August 25, 2015

Beauty Blender: Do you really need one?


Do you really need a Beauty Blender? Yes, yes you do. Done.

Just kidding! But seriously, I can’t ramble on for too long about this product, because there are only so many things you can say about a sponge at the end of the day!


I was really dubious when it came to ordering a Beauty Blender. ‘£16 for a sponge?!’ I thought. But curiosity got the better of me. I ordered one and then proceeded to lie to my boyfriend by telling him it ‘only cost £7’. He has since discovered how much they really cost and was utterly disgusted, ha!


I ordered from Beauty Bay because they provide such a fab service. My Beauty Blender was with me in a matter of days. When it arrived, I was super confused when I opened the box. ‘Where is it?’ I laughed. It was soooo much smaller than I had anticipated, I couldn’t help but feel a little ripped off. But here’s the thing, it doubles in size when placed in water, and works best when used damp!

I have been using mine for nine weeks now. It hasn’t torn, and it is still the same shape it started as. It has stained, but what can you expect, really? I tried cleaning it with fragranced washing up liquid (the same way I clean my brushes), but it made it feel a little rubbery, so I followed up by cleansing it with Cleenex liquid soap, which made it feel and smell lovely.


This product has completely changed my makeup routine! It doesn’t work well with all foundations, but works perfectly with my Kat Von D Lock-it foundation. I squirt three pumps onto the back of my hand and then lightly dab my damp beauty blender into the foundation and stipple onto my face, working from the inside out. Using a beauty blender means my foundation looks much more even, and, er… blended. Funny that, aye?


Can you fake it til you make it when it comes to beauty blenders? Of course, there are hundreds of dupes out there, but you know what they say… buy cheap, buy twice. 

I bought these Monster sponges (pictured above, 4 for £5 on Amazon) and they’re horrendous. They don’t expand in water, are too heavy and thick, smell terrible and just give off general ‘that ain’t going anywhere near my face!’ vibes. However, I have heard great things about these two dupes: Nanshy Marvel spongew7 Power Puff.

Do you use a Beauty Blender as part of your makeup routine? What do you think? Can anyone recommend a good ol’ dupe?!


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  1. I have heard great things about this
    And it sounds interesting.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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  2. These do sound really good but I use that Maybelline Flawless Foundation so I'm not too sure if I would need to blend - make up novice!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. I've used my beauty blender with my Maybelline Fit Me! foundation and it worked just fine! Honestly, it makes your foundation look even more flawless!

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  3. I found that I wasn't cleaning mine often enough (my fault!). But I really love the effect that this gives. I'm testing out the Real Techniques version but I want to repurchase this, it lasted me over a year before it started to crack and tear.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  4. I got a beauty blender from Real Techniques and I'm really happy with it - it was quite cheap and still has great quality. I don't know if it works with all foundations but it definitely works with the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and the Chanel Vitalumière Foundation. x

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    1. I always hear great things about the RT alternative and see it in Superdrug every time I visit. Will definitely give this a go. Ooh, I really want to try NARS foundations but just not sure if they provide the coverage I look for!x

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  5. Loved reading this post! Have always wondered about the beauty blender, might have to give it a try! x

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  6. I highly suggest the Real Technique beauty blender, it's cheap and I love it.

    MeEmBeauty

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  7. I brought 2 off Ebay ages ago and I actually find them quite decent, they're shaped like the blue one and I find they expand well and they're quite bouncy so blend well too. Although I haven't brought the original so I can't really compare :)

    Velvet Blush

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  8. I've been so tempted to buy this but I've held back because I don't use a sponge for doing my makeup that often! The Real Techniques does a good enough job for me though mine has ripped :/

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I had never used sponges as part of my makeup routine before. It is advised that you don't because they soak up your expensive foundations (killer) and harvest bacteria. However, the beauty blender doesn't soak up makeup at all! I always used to use the Real Techniques expert face brush or Zoeva silk finish brush to apply my foundation, but I'm officially a BB convert and I'm never going back haha xx

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  9. I'm not a huge fan of these sponges, I only tried a cheap dupe from Superdrug so maybe that's why it doesn't work that well. I've been thinking lately to buy the RT one but also I didn't know they don't actually work with any foundations, I'm using Revlon now. :/

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    1. Give it a go! What have you got to lose? :) I've never tried the Real Techniques one, but have heard that it works very well, but tears quicker than Beauty Blenders do. I image both would work well with Revlon Color Stay!xx

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  10. I love using a beauty blender in my routine! This is a great post! xx

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  11. This is such an exciting post!

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  12. I have two beauty blenders that I love, but to be honest sometimes I don't use them. But, for special days like date night or a work event, I do use them. :)
    Bohemian Romance

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  13. I bought one and I've used it twice, plus I found it difficult to clean properly. I much prefer brushes! Lovely post.

    Anika | www.anikamay.co.uk

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  14. I own a beauty blender and it still is going strong after two years. All the dupes I have tried so far didn't keep up.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  15. I notice it makes your makeup so smooth and silky when you use it. Loved this :)http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  16. I love my beauty blender! I always look out for discounted ones in TKMaxx xx

    Lucy Cole | A UK Fashion, Lifestyle and Beauty Blog

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    1. What?! Will definitely keep an eye out now that I know they sell discounted ones!xx

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  17. i was lucky enough to get one for free and i didn't even use it at first because i didn't think it would help but it definitely does!

    danielle | avec danielle

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  18. I've never tried beauty blender. I think I need to get it :o

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  19. I keep putting off buying the Beauty Blender, but I've never heard a single bad thing about it. I think I need to just go for it. Great review! xx

    Champagne Daydream

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  20. I have a beauty blender but do not use it often enough...you made me feel like starting over again !

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

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  21. Everyone keeps saying I should try this haha I'm not sure, maybe if I can find it on offer somewhere... I do like the Real Techniques one though xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  22. I'm more of a buffing brush person when it comes to applying my foundation but think I would like a beauty blender for my under eye concealer to ensure it's seamless. I'll have to give it a think x

    franklyflawless.com

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  23. Completely agree they're absolutely amazing. The real techniques dupe is fab too.

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  24. Beauty blenders are amazing but I never pay more than $5.00 for one haha. I don't know if they have marshalls in the UK but you can score these beauties for cheap there!

    xo

    With Love, Banke | A Fashion Blog

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  25. You’re officially one of my favourite bloggers, keep up the great work! xxx



    Ghost Girl Fragrance- Dare to be YOU!

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  26. I really wanna get a good one but I feel like these can be too expensive. Thanks for the insights though, might order one to give it go cause I always feel like my foundation looks not blended all the time on my face :(
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  27. I ordered my Beauty Blenders on Beautybay as well :) I have them in white and black. I do prefer a black Beauty Blender though, as it gives a better coverage, looks more durable and even the shape of it is slightly better. But anyway, both of them worth the price, the dupes never give the same results.

    "Part Hydrator + Part Primer =?"// www.keenonbeauty.com

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  28. Oh great, thanks, I'm totally going to have to go an spend a ludicrous amount of money on a sponge now..
    Marina | marinasimone.co.uk

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  29. I have several of the Beauty Blenders and Real Technique Sponges that I use interchangeably. The BB has a slight edge but the RT works really well in my opinion. :-)


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  30. I'm laughing so much about you telling your bf it was cheaper than it was. :P Beauty Blenders are amazing!

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

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  31. I just jumped on the BB band-wagon earlier this year and I'm so glad I did, totally worth the money! x

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

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