Monday, December 14th, 2009

Get Glowy Cheeks for the Holidays with Benefit

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb ($28.00 for 0.42 oz.) is the newest powder addition to Benefit’s line-up. It joins cult favorites like CORALista and Hoola, and Benefit describes it as a “sugar rush flush” for the face.

The powder comes with four triangles of color, which Benefit describes as “rose, shimmering pink, soft plum, and peach.” The powder is designed to be used all at once, rather than one triangle at a time. I’d completely agree with that notion, particularly because the space is just not big enough to really grab one shade over another that well.

When swirled together, the outcome is a beautiful peachy-pink shade with a very, very subtle golden sheen. This is half blush, half highlighter, because it’s not ultra pigmented and on my skin tone (which you could describe as “medium”), while it shows up, it looks very soft. It’s certainly not invisible (which would make it more like a highlighter), but it’s not vibrant. This is good and bad, depending on your usage — but it’s a good thing to me.

It actually reminded me of a peachier version of CORALista, but they are different, since CORALista is much more pigmented and pinker. On my skin, it gives me just enough color and really gives me that “glow.” That super sought after glowy cheek look? That’s what this is in a cute lil’ box.

Both the texture and the results reminded me quite a bit of my beloved Dior Skin Shimmers (particularly Pop Diamond). The shade itself is a reminiscent of NARS’ Orgasm, but it’s less orange (on me) and the shimmer more refined. But here’s something fun: Benefit is way, way cheaper than both. Benefit’s Powders are HUGE–a whopping 0.42 oz.–compared to the average blush that weighs in at a mere 0.20 oz. NARS’ blushes are $156/oz., MAC’s are $88/oz., and Dior’s are $150/oz., but Benefit is $67/oz.

It’s packaged exactly like other Benefit powders, which is in a cute little cardboard box. If you don’t dig Benefit’s packaging, this is probably not going to do it for you either. It’s typical Benefit–and I say that as a good thing–and even though I do prefer sturdier packaging, this will hold up quite well, even if you do keep in your purse. Of course, if you toss it in your bag, the outside will get dinged up a bit, but in the end, it should still survive with the product intact, which is the more important part.

Bottom Line: This is a beautiful get-glowy-cheeks product if you’re light to medium-dark. If you have a deeper or darker skin tone, I think this will end up being more of a highlighter–if that’s what you’re looking for, it’s worth considering, but I don’t think the color will show much very well. I fell in love with this product at first swatch (and I had a hunch it’d be mine kind of color just from looking at it, too) – it’s everything I love: soft, subtle shimmer (think Dior Skin Shimmers, mmm!) that gives me glowy, naturally flushed cheeks. This is something I could wear everyday, with or without other makeup. Benefit, I’m totally impressed by this!

P.S. I also want to give props to Benefit’s website for showing incredibly color accurate photos of Sugarbomb, too. You don’t always see such accuracy in official product imagery, so it’s really a nice touch.

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

Recommendation: If you love glowy cheeks, check out Benefit’s Sugarbomb!

Availability: Benefit Cosmetics, Sephora

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Benefit Sugarbomb Blush

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122 thoughts on “Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jen

    This keeps popping up on me while browsing Sephora and I wasn’t really tempted until now. It’s so pretty! And I have to say, I think the swatch is really flattering on you, Christine.

  2. glitter princess

    great review christine, do you think it wll show up more like a highligher on skintone nc40? thanks

    • I think it’s definitely going to lean more highlight on NC40, but I do think *some* of the color will show… just not a lot.

      • Cynthia

        I’m a NC42 will this blush give any color on my face

        • Maybe faintly — I’m NC25 for reference — but it’ll definitely be more glowy than color.

          • Ceca

            Honestly I am very confused with you being NC25 , I am much paler than you but I am NC25 too,at least when it comes to MAC’s fix powder plus foundation (the only mac foundation that I have) . Now I wonder if I am using a wrong shade for my skin . Or could it be that I appear paler than you because I am blonde with blue eyes ?

            On topic,I really like this product and your review is great.Thank you

  3. Kate M

    Ohhh it IS so pretty!!  I wish I had gotten this during Benefit FF…I’m a little behind on my sales…

    I love your reviews I never buy anything without consulting your site although of course it does breed lemmings like crazy…

    Thanks Christine!

    • I didn’t even realize it had come out yet until I popped onto Sephora and saw it somehow!

      Aww, I am absolutely honored that you enjoy the reviews here :) THANK YOU!

  4. Jennifer

    Thanks so much for this! I want it.

  5. Emm

    I just got this off Sephora’s website and it’s beautiful. Thanks for the review!

  6. HC

    I want this sooo badly! I just ordered Benefit’s powderazzi. I’m itching to get this too…!!

  7. Kerry

    this looks beaut :) is it limited edition? x

  8. alice

    I’ve never been tempted by Benefit blushes, certainly not Coralista. But this looks nice. You just pushed me over the edge, and I”m buying.

