I caved to reviews and purchased the duo sponges w/cleanser packet from Amazon for $30. BTW cleanser is already gone which is not good also sponges become misshapen while using though haven't noticed any blotchiness with application and it reshapes itself once rinsed out. Despite this I love the finish and would buy again.
Flawless, natural look every time
Great with cream concealer and MMU
The shape is genius, picks up and distributes well
The texture and shape feel great on skin
Results are nearly flawless on my fine lines
Stipples very well
Not easily cleaned without their cleanser
No creative housing for this, I leave it in the pkg
UPDATE 9/6/10: Cleans great w/castille soap like Dr. Bronner
I love the beautyblender sponge! This sponge works like wonders! It makes my make up application flawless! Only downfall is that it stains in certain stops easily, it only last a few months, and it's expensive for a sponge! Yes, I will purchase it again, but wish it wasn't soo expensive! I mean $20 for a sponge???
This sponge is HG status! It really does make application look flawless. I use this for liquid foundation, liquid concealer and also my MAC mineral powder for that airbrushed look. Sometimes I feel like I am cheating on my 187 and 188 brushes. I like the fact that its very sanitary since you wash it after every use.
Love this item. Every foundation brush I've tried has at least something wrong with it-- streaky makeup, absorbs too much foundation, can't get into the tiny areas around my nose, etc. Beautyblender doesn't have any problems (at least so far) and I love how easy it is to wash it. My makeup always looks perfect (not cakey) and it's easy to add more foundation in the areas where it needs it. Perfect!
HOLY GRAIL!!! OMG! i do not know how i ever lived without this sponge! it's SO amazing!! i've been using it every single day for the past 3 months and i cannot apply my foundation any other way! I wash it with the beauty blender cleanser every morning before using it (that way it's clean and wet) i dot my foundation all over then stipple it on with this and i look like i have flawless skin! i use the pointy tip to apply concealer under my eyes and even use it to blend the concealer on my blemish spots it really helps the product sink in and settle so it looks like it's not even on there! when i tell people i have foundation on they don't believe me. i cannot live without this it is worth the $!! Its less expensive than a MAC foundation brush so it's a reasonable price. you don't need to purchase the cleanser i just got it cause it was included in the set but when i'm done with the cleanser i wont repurchase i'll just refill the cool pumper with my own liquid soap :) if you want flawless, even foundation coverage buy this without hesitation!! A++! i will buy this over and over and over again!!
-note: i purchased the Sonia Kashuk sponge before i bought this one and it ripped after the first week while i was washing it! the sonia kashuk one does NOT expand like the beauty blender does, therefore the sonia kashuk one soaks up A LOT of foundation. yes, the beauty blender is double the price of the sonia kashuk but in the long run the beauty blender helps you save foundation so you don't have to keep buying more
Great sponge, applies foundation sooooooooooooo flawlessly & with ease & precision. I don't have much more to add other than the previous reviewers who raved so highly about it. Beware Australian buyers who purchase from beautyblender.com.au - you don't get the pedistool but it come in a see through pink pouch. =(
Thank goodness I watched/read reviews of this before purchasing it.. The sponge seems so fragile when damp & I have long nails, I wash it between the palm of my hands to keep it in tack. I also stained it by pouring my colorstay directly onto the sponge rather than a separate palette. Because I was holding it with the large side up, the foundation just slided down the sponge & stained it. I wish I knew this this =(... But no big deal I guess, the product still works.
Man this sponge absorbs a crap load of product, it kind of wastes your product. Quite depressing. But whatever. I guess the pros outweighs the cons.
HG status, for sure - I use this product every single time I apply makeup, and would recommend it to anyone, even if they only apply a small amount of concealer under the eyes...I resisted buying this sponge for a loooong time, thinking it was merely an over-priced gimmick. Well, I was dead wrong. I dampen the Beauty Blender slightly and use it to blend my concealer and foundation (both of which I initially apply with a brush) for an air-brushed look that is far superior to the application that I used to achieve with my fingers alone. In fact, I used to avoid wearing foundation because I was never satisfied with the results until I started using this sponge. The sponge's unique shape allows you to reach the most difficult angles of the face, especially the area between the nose and the inner corner of the eyes, where foundation and concealer is often essential. I recommend buying this product in the 2 sponge set with the cleanser (which is excellent as well), since it is a better buy. I clean my sponge every time I use it - and despite having used the same sponge for several months now, it still looks brand new. The cleanser also works wonderfully for makeup brushes. This product is a must-have for anyone who is particular about their foundation application! Well worth the price, since it allows you to make better use of your foundation and concealer, and it lasts.
These work great. I like it better than a foundation brush. I dampen it slightly and wring it out. I dot the foundation on my face with my finger and then stipple with the sponge. I find that this method works best because if you dip a brush or sponge into the foundation it absorbs too much. I very lightly go over my face with the Sonia Kashuk highlighting brush( Mac 187 dupe) for a nice airbrushed look. I wash it after each usage with either the cleanser, soap or just hot water.
Thanks, MUA, for introducing me to yet another expensive product I am determined to use for life. I use CoverFX cream foundation to cover largish swaths of melasma left over from pregnancy and a childhood spent in the sun. This stuff is THICK, and it's easy to overapply. I've used my fingers, brushes, cheap drugstore wedge sponges, you name it, and I still end up with too much product on the outer layer of the skin and not enough settled down in the pores. I just want a thin layer all over. The first time I used the Beautyblender I was amazed at how evenly my foundation applied, and how my coverage was opaque but thin. The technique is easy; just stipple instead of rubbing. I don't like to buy specialized cleaning products b/c I think they're part of a major racket--I mean, this sponge is expensive enough as it is--so I just used my favorite brush cleaner, Prell shampoo (the classic green gel). Worked beautifully, although it did take a bit of time to squeeze the suds out of the sponge (Prell's fault, not the sponge's). The extra time and effort are worth it. I haven't tried the sponge yet for applying cream blushes, etc., but I look forward to it. Incidentally, I did use the pointed tip to apply eyeshadow base, and it worked like a dream. If you want an airbrushed look that still gives your skin the texture of SKIN, this is the tool to use.
I got this sponge as a present for X-mas & I had just started using it the other day, which yes I know is crazy but I didn't know how to use it but if I would have just opened it up I would have seen the directions right in there...duh!! Lol!! But anyways, I've only used it about 3x & I really like it, after reading the directions & watching a couple videos on youtube its so simple & very multipurpose! You can use it with foundation, liquid or powder, concealer, cream blush, or just about anything!! The pointy end let's you use it in hard to reach areas & the wider end is for larger spaces. I got the one sponge with the clean which, is great also & clean up is so much quicker than cleaning regular mu brushes, I actually don't mind cleaning the sponge after every use unlike washing mu brushes where u have to pull out the shampoo & everything then let dry over night or so. Yeah, the sponge has to sit there & dry too but it seems so much faster & easier! Prior to me using this sponge I had bought the MAC 190 brush & tried that for almost a week & didn't like it at all so I just returned it & feel much more comfortable using this or my 187 brush. Yes, this sponge is a bit expensive but I recommend you getting one, it is worth it! Even though I didn't buy this one, I am gonna get another, once this one gets old because its so good!!