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beautyblender the original beautyblender&reg

What it is: An edgeless, non-disposable, high-definition cosmetic sponge applicator. What it does: The unique shape and exclusive material available only with beautyblender&reg ensures impeccable, streak-free application with minimum product waste. Use it with primers, foundations, powders, cream blushes, and any other complexion product. What else you need to know: Beautyblender features an open cell structure that fills with small amounts of water when wet. This allows the sponge to be “full” so that the makeup product sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed, allowing you to use less product every time. When wet, beautyblender doubles in size and becomes even softer, returning to its original size when it air dries. Handcrafted in the USA.
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Questions & Answers for beautyblender the original beautyblender&reg

Question
How long will it last before it needs to be replaced?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
aurora329
(san antonio, TX)
on the original beautyblender&reg
8 answers
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answer 1
It says three months but it really depends on the use. I hardly used mine (becuase i had no reason to wear makeup for the longest time) but now i use my beauty blender daily and it has lasted more than 3 months, while it is still going strong i will need to replace it soon. It also depends on how you take care of it.
answered 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Denver,CO)
answer 2
My first blender only lasted me a month, only because I didn't care for it properly and I pretty much ripped it in half. Oops! But, my second blender, last me about 10 months. I wear makeup almost daily and used it every time. I recommend that when you clean it, be very careful! Don't try to man handle it or you'll end up ripping it apart like I did. If you're gentle it'll definitely last more than 3 months.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 3
Three months if you use it daily. You can probably use it for a longer period of time. But for $20 averaged over three months.... this product ends up costing you about 2 cents a day.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
xtinax
(Miami, FL)
answer 4
The instructions say it should last for about 3 months, but I have a feeling that with proper care it will last much longer.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
hendrixa
(Eure, NC)
answer 5
I went ahead and ordered the 2 in a set instead of one. They are very well-made, I was actually very surprised by them. They are the easiest things ever to clean. You can just run them through water and lay them out. They dry super fast! I've been using mine for almost 2 months and they look as good as new.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
kristaspeck
(Texas)
answer 6
BASED UPON USAGE
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
venus6
(NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA)
answer 7
3 months if cleaned properly!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
leobeauty28
(Norfolk, MA)
answer 8
I wish I knew! I plan to use mine until I start breaking out or it falls apart!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
rapunzelesque
(Cordova, TN)
Question
Does this absorb a lot of product?
I'm used to applying my makeup with my fingers, which doesn't waste much product at all. I've been reluctant to buy one of these because I'm worried the sponge would absorb a lot of product and waste it. Can anyone offer any input on this? Thanks!
asked 5 months, 2 weeks ago
lauuuren
on the original beautyblender&reg
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
just make sure you wet it! run it under water for about 30 seconds, give it a few squeezes so the water gets in, squeeze excess water out, and then let it sit for a few minutes... prime & moisturize in the meantime, by then it'll be ready for application. as long as the blender is wet, it doesnt soak up your foundation/concealer.
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
erica0811
(nj)
answer 2
YES! But only dip it in a little bit of makeup at a time, you can always go back and apply more.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Aprilmarie110
(Orange County, CA)
answer 3
what i usually do is put a couple of pumps of my foundation at the back of my hand. and then using my finger, apply the foundation in dots all over my face and then use the beauty blender in a stippling or bouncy motion.
answered 5 months ago
sonjaweber
answer 4
I was worried about the BB absorbing my foundation at first too, but it hardly does that at all. The trick is to stick the BB under luke-warm running tap water until it is completely soaked - it will almost double in size, then squeeze out all of the excess water, then put your foundation on the BB. [=
answered 5 months ago
mcnerdly
(PDX)
answer 5
As long as you use it damp as suggested, it doesn't really absorb much! It'll get a little dirty but it won't absorb any significant amounts.
answered 5 months ago
blushingbell
(Columbus, OH)
answer 6
I read many reviews that claim the beauty blender absorbs your products but I have not had that problem. I've used it wet and dry with powder and creams and don't use anymore than usual. In my opinion this product is a beauty must have.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
dollslife
(Washington DC)
answer 7
For me the best application is with fingers, and when I'm done I lightly press beauty blender all over face for airbrush streak free effect. Than you don't waist any product.
It absorbs some but not as much as regular sponges though, the thicker the foundation the less is being absorbed. Sometimes I do apply make up with it (heavier foundations), I place bigger dots all over my face and than dot dot dot (not smear) my beauty blender.
Love it so much and highly recommend it. Also it last for ever, very durable with proper care.
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
bigslacker666
(NWPacific)
answer 8
Applying makeup with finger is great, but I would suggest you use your finger and then bounce the moist blender all over your face to blend and even it out. I doesn't soak up foundation, at least that's never been the problem with me.
