I gave this 2 lippies for creativity and helping people to be creative in foundation application- i think if everybody took the time it takes to get aquainted to this pink freak-egg and to wash it after every use -we all had perfect makeup...Moist sponges have been used forever,so has the stippling technique- combine the two or any time of experimentation with different foundations the net result will be good looking skin IMO. I would lie, if i would say it doesn't feel good to the touch (the texture and smooth feel remind me of various items one might use in the "bedroom" ...LOL) but i think it's really just another novelty item that will loose it's appeal due to high maintainance and cost. I rather invest in a traditional tool aka a brush (or if your really looking to 'invest' an airbrush )-despite the companie's environmnent-friendly recycling program =)
The Beautyblender has transformed the way I do my makeupand the finished result. I used to use brushes for my foundation and concealer, and although I was happy enough with the results, application took forever and I had to be careful to blend really well to eliminate any sign of brush strokes.
With the Beautyblender, my foundation application is surprisingly quick and using the pointy end it just takes a couple of seconds to cover up my dark circles with concealer. And the results are amazing. The finish is flawless, the application looks invisible, and any signs of dark circles are banished.
I'm naughty and only wash mine a couple of times a week as it takes more time to clean than it does to use (I use Philosophy Purity to clean it).
They are horribly expensive, especially in my part of the world, so I wait till cyberemporium.com.au have a sale (I got mine at 30% off).
It comes with a ridiculous amount of packaging, which I find really wasteful. You can supposedly use the packaging to sit the BB on to dry it out, but who's realistically going to keep packaging that's about 5 times the size of the product?
A word of advice: if you have cats, don't leave this out within their reach. I saw my cat racing around last night with a pink toy. "Ooh, cute" I thought to myself, until I realised that he didn't have any pink toys. Thankfully I managed to retrieve my BB before he did too much damage to it.
UPDATE: 09/08/08 (minus 1 lippie). I'm finding that I use twice as much foundation with this to get less coverage than I would with a brush as the sponge soaks up so much product. Am now applying foundation roughly with my fingers and then using this to blend, and am getting great results.
After 3 months am finding that it's starting to disintegrate a little. For the price I would expect it to last longer.
**Docking a point because mine has managed to become stained by cream based foundations (Stephane Marais)**
Purchased the set of two with the recommended Beautyblender cleanser. Great idea, have two sponges, one to use, and one to have clean while the other needs cleaned. I love these sponges since they make anything easy to apply. Put a dab on the point and get every crevice by your nose, a even covering below your lower lash line... you name it, it'll put foundation there.
I clean mine maybe once a week each (lazy). I don't think "old foundation" has an effect on it's finish. I haven't noticed any pink fuzz from mine.
Would I repurchase? Probably, if everybody else's knock offs aren't as good.
I really wanted to like this and hoped I would change my mind about it. That's why I've waited 5 months to write a review. It does a very good job of applying a light, seamless layer of foundation, but the inconvenience of the sponge outweighs its good points, IMO.
First, my bathroom is tiny and has very poor lighting, so I do my m/u at a lighted mirror in my bedroom where there is no sink. The need to rinse the sponge before and after using it is just too impractical for me. I know that most people don't have this situation, but it's something to consider before buying.
Another problem is that the blender must be cleaned thoroughly after each use. I'm always in a hurry when I do my m/u in the morning and I think washing the blender takes longer than actually using it to apply my foundation.
For the price, I expect something more user friendly. I take out the Beauty Blender only for special occasions and probably will not repurchase when mine wears out.
Well I've used this magical sponge for a week and I'm sold. They feel great in my hand(very testicular IYKWIM) and smoothes my foundation like No Other sponge or applicator I've ever tried. I am taking off a lipstick because they are ungodly expensive, hard to find and left some pink debris on my face a couple of times. But they clean up great, are wonderful dry or wet, and the shape cannot be beat for hard to reach areas. I found mine on drugstore.com after driving all over EBFE so if you live in a "small" big city like me, save yourself the hassle and just order from there.
