Benefit Sugarbomb Powder Blush (Mini) Review & Swatches (2020 Version)

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Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)
Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)

Sugarbomb (2020)

Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini)Benefit Sugarbomb (2020) Powder Blush (Mini) ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, pinky-coral with moderate, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had medium coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation, and the color seemed to deepen slightly when applied to my skin but also seemed to look more orange.

It had a more satin-like finish, so it didn’t read overtly shimmery and wasn’t prone to emphasizing skin texture. The powder was soft enough to the touch, but it was a thinner, drier formula compared to the previous version I have. It blended out fairly readily, but I’d recommend applying it over drier skin (whether inherently dry or after a setting powder) to improve application and color trueness. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading. There was a faint, floral scent from the powder but not enough that I noticed it once applied.

Benefit recently released a “new shade, new formula” of Sugarbomb in an “exclusive mini size,” though the previous, full-sized version is still being sold on their but not at some retailers that I checked. Per the brand, the new version is supposed to have “bolder payoff” and a “rosy-pink” hue. The updated shade definitely deeper and darker, but it had less shimmer and weaker pigmentation with a thinner formula that felt a lot less creamy and silky to the touch.

The difference is less drastic, but I still felt like the different in color and finish was significant enough that giving it a new name would have made more sense (to me, obviously).

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Myristate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Boron Nitride, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Limonene, Bht, Retinyl Palmitate, Linalool, Aqua (Water), Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Citral, Eugenol. [+/-: Ci 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 45410 (Red 27, Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake), Ci 73360 (Red 30, Red 30 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Ci 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), Ci 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I use the old version as a finishing powder in the summer, hope they won’t discontinue it. The new one seems too pale for me to use as a blush and too dark for a finishing powder…

I remember when Sugarbomb & MAC Margin were your jam back in the day! And when Benefit’s box of powders were like double in product size (their full-size versions).

Deep enough for me? I doubt it, but I do love this shade a lot on you, though! It’s a really lovely naturally radiant type of shade.

Yes, a new name would have been better. But this is a bit of a disappointment and I would have liked this one if it had been better. I like the mosaic effect of shades like this but in a better formula.

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