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
iloveblush
(New York, NY)
Question
how do i store a beauty blender and it's dupes after using it?
how am i supposed to store the beauty blender when it's damp? do i just leave it out on my desk? i just feel like if i leave it out it'll catch dust and bacteria
asked 8 months ago
andyhtrieu
on the original beautyblender&reg
8 answers
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answer 1
After washing it, I place it (pointy side up) into the lid of the container it came in.
answered 4 months ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 2
For travel, I've heard of people using plastic easter eggs to store it. But for day to fay use, use the plastic container it came in. When it dries, it will fall into the container, and when it's wet, it will rest on top.
answered 7 months ago
lushieforlife
(Illinois)
answer 3
I just store it on the little container it came in on top of my vanity.
answered 7 months ago
LauriLizbeth
answer 4
You use the container it came in to store it. Since the sponge is still damp, it sits on top of the opening. When it dries, it just slips right down in to the container.
answered 7 months ago
jdavis9761
(Woodbridge, VA)
answer 5
I just store it in the little container it comes in. It has a hole in the top that lets in air.
answered 7 months ago
Maggie1106
(Swampscott, MA)
answer 6
I rest it on top of the container it was in when I purchased it. But yes, I leave it out on my desk/on top of my beauty organizers.
answered 8 months ago
forgivemehera
(Hyde Park, NY)
answer 7
I use a small shot glass to keep mines inside of on a counter, it air dries and if it has dust on it, I rinse it off before using anyway to dampen it. Also it comes with a nice plastic container with holes so it is safe and able to dry.
answered 8 months ago
popcornlover722
(Orlando, FL)
answer 8
The casing it came in doubles as a stand for when it's wet but if you've thrown it out use a small dish or even a shot glass to set it on so it's not just rolling around on your desk
answered 8 months ago
Kyndra
(Boston, MA)
Question
What is a similar product to the beautyblender?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
alyyk123
on the original beautyblender&reg
7 answers
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answer 1
I've tried just about every makeup sponge including some suggested and they can't come close to the same results! I have large pores that show under makeup & primer using any other sponge even using the same technique as instructed for the Beauty Blender. This is the only product that hides my large pores using only my vegan friendly minerals. I don't even need to use primer because this sponge works it's magic with very little help from my minerals. It is well worth buying & I can honestly say I'd pay quadruple the current price for the results I get using it!
answered 2 years ago
missgemini
(Northern CA)
answer 2
I havn't found anything of similar quality. If the question is of price, this is definately worth it!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
makeupmeghann
(Waterloo, Ontario)
answer 3
Have not found a similar product - this is worth the cost!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
bellabella5
(Greensboro, NC)
answer 4
I honestly don't see any other product out there that is similar to the blender-triangle wedge sponges just don't have the same kind of density of this sponge
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
maria51va
(alexandria, VA)
answer 5
Sephora has created a dupe to this which is found in both stores and online. You can also find a dupe at Target by Sonia Kashuk.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
tsao
(New York, NY)
answer 6
I regular sponge that you wet.. it might take a little longer "bouncing" the product around since it wont be as big as the bottom of the blender but i think you will get the same results. You could also buy the cheaper versions... Sephora (yellow blender) has one and they sell one at Target (purple/blue)
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
KatiFitz
(Bunker Hill, WV)
answer 7
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answered 4 years, 3 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
sunscreen
I'm using DDF tinted sunscreen. can i apply sunscreen with this sponge ?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Amherst, MA)
on the original beautyblender&reg
7 answers
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answer 1
I personally don't recommend you using this with a sunscreen of any kind because the water that is applied on the sponge might not make your sunscreen work properly. For many sunscreens you have to wait at least 15 minutes before water or sun exposure. Apply the sunscreen or tinted sunscreen using your hand or maybe a dry brush.:)
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
yvonne44
(pasadena,ca)
answer 2
I have used for tinted sunscreen, works great!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
bellabella5
(Greensboro, NC)
answer 3
I guess you could, but it would seem to me that applying the SPF with your fingers would work better.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
jdykes33
(Dothan, Alabama)
answer 4
Yep! I do.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
aheb
answer 5
absolutely!
answered 4 years ago
KayBee
(Philadelphia, Pa)
answer 6
I don't know why you couldn't apply sunscreen with it - you can use it for liquid or mineral foundations. Keep in mind that the sponge is WET for most applications so you might be diluting and wasting some of your sunscreen.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
dmsr
answer 7
I believe you can use this sponge for any type of application. Personally I like to thin my foundation or whatever down with a little water so it's not so thick on my face and wrinkles. This sponge would work great for anything you can thin with a tad bit of water. Sunscreen would work too. Just make sure you rinse it out with water before storing away for the next application.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
SuzieBee
(Ponsford, MN)
Question
I do not wear foundation, but I do use tinted moisturizer. I apply to my entire face and then put bronzer and blush on top.
