Bus riding babes and y’all on-the-go lovelies, feast your eyes on this: the new Benefit Bella Bamba Face Powder ($28) promises to change the face of quick touchups this spring.
You know how Benefit’s boxed blushes have that unattached lid (see: Sugarbomb and Coralista)? Well, as much as I love the colors, I’m always afraid they’ll open in my bag. Once, while I was applying blush on the train to work, one of the lids got away from me and shot straight up in the air, OOPS! Luckily it landed in a cute boy’s lap, but I digress…
Bella Bamba comes with new improved flip-top cap that uses a magnet to stay shut. And that’s not all. It even has a mirror inside, so you can stare at your sassy self while you’re sweeping on this shimmery golden pink.
Benefit’s old-school lids are going, going gone. They’re phasing them out, so the seven other shades in the Face Powder line will also be wearing the new flip-top packaging soon.
Benefit calls Bella Bamba a 3D, multi-dimensional pink face powder (what is this, Tron? LOL!), and it’s designed to brighten, sculpt and define.
I don’t know much about 3D, but I do like using this as a blush.
It applies as a neutral watermelon pink (even smells like watermelon, too!) with a generous amount of golden pearl. Sparkle-shy gals might want to go easy on the application here, because it is very, VERY shimmery.
Despite an almost excess of disco glitter, it’s also packed with pigment. Bella Bamba’s rich color should wear well on lots of different skin tones, from paler princesses to darker divas.
Blush Tip: For the lightest flush of blush, dust Bella Bamba on the apples of your cheeks with a fan-shaped brush (to keep it in the family, Benefit makes one called the Fantail ($22), which I think is pretty good). Fanned bristles are perfect for applying powder products with a light touch.
Bella Bamba swatch
Comparison swatches from left: Bella Bamba, Benefit Sugarbomb, Benefit Coralista, NARS Orgasm
Before Bella Bamba (left) and after (right)
A video showing the new packaging and a swatch on the back o’ my hand
Bella Bamba bounces onto Benefit boutiques and counters next month, but if you can’t wait that long, you’ll be able to snag it online from benefitcosmetics.com, starting next week on Monday, December 13.
AVAILABILITY: Benefit boutiques and counters in January, and benefitcosmetics.com on Monday, December 13
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Hair for the holidays!
Thank you for the great hair ideas. As you can see from the pics up top, I didn’t end up going with a big change. I ended up asking my stylist to trim my bangs and do the same Vanessa Hudgens haircut I got the last time (I was a big chicken!).
I kinda just let the stylist do whatever she wanted, which were subtle burgundy lowlights and carmel highlights. The color’s still pretty dark, though, and the contrast doesn’t come through in these pictures very well… But it’s there!
Have you done anything new with your ‘do lately?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,