August 17, 2012

Review: Benefit Bella Bamba + Swatches


Today's review is about the 4 B's. You must be wondering what the buck the 4 B's are. Well, it's Benefit's Box 'O Powder in Bella Bamba, tadaa! It was a bit long to write that every time, so the 4 B's it is. It was on my list to review this product for a long while already, because I love it so much. I got this blush during a Sephora sale... I think it was last year? I remember that it was just launched then, and the Benefit MUA was recommending this to me. Loved it, still love it, and need to share my love with you now. :-)

Benefit is fairly famous because of it's box blushes I'd say. Many bloggers blog about their Hoola bronzer, Coralista (need to get this one asap!), Dandelion, and of course Bella Bamba. Benefit describes the product as such:

"Amplify cheekbones and create the illusion of sculpted features with this 3D watermelon blush. Laced with shimmering gold undertones, bella bamba takes eye-popping pretty to the third dimension...you'll never use traditional blush again!"

I'm not sure with the "amplify cheekbones" part, but I do know that it is a gorgeous watermelon pink, with subtle gold shimmer in it. As a combination skin type of gal (see: oily face) I tend to avoid shimmer like the plague! But this blusher is surprisingly not overly shimmering (it does look kinda scary in the box), and you don't look like a disco ball when applied over the cheeks. Well... not sure what they mean with 3D, as a person is basically 3D right? Oh well, if you know what they mean, let me know;-)

The MUA mentioned  that the blush is pressed in a way so it doesn't break or crumble, even when you drop it. I did that a load of times - it didn't break. Woohoo! Be aware, if you got the blush and there is a corner that isn't fully pressed, go back to the counter and exchange it. I had that, and in 2 days it was all crumbled, and had to exchange mine. Thank goodness it was just that one that was fabricated wrongly, because the one I have, is still intact!

To give you a better idea of the product color and how it looks on the skin, I added some pictures of me wearing it, and some classic swatches. By the way... did I already mention that this is my favorite blush, yet? And wait... did I say that it smells divine? Yes, I mean smell, as in fragrance. It smells very nice in the box, thou do not need to be afraid - you won't have smelly cheeks ;-) Enjoy!

Benefit Bella Bamba - Raves 'nd Ramblings
Yes, I hit pan. Kinda embarrassing picture, as the box looks worn out too. but I thought you'd really have to see the color in the box, and outside of the box. 

Benefit Bella Bamba - Raves 'nd Ramblings
Voila, the watermelon pink, it's not the most pigmented blush ever, but just in the middle range. I rubbed my finger a few time in the box to get this color - I know unhygienic, yikes. I promise I won't do that again, ever. The crazy things I do for you guys;-)

Benefit Bella Bamba - Raves 'nd Ramblings
Blended on my arm, it can be very light and wearable as you see.

Barely any make-up on (seriously, only the blusher, a bit of Vaseline, the tiniest bit of concealer, and eyebrow gel). Let's not talk about my hair... sigh. I like to wear this blush like I did in the picture. Not too heavy, but just enough so people see I have nice rosy cheeks.

Isn't it lovely? It is right? It's very build able, so if you like to have a subtle flush, it does the job. If you like a heavier look, just apply a bit more. If pink-pink blushes ain't your forté, then you'd better skip this one. I'd recommend trying Sugar Bomb (a mix of peach, pink, soft plum and rose) or Coralista (warm coral-pink) instead, these blushes are definitely on my Benefit wishlist (and a ton of other products too;-) and hope to be able to try (and purchase) them soon!

What do you think of this blush?

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