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?
*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)