Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sugar Sample

I really didn't expect to like Benefit Sugarbomb as much as I do. I’d always dismissed it as too light, more of a highlighting shade than a serious blush. After buying way too much at Benefit in Bloomingdale's on my New York holiday, the sales assistant threw this sample in as a freebie. I managed to not open it until now, and it was love at first swipe.





l-r: Essence Asian Sensation (light peach side), Benefit Coralista, NARS Deep Throat, Benefit Sugarbomb



Sugarbomb is a soft tan and sherbet orange mix, with a pale gold pearlescent finish. The combination sounds a little strange, but it makes sense when I think about it. Pink can always lean too red, orange can look a bit too bright, unnatural or red again, and a more nude/tan colour just isn't too exciting or fresh. But a soft orange tinged with brown and a touch of pink mimics the skin and blends seamlessly. I find the shimmer isn't as crazy as Coralista. However, while it imparts a luminous glow, it will also highlight imperfections or pores.

What I love about Sugarbomb is that the shade, application and pigmentation make it just so easy. The colour is soft and subtle (except for the obvious shimmer), which I prefer for everyday wear as I’m always cautious not to overdo my blush. It’s not super noticeable you're wearing anything, but it does give your face that extra warmth and colour in a natural, easygoing way. You can brush it on quite haphazardly and not have to worry about putting on too much, or perfect placement, or needing to tone it down after. It just works the first time. For a relatively light shade, I find the wear time to be pretty impressive, which isn't something I’ve felt with Benefit boxed powders in general.

53 comments:

  1. Sugarbomb looks a bit too peachy for me.. I'm thinking of Hervana if I can afford it at some point! But my mom's been hunting for another nude-y blush since she hit pan on Orgasm and is looking for something more "natural", so I'll tell her to check this out! Thanks for the great review :D

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  2. sugar bomb is so pretty, its a nice sherbet orange color that seems to suit slightly more "yellower" tones, in my opinion!
    how small is the sample sized blush right, the brush cant even swirl around in it haha
    the blush looks so pretty and natural on you :D

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  3. I absolutely love this blusher! It's been on my wishlist for quite a while now :) xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Such a pretty blush :D It's beautiful!

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  5. I have this in a little sample and haven't opened it yet. I too don't have very high initial expections. Perhaps it will change after trying it!

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  6. the color is really beautiful! :)

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  7. it is so nude..... looking natural <3 sad it will be hardly visible on me... but nice on your cheeks <3

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  8. Such a natural light color. Looks stunning!

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  9. I love neutral blush and how natural it looks. I love this Sugarbomb along with my other Benefit blushes. This looks very pretty on you.

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  10. I adore Benefit blushes and Bella Bamba is my go-to coral. This color looks lovely on you. :)

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  11. Ooo love this! I love how natural it looks on you. :)

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  12. So pretty! I have a sample size of Bella bamba and a full size of Dallas. I feel ike I need them all. XD

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  13. sugarbomb is soooo pretty! :)
    drop by my blog too dear?

    xoxo,
    Rae \(^o^)/
    Raellarina - The Ballerina on Fire

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  14. So pretty! I've seen this at the store but never gave it a look. I will now though! Thanks for the review :)

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  15. I only have a Coralista mini, but I'm looking forward to getting some of their others as well. I've been eyeing Dandelion and Dallas especially, but I think I'll have to add Sugarbomb to that list as well! It looks very pretty on your cheeks :)

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  16. That looks like a gorgeous blush! So pretty and natural. But is it just me or does it look strikingly similar to Coralista? Hmm.

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  17. Looks really subtle on you c:
    Very soft and sweet!

    xx

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  18. Love this colour. Looks great on you.
    I may have to try this.
    Thanks for sharing.

    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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  19. I love this blush! It looks great on you!:) ♥
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Love this!
    Great blog!
    Check out mine sometime if you'd like xoxo
    AIMEROSE BLOG

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  21. This is such a gorgeous blush!!xx

    http://lucycole.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. it looks a bit too sheer for me, but it looks nice on you! I prefer rosy-red blush :) ..
    But Sugarbomb looks like it's good for subtle contouring!

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  23. I love Sugarbomb. It looks fantastic on and it's great that it has minimal shimmer.

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  24. That looks really pretty against your skin tone! I like how it's soft, yet noticeable enough.

