Is the Beauty Blender worth the hype?

DSC_5399For months and months I’ve wanted to try the Beauty Blender. Having tried the Real Techniques complexion sponge and not really feeling much love for it, I thought that the price tag for the Beauty Blender was just too much to take the risk. Not only that but it seems everyone has serious love for the Beauty Blender and when that happens, I tend to shy away from a product until the hype dies down. I’m certainly not one to follow the crowds and I am far too sceptical to believe that everyone can adore one product.

DSC_5424Last month I posted a picture of the Beauty blender on Facebook asking how The Beautiful Truth readers felt about it. When so many of you came back professing you love for it, I knew I had to have it.  It isn’t the easiest item to get your hands on, but I bought mine in Space Nk on Grafton street. It thankfully came with the solid soap for cleaning, as sometimes sponges can be a nightmare to get clean.

On first impression, you can feel that there is a big difference in the quality of the sponge to that of the Real Techniques. The Beauty blender is far firmer, while at the same time providing more bounce. I also feel it doesn’t absorb as much product as the Real Techniques sponge and disperses the product onto the face much better too.

DSC_5435I have tried the Beauty Blender with a number of different cream products in a number of different ways. As I prefer a more full coverage foundation, I tend to apply most of my foundation with my brush and then using the damp Beauty Blender, I bounce the remaining foundation into the skin. I find that by doing this it gives a much more flawless finish, while at the same time the coverage looks quite natural. I personally didn’t like the finish of my foundation when I used the Beauty Blender on its own, as the coverage was too sheer, but this is something that I know others would love.

DSC_5431I really love using the Beauty Blender for applying my concealer. It really bounces the concealer into the skin, and leaves my concealer feeling light under my eyes, while at the same time giving good coverage. It is far better applying concealer this way than with a brush.

DSC_5433Is this the Holy Grail product that people say it is? I am not sure, I like it but I am not at the stage where I can’t live without it yet.

Is it worth the hype? Again I am not sure. As I have mentioned above, it is really good and I do really like it, but there are people out there that literally can’t live without this. I think this must be a personal preference as I prefer my foundation more full on. However, for concealer and giving a more flawless finish to the skin, it is really great.

Finally is it better than the Real Techniques complexion sponge? Without a shadow of a doubt yes. While they both do the same job in theory, the Beauty Blender does it a whole heap better.

If you have a spare €24 I would say give it a go, especially if you like a real flawless finish. However, I don’t think it is the run out and grab it quickly item that people hail it to be.

I will include a demo of how I use it in my next video so that you can see exactly what I mean.

 

 

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8 Comments

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    Beautylymin
    June 17, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I have to say that I love the BB. I only bought it a few months ago but have been using it every time I do my make-up. I love the flawless look it gives! xx

    Beautylymin

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    Sharon Leavy
    June 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I never bothered with it, couldn’t face paying that much for a sponge. I have the Nanshy one and I like it, also have the Real Techniques one but I didn’t find it great. I thought it soaked up more foundation than anything, think I will be sticking to my F80!

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    leanne@blatherandbeauty.ie
    June 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I have only ever used the RT one the same way as you, after using a brush to apply my foundation. just hate cleaning the damn thing which puts me off using it, so doubt I will purchase this but great post x

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    SaraH
    June 18, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I’m the same Sinead was always on the fence about buying it, I’m not sure I’d like it

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      Sinead K
      June 19, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      i do like it, and the more I use it the more I grow to love it, but I don’t know about the hype

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    Mags costello
    August 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I bought mine about a month ago and like Sinead I was using it as a concealer applicator and as a buffer after is applied with my foundation with my brush. I found it great for smoothing out those lines and cracks where foundation tends to sit. I used to used it to blot during the day. Unfortunately though I made the mistake of throwing it in my make up bag in the container it came in (slightly damp) and didn’t use it for about a week. Now it has little grey specks all over it which I can only assume is mold! Devastated at having to fork out for a new one! Any advice on how u store it?

    • Sinead K
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      Sinead K
      August 11, 2015 at 3:09 am

      try clean it with a mix of washing liquid and olive oil. might work

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    Yvonne
    May 22, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I have used cheaper versions for my concealer but was wondering if it really was better! I think I will leave it for that price as I prefer full coverage and I think my cheap version does the concealer piece perfectly 🙂

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