I am sure that you have heard of the Beauty Blender, the egg-shaped sponge that people use to apply their makeup. If you haven’t, where have you been?! To be honest I heard so much about it, but I wasn’t sure if it was worth the money…I mean anything over a tenner for a glorified sponge, gets my blood pressure rising! Finally, I caved in and bought one to test it out and see what the hype was about.
Should you guys buy it or is it a waste of money? How do you use it to apply your makeup? Here are some tips on how to use the Beauty Blender:
I have cleansed and moisturised my face, getting ready to put on my foundation. I have done my brows but I haven’t tidied them up with concealer.
Apply the foundation onto the back of your hand and dip the round part of your damp beautyblender into the foundation. Dab (*dabs*) and press the beautyblender into your skin, rather than wiping it on your face.
Repeat this process, adding more foundation to the sponge as you go along (your hand might get tired but keep on going…the results are worth it at the end!) You can use the tip of the sponge for the smaller areas of your face i.e. under your eyes, around your nose. The key is to take your time while doing this to ensure that everything is blended well.
Voila! This is the finished look
When I first got my Beauty Blender, I was disappointed. It was smaller than I thought it would be, however, I realised that it expands and gets bigger when it is damp. The shape of the sponge almost forces you to take your time when applying your foundation or concealer, to ensure that everything is blended in well. This is a good thing, because I realised that when I take my time with my makeup, it looks better. Just like anything in life really. If you are in a rush, then you might want to avoid using this sponge! Kabuki or Buffing brushes are definitely the faster route.
The best way to use the BeautyBlender is to use it damp, I spray my MAC Fix+ on the sponge before I use it. If you use it dry, it absorbs the foundation and can give a ‘cakey’ look. I sometimes struggle to get my buffing brush into those nooks and crannies of my face when applying my foundation, and have to use a smaller, thiner brush. The Beauty Blender is really good for applying makeup products into the smaller areas of your face due to the pointed tip.
Some people use the same sponge for blending their foundation, under eye concealer and contour but I prefer to use different sponges, just because of the different shades. I will eventually buy another sponge, so in the meantime, I use this sponge only for my foundation.
IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?
Yes, it is. It is definitely worth the money. It gives me a flawless finish and blends my foundation well. I love it.
REAL TECHNIQUES MIRACLE COMPLEXION SPONGE
The Real Techniques sponge is bigger than the Beauty Blender and does not expand when wet. It is heavier and thicker than the Beauty Blender. I prefer the size and the texture of the Beauty Blender because it is lighter and softer. I find the Real Techniques sponge does not give me a flawless finish like the Beauty Blender, but it is £7 so can I really complain??
If the Beauty Blender is not on your ‘to buy’ list, a great alternative is the Real Techniques Buffing brush.
Have you tried the Beauty Blender or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge? Which one do you think is better?