On the 15th year anniversary of the Beauty Blender, I wanted to dedicate a post to the magical little sponge. Although I am a fan of using my hands and brushes, the Beautyblender is my all time favourite makeup application tool. I’ll break down all the different types of Beauty Blenders that I own, how they differ and what I use them for with my thoughts. I hope you enjoy.
First, a little bit on the beautyblender…
Beautyblenders typically sheer out product vs. brushes. Buildable products layer up nicely with a beautyblender so I much prefer adding coverage in targeted areas that I need it vs. having an all over fuller coverage face.
Beauty blenders are meant to be used wet so that they do not absorb any product you use and I find the moisture also helps with a good blend. After running your dry beauty blender under the faucet for a minute (squeezing it so the blender absorbs the most amount of water), ring it out with your hands and you’ll find the size increases by at least 1/3. Fun FYI: I remember when Beautyblender was TRYING IT and selling a ‘beauty blender holder’ for $20-something CAD. I would totally recommend you not spend money on a holder. If you do not want to keep your blender in the container it comes in (which also works like a charm), then use water bottle caps! I know that sounds crazy but it works like a charm (see below). Water bottle caps do not take up much room, last forever, do not absorb bacteria and you can paint them any colour easily to go with your beauty area decor 🙂 Oh, and they’re also cheap AF and easy to find.
The Original beautyblender ($28 CAD)
The original beauty blender for the face can be used for whatever you like since the shape of it makes it versatile enough for detailed work (by using the pointy end) andt for wider spread application (by using the rounded bottom or even the sides). This sponge feels really soft to the touch and is very bouncy but it also maintains enough stiffness to really get a good blend out of the cream and liquid products. I love to use the point of the beautyblender to bake my under eyes with as it’s small enough to get into the corners and the moisture in the blender really holds on to powders well. This sponge is forever beauty swatched approved.
beautyblender Pro ($28 CAD)
Versus the original beautyblender, the pro is a bit softer to the touch and slightly more bouncy. To be honest, I really don’t find a difference with application or finish from the Pro to the “Original” beautyblender. I actually prefer the Original blender because I am super paranoid about mould forming on my blenders unbeknown to me because the blender is black (and yes, I’m talking from experience. One time, I accidentally left my wet beautyblender in an air tight area and returned to see several small green dots all over my blender. It didn’t smell any different, so I would have never known if I did not notice the colour). For that reason, although I get an identical blend to my Original, my paranoia makes this is not beauty swatched approved.
beautyblender Pure ($28CAD)
The beautyblender Pure is marketed as a makeup applicator for sensitive skin or skin care. I purchased this for my skincare routine because I am the type of person who enjoys my skincare experience every night. The Pure is the same size as the Original/ Pro beautyblender. When I squeeze the Pure beautyblender, there is less resistance vs. the Original beautyblender (almost like it’s not as dense of a sponge vs. Original) and feels ‘squishier’. The only thing “pure” about this sponge is that it is purely a luxury product. My skincare goes on no differently with this (or any other sponge, once wet) and it can be used easily as a beautyblender to get the same results vs. Original or Pro. Net: its a nice indulgence but not a necessity therefore it is not beauty swatched approved.
Beauty Blusher ($22 CAD)
The Beauty Blusher was designed to blend out liquid or cream blushes, but can also be used for contour, bronzer, highlight or concealer. When wet, it expands in size considerably but is still a bit less than half the size of a beautyblender. This sponge is the exact same product/quality as the Original beautyblender. Given the versatility of uses for this sponge, I love it and will continue to repurchase it. This is beauty swatched approved.Beauty Blender Micro Mini ($26 CAD for 2)
These tiny little egg sponges are designed for concealer, but can also be used to blend out contour, apply highlight or blend out concealer. This is great for those who prefer detail work that even the pointiest tip of your beautyblender cannot satisfy. For me, I find that using the Original to apply foundation, the beauty blusher to blend out blush and concealer and the minis to apply highlighter and contour work best. The only annoying thing about the microminis is that it gets dirty way too quickly. By the time i’m done blending one side of my face, more than half the blender is already dirty. So what I do is I buy the Quo mini blending sponges ($9.99 CAD for 3) (pictured in purple below) because in size and quality they are a very close dupe to the micro mini. This way, i’m able to (guilt free) use one blender per eye without breaking the bank. These are nice, but really expensive so I cant beauty swatch approve it (and highly recommend the Quo dupe!)