I tried the original Beautyblender in pink before, a few years back actually, and while it was a novelty to use it the first time ever, with all the wet bouncing action, I wasn’t too impressed. In fact, the pink Beautyblender RIPPED after a few washes. I promise I’m not a She Hulk, even though I can have a bad temper, but you know, that just really pissed me off because this egg shaped sponge is not cheap.

 

beauty blender

 

Anyway, throughout the last few years, the Beautyblender came out with other colours like white and black and I decided to give it another try, this time in the colour black. The pink one also drove me crazy, because the sponge looked so dirty after every use. Even after I washed it, it wasn’t 100% clean, and the OCD in me wanted it to be as good as new. I figured black would be more forgiving on the little stains even though it was actually clean, if you know what I mean. I bought this sponge duo, and when it is dry, it looks like this. And it’s small. It is soft and bouncy, feels nothing like the cheap latex sponge that sells in bulk. The Beautyblender is made of latex-free Hydrophilic Polyurethane.

 

black beauty blender the beauty blender black

 

Basically, you have to wet the Beautyblender before using, and once wet, it’ll double in size. Of course, you don’t use it dripping wet. After I wet the sponge thoroughly, I squeeze out all excess water before using it. I’d squeeze some liquid foundation at the back of my hand, bounce the bigger butt of the sponge on the foundation and then apply it on my face using bouncy motion. So the sponge literally goes “toing toing” on your face. It works especially well when you have drier skin, or if the particular foundation emphasizes flaky bits. I’ve been using the Beautyblender with lighter foundation such as the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and it provides more coverage because of the extra product it absorbs. I’ve also used it with heavier coverage foundations like my Lunasol Water Gel foundation, and it goes on like no foundation at all. Yes, the effect is awesome. I might have to eat my words of not liking the Beautyblender.

To reach smaller areas of the face like maybe under the eyes and around the nose, just flip the sponge to the smaller end and bounce off the product from there. Really, what the sponge can do is limited to your own creative imagination. Don’t like to bounce? I’m sure you can roll it, if that’s what you prefer 😛 Might not work as well though! You can even apply cream blushes with it and it goes on so natural, it’s unbelievable. I always wash this sponge thoroughly after each use, and I find that my soap bar brush cleanser works best. Other gentler liquid brush cleansers for natural hair don’t cut it. I’d advise you to be very gentle when you wash the sponge though. I know I put extra care, just in case it rips again. Depending on how regularly you use the Beautyblender, but it is advisable for you to change it every few months. If I use it every day, I’d probably change it every 2 or 3 months.

 

beauty blender dry and wet

 

Do I prefer this over my brushes? Nope, my brushes work very well on me. I know some of you cannot buff in foundation for that flawless finish because the buffing motion might irritate your skin, or maybe it just emphasizes all the flakes and lines on your skin. If you have that kind of problem, then this might be your solution. Gently bouncing and tapping products onto your face takes away all irritation on your sensitive skin, and the wet sponge mixed with foundation somehow makes the foundation look more glowy on your face. The downside is you need to change / replace it regularly and also the sponge does eat up more product than you need compared to a brush or your hands. If you complain about having to wash your brushes even when you only do it once a month, imagine having to clean this Beautyblender after every use.

Are you a fan of the Beautyblender? Have you tried this before? Will you? I bought this Pro Double Blenders off Luxola (affiliated) for RM120 and they shipped for free.

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Written by Lily

  • Liz

    I know you scheduled this in advance but it’s funny we’re both talking sponges this week. I actually never use the bb wet but should give it a few more tries. And everyone complains about the pink one bleeding dye during the wash but mine doesn’t.

    • Dude, wet is where it’s AT. You’re supposed to use it wet. Even for powders. It’s kind of awesome for mineral makeup and powder makeup too.

      • Lily

        Oooo I haven’t tried it with powders before!

      • Liz

        It’s not like I haven’t tried it wet. I did and preferred it dry for my liquid foundations. I don’t use mineral or powder bases right now but will give it a shot with the bb if I do.

    • Lily

      I know! What a coincidence! I’ve been wanting to talk about this for ages… and my pink one used to bleed pink dye too.

  • I love my BB! I can’t believe yours tore- mine last and LAST. That’s never happened to me. I can’t use brushes as they just kick up flakes, so this is what I use or my hands. Never thought about trying these black ones though! Next time!

    • Lily

      I know! I couldn’t believe mine just ripped. It was so annoying. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue to purchase this though. RM60 for a sponge that I have to throw away – too expensive!

  • I haven’t used BeautyBlender before but I am very, very, very interested! I might start with the pink one first and see! Thanks for the detailed and loads of adjectives here!

    • Lily

      Well, I hope you give it a try, then let us know what you think, Laarni!

  • I haven’t tried a Beauty Blender, but you know how much I LOVE Dior Backstage Blender! I do like it more than the brushes I own, and that’s saying a lot because I even have the TF cream foundation brush! I’ve got to look into the original Beauty Blender some day, but it’s even pricier than the Dior one here!

    • Lily

      I’m still testing the backstage blender. So far, I really like it! I might even like it more than this beauty blender 😛 I mean they are different compared to brushes but I have a feeling I’d get a backup of the backstage blender!

  • I’ve found that I like using a brush to apply/blend/buff in foundation, then a dry sponge to smooth out and perfect. I really dont like using a wet sponge though, feels so icky! Not tried the original beauty blender, and current rotation includes the RT, Dior and MUFE HD sponge.

    • Lily

      Lol this beauty blender definitely works much better wet and it doesn’t feel eeky to me. I haven’t tried the RT or the MUFE one but I do like the Dior very much. It’s very different in application and finish I think. Need to test for much longer to form a better opinion 🙂

  • I freaking LOVE mine. It’s completely changed my powder game.

    • Lily

      Guess I should try it with powders!

  • I’ve been a loyal Beauty Blender fan for years now! I don’t want anything else anymore. I mean, sometimes I’ll try something new, but in the end I always go back to my egg 🙂 Like you said, with a brush I tend to get flaky bits, but with the beauty blender I can buff in my foundation and get a really even finish.

    • Lily

      Yup, beauty blender is great for drier skin, that’s for sure. Or for foundation that emphasizes flakes 🙂

  • I just got my first one, and I do like it, lol. I never use brushes – I used my fingers before, but it was starting to get too heavy. I like how light I can make the coverage with the beauty blender! BOUNCE, BABY BOUNCE.

    • Lily

      LOL! Bounce bounce indeed 🙂

  • I love this with certain foundations, and then prefer brushes for others. It really does give a beautiful glowing finish. Why have I never thought to use this with cream blush?!? That’s brilliant! Also, I LOL-ed at this, “with all the wet bouncing action, I wasn’t too impressed”! Cracking UP!

    • Lily

      You gotta try it with cream blush then let me know how it works for you 🙂

  • Jaa

    Right now I am so into sponges for applying my foundation! Guess it’s the colder month thing.. and dry skin. I like how these BB give me a dewy finish and never emphasize dry spots. 🙂

    Have yet to invest in other colors besides the original pink, though. I have the smaller green ones but still undecided if I like them. They are so small and awkward to hold!

  • i’m really liking this for the colder weather too! stupid dryish skin lol. i think it is like using my fingers, but better bc it is easier and applying wet helps it go over drier areas better!

    • Lily

      The beautyblender is definitely great for drier skin. My skin is normal so I have the option to use this or brush, but for a more dewy finish, I’d definitely opt for this one!