I’ll be reviewing one of the most raved about products in makeup today- the Beauty Blender. Beauty Blender which was launched a few years ago, took the makeup industry by storm with its claims to give a flawless, professional makeup look. It is an egg-shaped sponge specially designed for makeup. Given its hype, on one of my trips abroad, I picked it up at Sephora but dropped it at the last minute because I couldn’t get myself to pay 20-something dollars for a small sponge! But it kept on lingering in my mind and at last, I decided to give in and ordered it online. So let’s get to the review and see what’s so special about this sponge.
Now you can look like a movie star without the pricey services of a major make up artist. Introducing Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artist Rea Ann Silva, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva knows that the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can leave visible streaks.
Beautyblender’s elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free.
USD 20. For Indian residents, it is available at luxola.com which is where I purchased mine from.
The beauty blender is a latex-free, elliptical-shaped sponge. Initially when you see the dry sponge, it looks quite small. But after you dip it in water, it becomes almost double the size. The size it gets to fits perfectly in your grip.
I have used sponges in the past and I feel this one is certainly better than the ones I have tried before. First of all, its shape & size is a perfect fit in your hand. Second, it is quite soft and feels very comfortable on the skin as compared to some other sponges which have a synthetic feel to them. Thirdly, once you saturate it with water, it absorbs a lot less amount of makeup than other sponges.
How To Use
Immerse the beauty blender in water and give it a squeeze or two underwater. This saturates it so it won’t absorb makeup products. Now take it out and squeeze it to get rid of the excess water. You should now be left with a damp (NOT dripping wet) sponge. I personally like to pat the surface of beauty blender with a tissue at this point.
After this, you can now go ahead and take some of your foundation and start bouncing/stippling it on the face. Never drag the sponge. Use the tip for hard to reach areas like inner eyes and sides of the nose and the lower side of the beauty blender for larger areas of face like forehead and cheeks.
I have been using it regularly for my foundation, under-eye concealer and setting powder. I have heard people using it for blush and contour also but I personally prefer to use a brush for that.
Also Read: 6 Ways To Apply Foundation: Beginners’ Guide
Using a beauty blender instead of a brush sheers out the formula of the foundation/ concealer. It deposits a very light layer of the product onto the face and blends it completely into the skin which results in a very natural, dewy finish. The foundation and concealer look as similar to actual skin as they can possibly look. It is especially suitable for dry-skinned girls as using a brush for foundation can result in micro-exfoliation and exaggerated dry areas on the face. Whereas with the beauty blender, there is no rubbing motion and hence no dry patches.
How To Wash
I did not order the cleanser that comes with it. So I just use a plain soap to wash it. It only takes 2 minutes and the big plus here is that you don’t really have to wait for it to dry. Just wash it, squeeze it to get rid of excess water and you’re ready for your makeup application. One thing I’d like to add here is that every time I wash it, the water that flows out is pink! I don’t know if its with my particular product or its like this with everyone.
– Results in a completely blended, dewy foundation/concealer finish
– Gives a light to medium coverage; great for everyday
– The size is a perfect fit in the hand
– Leaves no streaks
– Feels soft and comfortable on skin
– Latex-free and hypo-allergenic, so great for sensitive skin
– Gets the product into the pores
– Does not cause micro-exfoliation so ideal for dry-skinned girls
– Gets stained with makeup
– Not suitable if you’re looking for full coverage
The Beauty Blender is a great makeup tool, especially for the base makeup like foundation and concealer application. It gives a completely blended, dewy, non-cakey and almost airbrushed kind of look. It does feel expensive for a sponge but given the price of decent foundation brushes, doesn’t feel as unreasonable. I love it and would totally recommended it for you all too!
Update Jan 2016: Luxola.com has discontinued its shipping to India. I will update this post as soon as I find some other online portal which ships the product to India.