My Unique Views on the Cult Classic BeautyBlender (Review)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS! Hoping that you had a good one!

Yes, do you like the new title format??? Simply the name of the product and the word “review” after it is so 2019!!! Let’s move forward shall we not?
So today, let’s see what I think about the cult favourite BeautyBlender.

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I own two of these sponges, I don’t have a picture of the original outer packaging because the first one was shared purchased with a couple of other friends that came as 5-in-a-pack. The second one was a gift from my bestie Lakshmi. She’s a blogger too! Do check out her YouTube channel (link here) and her blog (link here)! The gift was a BeautyBlender, Too Faced collaboration set. Check out unboxing of the product here (forgive me if you can’t understand, it’s a video in my national language).

So here are the pictures…

The one on the left is the Too Faced collaboration one. The one on the right is the one I purchased.
Dampened. It grows CONSIDERABLY larger!


Description: A tear drop shaped makeup sponge. Although the website suggests dampening the sponge, I know of people who have used it dry as well. As far as I am aware the sponge material is an industry secret. But it is believed to be latex free.

Price: MYR 99

Where to buy: Sephora stores nationwide and on Sephora website (Malaysian website link here).


Before my pros and cons I have a few notes:
> I have used a couple of other sponges and as many influencers, makeup artists and enthusiasts will tell you, I too agree that there is a difference between the BeautyBlender and other generic sponges.
> Most sponges I’ve used are either soft or bouncy, never both. Softness and the delicate texture of the BB serves for a pleasant experience on the skin. The facial skin is soft and you don’t want something hard and coarse working on it. On the other hand the bounciness lends to better product application because the product is distributed and pressed into the skin much more effectively. I’ve personally never felt or used another sponge that is as soft and tender as it is robust and bouncy. I’ve reviewed its biggest competitor, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge (link here) and that one matches the BeautyBlender’s softness but it isn’t quite as bouncy.
> There’s something to be said about the size of the pores on the sponge. Some sponges are too smooth rendering it impenetrable to product making a terrible sponge. Others are too large that they end up eating the product. However, with the BeautyBlender, I’ve never seen a construct that takes away product as needed for a flawless finish and yet doesn’t soak up too much.
> Dyes on some of the more vibrantly coloured BeautyBlender sponges tend to run out the first few washes because the company claims to have used non toxic, water soluble dye. So don’t be alarmed

> All that being said, with the availability of so many sponges in the market these days I’m pretty sure you can get one that provides the same effect as the BeautyBlender. I know I have.

Pros:
> Works beautifully with liquid and cream products! COMPLETELY idiot proof!

> Durable (in fact more durable than any other sponge I own).
> VERY soft and VERY bouncy.
> The teardrop shape is perfect for any kind of blending. The pointed ends help get the narrower parts on the face (around the nose and under eyes) the larger round part helps overall blending on the face.
> Doesn’t eat product.

Cons:
> PRICE! DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN!!!

Rating: 9.2/10
Yes! This is great sponge! BUT, unless and until I have disposable income, I am NEVER going to re-purchase this on my own! I can get like FOUR Real Techniques sponges for the price of ONE!

Oh and, Happy NEW YEAR GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whatever reason it is you visit or revisit my blog, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

As we approach the end of the year, I want to thank all of my readers for being here, reading and commenting, in spite of my absence in the comment section! I FEEL THE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise to be active in 2019. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you…

Oh yeah, Happy Christmas and have a wonderful New Year! See you guys in 2019!!!

This is my first Real Techniques review. Real Techniques is a brand started by sisters Sam and Nic and I remember them being one of the very first beauty gurus on YouTube. In fact, they were the very first makeup artists I started watching, when makeup tutorials were nothing but filmed on a simple camera with natural lighting. Started in 2011, they crawled their way into the masses and people loved (and still love) their products. Perhaps called one of the best dupes for the cult beauty favourite, the beautyblender, the Miracle Complexion Sponge is a legend in the makeup world.

This is the sponge; the larger one has been dampened.

The dual sponge combo comes in this plastic packaging. Very minimal, simple and clean design.

On the back, there’s a little guide on how to use the sponge. It says that it can be used dry but I prefer it dampened.

The teardrop shaped sponge is soft with a flat edge on one end and pointed one on the other.

The flat surface is round and has a sharp edge. Perfect for more precised blending.

Description: It is a makeup sponge that is used damp (or dry according to the creators) to apply and blend out foundation, concealer, cream blusher, powder, primer etc.

