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I decided to buy my beauty blender after I noticed how much hype it was getting amongst the beauty blog community & almost all of my favourite beauty guru's were mentioning it and recommending it. It didn't appeal to me at first as it looked a bit gimmicky from the pictures but I was really impressed by all of the positive feedback that it was getting and after researching it a little I decided to order one. I purchased mine from an online retailer (beautybay.com for anyone wondering) and paid £16.00, not including delivery.
They can also be found on various other websites as well as Selfridges and the retail price ranges from around £12.00 to £16.00, so this isn't particularly cheap. Saying that though, I do think that it's worth it - I get used to through quite a lot of compact and disposable sponges and they wouldn't last long before going gunky and they didn't wash well where as this is incredibly easy to clean and it looks good as new once it is dry. There are a few different dupes of the beauty blender - some of which retail at under a fiver, and I do wish I had realised this before buying mine but as I am happy with the quality and it does what it's supposed to I can't complain too much!!
The beauty blender for anyone who hasn't got a clue what it is is basically an egg shaped sponge. It is completely smooth with a large surface area - it makes applying foundation so quick and easy (and fun as well!) It has a pointed edge which is handy for using under my eyes and around my chin and t zone. The sponge is very dense but nice and soft and because it's so smooth it feels really gentle against my skin. As it is rounded it's very easy to grip and although it's quite small (it can easily fit in the palm of my hand) it is not fiddly to use. I use this whenever I am in a rush and can't be bothered to use my foundation brush. I usually use a stippling brush for my liquid foundation because up until recently I was worried it'd stain the brush and make it go all tacky but it washes off fine - I just soak mine in some warm water and baby shampoo and it looks good as new!!
Using the sponge really couldn't be easier and although at first I was concerned that it woudn't be very precise due to the large surface area it is really effective at giving flawless coverage really quickly and the pointed bit on the end is a good size for my nose, t zone, chin etc and this is the part of the sponge that I apply my concealer with. It took me a few minutes to completely get used to it when I first got it but I had gotten the hang of it in no time and I actually find it really fun to use!! I love how it bounces against my skin when I'm blending my foundation etc - it's a weird sensation at first and it takes a little time to get used to the technique of bouncing it rather than dragging it on the skin but I soon got used to it. As long as you remember to wet it first if you're after lighter coverage (and squeeze it out!) and don't apply too much product to the sponge and make sure that you don't drag it against your skin you really can't go wrong and the results = a flawless, even, airbrushed finish!
Overall I highly recommend this sponge - it's great quality & so easy to use. It blends well and gives full coverage. Five out of five stars.
Three words - I LOVE THIS! I purchased the beauty blender after seeing a promo video of the product in action. I want to firstly start buy saying that usually i would never spend nearly £15.00 on a single makeup sponge however this product is amazing! The finish looks almost airbrushed when used even with the cheapest of skin foundations. The idea is to soak the sponge in warm water for a few minutes (this allows the fibres to become moist meaning the sponge will not soak up your foundation!) Then using the back of the hand to hold the foundation simply dip the fattest end into the product and stipple all over the face. Using this action means no makeup lines appear, the product is evenly applied and looks amazing. I also like to use the tip of the sponge to apply concealer under the eyes again producing an airbrushed look. The product can be used wet or dry (Wet is best - as explained above) and any foundation is fine (liquid, mouse or powder). Buy on today and you will be amazed at the results!
When you look at a woman's face and see her makeup, foundation in particular and how she's applied it. What do you think to yourself? Wow she can't apply makeup can she? Does she have a mirror? She is not wearing the right shade. She really needs to blend, blend and blend. Someone really needs to teach her and so on.
But how do you apply your foundation? With a Flat foundation brush? Stipple foundation brush? Cosmetic sponge? Fingers? These are some of the many ways women apply their foundations every single day. Have you ever thought about what these makeup applications does to your finished makeup look?
