24 Nov 2014

The Beauty Blender • Is It Worth The Hype?

The Beauty Blender. I'm sure we've all heard about how amazing it is by now. From YouTubers to celebrity makeup artists, just about everybody has been hyping up this little egg shaped sponge as a miracle worker, but is really worth all the buzz that surrounds it?

If you'd have told me back in January that by Christmas I'd start using a sponge to apply my foundation again I'd have laughed in your face and thought 'not a chance'. Memories of using those little wedged sponges that you get in boots with a foundation a good 3 shades darker than my skin tone kinda haunt me. Apart from that, as an avid brush user, I like being able to buff my foundation into my skin to give it a flawless finish... but that takes time, time that I don't always have at 7 o clock in the morning before work, so theres that too.

So what's it supposed to do?
Basically you use this sponge damp to stipple your foundation / concealer onto your skin and it claims to leave a completely flawless (gotta say it like Beyonce) finish. You can also use it to apply powders but the thoughts of mixing wet and dry products on the sponge kinda freaks me out. I wouldn't do it with a brush so I most likely won't be doing it with this. Haha.

The sponge doubles in size as you dampen it, leaving a broad side (great for fast foundation application) and a more tapered side (ideal for under eye concealer and getting into places like the sides of your nose).

What'd I think?
My fear of sponges is ready to be boxed away after using this little thing - I've been converted. Although I do still love the finish that buffing foundation into the skin gives (and I'll continue to use that method when doing makeup on others), I think that the Beauty Blender gives just as good of a finish in half the time which is kinda perfect for early mornings when the last thing that you want to do is sit for 10/15 mins applying foundation and concealer.

The only drawbacks I can think of are the cleaning of the sponge (which doesn't look like its gonna be too fun) and the fact that you're bound to use up a little more product with the Beauty Blender than  with a brush - there's really no avoiding that with a sponge though.

I'd definitely give it a thumbs up just for the sheer speed that I can apply foundation in - an extra 10 minutes in bed is always good - but if you're still feelin' a little sceptical there are LOADS of BB dupes out there for half the price, so give them a whirl first and if you're feeling good about it, you can always upgrade!

Have you tried out The Beauty Blender?
What did you think of it?

Let me know in the comments lovers!

XO, G.

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