A few years ago, all I ever used to apply base products was my trusted Beauty Blender (in pink, I had several) and yet for some inexplicable reason I stopped using them and replaced them with brushes. Why? WHY?! Why did I do that?! I was recently given the chance to revisit the amazing Beauty Blender and try some of the newer sponges alongside the older favourites and I haven’t looked back since.
Beauty Blenders are egg-shaped sponges made of a soft, bouncy material that absorbs minimal product and bounces whatever particular make-up you’re applying over the skin, to create a perfect finish; when I say perfect, I really do mean perfect. You need to use them damp, so I tend to keep a water spray nearby to make sure they’re just the right side of wet for application. The original pink Beauty Blender has been joined by a host of new friends including a few different shades (Nude, Black – Pro and White – Pure) all of which have their own suggested uses, but as a general rule I think all the sponges can be used for all elements of base application, just having the different colours allows for you to designate your own need to each one.
The original Beauty Blender and the new colours are all the same sized and all perform the same role, but there are also some smaller additions to help with the smaller tasks, such as concealing, contouring and blush application. As I said, I don’t think any Beauty Blender is limited at all and all can be used for all things ‘base’, but it is handy to have the smaller ones, especially if you have large patches you need to conceal. I was sent an original Beauty Blender (pink), a Pure Beauty Blender (white), a Beauty Blusher (grey) and finally a duo of Micro Minis (green).
Starting off with the Original which is the all-rounder of the bunch and is suggested for application of BB and CC Cream, cream blush and powder. If you’re new to Beauty Blenders, this is a great place to start as it’s a good product to show you all the things it can be used for – don’t forget, the Beauty Blender can also be used for skincare and it’s really handy for bouncing primer onto the surface of the skin, especially a colour correcting primer as it places it just where you want it. The Pure Beauty Blender is recommended for primer, serum, moisturiser and interestingly, foaming cleanser but as I said, you can use either for anything – I think the idea is that the white one will stay relatively white if you use it with the aforementioned products!
Next on to the exciting new bits (or at least new to me) starting with the grey Beauty Blusher which, as the name no doubt reveals, is designed for blush application, both cream and powder. I have used it a couple of times for cream blusher and seriously, you will not get a more natural finish for cream blush than you do when using this, so if you’re heavy handed with cream blush, this one if your new best friend, but I actually prefer to use this for colour correcting as I have such large patches of redness that this is the perfect size for bouncing my green paint onto the redness and I don’t think anything will work quite as well as these do for such a task. Based on that, the Micro Minis are probably the least essential to me as I can use the Beauty Blusher to colour correct, but these are very handy for concealing small patches and blending out concealer under the eye area. If I didn’t have the Beauty Blusher, I would use the Micro Minis religiously, it would just take a bit longer! Just a quite note that the lines in the Micro Minis in the picture above are just from where the packaging pressed in – they come out as soon as you dampen them. I’m sure you can already tell but I cannot recommend these applicators enough as they give the most beautifully natural finish, yet you can build everything up, place product exactly where you want it, and blend it all out. If you’re not the greatest at make-up application then these really will change everything for you – I believe every kit should contain at least two Beauty Blenders! The Original, Pure, Pro and Nude are £16 each, the Beauty Blusher is £14 and the Micro Minis are £14.50 for two, all of which can be found here – link.