  9. Amy

    I really liked this as well! I ordered it blind without seeing any swatches or reviews.. but I love it!

  10. So would this be used more a highlighter than a blush?

    • It’s both, and it’ll ultimately depend on your skintone. On me, it’s just that right combination of color and shimmer that works as a subtle blush AND highlighter simultaneously. I think on someone paler/lighter, they’d get more pigmentation and thus it’d feel more like a blush… and on someone deeper/darker, more as a highlighter.

      • yvette

        i’d love to it on your face – it’s too hard for me to judge in that swatch pic. i love benefit dandelion and i may just have to get this if it really is the bees knees.

  11. Anitacska

    I’m not a huge Benefit fan, but I think I might just get this. It’s very pretty. :)

    • I find that with the products I like from Benefit… I tend to LOVE them – they’re really standout to me. Not to say I like or love the whole line, but there are definitely a few products I’m glad to have discovered! (Velvet eyeshadows, creaseless eyeshadow, and powders — primarily CORALista and now Sugarbomb!)

  12. Nicole

    Suddenly I am really getting into Benefit. I’ve been a bit of a NARS snob for a while, but the Benefit cream eye shadows have totally won me over. And today I just picked up a few silky-finish lipsticks. This looks gorgeous too! Aaaah!

  13. AnGeLwInGz

    Oops, I knew there was something I forgot to pick up at Sephora yesterday!

  14. kayla

    I understand that benefit is per oz. the cheapest of the ones you named, but i rarely use all of a MAC blush at .20 oz. So on value it really isn’t the end all and be all. It’s still almost a $30 dollar blush. Thats not cheap, or a value.

    • Well, that’s really what value is – it’s what you get for your money. Whether you’ll use it all is another story, and I agree, if you only use it once or twice, it doesn’t matter what the price tag is – you’re still paying $10-15 for a single use. It would be impossible to judge value or assign any sort of number to it if it was based on how many uses you’ll use it for… because it’s definitely something that differs from person to person!

  15. I’m about an NC20-25 so maybe I should try this out. I usually have the opposite problem with blush, that is I have to be careful with putting it on otherwise I end up like a clown!

  16. Oooh, I think I gotta try this ;)

  17. amy

    That is really pretty and I always liked Benefit powders and I like their packaging. I have had some Benefit products that are 4-5 years old and the packaging is still in tack but with a bit of denting. Maybe I will pick one up with my VIB 10% off coupon.

    • Awesome ;) I think if you *don’t* tote it around, it’ll look good for a long time. I mean, mine just sit in drawers… so there’s no damage to take!

  18. oh! i was eyeing this item for long! Thanks fro sharing, Christine!

  19. DonnaN

    Thanks for the awesome review. Maybe I can hint to “Santa”…..

  20. air

    this is so pretty!
    i really want one now

    but your link to nordstrom says sephora?

  21. Somehow I never got anything from Benefit though I’m always lurking some products :D I think this would be perfect combination for me but the thing is I have so many other blushes/highlighters in this shade :D

    You maybe won’t believe it, but exactly like this MAC MSF Petticoat looks on me. :D Such interesting combination of colors. :) Love your swatch. :)

  22. Vness_12

    This looks really pretty. I have a medium skin tone as well so I’d most likely use this as a highlighter myself. I do like Benefit products and LOVE Coralista so I will def head to Sephora to chekc it out in person. Looks like a nice addition to my kit.

  23. aksaiyo

    so this is pinker than orgasm? How did you like orgasm? I’m so torn about whether to buy coralista or not. And now there’s sugarbomb! I think I m,ay end up getting this. But I’m still torn… I’m NC25 now, and NC30 in the summer. Which do you think I should get first?

  24. Sigh…another product that is to light for me to enjoy. Some days I really hate being a NW45 =(.

  25. This looks sooooo pretty. I hope you wear it in a FOTD soon! I am really tempted by it now haha.

  26. Thanks for the review Christine, I never would have considered this before reading your review–it looks too teenybopper in the box!

  27. Luisafer

    that is so pretty!!! you convinced me with that, this one I can really see the color and the shine!!! Love it!!!

  28. Vanessa

    Thanks for the review! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  29. Mel

    Great review! I was attacked at my local Benefit counter and the make-up artist put this on my cheeks and I LOVED it! I wear MAC NW15 so it showed up very well on me.

  30. Hey Christine! This looks gorgeous. I love a subtle shimmer, and Benefit’s unique packaging. It’s so easy to bring these along when you’re traveling! BUT, I meant to ask, do you think it’s still worth getting, if I’ve already got Benefit’s Coralista?

    • Thanks, Ceriene! :)

      Do you really need it if you have Coralista? Well… no. But if you really like Coralista and would like something subtler… I think you’d like it :) I do think it’s still worth getting if you already have it – but just not if you’re on a tight budget, I suppose!

