Ah, the Beauty Blender. You either love it or you balk at its price tag. Or (like me) you do both simultaneously. I mean, $20+ for a sponge?! I know, it’s a little crazy. But as much as I tried to fight it, this absurdly expensive pink triangle has become my absolute, hands down favorite foundation applicator.
When it comes to foundation, I’ve always preferred applying with sponges over brushes. When I see others buffing foundation in with flat-top kabukis and densely packed domed brushes, I’m usually impressed with the results. But on me, the buffing motion seems to exacerbate dryness in my skin. Instead of that gorgeously even-toned complexion others achieve, I’m more likely to end up with balled up product and flakes.
So, sponges have been my method of choice. Since I started wearing makeup up until I discovered the Beauty Blender, I used those little disposal wedges from the drugstore. Those work, but they don’t apply the foundation as flawlessly and as effortlessly as the Beauty Blender. They’re not as soft or durable and they don’t provide the no-harsh-edges finish of a Beauty Blender. They just don’t compete.
Same with the other less expensive Beauty Blender-style sponges I’ve tried (and I’ve tried quite a few). They were far denser, harder, and didn’t expand the way the Beauty Blender does when wet.
Each Beauty Blender sponge usually lasts me about 3 months. I wash them before every use. The brand’s cleanser smells lovely, but truthfully whatever soap you have on hand will probably work just as well. After washing, I squeeze out most of the excess water before applying foundation. I found this works with any liquid or cream makeup I’ve tried. It allows you sheer out heavy foundations and build up coverage in thin, natural-looking layers. I know by now everyone knows how to use them, so I won’t go into detail here. Bottom line – if you want an applicator that gently deposits product, diffuses it effortlessly, and gives beautiful results with very little effort, this is it.
What do you think of the Beauty Blender – overpriced and overhyped or applicator genius? What’s your favorite way to apply foundation?