While visiting my mom this weekend, I took advantage of the shopping opportunities the city offers and picked up Benefit's new Bella Bamba blush. I have been eyeing this for months now and really wanted to see/swatch it in person before deciding whether or not to purchase it. I went to Ulta and found it, and it was love at first swatch.
Benefit switched up their standard box powder packaging for this release (and will be following suit with all of their other box powders) by attaching the lid so it flips up and has a mirror inside. When I first heard about this I thought I wouldn't like it, but really I have found it to be a lot easier than trying to keep track of a loose lid like the old boxed powders.
One of the biggest disappointments with this blush is the fact that it contains much less product than the other Benefit boxed powders. They downsized this one from the standard 12 grams in their other powders to only 8 grams, but for the same price ($28). It's still a lot of product, I just hate when companies do things like this!
The powder also comes with a small applicator brush, that really isn't half bad. I will be using my MAC 129 to apply this, but in a pinch it could get the job done. I noticed that this brush is more full/soft/rounded than the brushes that come with other boxed powders. Maybe they've stepped up their brush quality a little?
The pigmentation is excellent and the color is strangely "special" for a pink. I'm not entirely sure what it is, but something about this blush is a little different than your average pink blush. Maybe the "3D" technology Benefit claims it has really works! It has a bit of shimmer to it, but once applied onto the skin it is hardly noticeable.
Overall consensus: if you are a pink blush lover, definitely consider checking this one out. This shade is the perfect balance of warm and cool for me, and did I mention it smells good?! :)
Availability: Ulta, Sephora, BenefitCosmetics.com, Macy's