Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review: Benefit Bella Bamba Blush

At the end of 2010, I had decided that I really needed to save up some money for the upcoming events at the middle of 2011 so I was to use up my cosmetic stash instead of buying anything new unless it was something that I ran out of and needed. There were a couple of exceptions because prior to making that decision, I had said that I was going to buy a new brush a month to build up my brush collection. I also knew that Sephora's Hello Kitty line was going to be launched and I knew that I was going to have to buy some things.

So how have I been doing? Well, I had been good BUT the line to our kitchen sink and washer got clogged so I needed to call the repair service to get it unclogged. My oven is also not working right now and I need to call the repair service for that--thank goodness the stove works so at least I can cook. This is probably going to cost at least $150.00. *sigh*

So having to spend the "saved" money on service repairs, I decided to go ahead and purchase Benefit's new blush, Bella Bamba. I haven't tried Benefit blush before because I actually don't like the cardboard box that it comes in.



Bella Bamba does come in a cardboard box and includes a brush. According to Sephora's website, Bella Bamba is a "watermelon-pink blush laced with shimmering gold undertones". It will "amplify cheekbones and create the illusion of sculpted features for a gorgeous 3D effect. Your face will look instantly brighter with just a quick swipe of this ultra-flattering color on the cheeks".

My first thought when I brought it home was that it looked so much like NARS Orgasm. Orgasm is a peachy-pink with golden shimmer.



I had difficulty in swatching these and getting decent pictures. In their respective containers, the colors do look quite similar and when swatched on white paper, I think that it's similar too. 


Swatching it on my arm, there is a subtle difference. You can see that Bella Bamba is definitely more of a watermelon pink color.

I think that Benefit Bella Bamba is a softer cake powder than Orgasm so it applies much more pigmented than Orgasm. The end result of the shimmers highlighting your cheeks is really pretty and I think that it's quite similar to Orgasm in that respect. While Bella Bamba is not a dupe for Orgasm, I think that it comes in really close. It is $2.00 more than Orgasm but you get .28 oz of product with Bella Bamba while Orgasm has .16 oz of product. I honestly do not like either casing that the products come in.

Is Bella Bamba calling to you?

*Kat*

18 comments:

Tara said...

I've been thinking about purchasing Orgasm but now seeing your post I might give this a try, 28oz vs 16oz... 28oz FTW!


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galpal.hi said...

@Tara--I only recently purchased Orgasm (a few months ago) and it's my favorite blush. I didn't understand what the hype was until I tried it. Bella Bamba is so similar to Orgasm that yes, I would go with it since it has more product for only $2.00 more. I have read reviews on other blogs where they are saying that it's definitely not a dupe for Orgasm but in my swatching and wearing it, I think it quite similar--yeah not a dupe but it really close to it.

*Kat*

sugar sugar said...

I think my comment got lost. :( So I'm going to type it again because I'm having a problem with my connection.

Thankyou for swatching the blushes! They really have a similarity. Now I know why Bella a Bamba is quickly becoming a cult favorite. :)

rae630 said...

Thank you for reading my last blog and commenting. I think that is a cool way of building your brush collection by just buying one a month. I tend to go all out and buy everything at once, and end up crying because I just blew ALL this money at once. I didn't like benefits blush containers either, but I do love the product itself. I have coralista and love it. I think I will try Bella a Bamba next. I also have used Georgia which is just a nice highliter on my face. Thank you for this review.

coffretgorge said...

i really like the pink glowy shade! i would buy it (given the chance) even if it looks similar to orgasm.

galpal.hi said...

@sugar sugar--I don't like it when that happens. My comments have gotten lost in cyberspace before too. You're welcome. I kind of debated whether or not to do this post since I found there were other reviews. But I decided that I enjoy reading a variety of different reviews of the same product.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@rae630--I'm kind of like you in that when I decide to do something, I go all out and then my wallet is really sad. My brushes, I have a variety of both inexpensive and expensive and I find that it is well worth investing in the brushes on the higher end. My MAC brushes I seem to have had forever and they are still in great shape, except for a couple of odd ones that I finally retired.

You're welcome. I'm glad that you liked this review.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@coffretgorge--Yes, I like the glowy shade too. I'm glad that I picked this up even if I wasn't supposed to make any unnecessary makeup purchases and even if it's quite similar to Orgasm.

*Kat*

Nic Nic said...

wow they look pretty similar!! I am a fan of their dandelion face powder, i would love to check out their other stuff!!

oh i got your email btw - thank you!!! I will reply you tmrw (friday) hehe. have a good day Kathy!!

Brianna said...

I've always been curious about the benefit blushes, especially since the packaging looks very unique! Thanks for this review!

Steph said...

the blushes are similar... but like you said not dupes~
i like how you swatch on paper then skin =]
&& both colors are so pretty~

galpal.hi said...

@Nic Nic--I hope that you're having a good day! I know that you're working a lot until you come to Hawaii but try to make sure to take some time for yourself. You're going to be a beautiful, gorgeous bride!

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Brianna--You're welcome. I'm glad that I took this opportunity to finally try out a Benefit blush. I think this one is a winner.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Steph--Thank you for your comment! I like to try to do swatches on paper since it's white and you can get a proper color swatch than if it's on my skin--especially since everyone's skintone is different.

*Kat*

BV said...

Um... I like the look of this. I only have Coralista which is just okay for me not rave material.. See - now I'm really trying to cut back although I am curious I am going to hold back! Wow huh? hehehe

PS I never realised how similar it was to Orgasm though.

galpal.hi said...

@BV--Go ahead and test it but don't buy it. It actually is quite a bit more shimmery than Orgasm so if you don't like really shimmery blushes, then you won't like it.

*Kat*

Chel said...

Bella Bamba looks so nice :)

galpal.hi said...

@Chel--Thank you for commenting. The Bella Bamba is indeed a very nice blush.

*Kat*