Benefit Bella Bamba Box-o-Powder Review

 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.
[left: heavy swatch; right: blended out]
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.


Ingredients:
TALC, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), POLYETHYLENE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE (CI 77002), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), BORON NITRIDE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, LECITHIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), TIN OXIDE, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, TOCOPHEROL, LIMONENE, BHT, RETINYL PALMITATE, CARMINE (CI 75470). N° 05361/N 

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  1. I think I like the gold sheen to it the most.
    I also like that Benefit doesn't consider themselves cruelty free so as not to mislead anyone.
    But the regular packaging of these are not so great either. They're little weird boxes, although magnetic, but kind of just suck.

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    1. Yeah, I love their honesty! And the gold sheen is really complimentary. I've heard the full size boxes are pretty sucky, but at least they look a bit nicer.

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