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Review | BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge

beauty blender review

beauty blender review


The BeautyBlender makeup sponge is one of those products I’ve had on my “I Should Buy That, But I Probably Won’t, Because I’d Rather Spend My Money on Actual Make-up Instead” list for a really long time now. (It’s a looooong list, by the way. Because I never learn.)

The things is, although I own quite a few foundation brushes (and have vague plans to one day be rich enough to walk into MAC or somewhere, and buy every brush ever made. I won’t do that, either, though: I’d probably end up buying the entire contents of the lipstick section instead…), I have to admit that I most often apply my foundation with my fingers. From my limited experience of watching beauty bloggers on You Tube, I have a feeling that I’ve just admitted to something really shocking there, but honestly, it’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s rare for me to notice that much of a difference between different brushes anyway, so I keep on doing it. Also, my fingers are easier to clean than a brush is, so there’s that, too.

Anyway, as I said, for a while now I’ve had this little voice in the back of my head telling me I should try a BeautyBlender. “Get a BeautyBlender, Amber,” the voice tells me. “Just do it: if the beauty bloggers are right, you’ll never look back!” (Honestly, I hate that little voice, sometimes. Why does it never tell me to go out and buy a pony? Why is it always something “sensible”?) I’ve learned that it’s a good idea to try to keep the little voice happy, so when Birchbox offered to let me choose a couple of samples, recently, I decided the time had come to be sensible for once, and give the BeautyBlender a go.

So! As you all probably know, BeautyBlender is a make-up sponge which is different from all of those other make-up sponges you’ve used, in that it’s shaped like an egg. This allows you to get it into those awkward areas around the nose, and in the corner of the eyes, etc, and it’s actually a pretty good design, because it does, indeed, get everywhere. You use it in much the same way as any other make-up sponge – by first of all soaking it until it’s full of water, then squeezing until it’s damp, dipping it into your foundation (or primer, or blush, or really ANY kind of liquid make-up product you like), and then gently pressing it onto the skin to apply the product.

It sounds simple, and it really IS that simple – and what’s more, it actually works. I was quite taken aback by this, because, to be totally honest, I wasn’t expecting it to make much of a difference to the way my make-up looks. As it turned out, though, it was a bit of a revelation: I’m not going to say it gives my foundation an “airbrushed” look, because that would be a bit of an exaggeration, but it does seem to buff the product into the skin much better than my fingers, or any of my foundations brushes do, so you’re left with a much more natural look, and without any of the brush lines you (by which I mean “I“…) can sometimes get with a foundation brush.

The downside is that this is pretty expensive for a sponge, at £16 for one, and £24 for two. I got the double-pack, which has been helpful, because I’ve been using one sponge for my primer and another for my foundation, but if you just want to use it for foundation, you could easily get away with just one. I do find it a little tricky to get it totally clean – because it’s a sponge, foundation will sink into it a bit, so you really need to squeeze it to get it all out, but it’s not a huge deal. I haven’t used a make-up sponge since I was a teenager, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to – it’s possible there’s a cheaper alternative out there that will be just as effective – but I have been using it on a daily basis since it arrived (even although my fingers would be easier), so I guess that tells you something!

Get your BeautyBlender here – and don’t forget that Birchbox are offering Forever Amber readers a 5% discount on beauty box sign-ups with the code SUMMERFA.


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  • CiCi Marie
    July 9, 2015

    I’ve been thinking exactly the same thing about this sponge and can’t imagine ever getting round to actually buying one, particularly at that price, but I’m *almost* convinced… The problem is, I hate cleaning make-up tools which is why I am firmly in the foundation-applied-with-fingers camp – always have, always will be, I fear. Laziness always wins out…

  • Kay
    July 9, 2015

    I love my beauty blender! Applying foundation with my fingers always looks too heavy or too streaky and I’ve never been able to avoid brush lines. So maybe it’s just me and my hopeless ineptitude (haha), but my beauty blender saves the day.

  • Stephanie Libby
    July 9, 2015

    I, too, have been guilty of using my fingers to apply foundation. Brushes never worked well for me. A few weeks ago when I started wearing make up more, I decided to switch to sponges. I think I see a little bit of a difference, but I’m still improving my technique. So only time will tell.

    So perhaps this shows my total makeup novice, but I didn’t know you should wet a sponge and wring it out before using it. So while I found the whole review useful, this was especially useful to me. I’m excited to try it tomorrow and see if it makes a difference. How had this never come up for me before? Maybe it’s just one of those things that everyone knows so no one really talks about it anymore? Or, maybe I just missed it. I also didn’t realize that it was encouraged to wash and reuse sponges. It’s a habit that I’ve been shamefully hiding thinking I was some sort of trash person. 🙂 Reassuring to know it’s normal.

    • Amber
      July 9, 2015

      Don’t worry, I actually had to Google how to use them, so you’re not alone! I’m pretty sure the last time I used a makeup sponge was when I was a teenager, and I had no idea you were supposed to wet them – it does make a huge difference, though, so I’m glad I found out!

  • Amy
    July 9, 2015

    I love how BeautyBlenders make my foundation look, but I stopped buying them because I can’t seem to control the mildew growth. I squeeze them out thoroughly, clean them regularly with the solid BeautyCleanser , let them dry where they can get maximum air flow, and even pop them in the microwave sometimes out of desperation. After a month or so of daily use, the telltale black spots always appear at the surface, which probably means the core is a complete ecosystem at that point. Maybe it’s something with the Seattle climate, or maybe I’m just gross. I don’t know, but they’re too expensive to replace as often as I need to.

  • Miss Kitty
    July 10, 2015

    I’ve never tried the Beauty Blender, but perhaps I will after this! I normally just buy a bag of cheap sponges, and once one is completely dirty I throw it out and use another one. That way I don’t have to worry about trying to get it clean! But at the price of the Beauty Blender, I would definitely be wanting to get it clean and use it as much as possible!

  • Daisy
    July 10, 2015

    Ok totally fell for this post and ordered one. Whoops. Never knew you were meant to wet sponges either, so very useful advice.

    Looking forward to trying it – never really got the hang of foundation, what with 99.9% of it being too dark, and it always seems to make dry patches of my skin really visible (I don’t even know they’re there until trying to put foundation over – as a result my forehead and nose are always foundation-free. I probably look very weird), so I’m hoping this will be a revelation!

  • Stella Kashmoney
    July 10, 2015

    I am happy using my fingers…

  • Lisa
    July 10, 2015

    I possess a drugstore alternative of the beautyblender and maybe I should give it another try – after wetting it. I never knew you’er supposed to do that, so thank you for this post!
    At the moment I’m using a foundation brush by Nyx which is quite good, considered that it is 7,50€. The brush from the drugstore had a beautiful effect but it is constantly losing fibers, so I threw it out…

  • Niamh
    July 13, 2015

    Beauty Blenders are game changers. I use the Real Techniques version, but I’ve had that voice in the back of my mind too telling me to buy the original!

    Niamh | http://rememberrayneblog.blogspot.ie/

  • Strawberry Blonde Beauty
    July 13, 2015

    I have the Real Techniques version, which is a lot cheaper – and I like it – but am curious to try The Real Thing to see how it compares!

    Nic x


  • Becky
    July 17, 2015

    I am so glad you said that about brush strokes on your face. I thought I was the only one!

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