Benefit Hot2Trot – Part 1 Bella Bamba Box O Powder Review

Benefit Bella Bamba

Benefit Bella Bamba

I bought this a few months ago (see my haul here) from Debenhams as part of the Hot2Trot set and had planned on reviewing this and the Cha Cha tint in one post, but it became pretty long and picture heavy. I’ve been using this blush for the past two months and have been pretty impressed with it. I bought this as I was searching for the perfect blusher and my friend from uni recommended this Coralista and Fine One One. I am yet to try Coralista, but I think it might actually be better for everyday use than this one. The Hot2Trot set contains a mini Cha Cha Tint and is apparently exclusive to Debenhams. I’ve since seen ASOS claiming it is exclusive to them also. Who knows. I will add links at the end of the post.

Benefit Hot2Trot set containging a full size Bella Bamba and a mini 4ml Cha Cha Tint

Benefit Hot2Trot set containging a full size Bella Bamba and a mini 4ml Cha Cha Tint

What Benefit Say

‘Amplify cheekbones and create the illusion of sculpted features with this 3D watermelon blush. Laced with shimmering gold undertones, bella bamba takes eye-popping pretty to the third dimension…you’ll never use traditional blush again!’ – Benefit

Benefit Bella Bamba Inside with the handy brush

Benefit Bella Bamba Inside with the handy brush


I know some people really don’t like the packaging of the Benefit blushers, but I actually really like it. The box it made from a thick card coated in some pretty paper. I love the holographic goodness of the paper. The lid flips open to reveal a plastic insert protecting the blush from the small included brush and a small, but good quality mirror. This makes it good for travelling. The only downside is that being card it may not be as sturdy as a plastic case, but when I travel I always put mine in a make-up bag anyway.


As with most powder products, this contains Talc. Talc can be the enemy of a few acne sufferers, so if you happen to suffer from acne, as with any powder product be wary when applying this incase it causes you to break out. This also contains BHT, which is a preservative and has had some controversy surrounding it in recent years, although from what I can see mainly as a food additive. Apparently it also has some anti-viral effects, particularly against herpes, just so you know. Bit random, but hey. I was surprised to see that this contains several compounds which act as moisturiser, which is probably why this blush doesn’t dry out my skin. This also contains colouring (surprise surprise) and fragrance, which again if you have overly sensitive skin or acne it could cause a breakout. Other than that, this product doesn’t seem to really have any nasty ingredients.

Benefit Bella Bamba showing the brush

Benefit Bella Bamba showing the brush

Application and Wear Time

A handy little brush is included, which I know many bloggers loathe. I love this. It is soft and doesn’t hold too much product, allowing for the blush to be layered. I also find this brush is good to create sculpted cheekbones. Benefit recommend dotting on the hairline, but when I tried this it just looked like I had been playing in glitter. The blush is quite soft and it doesn’t feel very dry. As mentioned above, it contains some ingredients which act as a moisturiser and I think these must give the blush its smooth and silky texture. This easily wears on my skin for in excess of 8 hours and doesn’t dry me out or cling to my dry patches. I love the texture, it just applies so smoothly and the products doesn’t fall off my face.

Bella Bamba in the Pan

Bella Bamba in the Pan

Colour and Smell

This smells very sweet and perfumed, so if you hate scented products, you will hate this. The smell does not linger once applied. It is quite sweet, with a hint of fruit and I find it difficult to place, but I quite enjoy it. In terms of colour, this is a bright-dark pink with bags of shimmer and has been described as a watermelon pink, which I suppose is accurate. It has good colour pay off, however on dark skins I am not sure how well this would show up.


Unblended Heavy Swatch

Unblended Heavy Swatch

Blended Swatch Showing Shimmer

Blended Swatch Showing Shimmer

Pricing and Where to Buy

This comes in an 8g box and is available from Benefit, Boots and Benefit stockists for £23.50

The Hot2Trot set is now out of stock on ASOS but you can buy it for £23.50 from Benefit or Debenhams. If you want this blusher, buy the hot2trot as it is way better value since you get cha cha tint.

Final Thoughts

This isn’t the perfect blush for me as it is too shimmery, so I am reserving it for nights out. I like the staying power and unlike other shimmery blushes, it doesn’t accentuate my pores. I will definitely repurchase once this runs out (never likely to happen as the box is huge). I am still on the hunt for a blush that is matte or not too shimmery and will last 10 hours plus for work.

Have you tried this blusher or any others from Benefit? What is your go to blush and can you recommend me one for work?




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