I bought two beauty blenders, that time it was around 20-25 bucks or something, a nice deal for two! And these are original for that matter~
It came in a transparent plastic tube with a pedestal to hold the sponge, nah... you can take the pedestal out of the tube and use it to air-dry your sponge.
What Beauty Blender Says:
Now you can look like a movie star without the pricey services of a major make up artist. Introducing Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artist Rea Ann Silva, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva knows that the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can leave visible streaks.Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free.
Beauty Blender comparison
Left: dry, right: damp (used/washed)
Dampening your beauty blender is one of the most important thing to do before you use it to apply foundation. Why's it important? because if you're not doing so, this little sponge will drink and absorb your precious foundation, thus wasting it. I read lots of negative review about BB on makeupalley and I wonder if they're using it in the right way, by dampening the sponge, water will fill the pores, keeping it from soaking up your foundation. Your BB will also expand almost twice as large and become bouncier and softer.
I personally love my BB, especially when I'm working on other people's makeup. With this, applying base makeup would be waaaay much faster and smoother. But when I'm doing my own makeup, since I wear only a teeny teeny bits amount of foundie, I still prefer using my fingers (I only wear foundie to sculpt my face a bit, a bit on my chin, nose, forehead, and laughlines ).
Result of application vary depending on how much product you use, and how you use it. if you want a full coverage, work in a small stippling direction, focusing on certain area. When you want a tinty, sheer coverage, you could work on a large area in a sweeping & bouncing movements, resulting a nice airbrushed-like finish. Working with sponge, in my opinion, gives a more natural result. If you have problematic skin or acne breakouts, Korean MUA Jung Saem Mool would recommend you to use brush instead of sponge.
On the right, Illamasqua rich liquid foundation, IMO... one of the most 'quite hard to blend foundation', but hey~! this is my favorite foundation♥! Working with hands when applying Illamasqua RLF could be quite tricky, I'll need one of my BB to blend it out uniformly.
I also love to use my BB to 'sculpt the face'. Contour, highlight, and stuff. When I'm using cream or liquid bronzer. I usually use the sharper edge to contour and blend it out using the other side.
|Micro mini Beauty blender|
I haven't tried this mini sized beauty blender yet, but I have tooo! Haha... it looksreally cute with its green lemony color. Guess it would work better to cover up small areas~
Dupes?Anyhoot, I also have, and tried, a dupe version of BB, which cost me freaking five bucks, lol. My dupe isn't as soft and bouncy, but with a little more effort, it gives a flawless result nearly as good as my original Beauty Blender.
Being a sponge with $ 20.00 price tag, would you like to invest on a Beauty Blender or just find yourself a worth-trying dupes?
Last note, for those who're still skeptical, if you are serious about makeup and you have some bucks to spend, go for it! Buy your Beauty Blender because it last for years and really worth the price :)