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Friday, August 16, 2013

Beauty Blenders, Worth the Hype?

Sephora Beauty Blenders

First of all neither of the two sponges I own are the Original Beauty Blender, I did scour Sephora and the likes for one but they were out of stock so I settled for two of Sephora's own brand versions. The pink angled sponge is called the Sculptor and I bought it to use with contouring products and the little yellow egg shaped sponge has been dubbed the Precision Sponge and is the closest dupe to the Original Beauty Blender that Sephora offer. Neither sponge lists exactly what it is constructed of but to me they feel like Latex so if you have an allergy to such product I do suggest researching a little further to ensure that they are safe for you to use.

Sephora Beauty Blenders

Admittedly the beauty blender type of sponges are not for those who struggle with time in the morning as they do require a little prep before using, worth the effort yes but it can be time consuming. To use you run the sponge under water until it expands (it should double in size), squeeze out the excess water and then sandwich the sponge in-between a towel and again squeeze to soak up any remaining water. You are aiming for a damp sponge that is not dripping wet. An odd concept yes but it somehow works.

What you use your beauty blender for is entirely up to you but I find it best for stippling on foundation and other cream products although some have claimed that the sponge is great when used dry for powder products. In my experience it gave a rather heavy and uneven finish but it is worth a try none the less. When it comes to applying liquid bases I prefer the standard yellow egg shaped sponge (Sephora Precision Sponge) as the tapered egg is fantastic for working product into hard to reach places such as the under eye and around the nose, the round base is better suited to larger areas such as the cheeks and forehead. For a lighter than air finish that does have a certain airbrushed quality I suggest bouncing/dabbing the sponge over the face and building up coverage as you go.

Sephora Beauty Blenders
Sephora Beauty Blenders

Truthfully I'm still getting to grips with the Sculptor (pink sponge) the bevelled edge did initially seem ideal for contouring with but as the tip is so wide it is not quite delivering the precision I crave. At the moment I am using it for concealer - it works great with cream formulas particularly if a sheerer, natural finish is what you are aiming to achieve. Speaking of sheering out products I do have to warn you that both sponges as they have been damped not only reduce the coverage levels of any product used in conjunction but do have a terrible habit of retaining liquids. By that I mean you will loose more foundation etc to the sponge than you will apply to your face.

The other issue I have with the whole beauty blending craze is hygiene as someone with breakout prone skin I have to be rather cautious and after using a beauty blender a good few times I'm not convinced it is best suited for my skin type. After each use it is suggested that you rinse out the sponge with a gentle cleanser (baby shampoo is ideal) but I warn you now that this is an odious task. You can squeeze, scrub and use all the baby shampoo in the world and these pesky sponges still wouldn't rinse clean and don't get me started on staining.

Summed up? A novel way to apply foundation et al particularly if you prefer a soft focus airbrush effect but hygienic they are not.

Random Fact - Sponges lack the following things: tissues, neurons and a gut but are in fact an animal and can not produce their own food. 

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18 comments:

  1. I've never been one to get along with beauty blenders, they have just never worked for me!

    Totally get what you mean by them never running clean, I could of spent hours washing mine out and it would still find product from somewhere!

    Charli | Secrets Behind The Closet Door

    xx

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  2. Great post, Thanks for sharing!:)

    Hugs, Brittany, xx

    http://polkaanddots.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I have never been interested in beauty blenders and to be honest they don't look all that hygienic to me! xx

    Claire does beauty

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  4. I love the random fact! haha.

    As someone with MAJORLY acne prone skin I've always been skeptical about this "miracle" tool. Good to know someone agrees. :)

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  5. Thanks for the review, I've never tried one because I think they aren't clean :)

    xx

    Style and Paper

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  6. that was very helpful,thanx for the review..i was always sceptical about them and now you prove me right..

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  7. Great review. I bought another online website version of Beauty Blender. I pretty much like when I have time to do makeup. x

    www.rabeeyah.com

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  8. I love using sponge to apply foundation, I just find the foundation looking a lot more natural.

    Kah-Feh Yen
    I'm currently running a MAC lipstick and other goodies giveaway.

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  9. I've never really been tempted to try these... I feel like I can get even enough coverage with fingers and brushes? Of course, you never know what will happen when you're shopping online:)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  10. I love egg sponge always :) they worth atry..

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  11. I've always been tempted to try them after the big hype but I never have for two reasons - 1. I was worried it would spread by spots futher, and 2. I absolutely hate blending foundation with fingers and I was worried using a sponge would feel like the same concept. Who knows, might try one soon!

    http://somethingthatsparklesxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. I received one in a beauty box and was excited to try it. But i was disapointed, like everytime i use a sponge for foundation. It just absorbs too much product and doesnt transfer well on the skin :(

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  13. I have the original beauty blender and I feel it actually saves me time in the morning. Blends my makeup quickly with no streaks. I love it.

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  14. Hmm i am still yet to try a beauty blender, but keep reading mixed reviews! Maybe i should try one for myself!

    BritishBeautyAddict

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  15. i also wonder how good the blender is. many bloggers swear by this. due to hygiene problem, i would prefer a disposable sponge than this. good review you share!

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  16. I have a blender from M.A.C., the Pro Performer sponge and I like her, but I'm not very fan of beauty sponge in general because the result on a skin is very natural, but less coverage than an ordinary application of a foundation with my fingers or with a brush.

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  17. Thanks for the review. I'm curious to try them out for myself. They certainly look very cute.

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  18. I am just not sure if I can afford to see that much Studio Fix fluid be absorbed into the sponge each day! It's too precious!

    Jemma
    abeautifulinstant.blogspot.com

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