To be entirely honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Beauty Blenders.
I mean, I get the appeal. It’s cute. It’s functional. It’s a smart sponge devoted to cramming makeup into every facial crevice you can possible posses– seen here, in its many incarnations.
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Look, I’ve tried them. I put in the effort, did my time. And while I sat around listening to my friends rave about this cutesy little sponge, I could only think one thing: There will never be a product that blends my makeup better than my own goddamn hands.
I was young and naive, Broke Babes. It was a much simpler time.
When Silicone Blenders made their way onto the scene a few months ago I was, of course, doubtful– as I stood there at my local drugstore, squishing what could only be described as one of the plastic cutlet things I used to stuff my bra with between my hand, how could I not be? Nevertheless, I was curious. And curiosity was worth the $8.00 price tag.
Guys, I sh*t you not. This was the best $8.00 I ever spent.
I’ve been riding the Silicone Blender high for a about a month now, and as much as I would love to write a clean 10,000 word essay on why I love it– let’s face it, neither of us have the time. So I’ve decided to compress my love for this genius beauty tool down to 3 reasons why you have to give the Silicone Blender a try.
It’s A Money Saver
And not just in that it costs less than $10– the beauty of the silicone sponge is that unlike traditional sponges, it doesn’t absorb a drop of product you put on it.
When applying makeup with a sponge blender, you either spritz foundation/concealer on the sponge itself or on your face, then pat out to blend. The problem there is that the porous nature of the sponge absorbs up to 60% of the product your applying (depending on the brand.) And even when I use my hands for application I still end up losing a lot of product to my finger tips.
With a Silicone Blender, there’s nowhere for your product to escape to, and no need to apply excess foundation to get a proper blend. Simply dab small amounts of foundation either onto the blender or your face and slide it over your skin to blend out. If you feel it’s heavy in some places or if you’re applying concealer, dab to blend.
No product wasted, no dirty sponge or filthy finger tips. And speaking of dirty sponges…
It’s Easier to Clean
Yet another non-shocker, but one thing I love about Silicone Blenders is that cleaning is as easy as rinsing with soap either before or after application.
When I was applying my foundation with fingers, sponges, or brushes, one of my biggest pet peeves was clean up; either I ended up with wasted product all over my hands or I was forced to spend a good ten minutes scrubbing it out of my brushes and sponges– and knowing full well that I wasn’t really getting them clean.
With a Silicone Blender, cleaning is fast and easy. And as a bonus– there’s no drying time needed, given that you can simply wipe it dry with a towel. Which means that even if you forget to rinse it the day before, there’s nothing stopping you from giving it a quick clean the next time you use it.
It’s Better for Your Skin
I know I’m not the only one guilty of forgetting to clean my brushes for weeks on end. Or even worse– applying makeup with not so clean fingers.
Because my Silicone Blender took exactly ten seconds to clean I did just that more often, and I ended up applying makeup with a clean tool each time– and let me tell you, the difference it made on my skin was noticeable within the first two weeks I started using it. I went from having routine breakouts all over my face to just a few minor pimples almost overnight, all because I was working with a clean tool
I know: clean tool, clear skin. Not exactly the break through of the century, but still worth mentioning.
Long story short, Broke Babes– the Silicone Blender has officially stolen my heart. At least until the next genius beauty tool comes along…
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