So far so good. I can't master putting on liquid foundations with the 187 (skunk) brush. I end up giving up and smearing it on by hand. With this, I get how to "stipple" and it comes out looking airbrushed. I end up using LESS foundation because of the water I've added to the blender - it dilutes my foundation but it looks just as good. To me, It's also different than using a wedge because of the shape and texture - a wedge doesn't have the tiny pointed tip (it has more of a doorstop shape) to get into those little crevices of your face. Makes putting on makeup easy and fast. Just wish it was more travel friendly!
Wow, just wow. I have been using minerals with my brushes, but had a few liquid foundations that I could never get to look right. I just received this, and tried it tonight with my Almay 16 hr foundation. This sponge is amazing! I wet it, squeezed the water out, and wrapped it in a towel..squeezed till it was just damp. I then dipped it in foundation which I had pumped once onto the back of my hand. As I stippled it over my face, the coverage it gave was amazing. And it didn't look masky at all! I highly recommend this product. I can't wait to try it with my mineral foundation.
I use this sponge exaclty as explained by DonnaL, and I am more than satisfied by results. Very good coverage, but also very natural looking skin. I own mac's 187 too, and I have used it for my liquid foundation before I got a beautyblender, which for me gives superior results.
I am now on my 2nd BeautyBlender sponge and would not dream of putting on foundation without it. I've tried em all..."foundation brushes" , all types of sponges, fingers, etc ...nothing works as well as this little pink wonder.
I've read reviews complaining about the $20 price ( a good foundation brush will cost you $30 & up) just remember you get what you pay for in this world. And no it won't last forever, & neither did my last car. They do eventually become stained but they don't crumble; in fact I still have my original sponge I keep for emergencies & travel. If you have tried this sponge and don't like it, then you are not using it correctly, simple as that!
First: You must wet the sponge... it can't be use dry!!!
Second: You need to squeeze out most of water so that the sponge is damp....not dripping wet!!!!
Third: Put a small amount of foundation on the back of your hand and lightly dab the sponge into the foundation (using the large end for forehead, cheeks, small end for around nose & eyes) then apply the foundation using the pouncing motion described in the instructions and the Beautyblender website.
When used correctly, you can hide imperfections with a second light pouncing over those areas while leaving the rest of your face with the lighter coverage that gives a flawless no-makeup look. You end up with as close to an airbrushed look as possible without the airbrush.
As to care, if you wash this sponge after each use and set it out to dry throughly, it should last from 6-9 months. The only problem I've experienced was small dark areas that formed after serveral months of use. I soon realized I was not allowing it to dry out prior to storing it. So now I let it dry completely prior to putting it in a drawer/case. Oh, and don't be tempted to use bleach to get rid of dark spots, it will "melt" the sponge.
I have also read reviews complaining that this sponge waste makeup...Not True. In fact, brushes & fingers waste more foundation than this sponge. Just remember to use a light touch when dabbing the sponge into the foundation... don't slather it with foundation!
To sum it up....this is the best foundation applicator next to a professional airbrush setup, which by the way will cost you several hundred dollars...not $20!
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooMG I LOVE THIS SPONGE.... I used the one from Sonia Kashuk, as well as the "Beauty Blender" at target $9 got it on sale.. it is AMAZING... if you dont love this and are not in awe of it.. YOU ARE USING IT WRONG... keep it moist and stipple it.. it give THE MOST (((AMAZING))) airbrushed soft perfect blended beyond perfection look... I"M IN LOVE... NO EDGES.. the TIP.. the way you can roll it omg... I'm pretty jaded sometimes so I approached this like.. yeah okay... and ate every word of disbelief.. okay... I think i'm done... you can youtube it to see how to work it ::PROPERLY:: no lines no smear no finger prints no edges just you looking fab ;)
I agree with PandaKoeken's review (below) 100% (well put, btw) and would add two comments on this product: 1. It's not the kind of sponge we're used to...not sure what it is, but it's better (more "cushy, dense...I dunno) and 2. It really bothers me that I can't get it clean. I've used everything but it remains stained. If anyone can hook me up with a solution to this please email me. TIA.
Overall, worth having, great for travel, if used as directed (moisten & bounce onto skin) it does indeed provide flawless application.
Just received mine in the mail recently. I think my foundation brushes are going into retirement. It is idiot proof (perfect for me). My concealer and foundation go on easily and flawlessly. The pointed end gets into every nook and cranny on my face effortlessly.
The only negative thing for me is the price, but I love it nevertheless :-)
It's just a sponge, but it works wonders. My foundation has never blended so seamlessly with my face. I only realized after one application that all the foundation brushes I used were inferior. I wish there was a case provided for travel, but this is my HG for home foundation application. I've found that Purpose cleansing gel works well to clean the sponge. However, I still have stains from my cream foundation that I use on it. I watched the introductory video and made sure I allowed the sponge to soak in some water and squeeze it out before I dab a small amount of foundation and bounced beautyblender over my face. I use a much smaller amount of foundation now. I will continue to repurchase.
I have conflicting feelings about the Beautyblender. As much as I love using it on myself and others, and though it's a cheaper, easier-to-use option then an airbrush (and presents itself as such in it's marketing), It's pretty expensive for what it is (an oblong sponge that you will eventually need to replace.) It's also somewhat awkward to clean and store (the manufacturer wants you to wash it with their special cleanser, then hold on to the original box to store it in so it can dry evenly), and probably not the best for people who are limited as far as space and time. If beauty supply stores ever start carrying a cheaper version it would be well worth seeking out, in the meantime this is worth a try if you have lots of disposable income and love playing with makeup, it's fun and easy to use and gives a great finish, and can soften and blend edges of eye and cheek makeup in addition to simply stippling on foundation.
i like this product. but i do think that it is a little overpriced and doesn't do anything particularly special. but i would probably buy it again because it's cute and pink!