The Becca Bombora Palette Brings Classy Colors to the Beach

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becca bombora review

If the best things in life are free, why the heck does the Becca Bombora palette have to cost $65 bones?


Even though the five-piece limited edition summer palette for eyes, lips and cheeks costs an arm and a leg, I gotta say, she’s one classy lady. Drugstores everywhere may curse her existence, but all the way from her packaging to her pigments, fine textures and blendability, Bombora looks and feels luxe.

That said, you may have heard this color story (or one like it) before. With its teal, peach, coral and two golds, the palette might remind you of MAC To The Beach. Like, if MAC To The Beach were a carefree barefoot surfer girl who lives out of her car and chases big waves up and down the coast, Bombora would be her more refined older sister who only stays at five-star seaside resorts.

I dig where these colors rank on my personal brightness scale — which is somewhere between bright enough to be interesting and too bright to wear to a meeting. They have a subtle kiss of sheerness that keeps ’em from looking too obnoxiously bold.

becca bombora review

becca bombora review
Becca Bombora Palette swatches from left to right on NC35 skin: Mai Tai Lip Gloss, Bougainvillea Lip & Cheek Creme, Mazu Highlighting Creme, Raffia Compact Eyeliner, Sunburst Compact Eyeliner

becca bombora review
Swatches on NW20 skin

becca bombora review

I’m a big fan of summer palettes that 1) cover all my bases and 2) handle vibrant shades in such a user-friendly way. I just wish Becca would do something about the price (like cut it in half). Available now at Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

You might like the Becca Bombora Palette if…

  • You feel like treating yourself to something special
  • You like colorful, elegant palettes
  • You like the way you look in shades of gold, coral, teal and peach

Oh, Sookie!

Evidently, Snoop Dogg loves True Blood too. He even wrote an ode to my girl Sookie Stackhouse, not surprisingly titled, “Oh, Sookie.”


I just about died laughing when I watched this for the first time! It’s just so weird (and, um, the Sookie Stackhouse backup dancers?), but also has some oddly touching moments, like when Snoop tells Sookie that he’d never trick her like Eric and make her drink blood, ha ha!

Ya know, Snoop, if you’re reading this (put down the brownies!), I, too, would like an ode. Of course, it would have to include references to Tabs, crazy cat ladies, Nutella and MAC Nymphette Lipglass. Oh, and I’d appreciate two versions, one clean and one explicit, so I wouldn’t feel weird when I played the clean one for my parents. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Radhika says:

    Your ode request – superfunny!!

  2. wow something about this palette just clicks with me (aside from the price of course) those colors are just so gorgeous, and I’m loving the textures too. and LOL at the video, it left me slightly woooooo~~~~out there
    .-= makeup morsels’s last blog post… EOTD: Smokey Green =-.

  3. mill says:

    haha i love oh sookie!
    yea becca is expensive but i do want to buy something from them one day…. the product are all so beachy! i guess thats what you get from an australian brand..

  4. Marian says:

    I’m really loving this palette……

  5. Agnes says:

    ooo never really heard of becca cosmetics before :$.. but glad to know now! i really like how the colours are more sheer and not as dramatic because im afraid to put on too much colour on my eyes! so this would be great for you know.. starting out and working my way up to those “pop” colours 🙂 thanks for the post!
    .-= Agnes’s last blog post… Gold EOTD W/ Double Wing Eyeliner =-.

  6. gio says:

    That’s a beautiful palette. I love that the shades are colorful but still very wearable and easy to pull off.

    And lol at that video. 🙂
    .-= gio’s last blog post… New Collection: Smashbox Masquerade Fall 2010 =-.

  7. Nina says:

    Uber LOL at your ode request. 😛 So funny that Snoop likes TB.

    That palette is pretty too btw. Im liking the gray shade on it! 🙂 Becca virgin here so … im really curious!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina,

      I find it hilarious that Snoop loves TB! I wonder if he throws screening parties at his house (complete with gin & juice cocktails) LOL!