Is the product helpful for tinted moisturizer application?
asked 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Dallas, tx)
on the original beautyblender&reg
7 answers
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answer 1
Probably not necessary for a tinted moisturizer. I think it's more for medium to full coverage foundation and concealer. Not sure if you've tried it, but a stippling or even kabuki brush works great for tinted moisturizer or more "sheer coverage" makeup
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
erica0811
(nj)
answer 2
Yes this product is really helpful for tinted moisturizer, it gives you an even application of product and still leaves your skin looking flawless
answered 6 months ago
BabyBoo13
(Oakland, CA)
answer 3
I used this with my NARS tinted moisturizer and it applied AMAZINGLY!! Very pleased with it, you'll love it
answered 6 months ago
tlam33
(Toronto, ON)
answer 4
This sponge works with any liquid type of formula!
I use it for foundation and concealer!
answered 6 months ago
gloriaasy
(Irvine, CA)
answer 5
This product works on any type of liquid foundation whether it be a very lightweight product to something heavy!
answered 6 months ago
abskiis
answer 6
Yes, I use it with my hourglass tinted moisturizer and find it just as helpful as with the foundation application.
answered 6 months ago
ElizLiza
(Pebble Beach, CA)
answer 7
Absolutely. It will blend and smooth the tinted moisturizer on just as it does with regular foundation.
answered 6 months ago
darlenam
(Philadelphia,PA)
Question
Do you have to clean it with their special beautycleanser?
Can you just clean it with soap and water or makeup remover, etc? I don't want to purchase the "beautycleanser". Thanks!
asked 8 months ago
JustAGirlyGirl
on the original beautyblender&reg
7 answers
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answer 1
I use the Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser. I use rinse the beauty blender, and then I pounce a dime sized amount of cleanser {in a bowl} all over the beauty blender. I find that this removes a large majority of the makeup :D
answered 7 months ago
lushieforlife
(Illinois)
answer 2
You can use whatever soap you use to remove your makeup. I bought their special cleaner, and I don't notice that it cleans any better than my face soap. However, regular 'hand' soap doesn't work very well at removing all the makeup.
answered 7 months ago
jdavis9761
(Woodbridge, VA)
answer 3
No I clean it with soap and water and it's fine, although it's still stained but it's really clean.
answered 7 months ago
Maggie1106
(Swampscott, MA)
answer 4
In between uses, or whenever I notice that it's more brown (because of my foundation) than pink, I wet it, squirt some creamy hand soap onto it, quickly rub it in, and then squeeze it under warm water until the water runs clear. My beauty blender goes back to the bright pink color it was when I bought it (:
answered 7 months ago
makeupyourm1nd
(Calgary, AB)
answer 5
No You could use oil, soap and water, shampoo,
answered 7 months ago
juliebeauty
answer 6
Honestly I was right there with you. I didn't want to buy the special beauty blender cleaner but I really really love the solid sponge cleaner. I use it for ALL my brushes and it's super easy to use. It doesn't damage any of my brushes and I see how clean it gets everything. Now you can use soap and water BUT it's going to dry out your beauty blender faster. I know your not going to like this answer but I really think you should give the solid cleaner a chance. Hope this helps.
answered 8 months ago
bookluvr23
(Upstate South Carolina)
answer 7
Hi JustAGirlyGirl,

We highly recommend using the Solid Sponge Cleanser with your Beauty Blender. This cleanser seems to clean the Beauty Blender more efficiently than any other method.
answered 8 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
does it have container coming along?
I wonder how to keep this sponge in a box? it's not convenience to carry around in purse,right? Please tell me any your idea if you already got it. Thanks any way.
