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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Es te quiero, Benefit Bella Bamba?

Hola, mi amigos y amigas! Como esta usted? Anyway, before my brain cells die from trying to recall the things I learned in Spanish class way back in college (if I ever really learned anything at all) I'd like to get back on topic and that is a blush. Since Bella Bamba was released by Benefit Cosmetics, I could not really make up my mind if I want it or not. Sometimes I do, and other times, I don't. While the swatches and reviews of Bella Bamba tempts me to go ahead and get one for myself, I could not bring myself to buy it. Oddly enough, I never really thought of it as something I really wanted. Then I would wake up one day wanting one and the uncertainty goes on for a while. It wasn't until I saw a mini or sample size of it at 3g being sold online that I finally decided to give in and buy one - at least it's just a small one and not a full size. After having it for a few days, I am now sure of my feelings towards this blush.


Benefit says that Bella Bamba is...

...a 3D brightening pink face powder

Amplify cheekbones and create the illusion of sculpted features with this 3D watermelon blush. Laced with shimmering gold undertones, bella bamba takes eye-popping pretty to the third dimension...you'll never use traditional blush again!



Here is a Beauty Tip from them:

Accentuate the curves of your face with our 3D technique: Sweep on a ‘3’-shape starting at your temples, curving in toward the apples of your cheeks and curving out and down to your jawline.

--- interesting but I wouldn't dare do such a technique with shimmer-induced blushes. :D


Pammy says.....

What I like:

  • Whoever described Bella Bamba as watermelon pink is so spot on! It's a gorgeous shade that adds warmth on the skin.
  • The golden shimmers diffuses light, making the skin/cheeks appear so smooth and flawless instead of accentuating the pores.
  • It smells nice. I really like it, it's somewhat fruity that isn't overwhelming at all. I lost count as to how many times I smelled it.
  • Between this and Benefit Coralista, this one is much more packed with pigment and could work with different skin tones more.
  • Staying power is pretty good. 
  • Brightens the face, making it look more healthy and radiant.
  • Now locally available in Manila! :)

What I don't like:
  • A little too shimmery for my liking. I prefer subtle shimmer or just sheen on my blushes. I am not getting any younger and pronounced shimmers on my cheeks are no longer my thing.
  • Pretty expensive for a full size at Php 1600 or $28 but hey, you get a lot of product. I, on the other hand, get easily bored with huge pans of blushes. 

Overall rating: 4/5 Really a pretty blush even though it is not "the blush" for me. It's a matter of personal preference. Even though it isn't for me, it's still generally a nice blush. 

Will I buy again? While I find this blush to be super pretty, it's not something that I would reach out for very often. I honestly do not find anything special with the blush at all and the shimmers were a little too sparkly for me. So yes, I would not repurchase. Glad I only got the sample size.


A closer look at Bella Bamba

Swatch

Have you tried Bella Bamba? How do you find it?

Have a blessed Holy Week, everyone. :)

Cheers,
P.S.
Feel free to correct my Spanish. :)

21 comments:

  1. Wow, it's a beautiful colour. I had to giggle and agree with you and the beauty tip (3D shape) they gave you with this shimmery blush: I wouldn't either but it works wonderful in another way.

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    1. Hehe. I think it would make my face bigger or perhaps a Twilight wannabe if I do that technique. :D

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  2. Dami nyang shimmer. Not for me too.

    P.S. Thanks for leaving a nice comment on my review of Shiseido Sun Stick Foundation. It's my first time doing a foundation review. =D

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    1. No biggie. I actually like your review style - very direct and matter of fact-ly. Do more reviews! :)

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  3. wow it's like super orgasm with a hint of angelika when swatched, sorta. hehehe yep, it's even more expensive than nars. ah well it's how they market it. LOL

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    1. Pretty close but from what I can remember, Super Orgasm is pink talaga and even much pinker than this. I still like the quality of NARS' blushes better. I hope Benefit doesn't hate on me though. :D

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  4. Pretty! too bad I have to finish pa some of my blushes before I get a new one. Thanks for the review Pam, ako naman I love shimmers, so this is a must try for me. ;)

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    1. Good luck in finishing your blushes! :D I think this'll look fab on you. :)

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  5. Very pretty blush! It's so awesome you bought a smaller size of it to try. The watermelon shade is accurate!

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    1. I am so glad I didn't buy the full size. :D

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  6. No wonder I keep hearing about this product. It looks gorgeous!

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  7. no entiendo, solo hablo un poquito de español. :P

    hola tomasinas! LOL! LOL! LOL! =))

    pammy, when i apply this on me and it oxidizes it turns kind of too red. :/ errmmm... >.< good thing i only have a small sized version too mwuahahaha!

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    1. You don't understand, you only speak a little Spanish?

      Yikes, unless you're going for the uber flushed cheeks look, pwede sya sayo. Hehe. Sayang lang since it's really pretty. :(

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  8. it's expensive. ohnoes. hehe. pero the swatch looks good but shimmery blushes are a no-no for me. hehe. xP

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    1. Hehe. You can see all the shimmers sa pan pa lang eh. Haha! :)

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  9. I'm guilty of neglecting this! I have no idea why.. it is pretty but it's a little strong on my complexion.. shall try to make it work. Thanks for this post!

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  10. Such a pretty shade :)

    followed you through GFC

    xoxo,,
    http://carmiscaprice.blogspot.com/

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  11. The colour does look lovely in the pan, and in your swatches! I'm not really a huge fan of shimmery blushes either though, so not really sure if I'd like this one on me.

    The mini sizes are a great idea though! I'll have to see if these are available in the UK.

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  12. the blush is so pretty but yep i dont also like too much shimmer and glitter in a blush :)

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  13. I'm in love with this blush!! as in soooo much ^^

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