The great debate of 2018, Beauty Blenders vs. brushes. It has really divided the beauty industry. Certain people believe that brushes leave stroke marks and others believe that beauty blenders absorb too much product. Are you stuck between the two and unsure which side to choose? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Putting them to the test, we see which applicator is better!
In the left-hand corner, we have the Beauty Blender!
Invented by Rea Ann Silva in 2007, the signature pink egg-shaped sponge has become an industry-leading makeup applicator. The revolutionary beauty blender was created to help blend makeup out, while also absorbing the foundation to distribute it evenly amongst the skin. There is a lot of hype around the beauty blender, for good and bad reasons. Here are the finer details:
1. Creates A Flawless Foundation Coverage.
The beauty blender bounces the foundation on your face, evenly blending it out, filling in your pores, and leaving your skin looking flawless.
The egg-shape is perfect to apply product all over your face including the hard to apply areas (EG. corner of your eyes and creases of your nose).
The Beauty Blender is very versatile. You can use it to apply your foundation and other liquid makeup products (eg. concealer, liquid highlighter, cream contour etc.), and you can also use it to apply your setting and pressed powder.
1. Breeding Ground For Bacteria.
Due to always being damp and absorbing various products, Beauty Blenders are a huge breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria of the wrong sorts can lead to breakouts or even acne.
Beauty Blenders are one of the most un-hygienic beauty applicator. You can never get it 100% clean. It is suggested to replace it at least once a month.
The Beauty Blender absorbs the majority of the product. When applying it to your skin, at first it is very sheer so you have to apply a second layer to create the perfect coverage. I did notice on application, the coverage wasn’t very even until I bounced the sponge around a few times, and then it distributed evenly. Once finished it did leave my skin looking natural, this is a big plus.
I applied a medium coverage foundation with the Beauty Blender, so the coverage wasn’t intense but it did look natural. As said in “application”, I did have to apply two layers to achieve the reasonable coverage. The sponge bounced the product into my skin, so I did notice that my pores were less visible.
It is recommended to clean your beauty blender after every use to help slow the progress of bacteria growing. I rubbed my sponge all over the soap and rinsed it with water a few times. I was really struggling to remove the makeup stains all over the sponge. No matter how well you clean it, you can never get the beauty 100% clean.
In the right-hand corner, we have brushes!
Makeup Brushes are one of the oldest beauty applicator, they date all the way back to 500 to 600 AD. They’re easy to use for buffing and blending your beauty products onto your skin. There are hundreds of different shapes, sizes, and styles. Here are the pros and cons of using brushes:
1. Easy to use.
Makeup brushes are very simple to use, to hold and buff the foundation into the skin. You can transfer it between hands without it being awkward or uncomfortable.
2. Even application.
Using a makeup brush, it’s much easier to create an even and flawless application as you have more control over the blending process. If the product is unevenly distributed, the brush can buff the product smoothly into the skin with little effort.
3. Easy Buildable Coverage.
When building coverage, it’s extremely easy to do when using a makeup brush as it blends and buffs into the skin leaving it immaculate and smooth, and not looking or feeling cakey.
Makeup brushes hold a lot of product and after a few uses, it does start to affect the application of the product. This can make the end result look streaky.
2. Time Consuming.
Using a brush to buff and blend your products into your skin is a little more time-consuming than using your hands or sponge, but you can achieve a more natural, perfect end result.
Once again, I used a medium coverage foundation using the brush. The application was very full coverage at the start, once all buffed and blended it did become sheerer. I did apply another layer and buffed it in. It was all blended in it looked faultless.
The coverage wasn’t the best to start off with, but once I built it up the coverage was nice and natural. I did buff it into the skin but it didn’t fill in my pores or creases, however it did cover my freckles and redness.
Cleaning the makeup brush was very easy. I used the 3 Best Ways To Clean your Makeup Brushes – sensitive soap. It’s extremely important to clean your brushes as often as possible as the leftover product can affect the application, and it’s also a breeding ground for various bacteria.
When leaning towards a certain side it really comes down to personal preference. I like to dabble with both. My preference is a makeup brush for my foundation and a beauty blender for my concealer. I prefer to use the brush for my foundation because I use it all over my face, and there are fewer bacteria in the brush than in the sponge. The less bacteria that touches your better!
I’d love to hear your thought and questions on this debate. Let me know down below what side of the battle you’re on.