The brand is something that will never be out of my faves list, when I was still a starter in collecting and using makeups, Benefit was my go-to brand, the selection wasnt as broad as it is today, but it never failed, they've always had good stuff.
Being a sucker for the brand, I used to have all the blushes in their Box O' Powders line, Georgia, Thrrrob and Dandelion.
It was just recently that they released shades that are much more wearable for people with darker skintones and warm undertones -- i found that georgia and dandelion was too light to be used as a blush on my nc30 skintone back then, so I decided to sell them.
Last year, Benefit released Coralista -- another blush from the Box O' Powders line, it was surprisingly pigmented than the previous blushes they made.
(I have yet to do a review for this one prolly after this Bella Bamba post)
For Spring2011, they released a new Shade -- Bella Bamba. I was curious because the name was so cute, got even more curious when I heard how they described the shade - 3D brightening pink face powder. I love stuff that brightens the complexion! So I decided I have to get one ASAP! Hahah! I was unlucky to find one on ebay. I was able to score my Bella Bamba after much searching thru -- La Petite Confiserie an online cosmetics store based in the Philippines owned by a Fellow Girltalker, Caren.
Now im talking (typing?) too much, going back to my review. :D
Since its from the Box O' Powders line, expect that your blush is housed in a carton box so you have to be extra careful in stashing this on your purse, the box's design, just like Coralista's fierce packaging, is a winner, its a holographic blend of hotpink, orange and magenta. But Benefit tweaked the packaging a wee bit the lid is now attached to the base of the blush, and secures snugly with a magnetic closure.
and since there were a lot of feedbacks before that some users hate that their boxed powders doesnt come with a mirror, theyve added a mirror on the inner part of the lid. Talk about convenience. ;)
From the website, it says :
"Amplify cheekbones and create the illusion of sculpted features with this 3D watermelon blush. Laced with shimmering gold undertones, bella bamba is taking eye popping pretty to the third dimension...you'll never use traditional blush again!"
For me, its a medium tone pink with a hint of gold iridescence, this isnt a sheer blush, so be really careful with the application since its really pigmented, I figured that it looks nicest when I use my Coastal Scents Duo Fibre brush to apply this, it catches the right amount of color and sheen that makes my cheeks look stunning.
Heavy Swatch vs. Light Swatch
See how perfect the color is? Its pigmented but the color is not too loud, apart from the impression that it might appear really frosty on the cheeks, it wouldnt. Check out the swatches, the shimmer is barely even noticeable. Especially on the cheeks. Being a sucker for anything that imparts a glowing effect, I love this blush to bits! I even love the scent too!
It smells like watermelon jelly beans, sweet but not overpowering. I would have to commend Benefit Cosmetics for coming up with a product this good.
Its Paraben-Free. <3 <3 <3
It comes with a really nice brush
I love that the edges of this brush are tapered. Bristles are soft and very much usable, it picks up color and can blend it really well, but then like ive mentioned, I like using my Coastal Scents Duo Fiber brush with Bella Bamba. The effect is much nicer that way.
Considering the weather in the Philippines nowadays, this blush would last a good 5 hours on your cheeks, less if you are oily but longer if youre staying in an airconditioned room most of the time.
YeppYepp! Used this blush several times already. No breakouts. :)
I doubt if I can hit the pan on this, but if theyre going to discontinue the shade soon, prolly Ill get a backup or if its still in the market after 2 years (thats how long I keep my blushes with me) then Ill go get another one to replace this.. :)
Since its a powder blush, I think 12-24 months would be good. Hygienic usage is required though to prolong its lifespan for 2years max :)
Retails $28.00 if bought directly in the States. Php 1650.00 ($39.00) Plus Shipping fee if bought from resellers here in the Philippines.
Do you have Bella Bamba? Love it? Hate it? Share your thoughts. :)
Thanks for droppin by!
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