      Becca makes a lot of GREAT products; they’re just hard to find. Sephora used to carry the line years ago… it’s a shame that they don’t anymore, because they have great colors and textures.

      • Nina says:

        Uh huh … now im trying to find that palette and Sephora and Nordies both dont carry it. That gray is haunting me! 😀

        LOL @ gin and juice cocktails … im sure he does, would be a hoot to go to one! 😛

  8. Kim says:

    I laughed pretty hard when I saw the Snoop tribute too – I wonder what’s in store for us this Sunday! 🙂
    PS So far, it looks like tough, sassy Tara will not be making an appearance this season. I hope I’m wrong though because “emotional mess” Tara is already wearing thin!

    And on a make-up related note, totally agree about the price! Ouch!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim,

      I really hope Tara’s character catches a break. Something GOOD needs to happen to her, stat. I can’t take another season of her having a nervous breakdown in every episode!

  9. Lisa S. says:

    I love the colors on this palette, although I’ve seen this a theme running through quite a few makeup collections and palettes and I might be ready for something else. :0)
    65 bucks is a bit of an ouchy too. :0(

    Oh Sookie is awesomely funny, I saw it on the Facebook True Blood page before I saw it after
    the show Sunday. So I kinda knew what to expect. Oh and did anyone else crack up during the show when Sookie was talking to Jason and imitated Bill saying her name?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lisa S.,

      Yup, ’tis the season for beach-inspired colors! Not to worry, though, the new stuff for fall should be rolling in within the next month or so.

  10. amy says:

    The is a pretty palette, I especially like the teal and the gold together. Speaking of True Blood, I just saw the new episode online last night and I am enjoying season three so far.
    Sookie + Eric=HAWTNESS!
    .-= amy’s last blog post… A Rosy Romantic Evening with Pacifica Egyptian Rose Bergamot Perfume Spray =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy,

      Hotness indeed. I’m team VB and all, but I wouldn’t mind if Sookie got in a little makeout sesh (or two or ten) with Vampire Eric.

  11. Tessa says:

    I think i’ll be the younger sister, this really isnt my kind of product.

  12. Lee says:

    I know i say it all the time but these colours r really pretty 🙂 lol

    I hope i can find them here in australia…i know i say that all the time aswell lol
    we have plenty of makeup here but it seems were a bit delayed with some stuff 😛

  13. Trinidad says:

    I do like this palette but agree that it’s a little to pricey for something I won’t use regularly.
    .-= Trinidad’s last blog post… Hump Day Hooray! The Kitchen Sink Edition =-.

  14. Lee says:

    Haha oopsy i didnt realize they were from here lol
    Theres not one really close though unless they have it in a Myers or DJs near me ( our 2 major department stores ), but thats ok i havent been shopping in the city 4 ages 🙂

    Just off topic, r u ( or anyone else hehe ) watching the world cup? I just watched the USA v Algeria game quite a good match although i felt sorry 4 u guys cos there were a fair few missed goal shots, but doesnt matter u won anyway hehe

  15. Rachel says:

    Karen…you have GOT to have the coolest job ever. It sounds like these companys just send you products to review, and you get to give the thumbs up or down. Are you just DROWNING in makeup? I’d love that. 🙂 I’d never have the confidence to do what you do, but I am so happy for you that you get to do what you love and get lots of free stuff doing it! 🙂

    PS…this pallette is way out of my color range. I’m fair skinned and I think you can pull off brighter colors with your beautiful olive skin. Envious!

  16. Tiffany says:

    that song CRACKED ME UP when I first saw it 🙂

  17. marisol says:

    Seeing it on you, I really do like the palette but it is a bit pricey. I have tried Becca before (am a fan of their finishing loose powder) but I stay away due to the price.

    Snoop’s video is AWESOME!
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Haulidays. . . =-.

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