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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Beautyblender

Although I consider myself rather restrained when it comes to buying beauty, I also can’t commit to the far contrary. My wishlist runs as long as my legs (which, in my acquaintances’ popular opinions, are rather lengthy), it may take me a lifetime to brush my way to the bottom of my blusher stash, and, when it comes to skincare, let’s just say that I throw all caution to the wind.

But, let’s consider one segment of my beauty toolbox: complexion application tools. There’s the Real Techniques Buffing Brush—you know how I feel about this babe (hubba hubba), my fingers, and, then the Beautyblender.
I could have written through my whole beauty blogger career without desires of this pink, teardrop-shaped sponge and I can’t apprehend from saying that it sits a little unloved amongst the ranks. But, after a year’s contemplation, I’m here to offer my thoughts.

I think I’ve already addressed the fact that I’m a Buffing Brush obsessive, but, assigning the first group of potential Beautyblender lovers, anyone who doesn’t share the love with the buffing would probably love this sponge.
It’s kind of travel-friendly, condensing into a small animal when dry; a run under the tap turns this thing into a rather massive piece.
Its damp nature feels strange (for lack of a better word), but refreshing—especially when puffy eye fever bites.

With stippling motions required, it also delivers heavier coverage, mending pigment to skin rather than distributing it evenly like the other two tools. Yet, despite how scary it may sound, it also does impart a skin-like finish sans fret.
But such rocking motions also requires more time; without careful and thorough means, your base isn’t going to look as blended as Beautyblender potential.

Another hitch: the aesthetic. Its perfectly pink mold gets vandalized with first use, leaving foundation marks and various other imperfections. With daily washing, most pigmentation can be alleviated, but not satisfying for my pristine loving ways.
On another note, this sponge is mighty pricy, especially for its recommended three to four months use (I’ve had mine longer…shhh). But, unfortunately, I can’t help but think that it’s a little unhygienic, too.

Alas, these are my thoughts on the Beautyblender. It’s a rather complicated composition, but—hey—I’m just sharing some minimalist behavior, and, not to mention, Buffing Brush love. Sorry, pink sponge.

26 comments :

  1. I unfortunately agree with you about the unhygienic part, that does freak me out a bit. I haven't really gotten on with sponges before so I'm not in any rush to try this one xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

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  2. I have a dupe of this which I actually haven't tried out yet, I will have to let you know how I get along with it! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don't want this to be spammy but I am also hosting a £50 Giveaway at the moment if you wanted to enter here

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  3. i haven't really every used sponges to apply makeup, i am more of brush kinda girl! xxx

    mollyox.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I probably have the longest wish list of beauty products so I feel you there haha. I do want to try the beauty blender as well but I think I'll first try the Real Techniques offering as it is much less expensive and I've heard some people actually prefer it.

    Amber

    Lovely Notions

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  5. really want to try the real techniques version xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  6. I have never really been a big fan of any sponges! I dont really think they are worth it but I might just try the real techniques one to change my mind :)

    Berrie-Blogs// Beauty Blog x

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  7. I just can't get over the fact that you can never really get it clean after using it, it or the real techniques sponge might be something to try for a special occasion, but otherwise from that I'll be staying far away

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

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  8. I can't seem to find anything that works better than using my fingers, but I'm not complaining.

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  9. I actually can NOT live without my BeautyBlender! I used to use a buffing brush to apply my foundation but I think I'm a BeautyBlender convert now! It definitely irks me that I can never get it spotless though, even if I wash it pretty much straight after I use it.

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    Phoebe

    Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

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  10. I have a dupe for the BeautyBlender from Ebay - was much cheaper! I use my makeup brushes much more than the sponge, but have to agree that once the sponge is wet it does feel quite strangely refreshing


    Abbie x

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  11. I have a dupe for the beauty blender and I love it! xx

    Jasmine Cara

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  12. I cannot live without my beauty blender anymore xx

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward

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  13. I'm totally with you on the Buffing Brush love train. It's just perfect. But I've been considering picking up a Beautyblender to use on days when I use my liquid foundations over my powder ones...I might have to just suck it up and give it a shot...or I might just buy the Real Techniques version of it :)

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  14. I have a little love affair with this sponge when I'm on a roll with it, but when I neglect it I wonder what the fuss was about. I guess I go through stages of preferring the buffing brush, my expert face brush or the beauty blender. I do find that if I'm having particularly bad dry skin that the beauty blender gives me that little bit more moisture when applying my foundation, but it sure is thirsty! xo

    Adrienne @ Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

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  15. I'm happy to know I'm not the only one who cringes. xo

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  16. I'll be honest: you're not missing much. I'm definitely a brush girl, too. xo

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  17. I've heard the same. Who doesn't want to spend less money? xo

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  18. I know some people adore them. I'll admit, this does work really well with certain bases (namely the Clinique CC Cream), but most I prefer with a brush. xo

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  19. OCD girls, unite! xo

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  20. Haha! They're totally free and always accessible. I'll be honest: I'm not really a fan of finger application. xo

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  21. Well, I'm glad to know that someone adores it. xo

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  22. Especially in the summer or to perk up a tired face. xo

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  23. I'd buy the Real Techniques sponge if anything; I still love the Buffing Brush for liquids. xo

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  24. Agreed. You're spot on, girl! xo

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  25. Hmm...that's really interesting. I'll have to give it another try, keeping my eye out on my skin's moisture levels. How clever, you are. xo

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  26. It took me awhile to warm up to the idea of using the BeautyBlender because like you, I love my Buffing Brush. However, I fell in love with it this winter because it's more gentle on my dry, sensitive skin and it doesn't irritate the skin as much as a brush. But washing it afterwards is still a pain!

    -Nita

    xsimplynitax.blogspot.com

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