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  26. this is a great shade. it looks amazing on you and that is a really great sized sample but benefit really do have decent sized samples. i am such a fan of their products so i really want to try this now. their coral blush tho is and will remain my ultimate fav forever.

    http://www.lovefromberlin.net/
    xx rae

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  27. A good blush makes ALL the difference. This is a very pretty shade on you. This story kind of reminds me of when I was in high school and bought some lipstick (Clinique) and the saleslady threw in a different shade (that I never in a million years would have chosen for myself) as a sample. Well, after trying the new shade, it quickly became my favorite and now, after all these years, it's one of my staple colors! Funny how things work. :)

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  28. What a GORGEOUS colour! I think I need to get this now, or one of the other similar ones you've swatched!

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  29. How does the ALDI Sunset blush compare to Deep Throat and Sugarbomb? I remember it to be peachier than Orgasm, but is it comparable to Sugarbomb? Your 'perfect blush' spiel sounds so logical! I've heard mixed reviews about the Benefit boxed powders- I'm not too keen to try them out just yet. :/

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    1. I just swatched the 3 of them side by side! Sunset is the darkest one, much more of a reddish orange colour. Deep Throat is lighter, more pink. Sugarbomb is the lightest, more pink like Deep Throat, but also with a touch brown and more pronounced gold sheen.

      I generally find myself pleasantly surprised by Benefit's stuff. Their retro/elaborate packaging isn't really my style but I do appreciate the attention to detail in their packaging, and their products generally perform well. However there are so many affordable blush options that are excellent quality, like Rimmel and Essence, that I'm sure you don't need to shell out for Benefit :)

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  30. I agree with you about how it does look more of a highlighting shade than a blush because it is so light! The colour looks beautifully refreshing though and gives a pretty subtle pop of colour to your cheeks. It looks like it is a shade between Asian Sensation and Coralista haha!

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  31. It is such a pretty, natural colour, looks great on!

    Em x

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  32. I have been dying to get my hands on Sugarbomb since getting a sample of it last year - behind Hervana, it's definitely got to be my favourite shade from Benefit, and it actually looks really good on pale skin, which not all of their colours do (i.e. Hoola). It really suits your skin tone, too! xx

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  33. Gorgoues I say, reminds me so much of a blush I love from Bourjois Cuirve brun I believe thats how you spell it! It's a light peach brown, so light I usually go with my brush digging for more product to get a more noticeable peach flush. I like how gentle that shade is...it would go so well with darker eye make up!

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  34. I've hit pan on this and it was a bittersweet moment, on one hand it feels awesome to love a product this much, on the other hand it means it's started to run out! Glad you like it, it really is an amazing blush ^^ xx

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  35. This has been on my wishlist for such a long time, I've managed to hold off but I think I may purchase it in time for spring! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  36. I love it! Such a pretty colour and so natural, I like! ^^

    liveyourdreamsxo.blogspot.com

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  37. Sugarbomb looks really good on you! I can see why you love it! It's so soft and natural. :-)

    ~ Yun

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  38. I bought a Benefit set and it includes Sugarbomb blush. After reading your review, I'm so excited to try it out!

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  39. This colour is so pretty & subtle on you. I would love to try something from benefit, well I would probably try a blush or highlighter, because they look so luxe!

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  40. This looks really lovely :) I shall have to swatch this next time I am in store!

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  41. Wow that is an incredible free sample!!! those kind of orange-gold blushes are really lovely, and they suit your skin tone very well :D

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  42. I love this blush and I also never thought I would like it! It's so easy to wear! Great review :)

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  43. I have yet to try a Benefit box powder but I'm glad that you like Sugarbomb! :) It looks very nice and natural on you!!

    www.chochalistas.blogspot.com

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  44. I don't really wear blusher much but these are great colours, not too red, so they look natural

    Daisy Dayz
    In Pursuit of an Online Income

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  45. very natural! i have Coralista by them.

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  46. Nice! Can double as a bronzer or blush for light travelling :)

    xLaMaria.blogspot.ca

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  47. this shade is right up my alley! and i love the natural colour it gives, it's not too obnoxious. thanks for showing the dupes too, but i think I like the shade of Nars Deep Throat better :)

    I hope you're having a beautiful day ~ xo
    www.chriissydollxo.com

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  48. This blush looks really sof and cute! It´s really lovely~~

    Xoxo

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  49. Love ur blog hun! So following :) x

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