Where to buy: I purchased this particular one from an Instagram shop that no longer exists. However, Shins Malaysia sells authentic Real Techniques products both online and in stores (link at https://shins.my/). I would definitely suggest finding a cheaper alternative although authenticity may be an issue.

Price: I purchased them for MYR 50 for the dual pack. The same one is sold at retail price of MYR 101.80 at Shins.

 

Pros:

Extremely soft when dampened.

Flawless application of base products and cream products.

The sharp edge was an issue for me in the beginning but as I kept using it, it made more sense. I am a person that likes doing eye makeup first so the sharp edge helps me get around my done brows and eye liner when blending concealer and foundation.

The unique shape is very useful for any kind of blending.

At MYR 25 a piece (which I am hoping to find again) it is a steal, especially since I’ve had it for over 2 years and it is only just showing signs of tear (I do take measures to keep them clean and properly taken care of).

Even with the tears on the sponge it is still very much serviceable.

 

Cons:

Soaks up product a bit more than I’d like it to.

 

Rating: 9.2/10

Because they cost only 11 USD, I find it hard to believe that they would sell at a price point of anything more than MYR70. So I’d only ever purchase this from a source where I can get it for a price under RM30 a piece.

Collaboration; Best Beauty Discoveries of 2016!!!

Again, we’re back at it. Fellow blogger Lakshmi (author of Big is Compatible, link here) and Instagrammers, Geetha (@geethavijaymakeup), and Esther (@estherkaurmann) and I have collaborated on Instagram to bring you our best beauty discoveries of 2016.

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I have 9 products all of which I discovered in 2016!

1. Maybelline Micellar Water (makeup remover)

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I’ve already reviewed this, link here.

2. Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel Mist

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I really wouldn’t know where to begin reviewing this so I am not going to. If you need a refreshing mist or even something to wet your makeup brush to pack product on, this is perhaps the most affordable mist you could use! Try it! It smells great and refreshes the skin.

3. Catrice Blush Artist Shading Palette in 010 Bronzeclat

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I am not a big fan of the highlighter trend and with that being said the two highlighters in this palette aren’t all that impressive anyway. But the deep matte blusher on the left is absolutely beautiful!!! Have yet to test out longevity but it blends beautifully and is perfect for dark skin!

4. Essence Shading Powder

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I purchased this towards the end of 2015 but only started using this in 2016 so I’d consider this a 2016 discovery. The bronzer is apparently a dupe for the Benefit Hoola bronzer. I’d have to check that out myself in the future. Again, I really don’t care for the highlighter but the bronzer blends easily and is pretty neutral so one could use it to contour as well.

5. Essence Mosaic Blush in 30, Kissed by the Sun

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This is too light to show up as a blush on me but, because the mosaics are made up of both shimmery and matte components, they end up mixing into a perfect highlighter shade for dark skin! It is pretty subtle which is why I love this! I can get away with this even with boy makeup. I was gifted this by Lakshmi for my birthday! Thanks love!

6. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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This is a perfect replacement for my Stila sponge which I had to part with. This one hasn’t torn yet and it does a good job. I do prefer the Stila sponge over this but this is much more affordable if purchased via an IG shop.

7. Makeup Revolution Blush in Sugar

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I got this in a giveaway and it came all the way from England!!! I won this from Rachael, author of Helpless Whilst Drying (link here). Makeup Revolution was previously available in Malaysia but they somehow got lost into obscurity. This blush is amazing!

8. Breena Beauty Eye Essential Kit Makeup Brushes

How gorgeous are those brushes and the packaging too!!!

High quality, vegan, cruelty free brushes! I wrote an entire first impressions post on these brushes (link here). They now offer international shipping!

9. Etude House My Beauty Tool Face Brush 130 Contour

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I bought this in 2015 but only discovered its best use in 2016. I used this first as an eyeshadow blending brush but realised that MannyMua liked using makeup brushes with long loosely packed bristles to highlight, much like this one. Baby, I tried it with this brush and I was sold! I hate using a fan brush to highlight because of its sloppy nature. I don’t own one and don’t think I need to…

So there you go!

My best 2016 beauty discoveries!

PS: There’s one product there that isn’t included in this list but makes two appearances. It is the Essence Make Me Brow eyebrow gel mascara. It’s not here because it made my ride or die list (post link here) and I’ve reviewed it before (review link here).