Hi my beautiful budget babes!
So a couple weeks back I did a post about how I find the Beauty Blender an amazing invention yet also entirely over-priced, you can check it out here.
I mentioned in the post that there’re tons of alternatives to the Beauty Blender that probably work just as well, seeing as quite a few other make-up companies are doing their own versions of the sponge (eg. Kiko Milano and soon Real Techniques too!). I personally am quite excited for the launch of the Real Techniques sponge later this year but to be honest that’s a bit of a wait for me. I used to only use BB creams and I always applied them by hand but since looking into other foundation options and getting the much hyped Bourjois Healthy Mix, I realised that the hand-to-face application doesn’t quite cut it anymore.
That’s when I decided I’d try out a beauty blender dupe. They cost around £2 on average on eBay, would work better than my bare hands anyway and I can do a review on it to boot. Win-win-win, right?
My blender sponge arrived quite quickly after my purchase, apparently it was being sold by a retailer in China and it arrived to me in London barely 4 working days after my order. It looked pretty much exactly like the picture. See?
Then it was time to put it to the test!
I watched a few helpful videos on how to use a beauty blending sponge, also I’m pretty used to seeing the beauty gurus I watch use their sponges, so I thought I had the hang of it. It’s not too steep a learning curve, I mean, it’s a sponge.
I basically just soaked it in warm water, squeezed it out, used the flat end to scoop up some Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and patted it onto my face. I also used it for blending in concealer/highlighter. It seems a lot of youtubers just use the flat end but I basically forced myself to use the tip around my nose and my under-eye areas as I want to know if the tip bit is actually useable (otherwise, why is it tear-drop shaped??). Instead of patting with the tip, I just rolled the sponge on. These are my first impressions:
– I feel like some of my foundation is being soaked up into the sponge. I’m not sure if that’s just my mind playing tricks on me but I feel as if I’m using more than I would with my hand or a brush! The soaking in warm water is supposed to stop this but I suppose a bit would always seep into the sponge regardless?
– The tip of this sponge (as you can see from the pictures above) isn’t as pointy as the Beauty Blender itself, I felt a pointier tip would be better for blending in concealer on my under-eye and around my nose.
– It was so hard to clean! After rubbing cleanser into it and rinsing it out and over it still looks like this:
I wonder if it’s normal not to be able to get it all out? Just looks a bit icky to me! And I think I was too rough, the tip is starting to fray a bit, uh-oh. I’m not sure if the Beauty Blender is sturdier but you’ll have to be gentle with your dupes!
What about the final results? I have to admit, it was nice using it! Why, you ask?
– It made application much, MUCH easier. No more dirty icky hands or fiddling with different brushes. Also, at the end I only needed to clean 1 sponge, not like 5 brushes.
– I noticed it was better for applying on my dry patches especially, I tend to be a bit rough so if I rub stuff on with my hands or a brush I can cause my drier skin to flake =S no such problems when patting on with the sponge!
– At first, I didn’t think my skin looked that amazing after application but the bf said it looked really nice and clear. I guess that ‘air-brushed effect’ is a subtle one, not a in-your-face effect?
– After using the sponge regularly, I think I’ve got the hang of it now and yeah, my foundation does look much better! Guess practice makes perfect. And I get the feeling the foundation’s stayed on longer as well, as it because it’s well patted in?
Overall, I’m happy with this buy, it’s not a miracle solution or a holy grail item but I already know I’m going to be using this for my foundation application all the time now! I definitely need more practice getting a good air-brushed look though, and I’m also not good at building up the foundation, I think when I pat more on it takes some off as well!! I probably just need to use more so the sponge doesn’t end up taking foundation off of the skin when I’m trying to layer more on.
I would definitely not use these eBay dupes long term though, ultimately I want get the Real Techniques one or one from The Makeup Store or something else as I feel these ones are a little flimsy. But this was definitely a good buy. If you’re curious about using a beauty blender type sponge and want to give it a try before buying a proper alternative head over to eBay yourselves to pick up a £2 dupe =) I’m so happy I got mine!
Do you have a beauty blender dupe experience to share?
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