One of the hottest cosmetic products on the market right now is the Beauty Blender, a makeup sponge that promises to give your makeup a flawless finish while using less of your product.
The manufacturer describes the product as follows:
The world’s first edgeless, non-disposable, high-definition cosmetic sponge applicator. The unique shape and exclusive material available only with beautyblender® ensures impeccable, streak-free application with minimum product waste. Use it with primers, foundations, powders, cream blushes, and any other complexion product.
beautyblender® features an open cell structure that fills with small amounts of water when wet. This allows the sponge to be “full” so that the makeup product sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed, allowing you to use less product every time. When wet, beautyblender® doubles in size and becomes even softer, returning to its original size when it air dries.
It sounds great on paper, but does the Beauty blender stand the test of time? I’ll let you know the good, the bad, and the downright ugly based on my experience with this product.
Six Months of Beauty Blending
I purchased my Beauty Blender at Sephora at the suggestion of a friend and I was extremely anxious to try to it out!
First I ran it under the sink and let the sponge expand with the water. I immediately noticed that a lot of the pink dye was running off into the sink, but to be fair the manufacturer did warn that this could happen the first time you use it.
I dabbed some of my foundation in little dots around my face and slowly began to blend it in. I bounced the sponge around my face, rather than smearing it, and eventually my foundation was indeed even and flawless.
Six months later I found myself still using it, and I was extremely impressed at how seamless the foundation looked with each use.
My foundation would normally look caked before, but with the Beauty Blender as my main tool my skin finally looked like smooth, natural, and honestly just incredible.
I really couldn’t believe how different the foundation looked just by using the sponge (which made me extremely happy since I initially paid over $50 for that foundation!).
I know I sound like an infomercial, but it’s absolutely true.
But, please note, the only reason why this product worked for me for so long is because I was dedicated to making it work.
First I would begin by dampening the sponge under the sink and then squeezing most of the water out of it. Then I would blot some of the foundation onto my skin and begin to use the sponge to blend it in using the bounce method that I mentioned before.
I made sure that I was blending outward, that way I didn’t have a sudden discoloration when I got to my hairline
Depending on how much coverage I needed I would sometimes use another pump of foundation (namely days with a breakout), but on most days I could get away with only one pump. Normally I would use two or three pumps, so this was definitely a welcomed change!
When I was finished with my makeup for the day I would then thoroughly clean the sponge and store it away in its original cylinder packaging.
To clean the sponge I did use the Beauty Blender soap, which is, unfortunately, sold separately unless you buy it as part of a bundle. However, the soap did last me months (and I cleaned this thing every day) and it eventually outlived the sponge itself.
The Downward Spiral
After about six months of daily use and cleaning my Beauty Blender finally gave out.
The texture of the sponge changed and became slimy to the touch. I tried to rigorously clean it but that sliminess unfortunately didn’t go away.
I also noticed that the sponge stopped blending my normal foundation properly, as it would leave dark spots of foundation on my face that I of course only noticed while I was out in public.
It would absorb most of the foundation so I ended up having to use two pumps of foundation rather than one in order to cover my entire face. On top of that, in order to get it blended properly I had to put in a lot more effort and check it over multiple times.
I eventually stopped using the Beauty Blender entirely after I realized that the sponge was most likely responsible for my recent breakouts. Note: I can’t confirm whether or not it caused my face to break out, but I do believe it is related.
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Allows you to use less foundation compared to other methods of application
- Has a long life span when taken care of and stored properly
- Expensive compared to similar sponges
- The sponge cleaner is not included with the basic blender
- Long fingernails may accidentally tear the sponge
- Sponge loses its ability to accurately blend after months of consecutive use
The bottom line:
If liquid foundation is your go-to then the Beauty Blender may just be the perfect addition to your cosmetics arsenal. It’s easy to use, effective, and, when used properly, will actually save you foundation.
However, cost may just be the biggest factor playing against the Beauty Blender. The average consumer may find it to be too pricey for their tastes, especially considering the fact that the cleanser is sold separately.
Luckily there are several bundle deals available at Sephora that can help slim down the costs compared to the price you would pay if you were to purchase these items separately.
But ultimately, it is in my opinion that the Beauty Blender’s longevity and usefulness make it 100% worth the price.
Have you tried the Beauty Blender? Let us know in the comments below!