Thursday, 14 August 2014

Beautyblender

 

I LOVE my beautyblender! On days when I don't feel like using a bunch of brushes, I just take out my beautyblender and use it with foundation, concealer, highlighter and cream blush. It's so easy to use and gives a flawless finish. 

This blog post is long and has a lot of information but it's divided in the following sections:
    • Beautyblender 101: Basic information about beautyblender
    • Colors/Sizes available & Price
    • How to use it: Wet, Squeeze, Bounce
    • How to take care of it: Wash after every use & Let it air dry
    • Review
    • Tips
    • Dupes: Precision Blending Sponge & Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
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Beautyblender 101

Beautyblender is a non-disposable sponge applicator that gives a flawless makeup application. 
Shape: Its egg shape allows you to easily apply makeup on hard-to-reach areas.
Material: It's latex-Free, non-allergenic and odour-free.
Texture: Its suede texture is soft and the curves fit the contours of face.
Durability: Each sponge is typically good for about 3 to 4 months if you use it daily. However, proper care is required (refer to the section "How to take care of your beautyblender" in this blog post).
  • If you don't take proper care of it (i.e. clean it after use), then it can last you less than 3 months. 
  • If you don't use it daily, then it may last longer than 4 months. I use it once or twice a week and mine lasts at least 6 months.
  • When to replace it? You should replace it as soon as it starts to fall apart or smell weird.  However, if you notice any mold (yes, it can happen), then throw it out right away.  

Photo by beautyblender® found on their Facebook page
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Colors/Sizes Available & Price
The following come in a variety of colors but they are all the same size: 
The company recently launched mini version of beautyblender: 

Original beautyblender®

This pink beautyblender is the most popular one and it's used with complexion products.

Can be used with primersfoundationspowderscream blushes, mineral makeup, bb cream, cc creametc. It works best with cream blushes.

Retail Price: One sponge for $26 CAD (19.95 USD)

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Royal beautyblender®

This is a limited edition beautyblender that's only available at Sephora. It's the same as the original beautyblender® but in royal purple.

Retail Price: One sponge for $26 CAD (19.95 USD)
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Beautyblender® pro

This black beautyblender is good for darker-toned products and it's made for professionals.

Can be used with complexion products, long-wear makeup and self-tanners.

Retail Price: One sponge for $26 CAD (19.95 USD)

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Beautyblender® pure


This white beautyblender is a dye-free sponge that can be used with makeup and skincare products. It's good for people with sensitive skin.


Can be used with complexion products, eye creams, serums, moisturizers, makeup remover.

Retail Price: One sponge for $24 CAD (19.95 USD)

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Beautyblender® micro.mini
It's mainly used for highlight/contour especially for the smallest areas of face. 
It's small enough to be used in the inner corner of eye, brow bones, side of nose, cheeks, etc.
Retail Price: Two mini sponges for $24 CAD 
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How to Use beautyblender
1. Wet beautyblender with water
When the beautyblender is wet, it doubles in size!
Once it dries up, it will return to its actual size.


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2. Squeeze out excess liquid
Use towel or paper towel if available

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3. Bounce complexion product on your face
Do not rub. The bouncing motion gives a flawless finish

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You can watch the video by beautblender to see how to use it: 

Video by beautblender
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How to take care of your beautyblender

Hygiene is a must to keep your skin healthy. If you don't take proper care of your beautyblender, you might get breakouts. Also, if you don't clean it often or if you store it before drying it, then you might even have some mold growing on it. Yikes! Needless to say, you should was it as often as you can (preferably every use) and let it air dry before storing it.
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Wash it after Every Use


There are many ways of washing beautyblender. Many people use their face cleanser or even baby shampoo to clean it but the company has its own cleansers designed for beautyblender:   

I used my face cleanser to wash my beautyblender before but noticed it just wasn't clean. So when I purchased a new beautyblender, I decided to get the solid beautycleanser with it and I'm so glad I did! I noticed it cleaned it very well and barely left any stains on my sponge! 
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Let it Air Dry

  • You can place it on a any clean surface to let it dry.
    • Or you can use the mini canister that comes with your beautyblender to let it air dry. Just put the pointed size inside it.
    • If you bought a set of 2 sponges, then use the holding pedestal to air dry. 
Photo by beautyblender® found on their Facebook page
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Review
Pros:
    • Reusable: These can be used daily but it is suggested that you wash them after every use. It normally lasts 3 to 4 months if you use it daily. However, it can last longer or if you take proper care of it.
    • Dual-Ended: The round base is great for foundation/blush for larger areas of face (cheeks, forehead, chin), while the pointed side is good for hard-to-reach spots such as under the eyes, nose or mouth. 
    • Easy to use: All you have to do is wet, squeeze and then bounce it all around your face (don't rub it) to apply it. It makes blending so easy!
    • Flawless Application: It makes it very easy to attain that flawless finish.
    • Versatile: I can apply makeup on my face makeup (foundation, concealer, blush, highlighter) with just one sponge. 
    • Great for travel: I love carrying it with me while traveling because it eliminates the need of carrying too many brushes.
Cons:
    • Expensive: It's quite pricey for a product that you have to throw away. I would recommend buying a set of two sponges because it offers a better value.
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Tips
Washing:
    • Try to wash it after every use. It will prevent bacteria from building up. If you don't have time to wash it right after using it, then wash it later on the same day.
    • Try using a gentle cleanser (face cleanser or baby shampoo) and if you notice it doesn't work, then I would recommend getting the solid cleanser. I found it washes off so easily and barely leaves any stain. 
    • If you have long nails, be careful when you're washing it because your nails can easily tear it apart.
Drying
    • You can place your beautyblender on a clean flat surface or a container to let it dry.
    • Do not store it before drying or else it might grow some mold. 
Purchasing: 
    • The original beautyblender® and beautyblender® pro are also available in set of 2 at price of $34 CAD, which offers a much better value. I would suggest you to get that and you can even get the other one to friend/family.


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Dupes

There are many dupes for the beautyblender that are much cheaper but I've never tried. I did read a lot of online reviews though. Most people say that some of these dupes do a good job at fraction of price but they can't beat the original beautyblender. 

The two popular dupes are: precision blending sponge & Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
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Precision Blending Sponge

Price: $4.99 USD

It has same egg shape but has a ring.

YouTube channel: Casey Holmes
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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Price: $6 USD ($6.55 CAD)

The shape is totally different.

YouTube channel: CoffeeBreakwithDani

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If you're not willing to spend on the beautyblender, then I would recommend you try the dupes first. 
I'm most likely going to purchase the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge because I really like Real Techniques brushes (great quality for the price), so I'll try to get my hands on it. 

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