Everyone in the beauty community is familiar with this “legendary” pink, squishy, egg-shaped makeup sponge and the high price tag that comes with it. I purchased mine from Sephora Philippines hoping that it will be a game changer for me when it comes to foundation/concealer application and achieving a flawless base.
The beauty blender is contained in a see-through plastic canister with removable cap that has a tiny hole at the center. There is a small rounded pamphlet at the bottom part of the canister where the beauty blender sits. It basically tells you how to use and clean the makeup sponge.
THE BEAUTY BLENDER
Guess what was the first thing I did when I got hold of the sponge? … Yes! I squeezed it multiple times and oh my gosh girl, it is really soft and super squishy! I actually had fun doing the deed hehe!
The color of the original beauty blender is bright pink but it loses it’s vibrancy when wet. It is porous, lightweight and actually a lot smaller than I imagined. Like any other makeup sponge, it’s size increases when wet.
As mentioned, the original beauty blender is comparable to the shape of an egg except that it has a pointed tip. The form of the sponge is strategically designed so the foundation or concealer may reach the crevices and every corners of the face.
I like to use the tip part of the beauty blender under the eye area, sides of the nose and mouth. The bottom part for my chin and forehead while the sides of the blender does the job in blending the foundation on my entire face and neck.
The original beauty blender is latex free meaning it does not contain rubber which can cause allergic reactions and other harmful effects on the skin.
HOW DO I USE IT?
I first dampen the beauty blender on a running water making sure that it is fully saturated. Once I am contented, I then give it a little squeeze for the excess water to come off.
This makeup sponge is perfect in applying liquid-based makeup products like liquid foundations and concealers. I just put a pump of liquid foundation at the back of my hand and apply little dots using my finger on my entire face. Afterwards, I go ahead and start patting and blending the product using the beauty blender. I also use it to put on transluscent powder when baking and in applying my cream blushes as well.
Though it does not bother me at all, because of the porous nature of the makeup sponge it inevitably soaks up more product as compared to a makeup brush or your fingers. I have not tried using the beauty blender when dry for I think it’s not a good idea but it works on it’s full potential when wet.
Because the makeup sponge is so soft, I can effortlessly dab it all over my face and neck. It does a great job in making my skin absorb the foundation or concealer more allowing me to add layers and build up the coverage without worrying about caking . I feel like it gives me a smoother, flawless finish than what my other makeup applicators provides.
SANITATION AND STORAGE
It is very important to clean the beauty blender after every use in order to avoid contamination and to prolong it’s life. You can either use the Solid Cleanser Kit from the same brand but you can also use brush cleaners, mild shampoos and liquid soaps.
First, I place the makeup sponge on a running water and put a generous amount of my Baylis and Harding Cleansing hand wash (the black pepper and ginseng variant smells so good!). I massage it thoroughly, squeeze it repeatedly and rinse it very well making sure that there is not a trace of soap left .
You must know that it is normal for the beauty blender to bleed for up to first three washes.
I just let it to air dry by putting it upside down the canister.
Once fully dry, it will sink back to it’s original size and it will fit again in the canister. I secure it with the lid.
I can say that the Beauty Blender is really a game changer for me and I did the right decision of spending a thousand bucks for it. I like that it is latex free, travel friendly and very easy to use and maintain. If you are a makeup enthusiast like me and would like to try new products that will work for you, I highly suggest for you to try this makeup sponge. Now if you are still a student or saving up for something more important, I heard that the Real Techniques Pro Blend Sponge is the closest dupe for it. If you want a more cheaper alterntive, I can suggest the AOA Wonder Blender. Just comment down below if you want me to do a comparison review with other makeup sponges in the market.