I love my Crown Flat foundation brush and it gives a nice even finish to your overall look, but when you've finished have you noticed your face is full of brush strokes and looks slightly un-natural? Stipple foundation brush, this technique is the same as the flat foundation brush however it works into your skin more, but have you noticed when you've finished you are still left with brush marks where the foundation hasn't blended in flawlessly to the skin? The white cosmetic sponge has been around a while hasn't it? You can use it wet or dry...so what is the problem? Used dry the sponge likes to soak up all product thus wasting product and money and not a lot is transferred onto your skin, wet gives a better coverage but you're left with marks where the corners have been pressed into your foundation and you can apply more than you wanted to, you've also got streaks everywhere and end up using your fingers to blend and last but not least your fingers. Apply foundation with your fingers means you can give it a good rub for it to look natural, while you're doing this you have to apply more product as your fingers are wiping the rest away and you keep going back and forth.
Fast forward to 2006 and out comes the makeup world's best creation called The Beauty Blender. The Beauty Blender or BB for short is basically a sponge, yes that is right a sponge. But not just any old sponge, BB is a bright pink sponge. Really though it was created by two top Hollywood Makeup Artists called Rea Ann Silva and Veronica Lorenz. BB was created to give woman a flawless and very natural finish to their makeup while still giving the coverage that they required and everyone knows a good makeup application has been blended a million times before it looks perfect. Not everyone can afford a makeup artist so BB was created with no edges, which in turn means no harsh lines you have to blend away.
To me I would say the BB is egg shaped but the actual technical name is elliptical. This shape means the sponge can get into hard areas like around your nose, under your eyes, around your mouth and around creased while leaving your makeup flawless looking.
BB comes nicely packaged in its own reusable clear storage container. The case itself was designed so when you're not using your BB it can be stored safely without getting damaged, it also comes with a little sample of their sponge cleaner.
BB is very soft to the touch and with a suede texture it is easy to see why. The sponge is small with dimensions of 3.5 x 3.8 inches.
So how do you use this sponge? Well first of you can use this sponge with any foundations including mineral. Simply take your sponge out of your container and rinse it under water, squeeze all the water out and then squeeze it in a towel, that way it is damp and not wet. When the BB is wet it doubles in size. Make sure you skin is clean and apply primer if you require. Take your foundation of choice, mine is liquid. I first squeeze a small amount on the back of my hand and dab the round bottom part into the foundation so a small amount is on the sponge. To apply to your face simply dab it on, BB call it bouncing and makeup artists call it stippling. I first bounce it in different areas on one area of my face i.e. cheek and then bounce it all round to blend. Because the sponge is damp you need a small amount of foundation to cover the area and oh my, doesn't it cover the area well? Upon first application I thought it looked terrible, my face looked like I had little dots all over where I had bounced and I have to say I was not impressed.
BB doesn't absorb any product instead it holds the product on the outside unlike other sponges and brushes.
Once I have finished I still had little dots all over my face but once my foundation settled within a few seconds and the dampness evaporated my skin looked flawless, almost airbrushed and I don't have the best looking skin and best off all it is blended in so well it just looks like I have naturally good skin. After my foundation application then I like to apply concealer under my eyes, round my nose and blemishes. I took my usual concealer brush and brushed it over the area then using the top part of the sponge, which is designed for this area as it can get into all creases with ease. Again like you did with foundation you bounce the sponge into your concealer and skin. Afterwards I set my makeup with a translucent powder and I am finished.
It is recommended to wash your sponge after every use ready for the next application. Personally I wash mine every other day with baby shampoo or you can use their sponge cleanser, I find storing mine in the clear container best to let it air dry.
You have to be careful when cleaning your BB sponge and while in use as it is delicate so watch those nails.
BB say you should replace your sponge every 6 months, I have had mine for 4 months and I doubt I will be replacing it soon as its still going strong.
BB is latex free, non-allergenic and odour free so great for sensitive skins.
Here is the part you may not like, this little sponge will set you back £14.50 and you can purchase it from http://www.beautyblender.co.uk/product/beautyblender_classic/
Beautyblender / Make up applicator Sponge / Latex free /