Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Benefit Bella Bamba Powder
Benefit Bella Bamba Powder

Benefit Bella Bamba Boxed Powder ($28.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a brightened medium pink with pale gold shimmer-sheen. It’s fairly pigmented and can easily be used as an intense blusher, but it’s soft and fine enough in texture to be used as a sheer color on cheeks when blended out. I want to say it’s like a mix of Coralista and Sugarbomb but distinctly pink, not really a coral at all.

At first glance, it seems like Bella Bamba might just be another NARS Orgasm variation, but it’s so much pinker than those peachy-pinks. The closest dupe I could think of was Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste, which is slightly cooler and has less gold shimmer. NARS Angelika is closest in color by NARS, but it’s really more a mesh of that blush with Albatross, I’d say.

I’m a little disappointed to see Benefit cutting the product size down by so much–a lot of their boxed powders have as much as 0.42 oz., while ones that are lower hover around 0.35 oz. It’s just as pigmented and incredibly similar in texture to Coralista, which is a full 0.42 oz. It’s still a lot of product for $28 (most blushes are 0.15 oz. or so), but it was something I thought was worth noting. I’m also not a fan of the flip-top packaging, because it doesn’t stay open on its own (probably more frustrating to photograph than to use, I suppose, though). I prefer the removable lid myself.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: I think this is a great boxed powder, and even though they reduced the size, it’s still a ton of blush for the price.  It’s nicely pigmented win a flattering pink that’s not too cool or warm; the golden sheen makes it suitable for warmer skin tones while the slightly cool-toned pink of the shade itself works well on cool skin tones, too.


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Benefit Bella Bamba Powder
Benefit Bella Bamba Powder

Benefit Bella Bamba Powder
Benefit Bella Bamba Powder

Benefit Bella Bamba Powder
Benefit Bella Bamba Powder

Benefit Bella Bamba Powder
Benefit Bella Bamba Powder

Benefit Bella Bamba Powder
Benefit Bella Bamba Powder

Benefit Bella Bamba Powder
Benefit Bella Bamba Powder

Benefit Bella Bamba Powder
Benefit Bella Bamba Powder

Benefit Bella Bamba Powder
Benefit Bella Bamba Powder Swatch

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65 thoughts on “Benefit Bella Bamba Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Michelle F

    I like it. It might be good on darker skintones as well. A little less gold sheen like NARS orgasm.

    • Jean

      Definitely! It looks very close to one of the blushes that I have and love (I’m NC35) but it also looks like it could go on for a lovely subtle glow for darker toned ladies as well.

  2. Rachel

    I love the look of this!

  3. alisha

    wow this is exactly the type of warm pink blush i’ve been looking for

  4. Moeko

    omgg!! awesome produce :O This is not limited edition right? i will look out for it in my local benefit counter 😉

  5. I’ve ordered mine since it was on the site but I don’t live in the USl so it’s gonna take some time to reach me! :( boo!

  6. mia

    love it! sugarbomb is my current go-to, i’m thinking this will be my new go-to!

    • divinem (Melissa)

      I love Sugarbomb, too. It’s a gorgeous color.

      Thanks for the review, Christine. I’ve been eyeing this at Sephora.

  7. Okay, this is a MIST HAVE! I have Sugarbomb, Coralista, and Hoola by Benefit, and I must say that I love them all. Bella Bamba would look lovely next to my other boxed powders. 😀

  8. Nastassia

    would this look ashy on my nw45 skin? I would love to get a benefit blush but i dont want to be ashy lol :) thnks merry christmas btw

  9. LU

    I love it!!! 😀
    It’ll be perfect for spring and summer.

  10. Eli

    This looks like the perfect pink for a paler skintone. However, the shimmer kinda makes me hesitate…

    • Tasha

      when I swatch this, i feel like Coralista has more shimmer to it than bella bamba. I was surprise. You should swatch it if you have the chance. its wearable for warm tone too. makeup and beauty blog also has swatches and she look good with it :)

  11. DonnaN

    I received this in my Christmas Beauty box this morning—between this and the Chanel products, I’m lovin’ my BEAUTY-filled holiday!!

  12. Michelle

    This looks gorgeous! thanks for reviewing!

  13. Makavelina

    I’ve been flirting with ordering one of Benefit’s boxed powders for a while, but still wasnt sure about the color… this one looks like it might me a hit for me :) Will consider buying!

  14. Nunuiviet

    Looks gorgeous, gonna buy it very soon

  15. nicci

    I thought I would like this but I’ll pass…too pink and too much shimmer for me.

  16. Tasha

    Hi Christine,

    I sort of swatch bamba and deep throat, they are pretty close as well. Do you think so?? I just need a second opinion.

