Penny-the-Product-Princess here with a new product review. If you're really into make-up like I am you probably have a beautyblender (Sephora, $19.95-$39.95). The beautyblender is an ergonomically designed make-up sponge applicator developed for use with liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers(some reviewers also say they use it for cream foundations). It also comes with its own cleanser.
- The blender is a non-latex, hypoallergenic sponge that is washable and re-usable.
- The blender is eco-friendly.
- The blender can last 4-6 months if kept clean and free of bacteria.
- The beautyblender kit comes with a sponge, cleanser, and a disc that shows you how to use it.
- You soak the sponge in water before each use; the sponge will expand. You must squeeze out the excess water before you use it.
- Dip the sponge into the foundation on the back of your hand; then use a blotting technique to get the best results; this means that you dab the base of the sponge against your face until you get the desired coverage
- There are lots of videos online that show you how to use the blender as well (http://www.youtube.com/; search 'beautyblender').
What kind of results do you get from the BeautyBlender?
- The beautyblender gives you an even, flawless, dewy finish when used correctly.
- The blender does not leave streaks and is easy to use.
- The blender is easy to hold for blending; the pointed end is good for getting around the nose and under the eyes.
- Many use the blender's pointed end to apply cream concealer as well (since you are supposed to use a patting technique to blend around the sensitive eye area).
- It is pricey in comparison to similar sponges (but at least it lasts a few months)
- If you want a heavier coverage, it may take a little longer to layer your foundation with the blotting technique
- The blender is a sponge, and like most sponges it soaks up a lot of the product.
- The blender can be cleaned with regular cleanser but might take longer to get the make-up out.
- The blender can get stained if you accidentally use it with the wrong foundation formula.
Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge ($9.99). I have not personally tried this sponge, and the reviews are mixed when compared to the beautyblender. Unfortunately if you use a powder foundation, the sponge will not work for that formula. But you can still apply your concealer with it.
Be blessed. Be beautiful.