BeneFit Cosmetics Bella Bamba [DISCONTINUED]


187 reviews

64% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $$$



on 1/7/2011 5:41:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I wanted to love this, I really did. However, for me it was just too glittery. Perhaps if you are under 30 years old, it's "shimmer", but over 40 and it looks ridiculous, even though I have great skin. For night time, it may be nice, but in the sunlight? NO WAY. Gold sparkles everywhere. Not worth it if I'm just going to use it when going out in the evening. I'll either take it back or give it to my teenage daughter. Gorgeous on young women, but a bit much for anyone over 40. I use the NARS Orgasm Face Illuminator and that is much less sparkly. That just adds a beautiful, dewy highlight and sheen. I'll stick to that.

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

on 1/4/2011 8:06:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I really love this color on my skin. I was hesitant at first bc when swatched on my hand, I saw some serious glittery chunks. But when I apply it to my face there is no noticeable glitter, just a beautiful color that lights up my face! The downside is the price, especially since you're getting less product than with previous powders. The price sucks but the color is gorgeous, so I think I would repurchase.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 1/1/2011 12:29:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

First of all, big thumbs up to Benefit for changing the packaging on their powder boxes. Sure the old packing is so darn cute, but so annoying, especially for someone like me who's always on the run. I took off a lippie because there's wayyy less product in here than the other boxed powders I have from Benefit, and it was still the same price!

As far as the actual product goes, I LOVE IT. Bella Bamba is a unique watermelon shade accented with a sparkly finish. I don't usually wear blushes because I feel like it accentuates my extremely sensitive skin which can get red / pink very easily. So the few blushes I do own are very unique, and I'm glad I was able to add Bella Bamba to my collection. I have light olive toned skin, which gets extremely dark in the summer. Being winter right now, I feel that it gives me a nice fresh glow almost like I was just out in the cold for a bit. The glimmery effect it gives off definitely works with my skin as well. I would think anyone who is in an older age bracket might not like this as it would probably accentuate their wrinkles, but I think it gives me a youthful glow. The sparkles just look like your skin is luminous from far away, and close up it is glittery, but there is some fall out so not to worry.

All in all I think Benefit hit another one out of the park with Bella Bamba. Their best products are definitely the box o'powders and this product is no different.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Grey

I'm torn about bella bamba. It's such a gorgeous medium watermelon pink but has a lot of gold glitter. I do like shimmery blushes, but not glittery. The glitter is very similar in size to nars orgasm (which I had and swapped mostly due to the glitter) Once applied the shimmer/glitter is more subtle, but is still visible on the skin.

Packaging wise, the lid is now attached and it has a mirror (which I like). I do worry about the lids coming off in my purse. However, they reduced the size of product you get and are charging the same price which is disappointing. Benefit has confirmed they are going to this new packaging with lid attached/mirror instead on all the boxed powders in the coming year.

I know a lot of people dislike how sheer some of these boxed powders are, a lot of the shades only will show up on pale complexions. Bella Bamba however is very bright and super pigmented, so if you normally have a hard time getting Benefit's boxed powders to show up on you this one will definitely show up. I find this one to be even more pigmented than coralista and I have to be careful to use just barely a touch of this to avoid over-doing it (nw10 for reference).

I have decided to keep this as I do like the color a lot, and I do find it unique, in fact I really don't have anything at all in my collection that is similar to bella bamba and I have a large blush collection. However, I probably won't repurchase it.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 12/28/2010 9:01:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I really like this - it's a watermelon pink with fine gold shimmer. I don't think it's glittery at all. It's very pigmented so I only need to use a small amount. It smells nice too! The only thing I don't like is that it's less product than the previous boxed powders but it costs the same.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 12/28/2010 6:25:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Other

Eyes: Blue

I really like this color. In my opinion, it's not glittery, but it does have shimmer. It isn't really overwhelming, and it's pretty- a light gold. I would like it better w/o. I do think that it would be suitable for most skin tones.
The color it self it nice, a watermelon like described. Very pigmented, more than I expected. I hate the new box only because when I closed it the first time the left side got caught and put a huge dent in the corner of the blush, so be careful!
Recommended... but the box is what really got me. But hey, the brush it comes with is better!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 12/27/2010 4:23:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I bought Bella Bamba sight unseen after reading about the description---watermelon pink with shimmer. I like Coralista and Dandelion but wanted something with more punch. This is a nice bright watermelon pink to be sure---good for warm and cool tones with great pigment. It gives my cheeks a nice flush that looks natural BUT---lots of gold glitter, not shimmer which I much prefer. I'd say it is much more glittery than Coralista (which I think is more shimmery) and like Nars Orgasm in the glitter particle size.
The gold glitter is very noticable especially in natural day light. I am so disappointed-it would be a wonderful color except for that IMO. If you have no glitter issues then this may be for you. It should work on all skintones but definitely try it first if you are on the fence on glitter. On to hunt for a similar color with shimmer for a nice glow:(
The packaging is different from other Benefit powders because the top is attached. The joint of the top/box may prove to be an issue after a while b/c it is paper but having an attached top is a nice change. Size wize the box is the same as other powders too but I believe you get less product. The more rounded brush is a step up too but I like to use the ELF blush brush. Overall I rate this a 3 because I like the actual blush color but am just not a fan of glitter.

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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