  17. Jas

    I just hate the packaging. The flashy box looks so cheap, like something you would find at a dollar store

  18. Zoe

    I have sugarbomb and coralista and love them so i might get this.
    I hope they come out with something really different like a hot pink or something..

  19. holly

    The swatches of this blush look almost identical to what Orgasm looks like on me-bummer, I’m a huge Benefit fan and was pretty excited for this =\ maybe it will look different when I try it on my own skin…

  20. Carrie Ann

    I just got this blush and it is very pretty. I think I also prefer the old lid, though I like that this one comes w/ a mirror. When I heard they had changed the design of the box, I was a little worried, but at least it still resembles the look of their other boxed blushes. I hear that all of the boxed powders will soon come in the same kind of box.

  21. Lisa

    I would love it.. But here in Italy it will cost 32 € as all the other benefit blushes, it’s almost 42 $! Too much :(

  22. Jen

    This is soooo pretty. Eery time I see it I want it more!

  23. Jean

    That’s quite lovely. I have too many blushes so I won’t splurge on this but maybe when I run out… which will be never. lol

  24. Liliane

    Looks lovely – Nars is hard to come by in my area and I’m a sucker for gold glitter, so I’ll definitely look into this. Plus the colour is so cute and calls for a doll-like look xDD

  25. TheMiaomi

    from .35 to .28!!? thats just wrong.

  26. amy

    I saw it at Sephora the other day and it is very pretty.

  27. rose

    i like the new packaging but i somewhat don’t like it at the same time

  28. Soo

    I think this pink is so pretty, but I hate the packaging. especially how you just leave the brush in the box? product would get all over it! I guess you could just leave the brush out of the box though.

  29. Lulee

    wow! the really did cut down the product by a lot. since the other powders are going to eventually come in this packaging as well, they will probably be cutting down on the size of those too. booooooooooooo! if you cut down by size THAT much (one third the size of coralista) then the price should come down too. i hate when companies do that and for that reason alone im skipping this.

  30. Elle

    Yeesh…what’s with companies decreasing the sizes of their products? I don’t like that, even if it is still a lot of product for the cash. It just seems wrong. I also don’t like the flip top lid. There’s always the possibility of it being used too often and cracking off. Le sigh.

  31. Celia

    what dou you think about comparison between this benefit and NARS deep throat? maybe like pigmented ?

  32. i heard its similar to bite of an apple excpt the shimmer…

  33. I just bought it last night! I was online shopping at Sephora and I remembered hearing about this. I never tried any of the other Benefit blushes since $28 is a little steep for me, but I went ahead and bought it anyway. I’m excited to try it.

  34. alisha

    i want this so bad.. wowowow.

  35. saw this blush in sephora and it looks so cute. awesome review!

  36. Cris

    Hi Christine! Do you think it will it suit NC20 Asian skin?

  37. I ordered this blush and I have to say that it’s so gorgeous!!! I use this as a highlight with NARS Torrid and it completed it.

  38. Nunuiviet

    I just got mine today coz just arrived a few days here in Thailand, When I first swatted it at the benefit counter at the store, I ell immediately in love with this, such a gorgeous colour and it really feels like 3D on me hahahhahah, love it so much, would definitely rebuy! I used to only stick to my mac hang loose mineralized blush following with Mac skin finish by candlelight, but now I think this is my new fave!

  39. Rachel

    Yummm but I hate the idea of cardboard packaging ):

  40. Mona

    Any suggestions for a close drugstore brand?
    I tried it on at Sephora and LOVED it, but can’t really afford to spend so much at the moment.

  41. Christina


    How does this compare to MAC’s dollymix and Stila’s custom color blush (just the colors, i know stila’s doesn’t have shimmer)?


  42. This looks gorgeous!! Definitely a shade I want to try, my skin is cool/neutral toned so I think it would work well on me!

  43. Silk

    Hello Christine, do you think this color would like on a NC40? I love your reviews, your are great!

  44. kary


  45. Taylor

    This is the first blush I ever hit pan on!

  46. JasmineSmith

    Do you think this blush will compliment dark skin, if not which Benefit blushes do you think will?

  47. Lauren

    Do you think this is close to macs Fleet Fast from the hey sailor collection?

  48. SashaDeter

    I got a rewards gift sample of this from Sephora and I really like it thus far. When applied sheer, the color is very similar to my usual every day blush, MAC pinch o’ peach. However, it really does give you a “glow” that is lovely. It’s described on the packaging as a brightening powder and it does seem to do that. If you really hate glitter you might think this blush looks a little too teenager-ish, but I personally don’t think it’s that noticeable or in your face.