Worth The Hype: The Beauty Blender

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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.

Beauty Blender Review Worth The Hype: The Beauty Blender

What do you think of the Beauty Blender – overpriced and overhyped or applicator genius? What’s your favorite way to apply foundation?

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Catherine, I’m glad to hear this works well for you! I use my Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush for foundations. I’ve never really used a sponge! Keep hearing great things about this one though! Maybe my curiosity will get the better of me at some point :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Sunny! I wish brushes worked for me, I just haven’t found one that works as well as the Beauty Blender with my skin. But I’m glad you have one that works for you! ♥

  • http://beautyandtheeyeliner.wordpress.com/ Natalie

    I’m so glad you’ve had luck with the beauty blender! I always hear people raving about but I’m lazy and just apply foundation with my hands.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks, Natalie! I wish fingers worked for me, they’re definitely the most convenient option! ♥

    • Christine

      So much easier, right? :)

  • Lily

    You know, I think Beauty Blender is more of a best friend for those with drier or sensitive skin.
    On my normal combination skin, it works just like any other brushes I have, and I don’t think it works particularly great. It’s pretty good for foundations with drier texture, but I can have the same effect with a wet brush >_<

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Lily! I think you’re totally right. Even though I have really oily skin in some areas, other areas get super dry, and my skin is definitely sensitive. I think that’s why it gets so irritated by too much “buffing.” With the sponge, it’s more of a super light, stippling motion and since its damp, it’s even a bit soothing to my skin. I’m always impressed by the results others get from brushes, though ♥

  • Christina

    I’m glad to hear you like it! I never purchased one because I always use my fingers to apply foundation. Weird, huh? I can’t use the BB on clients (I’m a MUA) because of cross contamination. So I never had a reason to buy it. I might buy it just to review and see if it’s really great.

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Hah, well look at that. what a coincidence :-) As you know, I compared the original Beauty Blender to a cheaper alternative. As far as I’m concerned the Beauty Blender really is worth the hype. It is by far the best foundation tool I have ever used.

  • Christine

    I often have the same problem with brushes making my skin flakier too. I usually just use my fingers. I’ve tried the Beauty Blender – I got one in a BirchBox once, believe it or not! – but it didn’t wow me. I suppose I should give it more of a go, but my fingers are really my favorite way to apply. If I need a little help blending, I’ll just grab a brush and gently blend over problem areas and I don’t seem to get more dryness.