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.