I first bought this product after being disappointed with the application of what I now know was a replica Chanel Foundation brush (perhaps explaining the bad application). Before that I was using an Estee Lauder Foundation brush which I absolutely loved until one day I cleaned it a little to ambitiously and all the hairs came out! Anyway, I was a little frustrated with foundation brushes so I came across this and was sold by the reviews. I plunked down the money for it about six months ago and always used it dry as my vanity is in my closet and I'm too lazy to get it wet in my bathroom first. It was an okay product, but I felt it was too expensive for what you get. I found it didn't always apply evenly and seemed to soak up all my foundation. I also found it hard to apply concealer to my under eye area and I struggle with dark under eye circles so this was very important to me. Perhaps my biggest issue with it is it always looks dirty (unless you wash it after every application and I only washed it once a month because like I said, I'm too lazy to take it to the bathroom plus I'm always in a hurry when I'm applying makeup). Also, I found when I threw it in my makeup bag it would transfer residual foundation and concealer to my other makeup compacts which I hated. Last night I entered my closet to find little bits of pink all over my vanity. As I approached I realized a mouse (I live in the middle of a field in the country) had crawled into my bag and chewed on my sponge several times before pulling it out and chewing on it some more. Now there's $20 down the drain. I'm searching for a new foundation applicator and think I'm going to pass on this and try the Stila foundation brush. It's the same price as this thing, got better reviews, won't get eaten by a mouse, and should apply my foundation dry a lot better than the results I had with this.
I hesitated about buying this because of the price. But after reading the reviews on this site I HAD TO HAVE IT. This little pink egg is really hard to find in this area (Washington, DC). I had to stop using brushes because the hairs were so irritated to my sensitive skin, and so I had been using ds sponges, Laura Mercier and Sonya Kayshuk sponges. Nothing comes close to comparing to this sponge. The stippling technique is so easy that a caveman could do it (LOL); it's just easy to catch on. And the finish is great, really a great classy almost-airbrushes look. I use it for mineral foundation, mineral blush, mineral cover cream, and to put a base color of eye makeup on. Heck I feel like a pro now!
I *love* this product. Let me start off by saying that I own a MAC 190 & 187, I also own the Sephora professional brand foundation brush, stippling brush, & kabuki brush--NOTHING makes my foundation look as great as the beautyblender. I have also tried other sponges, it's just not the same. Of course, I use this damp & I use a liquid foundation, I find that the foundation goes right into my skin & there is absolutely no streakiness, blotchiness, nada. It looks natural, covers every imperfection perfectly, & it leaves me looking dewy/glowy (I'm guessing because the sponge is damp?). I was a little skeptical because it's a SPONGE for 20 bucks but after reading the reviews I went out & bought the twin pack at Ricky's for 27.99. Not a bad deal at all. The only thing I can say is that it is a fragile little egg, one of them ripped on me when I was cleaning it so I'm thankful that I bought the twin pack... even though it's a little damaged, though, it still works like a charm. Won't buy the cleanser though, I find that regular brush cleanser or Dawn dish soap works just fine. Will repurchase as needed.
i got two eggs shipped for $25 at dermadoctor, so to me, it's not outrageously expensive. yes, more expensive than a drugstore sponge, but it really does feel different. i probably wouldn't pay $20/each though. it is a cute, nifty lil sponge that really works. it is durable (if you take care of it and keep it away from the cat) and really saves me a lot of time. sometimes, i wet the sponge, depending on the type of foundation used. it also works well dry. you do have to play w/ it a lil to find the right application technique that works for your skin. i haven't applied foundation w/ a brush ever since i got this. oh, and i'm doing fine w/o the sponge cleanser. my makeup still comes off and the sponges still look new and hot pink.
I agree with the previous reviewer. I don't quite understand the hype. Using my fingers to blend then buffing or stippling with this sponge was no different than using a flocked drugstore sponge. I tried the method in the tutorial and wet the sponge and applied foundation with the sponge and it didn't look nearly as smooth and even. In fact it seemed to make the foundation and my pores stand out more.