asked 4 years ago
luxury
(texas)
on the original beautyblender&reg
7 answers
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answer 1
If you ABSOLUTELY have to put in your purse, or you're traveling with it...I'd suggest going to your local pharmacy, and asking for a round pill bottle- I have one that's about 2" in diameter and 3.5" high. Or, look around at home and see if you have an old one that you can wash out & sanitize :)
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
blysse
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 2
I wouldn't recommend buying this product if you intend on carrying it around in your purse just because the sponge is easily ripped if bent the wrong way. If you absolutely need to carry it around, you can place it in a paper towel and then into a plastic bag.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
tsao
(New York, NY)
answer 3
I saw little pill boxes at the drugstore that would work. They're just about the right size for this; you might have to squeeze the sides of the Beautyblender just a little. Or if you own the MUFE kabuki to go, the little zip bag is just about right, too.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
delamaine
(Sammamish, WA)
answer 4
You can keep this sponge in a small plastic container and put it inside your purse- be sure it's hygienic. But as for myself, I put this sponge in a plastic box along with its cleanser and my other sponges. Rarely bring beautyblender sponge anywhere with me because I use it only for applying my makeup base at home.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
dechadance
(Upland, CA)
answer 5
you could keep it in a purse or you could buy a makeup kit to put the sponge in.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
preciiousbarbie
(ny,united state)
answer 6
I don't carry mine with me. The foundation I use is great and lasts 15 hrs, so I never need to reapply while I'm out. If I had to take it with me though, I would put it in a ziploc baggie and stick it in my makeup bag in my purse. This is because it stays damp for a while after using it.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
jsc81581
(Rockford, IL)
answer 7
Well, there is this platform thingamajig that it comes with, where you can set it down in the little hole of the platform so it dries. That way it's not sitting on the desk getting dirty or anything. But as for carrying it around in your purse, I wouldn't suggest it.
answered 4 years ago
sunnyson
(Oakland Gardens, NY)
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Black spots on my beauty blender?
I've only had my beauty blender for about a week, but the last time I used it was two days ago (8/24/13). I was in a hurry and just put it back in the container it came with. I forgot about it until today (8/26/13), and I noticed that there are little black dots in the middle section of the sponge. I'm assuming this is mold/mildew, should I throw it away? I've tried washing it with the recommended cleanser, but the black dots are still there.
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
Anonymous
on the original beautyblender&reg
7 answers
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answer 1
Sounds like mold to me. I'd get rid of it & purchase a new one.
answered 4 months ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 2
Wash it in soap to get rid of mildew, and never leave it an place with stagnant air again or it won't dry.
answered 10 months ago
loveleh
answer 3
I would recommend throwing it away... This happened to me once before, too. I was traveling and left the Beauty Blender in its container for a couple of days. I tried washing it with Dawn antibacterial dish soap under very hot water several times and the spots would not come off. A friend recommended washing it in bleach, but honestly if you can see mold on something still, that can be hazardous to your health.
answered 10 months ago
jcgirl13
(Johnson City, TN)
answer 4
Yes, it is more than likely mildew/bacteria. I would throw it out. I never store my beauty blender in the container. I turn the sponge pointy side down and set on top of the container so that it is always open and can dry.
answered 11 months ago
Donna906
(South Tampa, FL)
answer 5
Take it back to sephora they might give u a new one if the old one is unusable
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
lilattie
(bronc ny)
answer 6
to me it sounds like mold/mildew. I would personally throw it away, I think it you let it air dry uncovered it will help solve the problem. Also wash it with an antibacterial soap after every single use
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
obnurse86
(USA)
answer 7
Throw it away!!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
wendyomgwar
(Baltimore. MD)
Question
Full Coverage?
I feel like i have a lot of blemishes so i like full coverage foundations. Does this applicator allow maximum coverage or does it apply foundation lightly?
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Austin, Texas)
on the original beautyblender&reg
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
as long as you dampen your blender first, it allows for maximum coverage. once i actually forgot to dampen and the sponge soaked up my foundation pretty quick. now i make sure i dampen it and let it sit for a couple of minutes while i prime & do something else first. the dampened sponge also feels a little cool on your face, its more refreshing than using a brush application - i love it
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
erica0811
(nj)
answer 2
I have acne scars that I like to cover up, so I also like full coverage. I started using the beauty blender sponge without getting it wet first and the coverage is wayyyyy less sheer. So, it can be used wet to achieve a sheer look, or dry to achieve a full coverage look.
answered 8 months ago
VickyStone
(Petaluma, Ca)
answer 3
You can apply your foundation as light or as heavy as you want with this applicator.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
moonstruck1958
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
answer 4
Absolutely works as full coverage. This sponge is really what you want it to be. If you want full coverage, just use more makeup on the end of your beauty blender, or go over your face twice to build your coverage. I have a lot of blemishes and dark spots on my cheeks and this is the only thing that covers it while still looking natural. Using the pointed end also helps to target small blemishes.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
J5678
answer 5
I have used this with both liquid foundation and with mineral foundation. Personally, I found that it increases the coverage with the mineral makeup without adding a cake-look. For my liquid foundation, I felt like I was wasting too much product to get full coverage (Dior is too expensive to waste). So, I use a brush in the spots I want more coverage and then the beautyblender for application over the rest of my face. Hope I helped...:)
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
MandyCD
(Portland, OR)
answer 6
No, I don't think it works well for full coverage at all. I'm very acne-prone with scars from prior acne as well, and I didn't have good results with this sponge. Try a cream foundation instead of a liquid, and use a good foundation brush. :)
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
MissMagic
(Brentwood, CA)
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