit Box-o-Powders comes with a natural hair brush. I'm not sure what information is available on any of the full size Box-o-Powder, but on the back of my mini Bella Bamba, I can find a description of the blush and a full ingredient list.
Benefit Box-o-Powders are known for having excellent textures, but I feel like that isn't true for Bella Bamba. This blush is a little bit on the dry, hard side. Not so hard that this blush is a pain in the but to work with, but after experiencing Hoola's velvety soft texture, Bella Bamba kinda disappoints. Its hard to pick up a decent amount of blush without sweeping over the product several times, causing it to kick up a fair amount of extra powder.
Bella Bamba is a fairly pigmented blush that starts of sheer but can definitely be built up to a very intense cheek color. Despite being hard to pick up on the brush, one layer is enough for fair girls like me. This blush is described as a watermelon pink and I feel like that is pretty spot on. Bella Bamba is on the warmer side and has a pretty gold sheen to it and some coral undertones. This is a pretty strong blusher for someone as pale as myself, but I find it oddly flattering. When I wear this blush I feel like its made for me. It really does define the apples of my cheeks, making me look happy and healthy. The gold sheen in this blush isn't intense on the face, but its apparent. It gives a nice glowy, flushed look. Those who prefer a matte blush will definitely want to steer clear of Bella Bamba.
I like Benefit's Bella Bamba Blush. Its a very pretty color that I think compliments my skin very well. I think this is the ideal medium pink shade, but its pretty dupable, I think Wet n Wild's Pearlescent Pink is pretty similar. I think this watermelon hued blush would suit a variety of skin tones, but it's gold sheen would probably accentuate oily skin. I think Bella Bamba is nicely pigmented, but it's texture needs to be improved upon. I think any powder product in this price range ought to have an impeccably smooth, soft consistency. While I love the way this blush looks on me, I wouldn't splurge on the full size, though if you can afford it, it'd be a good buy. I wouldn't pass up another mini version of it though.
As with most Benefit products, I LOVE their Bella Bamba blush! It is such a gorgeous, girly pink with a shimmer of gold. It is highly pigmented and goes on very smoothly. I have fair skin and absolutely love, love this color. I have found that I need way less than drugstore brand blushes so go lightly the first time you use it.
The packaging is so cute with a built-in mirror. It stays securely closed during travels in my makeup bag, which is nice. The first ingredient is talc, so if you have any allergies to talc, be warned. I have very sensitive skin and I have never had any problems from this product. The blush has an extremely delicate, clean floral scent which is a plus but it's so light that you won't be able to tell that it is scented after you first open it.
I will definitely repurchase! I love this color and it's a refreshing break from my usual coral-pinks :)
Received this in a swap on here. I've been wanting to try this for a while. I really love how natural this looks. It's not as pigmented as my MAC and NARS blushes, but it's buildable. I get more pigmentation with my Ecotools blush brush than the one it comes with. The little brush it comes with it nicer than the brush that came with my Powderazzi & 10 box. This brush is softer. I swear NW40 in MAC Studio Sculpt for reference. This adds a really pretty natural looking pink pop of color to my cheeks. I love how it looks like a natural flush, not like I have blush packed on. I really love this blush.
p.s i dont find it shimmery or glittery at all when it's on my face.
I really love this blush. The colour is amazing - a nice watermelon colour. The only problem with this blush is it is very shimmery. I have started pairing it with Tarte Dollface (which is matte) and it looks great. Benefit's packaging is always cute, but not very practical. But I wouldn't let that deter me from buying their box blushes!
This is a very pretty pinky coral blush. There's a lot of color payoff so use a light hand. I think this would work on a lot of different skin tones. I'm using a sample, so I can't comment first hand on the full size packaging, but it doesn't look that practical to me. I might purchase this if I wanted to splurge.
The price is quite steep and I'm not a huge fan of the box packaging. But, other than that I like how it looks on my NW35 skin. If you apply with a light hand, you'll end up with a pretty color and for me the color lasts all day! And it doesn't break out my acne prone skin so, I wear this quite often. I'd definitely recommend it if you can get your hands on it.
It's gorgeous on the skin, super smooth, and smells amazing. I do prefer matte blush though, and it's not the most original color. I also don't prefer the box packaging. I will keep and continue to use it until it's finished, though.
bell bamba is sooo pretty on the skin, it definatly is 3d. It highlights and sculpts. Just so pretty. A pinky corally shade. But bright. If you cant decide between coralista/bella bamba, they are different. its way more pink than coralista less gold with a glitter through it more than a frost.
Not fussed for the box, flimsy! Lasts all day too,
Brings my face to life! Gives a beautiful glow. Perfect for any skin tone. Goes with all my lipsticks too. Received as a sample and I've been wearing it everyday, everywhere and anywhere (work, shopping, dancing). Will definitely purchase after sample runs out. GORGEOUS COLOR!