13/07/2014

The original beauty blender

Quite a few posts back I mentioned that I was using the Real Techniques Miracle complexion sponge and I actually quite liked it. The only thing I found with this sponge is that it does not have a very long life span and mine went all bobbly on the flat edge making it sadly quite unusable.

I had wanted to try the original beauty blender before that but was put off a little because it was a bit pricey. 

After the demise of my Real techniques sponge I took the plunge and ordered online direct with Beauty Blender UK. Cor blimey, it arrived 2 days later. I paid £16 for mine and that was with free p&p. You can find them a little cheaper on the net but I didn't mind paying a couple of pounds more as I know I'm getting the real deal!

I love that it contains it's own little holder so that it can sit easily to air dry. I've also kept the container it arrived in for ease of transportation for my travels.
To use you need to soak the sponge in water and squeeze it out well. I then squish it more between some tissue to remove all the excess and I'm then left with a nice damp sponge. When wet the sponge is twice the size making it easy to handle.
I tend to put my foundation onto the back of my hand, dip the sponge in and then apply using a bouncing action over my face. I do my cheeks first, chin and then forehead. I think some people say they use more foundation with this sponge but I find I actually use less. Only pour out a small amount onto your hand, you can always add a little more rather than waste any. 

I used to apply my foundation with my fingers, good result. Then I started using brushes. Great result. Now I use a beauty blender. Amazing result. Every time. It gives a flawless finish and covers up spots and  blemishes better than anything else I've ever used. I also have a couple small pit marks on my chin from my teenage years, covers them fabulously. It blends your makeup seamlessly too, especially for me around the nose where I have a lot of redness. I use the small pointed end to get in all my nooks and crannies, eugh...doesn't sound very pleasant does it? You can see mine's now faded quite a bit in the shot below. I've used it A LOT, but I also sit it on the bathroom window ledge to dry so the sun/daylight has had an effect.
Another tip is not to dab too much product onto the sponge and apply. I did that in the beginning and found it looked a little cakey, only a little mind you. Easier to add more, not so easy to take it all off and start again! 

Now, you MUST wash your sponge after every use. This is essential to stop bacterial nasties living in your sponge and then inevitably transferring to your skin. Beauty blender sell a sponge cleanser but I just use a mild baby shampoo which does the trick nicely. I dollop a load on, add water and roll the sponge between my palms, rinse a few times to get all the muck off, squeeze real hard and then leave to air dry. I cannot stress how important this part is. Again, I've seen comments from people saying they have mould growing on theirs, thats because you haven't cleaned it properly, duh! If you want it to last, look after it!!!!!!!

I may be a bit behind doing a review when this product has been around for years and theres already lots of reviews and indeed lots of stuff on You Tube but this is new to me and lots of people will be thinking of buying for the first time. If you are one of those people, please don't be put off by the cost. In the grand scheme of things it is a worthwhile purchase as it will last a long time and I know you will get smile inducing results! 

There are lots of dupes around that you could also try. I did, but they did not match up in any way, in quality or performance to the Original Beauty Blender. Remember this is only MY opinion and you may be more than happy with an alternative.

Well, what are you waiting for? Click here if you want to go check it out. And for all you lovely people oversea, click here.

I'd love to hear from anyone else that uses the Beauty Blender, or perhaps thinking of trying one out. Please get in touch as I'd love to hear what you think.
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2 comments

  1. Sounds fab! I don't wear much foundation these days (I think years of flying and having to be caked in it has put me off haha, enjoying being free!) but gonna keep my eyes peeled for one for when I do! Love the little holder it comes with too! Great post! x x
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  2. Sarah Richardson14 July 2014 at 03:24

    This looks great, I'm going to give it a go and order one for myself. Thanks for the tip x

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