Everyone knows about the legendary Beauty Blender, I’m pretty sure. Or at least have heard of it, right? Well when I first heard about the Beauty Blender, I honestly didn’t care. I thought it was just some hyped up product that will be sold out in the first few months and then everyone will forget about it afterwards. So I didn’t listen.
A little over 2 years ago, I was still using disposable makeup sponges that you can buy for like $2 per pack at the drugstore. And girl, was I making a huge mistake. I knew that it was wrong to use disposable sponges. First of all, the quality is not at all decent. If anything, I have to go back with a flat kabuki to blend the foundation that I put on with the sponges. And second of all, it’s just such a waste!
I knew I had to make the switch, but of course I wasn’t keen on buying a $30+ makeup sponge, because may I remind you that I am a drugstore and budget beauty addict? So I bought the Real Techniques one. Long story short, I fell in love! I didn’t know that a makeup sponge could make so much difference. And just like that, I was caught in an instant sponge obsession.
So many brands started coming up with sponges and I realised that nobody was raving about any of them, except for the real Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I was really intrigued by the fact that after all these time, the Beauty Blender was still well loved by everyone on the Internet and was becoming more and more accessible. So I gave in. I bought the Beauty Blender at the start of last year and was just completely blown away.
Let me tell you this: I have not stored away my Beauty Blender for a year. For a whole year. It’s always on my vanity and in my makeup bag when I’m travelling. I cannot live without it! I felt so stupid for not listening and jumping in too late on the trend because it really wasn’t just a hyped up product, it actually is a really good product.
I have been using the Beauty Blender non-stop for a year now and also alternating with my Real Techniques Mircale Complexion sponge for baking and all that. I realised that the Beauty Blender is smoother in texture while the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is much more coarse. This means that:
1. As compared to the Beauty Blender, the Real Techniques sponge retains much more water when you’re trying to dampen it and will take longer to dry after washing.
2. The Beauty Blender soaks up much less product and instead transfers it directly on your skin while also smoothing it out. As good as the Real Techniques sponge is, it just cannot do what the Beauty Blender does.
3. Because the pores on the sponge are really, really small, the Beauty Blender is much harder to clean. If you are willing to pay for the sponge cleansing bar that they sell specifically for the Beauty Blender, it would help a lot. BUT. The soap bar doesn’t last very long at all (if you use it 2-3 times a week as recommended) and that means you need to spend continuous money to use the Beauty Blender.
So how do I feel about the Beauty Blender after using it for a year? Well, I’m still very much impressed. It still lives up to the hype, does a pretty darn good job and so far, mine is still in good condition. My problem with it is just the amount of time and money I need to spend to continue using the Beauty Blender.
I think the Beauty Blender was a huge game changer in the beauty industry. Even with all these funny tools coming in, I still can’t keep my hands away from my Beauty Blender. I think the company has succeeded in turning the Beauty Blender into a cult favourite!
What do you think of the Beauty Blender? Have you tried other makeup sponges that are as good?