Bionic’s blending with the Beauty Blender

by Bionic Beauty on 09.Feb.2009 · 20 comments

I’m probably the last gal on this planet to have tried the Beauty Blender sponge. I know Mo and Jen at Mythbuster Beauty both placed it on their Best of 2008 lists… so I figured, what the hey. I’ll give it a go.
Bionic Beauty blog review - Beauty Blender sponge makeup applicator
Weeeeee! What a revolution in makeup application! I usually apply my makeup with a brush (for minerals) or one of the cheapy wedge sponges (for liquids and tinted moisturizers). The Beauty Blender rocks! Seriously, folks. It’s teeny, portable, (cute and pink!!!), soft, saves me product and time.

I will admit the first two applications, I was a bit befuddled on working with this new spongy-wonder, but I got the hang of it quickly (I’m including a video below with some helpful hints so you don’t stumble blindly, like I did. Ahem.).

But now, I’m actually quicker with my Blender than with my regular sponges and brushes. I use the big wide end to apply my foundation where I need it and the pointy end to apply my concealer or an extra dose of foundation for minor coverage. Then I use the big end again for my blush or bronzer. Just remember when applying to bounce bounce bounce. Pretty like you are lightly stippling a surface. Don’t drag or swirl it too much since that just rubs product around. The bouncing motion blends the makeup perfectly for me.

And here’s a tutorial video on how to unpack (ok, that part is silly) use and clean your Beauty Blender…

I got the Blender n’ Cleanser kit- which includes 5 ounces of soapy goodness. However, since this is $7 *more*, I’d recommend just getting the Blender sponge and buying some all-natural Dr. Bronner’s soap. Dr. Bronner’s will clean your Blender perfectly and you can use it on all your regular makeup brushes too (plus it’s very affordable!).

Oh and they have a great recycling program so your little Beauty Blender sponge doesn’t clog up the landfills!

You can buy the Beauty Blender at Beauty.comBeauty Blender sponge at for $19.95 (Sponge alone) or a for $19.99 (Sponge and a sample of cleanser!).


1 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics February 9, 2009 at 11:26 am

Took me a few tries to get the hang of it too – I kept wanting to use the side instead of the ends! BTW, I sell not only the Beauty Blender, but also the Dr. Bronners 🙂

2 Kristin February 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I’m already a huge fan of PurelyCosmetics – their minerals are the best. But I haven’t tried this very cool tool. I can’t wait to try it!

3 Pure Botanical February 10, 2009 at 6:41 am

20$ is expensive for a product like this isnt it ?
though from video what i see is really gr8 product. 🙂

may try 😉

4 Bionic Beauty February 10, 2009 at 9:56 am

Robyn, Thanks! I think I’ll be ordering some Dr. Bronner’s from you when my cleanser runs out. I can’t find it around here at all!

Kristin, Aren’t they amazing?!? I really didn’t like mineral makeup before I tried PC. I’m SO glad it I tried them. My face is clearing up, I don’t feel all “covered up” anymore; and there’s none of that darn bismuth like in most minerals (makes me SO itchy I want to wash all my makeup back off!).
If you want another option on the sponge, Sonia Kashuk makes a version that is $8 at Target stores. It’s blue. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to pick one up to use with my cream blushes and shadows. Beauty Blender for the foundation & concealers, and the SK one for the blush/shadows. So I’m not rinsing like crazy all the time. 😉

Pure Botanical, It is a bit expensive. But when you consider cost per use, it’s not bad at all. If you take care of your Beauty Blender it could last you a year. That’s a LOT of makeup applications. And… Welcome to Bionic Beauty!!

Stay Bionic,

5 Luci Weston February 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Wow! I have not seen this product before your entry. Thank you for sharing it. I definitely will try it because of the “blending” advantage it offers.

Question: I watched the video and I thought the makeup artist said you could use it for mineral makeup. Did she mean powdered? And if so, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the quick & easy application with a brush?


6 Bionic Beauty February 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Luci, I’m glad I wasn’t the last convert to the Beauty Blender. I was really beginning to think I was the ONLY person to have not tried it yet. You’ll be hooked, I promise. 😉

As for the mineral makeup, it’s pretty much all I use it with. I dampen mine, squeeze it really well, pat it with a dark towel (to prevent my white towels from getting makeup-y). I dust some mineral makeup into a glazed plant saucer (see my other article on secret to applying mineral makeup). Then I pick up the minerals with my Blender (the big end). And bounce, bounce, bounce it across my face. It actually goes further and looks BETTER than applying with a brush. I was truly amazed. After about 2-3 days, it is SO much quicker to put my makeup on. I fly through my face makeup!

Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂 Happy to answer.

7 Luci Weston February 10, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Thank you for the quick and thorough response! I love the glazed plant saucer idea…I saw it when you posted that entry and thought, “That is one clever Bionic Beauty!”

You’ve sold me on this…I am ordering a Beauty Blender this week from Purely Cosmetics.

8 Mo February 11, 2009 at 12:52 am

I try to tell people how revolutionary it is, but nobody believes me. Until they try it… 😉

9 Luci Weston February 11, 2009 at 11:57 am

@Bionic Beauty @Mo : Just ordered mine from Purely Cosmetics…Can’t wait to try it!! Will let you know how it goes. If I love it, I might write an entry on it to spread the word.

10 joycey couture February 12, 2009 at 10:04 am

I haven’t yet tried the Beauty Blender either, but now after all this press… I can’t wait to test it out myself! I appreciate you posting the video BB… I’m a novice when it comes to applying mineral makeup. This will really come in handy! 🙂

11 Bionic Beauty February 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Mo, I know! How can a sponge be this great?!? I never thought I’d love a freaking beauty tool as much as my Blender!

Luci, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Be sure you use it damp. I made that mistake the first few times (duh) and was very confused. 🙂 Also, bounce it across your face lightly. It applies more than it looks like. You should end up using a TON less product than you normally would.

Joycey, It took me ages to figure out how to get the mineral makeup thing down. Look for a flat top brush if you don’t have the Blender. I got mine from Purely Cosmetics- but Walgreens has the EcoTools that are nice, or grab one from Sonia Kashuk. Put some minerals into a pan/lid/saucer, dip your brush in lightly. Tap your brush on the edge. Then I swirl my brush around in my saucer to get the minerals on there even. Otherwise my brush was always loaded unevenly. Then swirl onto your face. Buff like you’re taking wax off a car. 🙂

Or try Sonia Kashuk’s sponge (it’s blue & available at Target for $7-8).

12 Judy February 12, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I have been using the natural version of beauty blender for years, it just called Caribbean silk sponge. The 2-3 inch forms are shaped almost the exact same as the artificial version. I get them at the Natural Bath & Body Shop for only $2.50 ea and they easily last 3-6 months. Sea sponges are biodegradable and can be composted when worn out. Can anyone post a comparison of a natural silk sponge vs the BB product?

13 Bionic Beauty February 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Hi Judy, I have actually tried both- the Beauty Blender (as I wrote about above) and the silk sponges. I used to use the Caribbean Silk Sponges for my art work. I read about people using them for makeup application and decided to give it a shot.

Even though they are so much cheaper- I didn’t have good luck with them, so I can’t honestly recommend them for use. They are too porous for proper makeup application. The larger holes hold too much product and make the foundation apply unevenly. Plus since the silk sponge holds so much product- you end up wasting a TON of your makeup and foundation.

My other drawback was the size and dimensions. I cut some down to use for eyeshadow, concealer, and blush application; but the sharp edges ended up again, creating a very uneven application.

So, even though the cost savings is quite nice, they aren’t the best for makeup. If you want to save a few bucks on sponges- maybe pick up the white cosmetic sponge wedges at your local drugstore. Those are the proper porosity and washable. They aren’t nearly as nice as the Beauty Blender, but will do for most people. However, those too soak up a ton of mineral makeup & liquid foundations making you lose money on your actual makeup products.

I hope this helps!

14 Mythbuster Beauty May 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Love, love, LOVE the Beauty Blender! Use it every single day with my favorite foundation for the most flawless finish imaginable!

Thanks for the mention to Jami, we big heart you.

15 Lori Slone September 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I wish I could afford that, but my beauty budget is spent this month…

16 Bionic Beauty September 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Lori, You should check out the lower priced version at Target. It’s by Sonia Kashuk and is blue. There’s 2 in a pack for $8… and it works JUST as well. I got 2 when they were $2 off recently. Enjoy!!

17 Lori Slone September 17, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Thanks, I recently got a gift card, so that may be a good idea. Thanks.

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