When i initially purchased my Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation (review here), i struggled to find the perfect application method. I found that the traditional foundation brushes created a streaky effect, and using my fingers didn't provide the most natural finish either. My good friend Lina (click here to visit her blog), recommended the Beauty Blender sponge, and i can't thank her enough! This little pink egg, has totally transformed the way i feel about Chanel's new foundation- it has turned it from a mediocre foundation to a splurge-worthy, high quality product. If you struggle to apply matte, medium coverage foundations, in a natural, streak-free manner, try the Beauty Blender sponge. It's a fabulous applicator for all foundations, but particularly for those that have a matte finish, as they are often slightly drier in texture, and more difficult to apply.
It works beautifully with the new Chanel foundation. It makes the matte, quick-drying formula much easier to work with and creates a flawless, natural finish. I would not recommend this foundation without the Beauty Blender sponge- together they are the perfect pair- like strawberries and cream! I also love how it keeps my hands clean! I was always washing my hands when i applied foundation with my fingers, and my hands were always dry- with the BB my routine is much quicker and mess-free!
My favourite thing about the Beauty Blender is the flawless, airbrushed finish, that it gives to my foundation. I have never achieved such a natural effect with any other applicator before.
I also love that it works with all liquid products- foundation, highlighter, concealer and cream blush. I love applying my MAC 'Lady Blush' cream blush with it. If you find cream blushers tricky to apply, which they often are, then definitely give the Beauty Blender a go- it blends colour beautifully and gives a natural, seamless finish. A glow from within!
It's really easy to use. You have to dampen the sponge, and it will expand to twice its original size. If you were to use the sponge dry, it would just absorb all of the product. I like to apply a pump of my foundation onto the back of my hand, dot it around my face (more in the areas that need it most) and blend it out with the Beauty Blender. The sponge is very soft and bouncy- i use a 'bouncy'/patting motion when blending foundation with it- i find it really fun to use! The pointed tip is perfect for concealer, and getting into any hard-to-reach areas, such as around the nose and eyes. The larger base, is great for areas like the cheeks, where i need more coverage, or for applying cream blush. I also like to roll the sponge along the jawline to blend my foundation with my neck.
You will need to use more product with the Beauty Blender- it does sheer out foundation a little. I often use 2 1/2 pumps with the Beauty Blender rather than my typical 2 pumps without the BB. Although you may have to use more product, the results are so worth it- the natural, flawless finish is unbeatable and i have never achieved the same effect with anything else.
Its great for all skin types and all ages. My mum has one too and she loves it. It gives her a beautifully smooth, even base, and doesn't settle into any fine lines or larger pores. It works just as well for young skin, as it does for mature skin- anyone that uses a liquid foundation needs to try the BB!
Its not too difficult to clean- you just use warm water and a mild cleanser. I use either Baby Shampoo, or my Purpose facial cleanser, both by Johnsons. Beauty Blender do sell a cleanser to accompany the sponge, which i will probably purchase in the future. Although this method cleans the sponge of any product, it doesn't completely get rid of any stains- which isn't really a huge problem- i just like everything to look clean! Thats why i hate NARS packaging too!
The Beauty Blender is easy to find in the US, at Sephora. In the UK it is harder to find, but there are some online stores that sell it. I purchased mine from beautyflashshop.co.uk and their service was excellent- it arrived within 2 days. I had been intrigued by the Beauty Blender after hearing about it so much on you-tube, but i am always wary of buying products online. However, if you have been interested in the BB and perhaps were put off buying it like i was, i highly recommend it. For those in the UK, its 100% worth it!
Let me know if you have tried the Beauty Blender, or what your favourite foundations are at the moment!
Love, Claudia xo