It Took Me A While, But Finally, I'm Obsessed With Beauty Blenders

I'm so late to this party it's not even funny, but over the last month or two I've started applying my makeup in a slightly different way. Encouraged by the contouring trend and need for great blending, I started reaching for a mini Beauty Blender (which has been sitting unused in my makeup box for blooming ages.) It started with a little blending of my foundation around the jawline, quickly evolving into a tool that helped blur the lines between bronzer and highlighter, finally ending up as the perfect way to conceal those pesky under-eye circles. The texture and size of the little foam wonder may be slightly confusing and intimidating, but don't let the odd shape put you off; it really is a great help and ensures an effortless glowing complexion that looks like you've had the best nights sleep ever.

Invented by top Hollywood makeup artists Rea Ann Silva and Veronica Lorenz, the original Beauty Blender Sponge (£16.00) has a patent-pending elliptical shape which allows you easy access hard-to-reach areas; it's pretty much fool proof, although it does take some getting used to. Cheaper alternatives include the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99), Nanshy's 4-in-1 Makeup Blending Sponge (£5.95) and Beauty Bay's own brand incarnation (£2.50,) but the concept it all the same. The rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or “stippling” motion, the precision tip effortlessly covers blemishes and imperfections, while the flat edge contours around the eyes and nose.

Although I find they absorb too much of my base product when used to apply foundation, I love these sponges to blend in cream blushers, bronzers and concealers - especially around the eye where products have a tendency to sit in fine lines and creases. I find that the spongey texture helps to buff product into skin, gliding across the surface to leave an almost airbrushed effect; especially on days when I'm feeling a little sleepy or my skin needs a little boost, this is a helping hand I now couldn't be without. There's a reason why makeup artists and YouTube gurus have been using these for an age, and it's because it's a great alternative to both brush and fingers. It's amazing how a little sponge can make such a difference to a routine - but Beauty Blender, I'm a convert. I love you.

Are you a fan of beauty blenders, or have you been wondering what all the fuss is about?

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  1. don't worry it took me a while too ! I love mine :)


  2. I have the RT one and some cheaper ones and love them especially for concealer or cream contouring x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  3. I love my beauty blender. If you dampen it first, it doesn't absorb as much product. Maybe you do that already but I didn't see you mention it and thought it might be worth a try :-)


  4. I'd love to try them but find them to be quite expensive for what they are! x

  5. I was a bit worried about splurging £16 on a sponge, but my Original Beauty Blender has changed my routine for the better, and I love it! I use mine damp to stipple on my Kat Von D foundation and it makes it look absolutely flawless xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  6. nope, not a fan. They absorb too much product and I really dont think it works THAT well.

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  7. It also took me a while to get into the beauty sponge trend! I started out with the RT sponge and I liked it, but it was only when I got the real Beauty Blender that I got into it!


  8. I also didn't try those for a while, but when I purchased one I immediately fell in love with beauty blenders. I agree that those are a great addition to anyone's beauty collection.


  9. I'm not really a fan of these types of sponges for foundation or concealer, but I'll try applying my cream blush with it now! x

    TR's Thoughts

  10. I will never have a makeup bag again that does not have a Beauty Blender in it <3


  11. I've been a bit reluctant to try a beauty blender since the trend, however recently I have heard so many amazing reviews that I think I'm missing out! I really need to get my hands on own!
    I really enjoyed reading this post, and it's persuaded me that little bit more to go and get one.
    Love Lauren xx


  12. I always apply my under eye concealer with a beauty blender as I find this is the best way to conceal dark eyes! But I always forget how good they are at blending in bronzer and highlighter.together! Great post. Sam xo


  13. I love my beauty blender, I would never go back to a brush now for foundation.

    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

  14. Hi Hayley, I was disgusted at the idea when they came out as I remember using the 'old skool' type makeup sponge years ago! However, I bought a Real Techniques blender a month ago and love it to use for under eye concealer & the odd base 'pat down'. Mind you, brushes and fingers are still the best tools IMO.
    Heidi x

  15. I have never tried one myself but I have now decided that it is time to buy one and test it out!

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  16. I have to admit that I didn't know what a beauty blender was until I read this so thanks for enlightening me! One to add to my beauty arsenal

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  17. I like the shape of this sponge, it looks like it would fit in perfectly! I just bought the W7 "Power Puff" makeup sponge so giving that a shot! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

  18. I like the way the foundation looks on the skin when using the real techniques sponge, and I like it to blend out contour if I've put a bit too much on!xxx

  19. I ave used a beauty blender for the past year or so to apply my foundation and under eye concealer and I love it! I've tried using brushes since but it's just not the same!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog


  20. I was so late to use a beauty blender too !! But now i love it ! Good post xxxPS please check out my blog i would really appreciate it http://www.thelittlelifestyleblog.com


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