|The Beauty Blender|
When the Beauty Blender arrived I couldn't wait to try it! It was smaller than I expected, but grows dramatically bigger once you soak it in water.
DirectionsOnce wet, squeeze out as much excess water as you can as you don't want to dilute your foundation. Apply your foundation to the back of your hand, dab the Beauty Blender in the foundation and then stipple it across your face - also known as bouncing!
The results really are clear to see! There were no streaks like I would try and get rid of when I used a traditional foundation brush. It made my skin look a lot smoother and like they say - flawless. I also found it to be a lot quicker to apply than using a brush as it blends so quickly. At the moment I am yet to find another tool that can give me this effect!
The blender is tear drop shaped meaning its smaller at one end making it easy to get in the tricky areas like the inside of the eye. The larger end can then be used for the cheek and forehead area.
In the early days before I really got the hand of using it, I didn't wet the sponge enough which meant the sponge soaked up all my foundation and I ended up using 10 times the amount I would usually - so don't make that mistake! You will soon get the hang of how damp it needs to be, as you don't want it too wet or too dry.
If you like videos, you can watch a whole host of videos and tutorials on the Beauty Blender here.
|The Beauty Blender dry|
|The Beauty Blender when wet - a lot larger|
CleaningThe only downside to this product is the cleaning. You do have to clean it everyday as otherwise it really is a breeding ground for germs, and it isn't as easy to clean as a brush. You can buy products specifically made to clean the sponge but I always think its a bit of marketing hype so I didn't bother. Let me know if you have tried it though and it works!
I use baby shampoo to clean my Beauty Blender. I tend to do a very quick wash each day and then a more intensive clean once a week where I will spend about 15 minutes trying to get as much foundation out as possible. I have also heard that putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds in a small pool of water works too, but I haven't tried that method yet.
You need to allow your sponge to air dry before packing it in your make-up bag, which can be a pain as it takes hours, and I mean hours - if not a day! While I'm at home this isn't a problem as I just leave it out the whole time, but I can see this being problematic if you travelled a lot and were short on time.
ConclusionOverall I'm really pleased I purchased the Beauty Blender as it does what it says on the tin. Plus it can also be used with concealers, primers and cream blush. A make-up junkie's must have!