There’s so much hype surrounding a beauty tool that has made its way into every professional makeup artists’ kit. From Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist, to my best friend, everyone I know owns this tool – the Beauty Blender.
For those who do not know, the Beauty Blender is basically an egg shaped sponge that is used to apply and blend out cream or liquid makeup products, such as: foundations, concealers, cream contour/highlight shades, and even some loose powders. I must admit, I’m quite happy using my Sephora Pro brushes to apply any makeup products. After hearing that the Beauty Blender retails for about $20.00 (before tax) at Sephora Canada, I had to make sure that this product was worth it. I first purchased the Beauty Blender mini’s, which retail for about $18.00 (before tax) and include two mini Beauty Blenders in the package. I thought this would be perfect for applying under eye concealer to get into those smaller corners. Personally, I did not feel like this product did much for my makeup.
I was in Shoppers Drug Mart a few weeks ago and saw that Quo has their own version of the Beauty Blender, called the Quo Blending Sponge.
I’ve heard for a while now how this is a great dupe for the Beauty Blender. Its shape is a bit different, looks a bit bigger, and is also significantly cheaper. It retails for around $5.00 (before tax), if I can remember correctly. It requires the exact same process and care that a Beauty Blender would. I wet it, squeezed out the excess water, and used it damp to apply and blend out my liquid foundation and concealer. Since I’ve never tried the actual Beauty Blender, I suppose I cannot compare the two. However, I felt that neither the Beauty Blender Mini’s or the Quo Blending sponge did much for my makeup. If anything, I feel like these sponges soak up more product than what is actually being applied to my face. I’ve seen other’s use these tools as well, and feel like you can get the exact same affect, if not better, with the use of some good brushes. Some great brushes are from: Mac, Sephora, Morphe, Sigma, and Real Techniques just to name a few brands.
Maybe the way I’m using the sponge is factoring into my results, but as far as I know, I am using it correctly. I think it just depends on your skin type, makeup products, and your desired result. I’ve seen some women use a ton of foundation on their skin and the sponge is able to blend it out nicely. For myself, I don’t use heaps of foundation. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with it for $5.00. If you can get your hands on it, definitely try out the Quo Blending Sponge prior to using the Beauty Blender. It’s cheaper, and a great way to test out the sponge technique. I’ve also heard of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is also a cheaper alternative to the Beauty Blender and apparently just as good. I’ve seen some amazing makeup artists rave about the Quo Sponge, saying how it’s even better than the Beauty Blender! I’ll keep trying it out and hopefully learn to love it. But for now, I’m happy sticking to my brushes.