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Review // Bella Beauty Make-Up Blender

I literally cannot remember what I used to apply make-up with before Real Techniques came about. Probably some crappy little plastic brush a distant family member gave me which came in a little make-up set for Christmas many years previously. I swap and change between applying my foundation with either the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, the Stippling Brush or the Foundation Brush. Out of the three, my favourite is the Buffing Brush as I find it buffs my foundation into my skin perfectly whilst remaining soft and gentle on the face.

A while ago the whole world of make-up blenders became apparent, with the brand leader Beauty Blender showing us what we have been missing out on for all these years. At the time I wasn't too fussed about buying one as I was perfectly happy with my various other brushes to over-pay for what I believed was an over-hyped sponge. That was, until, I was in America earlier this year and saw them everywhere. Literally. So many different varieties! I decided to buy two and see what the fuss was all about. 

I first purchased the Up & Up version which I found in Target for a few dollars as I had yet to see the original Beauty Blender. I tried it out whilst I was there and I really wasn't too much of a fan. It literally was just a sponge. It soaked up all of my foundation and it did not make application any easier, in fact, it made it 10x harder and I immediately reverted back to my normal Real Techniques brushes. 

I then bought a Bella Beauty Make-Up Blender from TJMAXX (literally the US equivalent of TKMAXX), again for a couple of dollars. After trying the Target substitute I didn't have much faith in it but, my goodness, it is so much better!

To Use
"Use dry or damp to apply any type of make-up. "
To Clean
"If used daily, your sponge should be washed once a week with a mild cleanser, baby shampoo or any low sudsing soap. Rinse well and air dry. Your sponge will enlarge after wetting."

Let me start off by saying that this isn't just any old sponge. It has a completely different texture to the Up & Up version which does contains latex although it is hypoallergenic. The Bella Beauty Make-Up Blender is completely latex free and hypoallergenic too, just like the Original Beauty Blender. I find that the Bella Beauty Make-Up Blender is a hell of a lot denser than the Up & Sponge which is quite light and has more similarities to a sponge rather than a make-up blender. I like the density to this make-up blender as it makes the product much firmer and easier to apply foundation with.

You can use make-up blenders wet or dry, depending on how you wear your foundation. Applying your foundation with a damp blender will ensure your foundation is quite sheer whereas if you, like me, like your foundation coverage medium/full then keeping the blender dry will work better for you. When I first used the Up & Up Blender, I ensured it was damp first then I tried to blend my foundation in and I was utterly horrified. Whilst is was fun watching the blender double in size, it did not blend my foundation in any way at all. It simply moved my foundation around my face whilst leaving me with water streak marks which is what we all want, isn't it?! Another thing I absolutely hated about using the blender whilst damp is that is stays wet for a long while afterwards which I am not too keen on. I've since then decided that a wet blender is no good for me and will ensure mine stay firmly dry unless washing!

Now the best bit, the results! It took me a while to get used to the make-up blender but I absolutely love it. The best way to get use out of a make-up blender is to use small, patting motions on the skin as apposed to big sweeping motions. This is fairly time consuming but it does give wonderful air-brushed results whilst the small tip of the blender makes it easier to ensure the entire face is covered in perfectly blended foundation. Whilst I do not time how long it takes me to apply my foundation with a brush, I do know that it takes quite a while. I like to ensure it is all evenly blended in with no streaky areas or patches whilst ensuring it does not look cakey. Even when my foundation is applied up to my usual standard, I go over it with my Bella Beauty Make-Up Blender just to make sure it is fully blended.

I really did believe that this product would be a bit of a novelty but it truly isn't. It ensures perfectly blended foundation each time without a hint of cakiness which is my main worry when using a brush. All products have a down side though and the washing and maintaining of this make-up blender is a real pain. I feel like no matter how many times I wash it, it is never truly clean. It is never as clean as a brush could be, if that makes sense. The foundation does stain the blender and I don't know about you but I like all of my make-up brushes and tools to be perfectly clean before using again.

It is also worth noting that there are so many different versions out there, you don't have to spend nearly £20 on the Original Beauty Blender. In fact, Real Techniques have one for a few pounds but as you are reading a beauty blog, I am sure you know that already!


1 comment

  1. I always find that the original beauty blender is the EXACT same as the cheaper alternatives out there!! I love finding inexpensive ones in TKMAXX :). Thanks for sharing this post! Great blog, hun!

    Ploy xx