WOW... i LOVE this...
i also waited for the longest time because I was skeptical about having to pay 35 CAD for the sponge and the cleanser. but the result is BEAUTIFUL! I was using bobbi brown's foundation brush before I got this. And this sponge totally WINS in terms of giving you just the right amount of coverage with your foundation and as well as blending it SO naturally that you dont seem like you have makeup on!
I have always been searching to get my makeup on my face without people knowing. (I just hate it when people look at you with raised eyebrows and ask "do you always wear foundation?".. cuz when that happens, that means you are wearing too much)
And now, I have found the answer! When I put on my makeup and asked my boyfriend if i have foundation on, he said NO! (and hes pretty observant about these things) he just said i had beautiful skin but he couldnt see ANY traces of makeup!
im SO EXCITED to put on my makeup every morning now!
its so great to look so naturally beautiful!
well, i hate to be a debbie downer here, but this sponge is really just not that great. to be completely honest, i really can't understand how this is any better than just a regular drugstore sponge. you can wet drugstore sponges so they don't absorb product just like this one, and you can wash and reuse d/s sponges also. granted, they don't last as long as the beautyblender, but it can still be done and they don't cost $20 per sponge! also, it doesn't apply makeup any better than any other sponge. you can stipple with any sponge, puff, or stippling brush and get the same affect. the one saving grace for this, however, is the shape. i love how it is shaped! the round bottom is perfect for applying blush and foundation and the pointed tip blends even the smallest areas, like around the eyes. its not too small and not too large-just the perfect shape and size which make it really easy to use. because of this, i will buy it again. but i think its important to note that this is just a sponge-not the miracle applicator everyone makes it out to be. aside from the shape, its pretty average. i've had mine for about 2-3 months, and i estimate i have about another 1-2 months of use left with it, and thats considering i use it and wash it everyday. so as long as you're not expecting some miracle product thats going to magically make your foundation look like it was airbrushed on (like everyone claims, but it just isn't true), and you realize you are just buying an expensive sponge, i think you'll enjoy the purchase. but its not like this is some must-have, run-out-and-buy-it-right-now product-just an average sponge.
I finally gave in and decided to buy this sponge. The verdict : The best I have ever used.
It really works and does everything it claims to - foundation is easy to apply, blends in very well and hardly any of the product soaks into the sponge itself. I found myself only using half the amount I normally would if I had used a makeup foundation brush or another sponge brand.
If you follow the instructions and care for it, it'll last you a long time. I bought the kit which gave me 2 sponges and the cleanser for $40.00 USD - an expensive,luxury but wort it :0)
I am extremely pleased with this sponge! It's very easy to use, soft and gives that flawless no-makeup look when applying foundation. I tried it with tinted moisturizer (Stila TM & Clinique TM), liquid foundation (Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light & Clarins Truly Matte Foundation), and powder foundation (Diorskin Forever Compact Foundation SPF 25), and all three looked great and flawless. I'm very pleased. I still have to try it with cream as well as powder blush. I haven't tried it with concealer yet, cause it seems too big for the eye area...but I'm definitely curious to try. Plus, it's quite easy to clean with their cleanser. Highly recommanded.
EDIT: I've reduced my use of it because it's a hassle to wash it every single time, after every single application, especially if I'm on the move. I've found an equivalent and that's MAC 187 and MAC 188 brushes (they're fantastic by the way). But, otherwise, it's still an excellent sponge and I definitly use it when I'm going for a really natural seemless look.
I've had my "egg" for a year now. Using it daily and cleansing after each use it's still in good condition. Nice size and shape for setting MMU!
EDIT: Sonya Kashuk's Blue Peep has replaced the BB as my new favorite. Less expensive and just as good, although quite a bit more "firm" in texture.
I waited almost two years before buying this product. I'd heard all the raves here, but couldn't quite bring myself to spend $20 on a sponge. Well, I finally gave in about a month ago, and I wish I'd gotten it sooner! I use it with both tinted moisturizer and foundation, and it really does give a more flawless look than I'd achieved with drugstore sponges, the Laura Mercier sponges, or a foundation brush. I even use with cream blushes (just swirling the bottom of the sponge into the blush and then stippling on) and it's a beautiful effect. I haven't even reached for my cream blush brush since I got the beautyblender. I bought the $39.95 set of two sponges and a bottle of the cleanser. I don't know about the cleanser, but I'd definitely repurchase the sponges!
Prior to getting this, I had used sponges to apply foundation occasionally but mostly reverted to using my fingers, as I found the finish was much better. After hearing rave reviews about this, I got over my initial reluctance to spend that much money on a sponge and bought one - I don't regret it for an instant! The result is excellent - an airbrushed look, excellent coverage but still natural. I use the Blendercleanser to clean it after use and so far it's been 1.5 months - the sponge is still going strong! Would recommend this!
EDIT - no longer use this - too much hassle, plus I think it dried out my skin somehow!!
This is definitely a good investment for those who prefer to use sponges over brushes. The material it's made out of is very different from regular disposable sponges--- it has a velvety feel that reminds me a little bit of memory foam. It fits nicely in my hand and when wet, it feels very light. It leaves me with a nice finished look, almost airbrushed.
How I use it - I wet the sponge and squeeze it til it's damp, then I give it a few sprays of MAC fix+. I put foundation on the back of my hand, dip my beauty blender into the foundation and use the stippling "bouncing" method against my skin. I set it with loose powder. Sometimes I apply my foundation with my MAC 190 first, then finish by buffing my damp, Fix+ sprayed beautyblender afterwards. Either way, I love the way I look afterwards.
I have yet to try it dry.
I am a sucker for beauty gadgets, always looking for that new product that will be the HG. So to treat myself, I bought the two pack together with the cleanser.
I like the beautyblender but I think I'm less impressed with it because I was already really good at applying foundation with my fingers. That said, this has provided the best coverage that I have ever gotten from a tool, hands down. Foundation brushes are terrible and latex sponges don't do much better. So it's either this or my fingers. The benefit to this is that it may be faster and less messy than using my hands. I'm still working on the technique - it's not difficult but the more you play with it, the better you become at achieving "special effects". I have yet to master the "stipple and swirl" to cover up those pesky blemishes.
Over all a good product. I can see where it would become a consistent part of someone's kit and can certainly help those people who've not had "professional" make-up application down to an art (the symptom of all beauty junkies!) - it makes foundation a no brainer.
EDIT: I have found that, when washing the blender, it works better to get it soapy before getting it wet. I wash it with the blender cleanser. I wait until it's "dry" (natural state) and then put cleanser all over the spots where there is makeup. I then work it in and after get the blender wet - it seems to work better as nearly all the makeup is washed out, what usually isn't the case if i wash it in a dampened state.
I was using a MAC 188 brush to apply my foundation, but not anymore! The beautyblender is the best thing I have bought so far. It makes my foundation look so smooth and flawless. Luckily, my local Pure Beauty sold this so I didn't have to order it online. It retails for $19.95. Right now, I'm using this to apply Dior Forever foundation and I truly look like I have nothing on. Just my skin, but better. I'm so amazed. I know it doesn't look like anything special but it's a remarkable product and I can honestly say, I can't go back to brushes just as long as this sponge exists. Love it!