Time to talk sponges. Beauty blenders are a rather recent craze, used for different things in different ways. One in particular, possibly the most famous sponge around is the The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Now this one's a marmite. Love it or hate it? I'm actually a middle man, I think if you find the right way to use it for yourself, you'll learn to love it.
Many people use it for applying their foundation or cream blush but I use it to blend out/ or in my contour, it works perfectly. Once I've completed my base (primer, foundation and concealer) I draw on my highlighter and sometimes contour and press the sponge down with a little force until there are no harsh lines. I have never had a problem of it sucking up the product, which is what happened when I tried this with my foundation. Not good. I felt like so much product was absorbed and therefore wasted. This tool is also handy for dabbing at product you've used too much of.
It is the perfect size and has enough exterior to be used a lot before needing a good wash. Use the tip to blend the smaller bits, like the contour and highlighter out, you will achieve a more precise finish. To wash, I use the same method I use to wash my brushes (shamelessly insert link here). However it will never look swish and brand new again. No matter how thoroughly you wash and rinse it, there will always remain marks. I haven't noticed a difference in my skin, so I must be cleaning it correctly, at least I hope.
I personally would not call it a beauty essential/ staple, however it feels a little more grown up/ professional blending with a sponge rather then my ring finger. For £5.99 available here at Boots., it would really break the bank, either.
Have you ever tried a beauty blender? What are your thoughts?
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