      They’re definitely different enough to own both!

  31. Cherie

    I’ve been wanting to get into the Benefit line and was thinking of starting with their box blush powders… I’m NW15 in MAC with light brown freckles (usually fad to disappear with MSF in medium). I’m also not super impressed with NARS orgasm – so orange on me. I like Dolce Vita better… but Benefit.. hmm… so lovely…

    Do you think this would show up on my skin? Any other colours I should look into?

  32. Kate B

    I just picked this up after trying it at Macy’s. I’m really pleased with the way it looks on me – quite lovely. I find it difficult to find blush so thank you for your review! Actually, thank you for all of your reviews!

  33. This is really pretty, I’m going to have to add it to my never ending wish list!

  34. Ebru

    I went ahead and bought this after I read your review Christine adn Imust say you were right on! I absolutely loved this and I have light skin (NC 20). It lookes so natural and glowing! Thank you for the review :)

  35. Marcela

    I saw this today at Sephora and I swatched on my hand and its beautiful!!!! I’m not into Benefit’s blushes, I had Dandelion and Georgia and ended up returning it, but this is really pretty, I will buy this one for sure. -)

  36. Lis

    Thanks I just bought this blush, I am looking forward to wearing it tomorrow. Yippie Ki Yay.

  37. Sally

    Christine, I just wanted to say thank-you for reviewing this and recommending it. I just got it yesterday and its insanely beautiful! I think its my Holy Grail of blushes! Totally agree with the color similar to NARS Orgasm and the shimmer is beautiful. Its definitely going to be with me on my wedding day coming up!

  38. Hey Christine, Corals are horrible on me… is Hoola the “pinkier” shade of these? I notice you wear your Benefit Sugar Bomb in almost all your looks so it must be worth getting;) Why do you like these better than MSF’s and other similar products? Thanks!

  39. Andrea

    Hmmm not usually a fan of Benefit, but definitely going to have to take a peek at this!!! Seems like it has quite a bit less `sheen` to it than Pop Diamond?

  40. Florence

    This almost seem the like The Body Shop’s Matte and Shimmer Cheek Color Pallete 01.
    (http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/blush/prod958865) What do you think?

  41. I was just curious. On Benefit’s blushes is there any indication how old or when they are made? I certain number or anything? Thanks!

  42. Christina

    Hey Christine! It’s been 3 months since since you posted this review so you probably won’t even see this, but I completely agree with everything you said! This product is simply gorgeous! I was in Sephora in my JCPenney, which has a very limited selection, and I pulled out my list of “must-haves” and remembered about this little beauty. I rushed to the Benefit counter and saw just one left! I swatched it and fell in LOVE. It is a beautiful beautiful product! After I got home, I was admiring it a bit and realized it has this pleasant sugar-y scent, lovely! Is all I have to say. BTW, I also agree with you about the NARS Orgasm blush, I wasn’t too impressed with the product either (I too am an NC25). I actually purchased it last November duing the Sephora friends and family sale, it came as a Orgasm/Laguna duo. I thought it was OK, but definitely did not live up to all the hype surrounding it. Question though, are you planning on reviewing the new Orgasm Illuminator?

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying it, Christina! :)

      I’m not, mostly because it’s gotten some pretty subpar reviews and I have no desire to waste my money on it, LOL.

      • Christina

        Definitely, I understand. I will just have to check it out for myself when I get a chance! Lol. Thank you for replying btw, I know you’re insanely busy, so I appreciate it! Hope your weekend is going well!

  43. dee

    great, thorough review, as always! first time commenting — i love the shade of this blush, but did you find that the brush bristles kept falling out nonstop? the bristles are all over my face! or maybe i got a defective brush?

  44. Pretty! Is this in any way comparable to MAC’s springsheen blush? xx

  45. aishwarya gulati

    it works brilliantly for pale and medium complexions..me n a friend bought a box each n r both very happy with the burst of colour,perfect for summer..

  46. Ceca

    I am curious how would you compare it to MAC’s Hang Loose mineral blush ? Are the colors similar ?

  47. i love it where can i buy that in philippines?? thanks

  48. alison

    I finally caved and got dandelion a few weeks ago (up until then, id only used Mac blushes), but I think I have to give this baby a try. I’m NC15ish (115 in mufe HD), so I hope its not too much! Looks a little scary in the pan.

  49. Would you buy this or coralista? I’m quite torn on which one to buy!

  50. Tracy

    What a great review! I’ve been wanting this blush for a very long time, but wasn’t sure if it would complement my skintone. The colour and sheen is just too appealing to resist though.

    I was just curious about your MAC shade though…

  51. karen pearl

    i read ur review for bellaba,ba and sugarbomb, which do u think is better? thanks

  52. Alexandra

    Hey Christine! Out of all the Benefit blushes, which do you think is the best for fall, for a lighter complexion? ( I have Dandelion) :)