Bella Bamba
Last Updated:04.30.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Bella Bamba is a pressed-powder blush with shine packaged in a large, colorful cardboard container. It comes with a small, flat, wide brush that’s tricky to work with. Most will find a regular-size domed blush brush superior for applying this product.

Which tool you use to apply this blush is less important than the fact that it’s texture is an odd mix of creamy and crumbly. Despite that, if you’re careful, application is even and you get translucent pink color with a soft golden shimmer that makes cheeks almost look wet.

This fragranced blush is more novelty than must-have, and it’s definitely pricey compared with the best powder blushes at the drugstore (see our Best Blushes list).

  • Applies evenly.
  • Enlivens cheeks with soft pink color and wet-looking golden shimmer.
  • Expensive.
  • Included brush hinders application due to its flat, wide shape.
  • Amount of shine is fairly strong and can be too much for oily skin (it will make oily areas look greasy).
  • Texture is an odd mix of creamy and crumbly, so be sure to knock excess powder off your brush before sweeping it on.
Brand Overview

Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare products could use more innovation (many contain potentially irritating fragrance and have bland formulas).

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.

Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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With girl meets pearl

This product is no longer available at ulta and sephora. But is attractive. I don't wear blush very much anymore.

Reviewed by
Annette D.
Bella Bamba

I absolutely love this product. I am in my 50's and this just lights up my face and looks beautiful.

Reviewed by
Jayne A
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