Hello there lovely humans! Okay so it’s no secret that I was late on the beauty blender bandwagon. Ever since this thing was invented people have been singing its praises. I had a feeling that if I tried it I’d love it – and I was right. But that still didn’t make me take the plunge. For so long I was delaying picking one up – I was umming and uhing because it’s not super affordable (it’s also not ridiculously expensive). I just felt like because you are meant to replace it every ‘3 months’. I don’t know if anyone follows that rule but in general I knew I’d have to replace it on average quicker than a typical foundation brush that basically left me unsure.
When real techniques came out with their miracle complexion sponge I of course bought it immediately as I was excited to try a more affordable alternative. While I did enjoy the real techniques sponge ( I still do!) I found I wasn’t reaching for it a lot. For some reason I preferred the feel of applying foundation with a brush rather than a sponge and I did find the sponge to absorb so much product it took me 5 pumps to get foundation look good.
So after that happened – I was even more unsure about buying beauty blender. However, one random evening I was watching a makeup video on youtube. As always that inspired me to play around with makeup, I believe I was watching Jaclyn Hill and she was blending out her concealer with a sponge. That motivated me to play around with my real techniques sponge once more (even though she was using a beauty blende). She mentioned how while she wasn’t crazy about using the beauty blender for foundation as it absorbed too much product – it was a must have for concealer.
So I began using my real techniques sponge only for concealer and guess what I fell in love with it! I began reaching for it again and again. Then one day I was on Beauty bay picking out some makeup geek shadows for the very first time and I took the plunge and bought I beauty blender (I even bought 2 haha). ANDDDD I fell in love with it.
So now I apply my foundation with a brush, but then I quickly bounce the beauty blender on my face afterwards and I always apply my concealer either with the beauty blender or the real techniques sponge. Both are awesome for concealer though I like the beauty blender a little bit more.
So what was this giant tangent about? Well I wanted to show you guys how I ended up finally taking the plunge and buying the beauty blender despite procrastinating it for so long.
Now before I get onto reasons why you should get it I will say that as incredible as the beauty blender is, if by the end of this post you still are unsure – it’s okay not to get it. You can still have gorgeous looking makeup and lovely foundation and concealer without it – I still had good days before I tried using a sponge. If it’s not within your price range or you simply do not want to sponge over $20 on a sponge then don’t. It’s easy to feel pressure doing so when watching YouTube videos and seeing Instagram pictures. Get it if you really want to not because you feel you have to.
Okay so let’s finally jump into the reasons I think the beauty blender is great and worth the money!
1. Nothing will apply your concealer better!
While I did have good days concealer wise without the beauty blender they weren’t as frequent as I would have liked. I do deal with mila under the eyes so I don’t have naturally smooth looking under eye areas. The beauty blender because you push the product into your skin instead of swiping it makes your under eye are look super smooth. It also allows concealers that are stubborn to blend to blend out much more easily. Our under eye areas are always dry to some point and we all have days where they feel extra dry but because the beauty blender is dampened when used – concealer always blends into the skin easily. You also aren’t dragging or pulling at that area when blending the skin and no brush strokes are left behind. You can even bake or normally set your under eye area with powder using the sponge and it works wonderfully.
2. It’s easier to clean then a brush and dries quicker
It is so much easier to clean a beauty blender. I use the same brush cleanser ‘Johnsons baby shampoo’ and it gets all the product out. I do find that makeup brushes take forever to clean and a sponge does dry quicker on average which always motivated me to clean it more frequently.
3. It helps avoid cakeyness
It does absorb excess product, while I find it a bit annoying for applying foundation for concealer it well and truly absorbs cakeyness. Our under eye areas are so small and it’s easily to accidently go overboard with too much product. The beauty blender does help fix this problem and once I’ve applied my foundation with a brush I do like to go over it with the beauty blender to further blend out any areas that would have been cakey.
4. You could even use it to blend out your cream contour or cream blush
Cream blush and cream contour aren’t always the easiest thing to do. I do find cream contouring much more easily but I basically suck at applying cream blush. This sponge as well as the real techniques miracle complexion sponge really helps blend out the product – though I have to go in a few times with the product and blend it out and then apply more product. I find that sometimes it can leave your blush / contour looking splotchy as it does pick up product BUT with practice you’ll get the hang of it.
5. Lasting time of the sponge
While you will repurchase this on average sooner than a foundation brush – though they say ‘3 months’ you’d be surprised they do last longer than that. Realistically even the biggest makeup fanatic won’t wear makeup 7 days a week. So it doesn’t get worn out as quick because when you factor in the days you don’t wear makeup the beauty blender isn’t being used. You could even say it lasts up to 5 – 6 months before you are like ‘yep a need a new one’. So in retrospect you are buying it twice a year – not too bad.
That wraps up this long long review. I hope you guys found it helpful. Are you guys a fan of the beauty blender? Know of any dupes that are just as good if not better? Drop a comment and let me know. I hope you all have an awesome day and I’ll see you in the next post.