When it comes to tools for applying foundation, I’ve been completely and utterly a one brush woman for over a year, and have danced and sung about my beloved Real Techniques Buffing Brush from their popular Core Collection till the cows come home.
When I saw Estee from Essie Button giving some full on love for the beauty blender, I decided I had to give it a go. If there’s one thing that gorgeous girl knows, its getting a flawless base.
The “real” Beauty Blenders retail at around the £15/£20 mark – being the budget beauty buyer that I am, I picked up the Cosompolitan version of the popular tool – which is named “Blend Perfection”, from my local Tesco but you can get them for £3.99 from Fragrance Direct (Wayne Goss, the incredible make up artist did this video about beauty blenders/prices/suppliers which is a really interesting watch)
Lets get this out of the way straight away – I think that this looks like a sex toy (or is that just my filthy mind?) its made of sponge, it’s very “boing-y” and its super easy to use.
So how do you use it?
– I use a water spray bottle to wet the sponge (but you could just run it under a tap)
– squeeze out any excess water so the sponge is slightly damp
– dispense your chosen foundation onto the back of your hand
– use the ball shaped end of the blender to pick up product
– “bounce” sponge all over the face to distribute product – you can go over the same area dependent on the amount of coverage that you want
I’ve fallen in love with this. I picked it up before Christmas and I’ve used it everyday since, my beloved Buffing Brush is sitting in my makeup brush jar weeping, absolutely broken hearted. It applies a really light layer of foundation at a time which you can build on dependent on the amount of coverage you want, but it gives a super flawless finish. I’ve been complimented on my make up looking much fresher and lightweight but while still maintaining the same coverage that I’m comfortable with (I’m a medium-high kinda girl).
As much as I love my buffing brush, for the forseeable future I see myself reaching for this – even though it does look like some kind of dodgy sex toy on my bedside table.
Have you used a beauty blender/beauty blender dupe?