beauty blender! – a review

hey all, i’ve finally jumped onto the beauty blender bandwagon. i know the beauty blender has been released for a while now but it was only recently i heard about it (one of the beauty boxes in US gave it out in one of the months).

anyway, i received mine in the mail today and i thought i’ll test it out and do a quick review on it! i’ll probably do another review after i’ve used it for a while. i bought mine (2 beauty blenders) from beautycarousel for S$39.90. initially, i thought of buying it from the US but i realised they charged a minimal shipping fee of about $8, so after conversion, it worked out to be almost the same price as buying it straight from singapore. the beauty blender is very expensive considering it’s less than 10g and it’s really just a sponge. my boyfriend was shocked at how much i was willing to pay for it but so many beauty gurus have declared this as one of their favourite beauty product and i just had to try it.

i bought 2 beauty blenders without the cleanser because 1) the blender lasts roughly from 4 – 6 months and one blender costs S$29.90 and 2) there are other cheaper alternatives to cleaning the blender without wasting S$28.90 on a cleanser. my beauty blender came dented from the teeth of the holder. but after a few washes, all was good! i won’t go into detail on who developed the beauty blender etc.. because that’s very google-able on the internet. i’ll head straight to my thoughts after using the product.

i tested it out with my favourite holika holika aqua petite bb cream (read my review of the bb cream here) since this is my favourite bb cream out of the 8 that i’m supposed to rotate among. i don’t use any make up brushes because i hate how the foundation brushes leave streaks on my face after application.

from the beauty blender site, this is how one is supposed to use the blender.

Use Beautyblender damp when applying wet/dry make up. When Beautyblender is wet it is normal for it to expand to nearly twice its original size.

i rinsed the sponge under tap water, squeezed dry and used a towel to absorb more of the water. this is how the sponge looks like when moist. it’s 1 1/2 times the size!

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Bounce Beautyblender against your face when applying make up. Bouncing, called stippling in the make up world, blends make up without creating changes in the texture or tone of your skin. Use Beautyblender’s pointed side for hard-to-reach spots like around the nose and mouth, and under the eyes. Use the round base for foundation and blush on the larger areas of your face such as your forehead, cheeks and chin.

so what i did was put some bb cream on my hands, dabbed the damp sponge on it and start ‘bouncing’ it all over my face. it will first mash the bb cream and as you keep ‘bouncing’ or stippling it, it actually blends in very nicely onto my face. i’ve been using the sponge that comes with the bb cream recently and realise that it gives a pretty darn good finish also! i then tested both sponges on my hands and this is what it looks like.

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from the picture, there seem to be no difference right? well let me tell you, with my own bare eyes, i honestly don’t see a difference too. i actually think the sponge that came with the bb cream was dense and pretty good too.

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my really dirty sponge

so why will i purchase the beauty blender if the holika holika sponge was so good? i wanted to try the beauty blender to see if it really lift up to its hype and secondly, my sponge is a tad gross after constant use. it’s not the easiest sponge to wash i must say. the beauty blender washes effortlessly and i’ll get down to how i washed it.

i squeezed a little of philosophy’s purity made simple onto the beauty blender and rinse it. some of the pink colouring came out but it got rid of the bb cream completely. i’ve read alot of blogs on how alot of people’s beauty blender stain and i think washing it right away is the key to a clean (well sort of) beauty blender. i then leave the beauty blender to dry on its plastic holder.

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dirty

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clean

now my thoughts summarised:

pros:
 pink. a very gorgeous shade of bright pink feels bimbotic but really perks one up (well, at least me).
– corners around the nose and eyes can really be reached easily with the tip of the sponge.
– dense before wet and once it expands, it’s really airy and makes stippling very effortless.

cons:
– very pocket unfriendly. it’s ridiculous how much a sponge can cost. i keep wondering how much is the cost price of it.
– it lasts only for a maximum of 6 months as compared to a good brush that can last for decades (my mac brushes have last me for almost 10 years now)
– there’s really not much difference to how my bb cream looked like after using a free sponge.
– product wastage. but that’s for all sponges, not just the beauty blender.
– i took longer to put it on as compared to my fingers or sponge. the stippling process does take quite a bit for the bb cream to blend in nicely. however, i do enjoy the coverage it leaves me with.
– the washing took me a while. first wash, the bb cream didn’t seem to be completely washed off. i had to do a second wash and for a lazy bum like me (who likes to spend the least amount of time on make up), it was really a challenge as i watched time ticking away as i try to wash the bb cream out of the blender!

will i buy it again? i’m not sure. it’s really pricey and the cons seem to outweigh the pros but i’ll use it for a while longer and get back to you on that.

before i end,

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that’s all for now. have a great day!

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