Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Beautyblender Makeup Sponge

The Beautyblender ($19.95) Makeup Sponge - a non-disposable, latex free makeup applicator that can be used damp to apply and blend powder, cream and liquid products for a flawless, smooth finish.

When it comes to tinted moisturizers BB creams or foundations, I've always been comfortable using my fingers or in some cases, a dense buffing brush. A couple of months back, I had an opportunity to try out the much raved about 'Beautyblender' sponge. Like any other sponge applicator, this one too gets softer, bigger in size when damp. For use with liquid foundations, I just roll the sponge in small, bouncing action (as recommended by Beautyblender) over areas that need to be evened out. I haven't tried this out with powder products, but for use with liquids and thick creams like concealers, this is just excellent. The pointy end is great for reaching problematic areas like the sides of your nose. It also works well when you've spot concealed and want to gently blend the product in seamlessly. If you do have a problem with blending thicker, more pigmented products with brushes or fingers, this one sheers it out quite a bit and blends the product in flawlessly. Of course, you can build it up for more coverage - it just is easier to work with products when they're applied in thinner layers as opposed to slathering on one, very thick layer.

On my dry skin though, I love the way the end result looks like when I use a beautyblender, especially with dense, more pigmented products. I would still prefer to use my fingers with products that are sheer. It does deliver that flawless, not so powdery look, but be sure to work in smaller areas since it tends to leave certain products patchy looking when you're in a hurry. I've only tried cleaning it with regular/baby shampoo that I use to clean my other brushes and it was fairly easy to clean. Overall, a good, slightly high maintenance, easy to use sponge that works really well with liquid foundations and pigmented concealers for that lovely, natural looking finish.

Have you tried the Beautyblender? Let me know if you have any shortcuts/easier ways to use it!

Disclosure: The products in this article were provided by PR for consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

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