I’ve never been a fan of sponge applicators. In fact I think I hate them. Suffice to say I never joined the Beautyblender bandwagon, but after getting the Lancome Miracle Cushion foundation I wondered whether I could use a beauty blender and get the same results when the Lancome applicator got too dirty. So I forked out too much money and ordered myself one to see what all the fuzz was about.
I have to say the Beautyblender deserves all its praise! I wet the sponge in warm water until it swells to double size, wring out all the water and apply my foundation in a patting motion. It’s now my favourite way to apply my foundation as I find it gives a much more natural and dewy finish than a buffing brush. A buffing brush gives more coverage, but it does make it look a little more matte which is counterproductive for my taste. The beautyblender does sheer the foundation out a little, but I find building up the coverage where needed is pretty easy.
Some people find it tedious as it needs frequent washing, but hey you need to clean your makeup brushes frequently too! Personally I find it less hassle to wash the beautyblender than my buffing brushes, in fact I don’t mind it at all and so far I’ve been happily washing it every day. That way it’s actually more hygienic and much better for me as I’m far lazier at cleaning my brushes.
I haven’t tried it with the Lancome Miracle Cushion foundation yet, but I did use it with my Lancome Teint Visionnaire foundation, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, Bourjous Healthy Mix foundation, Rimmel Match Perfection foundation, Dior Diorskin Nude foundation (I got a sample of this with a purchase and so far I’m loving it!) and Nars Sheer Glow foundation. The first four went on beautifully with the beautyblender and I was hoping it would do a similiar job with the Nars Sheer Glow as it goes far too matte and heavy on my skin no matter what I do, but no such luck. Nars Sheer Glow is just too matte. The next trick up in my sleeve will be to add a drop of oil to Nars Sheer Glow and see if it will give me a nicer finish.
It may not have saved me from my Nars Sheer Glow woes, but it does a brilliant job with my other bases. Thumbs up from me!
Beautyblender (~150NOK/£12.10) from BeautyBay.