When it comes to beauty tools, not many brands get as much hype as BeautyBlender. They market themselves well and I’m sure if you’ve spoken to anyone who’s tried the product, you’ll know that the product that they’re putting out is pretty awesome too but do you need one? They’re fairly pricey and for us Australians, it can be a bit hard to get a hold of them so is it worth all of the effort? Here are some pros and cons – it’s up to you to decide if you need it…
It’s a dream for heavier/thicker bases –
Whenever I’m working with something that’s a little heavy on the coverage or a little thick in consistency, I like to pull out my BeautyBlender. It sheers out the coverage a little, which is what I like, but also makes sure the foundation doesn’t look too heavy. If you love a good full coverage but find it looking too heavy on your skin, this could be a good way to find a happy medium.
It de-cakes my base like no other –
Even if I’ve applied my base and I’ve used a brush, sometimes I still like to dampen my BeautyBlender and give my skin a quick going over. It removes the excess product that sits on top of the skin and makes sure everything’s looking nice and polished.
It’s a do-it-all kind of product –
In the one sitting it can apply my base, concealer and even my powder. It can go on and do cream blush or cream bronzer but I rarely bother. When you buy a BeautyBlender it doesn’t just have one use – it’s a really multi-purpose product so to look at it one way, you’re really getting bang for your buck.
It’s not ideal for lightweight bases –
If you’re someone who normally throws on a tinted moisturiser with your fingers before running out of the door, a BeautyBlender just might not be necessary for you – I find that with lightweight bases, the BeautyBlender eats up the product and sheers out the coverage even more.
It’s got a bit of upkeep –
Dampening and squeezing out the BB every time you want to use it can be a little time consuming, depending on how close you are to a sink. I never really reach for it on days where I’m in a hurry. And even if you clean it every day, you’ll still be feeling a bit of paranoia, concerned about what’s happening under the surface.
There are a lot of cheaper alternatives out there –
This could work either way, I guess – lots of brands have caught onto the trend and have released their own answer to the BeautyBlender. Real Techniques & Chi Chi are the main contenders but there are countless others also trying their hand at creating the perfect sponge. The Real Techniques one is the only other that I’ve tried and although it has it’s own awesome set of skills, I find it sucks up a lot of product and is little too stiff to work with in the same way.
Personally, I’m glad I took the plunge and picked up the BeautyBlender – even though I go through phases of using it constantly and not using it at all, it’s a lifesaver when it comes to making some of the thicker foundations I own work and there’s something oddly therapeutic about bopping it all over your face. Obviously it’s a personal decision whether you really do need the BeautyBlender (let’s ignore the question of whether beauty lovers need any of it) but if you’re not sure whether you want to take the plunge I’d definitely recommend picking up a cheaper alternative first to see how it works for you.