Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review: Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba Blush

The ProductBenefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba Blush

The Review: This is one of the products that I'm on the fence about. So, I'll start out with the positive. In bullet points. Because dammit, I'm in a bulleting kind of mood (and by that, I mean I just did a bunch of bullet-pointy emails at work and no longer know how to write any other way...).

  • The packaging is super cute. So, so cute! It's purple and sparkly with a flip-top lid, has a mirror on the interior, and comes with an adorable little brush. While the flip-top lid can be a little annoying, I like it better than a regular plastic case, because I don't have to worry about it breaking in my purse. 
  • The color of this blush is quite lovely. They describe it as "watermelon-pink blush laced with shimmering gold undertones," and I completely agree that description. I didn't find it to be too shimmery and the pink is very complimentary, especially for olive-toned skin. 
  • It's pretty decently pigmented. You don't need too much, but it's buildable if you want a more dramatic look or have darker skin. Fair-skinned ladies will probably need very little.
  • It smells nice. Kind of fruity. I don't mind it. 
And now for my dislikes: 
  • The blush is really, really powdery, and it's not as finely milled as you'd expect for a $28 blush. The texture feels kind of low quality, which makes me suspect you're paying more for the adorable packaging than for the product itself. I am not cool with this.
  • It doesn't have staying power. I've tried wearing it with foundation, just over primer, and with everything but the kitchen sink. No matter what way I try, it doesn't last for an entire day. But the color is so pretty that I keep wearing it and reapplying it when I get home, before going out again.
So, do you see why I'm torn? I mean, the color is SO ADORABLE! If it were a child, I'd coo over it. And I don't even like children. I love wearing it, because I love how it looks on me, but I hate that I have to reapply it and that the texture is more reminiscent of E.L.F. than NARS. Sigh. I also hate recommending a product that I think is of inferior quality for the price, so... just try it before you buy it? 

Rated Beauty Grade: B-
Price: $28
Where to Purchase: Sephora

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