Love: The BeautyBlender

For my Birthday 2012, it’s a day dedicated to pure retail therapy… no singing, no fancy meal, but a whole lot of shopping. And so sweet, my search for the Original Beauty Blender ended, when I finally got myself, not one, but three pretty BeautyBlender makeup applicators in pink, white (Pure), and black (Pro) sponge trio pack. Oh happy day! ;-D

BeautyBlender 3-piece Gift Set from Planet Beauty Ontario Mills
It was love at first try with this handy, pretty and functional BeautyBlender sponge, It’s one of my must-buy from my recent trip to California. I found it at Planet Beauty. I initially bought the Trio gift set, but found the store promo of Buy $50, less $10 irresistibly tempting , so I got the BlenderCleanser (glad that I did…will do a review post separately) as well.
BeautyBlender Product Description and Feature:

 Invented by top Hollywood make up artist Rea Ann Silva, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion.

Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free. 

To use,  place it under  running water, squeeze it for a couple of times, then it will start to expand.  It has to be damp, not soaking wet, squeeze out excess water using a towel. The sponge expands to nearly twice its original size (please see above photo before and after). 
Truthfully so, the expanded sponge is fluffy and bouncy for that perfect stippling makeup applicator. Stippling is described as blending make up without creating changes in the texture or tone of your skin, generally known as flawless, free of line and streaks. So yes, it appears natural, make-up free look a la my most coveted Hallyu-esque Korean lead drama actress FOTDs (face of the day). I love! The pink functional sponge perfectly delivers. 
A monthsary review post so to speak, the sponge still holds its pristine elliptical shape. Although, I make it a conscious effort to squeeze it with my fingertips not my nails to avoid accidentally pinching the surface. Also, I use the BlenderCleanser to clean it, although it takes a couple of drops to clean the surface, to get rid of the BB Cream and foundation stains (I’m using alternately Innisfree Jejubija Anti-Trouble BB Cream and Innisfree Glow Melting Foundation). Not to preempt, I tried regular facial foams, makeup cleansers to clean it, but only the BlenderCleanser does the job really well.
Photo above. Initial application of Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba blush using the accompanying brush. Photo taken using the front camera of iPhone4s so the colors are a bit pronounced. vs. the rest of the photos.  Bottom picture, blended. Main Photo: FOTD Innisfree Jejubija Anti-Trouble BB Cream. Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba Blush, Majolica Majorca Blood On Lip. It requires a bit of order on how to use it with, first BB Cream/Foundation, the big end opposite the pointy tip. For the creases, side of the nose, eye lids, use the pointy end. If you have a shiny/glittered blush/makeups, do not reuse the side used to blend it. As you would not like to make your forehead glitzy too. To set, I use a  powder pact also using the BeautyBlender.
Beautifully flawless. With BeautyBlender as a go-to makeup applicator (I use it for BB Cream/Foundation, blending blush, highlighter, powder pact), I can wear makeup everyday, the beautiful, no frills way (seguing to my love for Korean dramas…* LoL) a la Hallyu drama star. 
The drawback is it’s made available in the Philippines from online sellers (eBay and Multiply), and as expected price is a bit even higher. That was actually what I had in mind when I decided to dive for the 3-piece gift set. But it’s worth it!!! 
Overall, for a 3-piece sponge gift set, a regular blender cleanser, I paid about $40++. Hmmm, a bit pricey, but I’m considering it as an investment. It looks and seems durable. (I wonder when will I ever get to open the white (Pure) and the black (Pro) BeautyBlender sponge.) Unlike two years back when I started exploratory “beauty” posts, I only use makeup once or twice a week, but now, I have to do it everyday for work. And I can’t go out without BB Cream/Foundation on! Considering the frequency and necessity plus the ease of usage, a BeautyBlender is a worthy, highly recommended beauty tool. 


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