Beauty Blender: Worth The Hype?

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I was never interested in a beauty blender until I had one. I think at some point I was sent another generic, off brand version and it dried up and never did much so I never considered the original would be any better. Now I’ve only had mine for about a month so I can’t tell you it’s holy grail or how well it will hold up compared to its predecessor but so far so VERY good. I have still reached for my Real Techniques Buffing Brush on occasion, I still love that and it will always have a place in my shallow heart but the slightly thicker foundations like Colorstay/Double Wear work 100% better with this sponge. The finish is better, the coverage.. somehow the wear time seems improved.. it’s just better. It’s not a one for all situation, some bases still work better applied with my hands, some with a brush but when you find the perfect pairing it’s better than anything else.

Really my only issue with it is having to leave my bedroom where I do my makeup to wet it in the sink and return to apply my foundation.. I know lots of people use a water spray to skip that step but I’m such a lazy washer of brushes that I think at least that daily rinse must be avoiding grime build up A LITTLE. Having to wet the sponge is a small price to pay for something I really love but it’s always worth mentioning a con if there is one.. but that’s really it.

If you have no idea how to use a Beauty Blender and have been living under a rock for the past few years here’s a quick run down. The sponge starts off small, you run it under the tap until it expands to double the size and then squeeze as much water out as possible which shrinks it back to near it’s original state. I suggest squeezing it in a towel before using it as I’ve found on multiple occasions that it’s a little too wet to apply product with and that last step helps ensure that at least the surface is just damp enough to use. Like I say it’s this mini palava that bugs me a smidge, I like products that are good to go at any time and this is not but if I’m looking for that perfect base I’m willing to lose that extra 3 minutes.

Have you tried the Beauty Blender yet? How do you feel about it vs brushes etc?

Available online here for £16.00

Miss BB

*I received this in last months Birchbox which turned out to be a PR sample (I realised 2 weeks later when my paid box arrived – sans beauty blender)

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22 Comments

  1. Jen
    13 July, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    Have you tried the real techniques beauty sponge? I have both and was just wondering what your thoughts were as a comparison 🙂 x

  2. Kate
    13 July, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    I use the real techniques version (can’t bring myself to pay all that for a sponge..) and its the only tool I’ll use for all my foundations. Usually I’ll apply my foundation to my whole face, and then bounce it all over to make a more ‘flawless’ finish. I’m lazy too so I usually will just use it dry, seems to give me the same finish either way.

    Oh the foundations of choice are the normal estee lauder double wear and mac studio fix fluid

  3. Louisaa
    13 July, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    I’m in 2 minds about this. I bought one on eBay for about £4 not really knowing much about them, it said on the listing that it was a genuine beauty blender and it seems ok. That’s my problem, it’s just ok. Everyone else seems to th

  4. Louisaa
    13 July, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    Grrr pressed send to quick.. Anyhoo, everyone seems to be screaming from the rooftops about them. I don’t know whether to invest in one at full price or just leave it as I have just invested in the real techniques core collection!

  5. 13 July, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    I got a Beauty Blender in my Birchbox in June an absolutely love it I barely use anything else!

  6. 13 July, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    I love my BB! I received it in a birchbox, otherwise I probably would not have sprung for it. Crown Brush makes a really nice dupe for it.

  7. Jo
    13 July, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    Nah. I hate the beautyblender with every fibre in my body 😉 I find that nothing beats using fingers for that flawless look.

    • rayvin400
      2 July, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      agreed. The beauty blender just makes everything look matte and dry.

  8. 13 July, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    Totally agree. I’m LOVING the Beauty Blender and never thought it’d be worth it but it definitely is. It IS a faff having to go to the bathroom to wet it but with the flawless finish I can over look that. My only other worry is the harbouring of bacteria… how often should I wash it?

    http://www.sophschoices.co.uk

    Sophie

  9. 13 July, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    I really want to try the beauty blender! how much are they originally?

  10. Moss
    14 July, 2014 / 12:17 am

    The beauty blender is reliable for every face product: foundations, bob creams, CC creams, tinted moisturizers. I find the finish flawless with all of them and I like blending out my concealer edges with it as well.

  11. nueyork
    14 July, 2014 / 2:16 am

    I use a cheaper “dupe” of the beauty blender and am so in love with it I can’t imagine any other sponge being better – but apparently the beauty blender is. I find it so hard to justify the price when I have something that works so well for me, but I also want to see if it is better.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  12. 14 July, 2014 / 2:54 am

    I love mine!! I can’t live without it!

  13. 14 July, 2014 / 4:06 am

    I received it in my Birchbox as well but haven’t used it yet. Like you it’s just the having to go to the bathroom to wet it that keeps putting me off. Need to try it though as it gets so many good reviews xxx

  14. 14 July, 2014 / 4:09 am

    I am the same way about not liking to go to the sink! I’ve been using the real techniques miracle blending sponge which is their version and i like that very much. It’s cheaper and more “plush” in my opinion!

  15. 14 July, 2014 / 4:30 am

    I actually have never tried the actual Beauty Blender but I purchased a dupe beauty sponge from Walgreens a few months back for $6. I absolutely love it. It hasn’t broken down, ripped, or anything. Its definitely a different shape and all but I love the finish it gives and how simple it is to apply. (can’t get easier that punching yourself in the face repeatedly hah) I agree the only downside is not having it ready to go as is and I feel like you have to clean it more than brushes. I adore my sponge so much but I totally believe the real Beauty Blender is way better. I’m totally going to buy when mine goes Ka-put.

    -briannaly xo.
    briannaly.blogspot.com

  16. 14 July, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    I haven’t tried the beauty blender, but I have the Real Techniques version and never use it. My bedroom is upstairs and my bathroom is downstairs, so having to make that trip just so I can apply my foundation is something I’m far too lazy to do. I’m more than happy with my Buffing Brush at the moment, maybe I should stop being so lazy and give it a fair shot though.
    http://www.thevegantaff.blogspot.com

  17. 14 July, 2014 / 10:19 pm

    I haven’t tried the beauty blender but i have got the real techniques one and i love it and use it every day! But getting up to damp it is a pain! ha
    -Amy x
    http://amytalks96.blogspot.co.uk/

  18. 15 July, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    I really want to try one of these and see if they are worth the hype for myself!:)
    I used your video on how to start a blog to start my own and i would love for you to see it:D

  19. Jodie Wright
    17 July, 2014 / 1:38 am

    I like the RT sponge, I haven’t tried an actual beauty blender. I usually brush my teeth before putting my make up on so wetting the sponge isn’t a problem for me.

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