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February 02, 2011

Benefit Bella Bamba: A Review

I wasn't going to post on this as I've already read a few different posts about Bella Bamba over the last couple of weeks, but I decided it is still worth raving about. So if you find this post a little repetitive, I'm sorry!



Bella Bamba is one of the most gorgeous pink blushes I've ever used. It is a truly girly shade of shimmery, deep pink with a hint of coral. I have Coralista too and I can verify that they are not that similar at all. 

The packaging is right up my street - ridiculously shiny and colourful! I love the detail on the inside as well:

I've been using this for nearly a week now and I have to say I think it was worth the money - minus the ridiculous mark-up, but more on that later. It was definitely an impulse buy at €33.50 but as many people have pointed out online, this is fairly justified on a cost-per-wear basis. I remember having Dandelion years ago and I think it lasted me about three years! Having said that, they have reduced the amount of product in the pan. The packaging has improved with the addition of a flip-top lid and a mirror. I also think the little brush they give you with it has marginally improved as the edges are curved, but I would still only use it in an emergency situation!



The blush itself is so gorgeous. It even smells nice - like sweets! You only need a tiny bit as it is quite pigmented and I think it would suit amost anyone. The shimmer looks a lot more subtle on the face which I was pleased with as I am not a fan of huge chunks of glitter.

My main gripe has to be the mark-up in price between here and the UK. I am so sick of companies presuming that it is acceptable to this - but in a way I guess they think it is as people like me will still purchase in department stores. The only reason I did was because I don't have a credit card and couldn't find Bella Bamba on ASOS (which takes Laser). I paid €33.50 for this whereas in the UK it is priced at £23.50. Therefore a fair price would have been €27.50.

Is a mark-up of €6 really necessary in order for one of the world's most popular cosmetics lines to make money? I sincerely doubt it. In fact, after some quick Googling I discovered that Benefit is owned by LVMH, which is described as 'the world's largest luxury goods conglomerate'. I'm pretty sure that they would not suffer greatly from reducing this mark-up, which I can only describe as greedy. As I have already mentioned, it can be hard to avoid this kind of ridiculous pricing if you don't have a credit card, but I would urge anyone who does to shop online for Benefit in the future.

4 comments:

  1. That's the folks who own Louis Vuitton, Moet and Chandon etc... They certainly don't need the money! I can't get over the mark up, it makes me angry even though it doesn't affect me! Bella Bamba is very lovely though.

    Sarah x

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  2. I really want to buy it, but I think I'll order it off Asos.. it will turn out cheaper!
    The mark up off the price is ridiculous, it is completely illogical!
    x

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  3. I might pick it up next time I'm in Newry,all those few euros adds up in the long run. I hate mark ups and debenhams and marks and spencers and dorothy perkins are top 3 on the hit list heh hate shopping in them in dublin

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  4. The colour looks lovely. This is goin on my wishlist along with the rest of Benefits blushers :-( they are very expensive and something I cant afford at the moment. Would love to know if there is any dupes for the benefit blushers!

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