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beautyblender the original beautyblender®

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® 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. This product is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.
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Questions & Answers for beautyblender the original beautyblender®

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How do you clean it?
Can you clean it with water and such? The beauty cleanser seems expensive and i'd like to avoid it. Thanks :)
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
SingingBirds98
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've had good luck cleaning it with olive oil. Dab the oil onto the areas with stains/dirt and squeeze. Add some warm water and just keep doing that until it's clean. I saw that advice elsewhere online and I am quite happy to report it works quite well.
answered 11 months ago
mnda
answer 2
baby shampoo or a gentle foaming cleanser is ok. I use anti bacterial soap after couple of uses.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
yZyL
(BC)
answer 3
I use Dawn dishwashing soap that is antibacterial! It works just as well and gets the job done.
answered 3 years ago
Reviewgiver0
answer 4
I use the philosophy face wash and all the dirt comes out like a dream plus I use it for my face! So I think anything that is thick and like soap will work!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
Cbratton
(Riverside, Ca)
answer 5
I use hand or dish soap, like I do with my brushes and it seems to work just fine
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
kch06
(tulsa, ok)
answer 6
I use Sephora brand Brush Shampoo. It's a spray that works great, think it's only like $12?
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
sarahmichelle19
(Oregon)
answer 7
use baby shampoo or a very mild fragrance free anti-bacterial soap
answered 4 years ago
SLIIIIIIIM
(gods green earth)
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 2 years, 5 months ago
JustAGirlyGirl
on the original beautyblender®
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 2 years, 4 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 2 years, 4 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 2 years, 4 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 2 years, 4 months ago
makeupyourm1nd
(Calgary, AB)
answer 5
No You could use oil, soap and water, shampoo,
answered 2 years, 4 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 2 years, 5 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 2 years, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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 2 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Dallas, tx)
on the original beautyblender®
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 years 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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 months ago
tlam33
(Toronto, ON)
answer 4
This sponge works with any liquid type of formula!
I use it for foundation and concealer!
answered 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 months ago
darlenam
(Philadelphia,PA)
Question
Can you use regular brush cleaner on beauty blenders?
I noticed there was a specific brush cleanser for beauty blender.... can you use regular brush cleanser?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
HunterL
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
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answer 1
yes!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
kkaattee
answer 2
I used my regular brush cleaner with mine and it worked fine. Makeup that was left on immediately came off.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
StylistSarah
(Pennsylvania)
answer 3
yes, but not even the patented cleaner will remove the foundation from the sponge...it probably only removes the bacteria
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
lbrownster
answer 4
Hello. I use gentle facial cleanser to clean my beauty blender. I think it is more effective.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
dollslife
(Washington DC)
answer 5
i used my bare minerals brush shampoo on it.. although it didn't look as if all the product was off the blender, it still felt relatively clean and i used it again and again.. hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
Alyssa320
(NYC)
answer 6
Yes. You can use regular brush cleaner. But I think the Beauty Blender cleanser does a better job at cleaning it.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
iloveblush
(New York, NY)
answer 7
I wouldn't use the spray kinds. but if its a shampoo type, it should work.
I've used the Dr.Bronner soap with this because the liquid beauty blender soap takes forever and it worked great
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
infinitise
(Calgary, AB)
Question
sunscreen
I'm using DDF tinted sunscreen. can i apply sunscreen with this sponge ?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Amherst, MA)
on the original beautyblender®
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 3 years, 1 month ago
yvonne44
(pasadena,ca)
answer 2
I have used for tinted sunscreen, works great!
answered 5 years, 4 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 5 years, 5 months ago
jdykes33
(Dothan, Alabama)
answer 4
Yep! I do.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
aheb
answer 5
absolutely!
answered 5 years, 9 months 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 5 years, 10 months 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 5 years, 10 months ago
SuzieBee
(Ponsford, MN)
Question
Would this work with Josie Maran's foundation?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
LaurenBeth
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes! It works amazing! I use my BB to apply JM foundation every single day and it always looks flawless!
answered 1 month ago
megannichol
answer 2
Yes... it will work with any foundation, powder, blush, concealer.. moisturizer. There's really nothing it won't work with. Just apply the foundation on the back of your hand & use the blender absorb from there... then blot/bounce/twist it onto your face.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
ERO1229
(Des Moines, IA)
answer 3
Josie Maran is one of my favorite brands. I use the beauty blender with my Josie Maran tinted Argan oil moisturizer as well as the Josie Maran Argan color stick with phenomenal results.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
dollslife
(Washington DC)
answer 4
I have, and it works great!! It have tried it with a few different foundations and it will help apply any makeup flawlessly!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
Missmm88
answer 5
No, that foundation is too sheer coverage to be applied with a beauty blender. You could use it after the the foundation was fully applied to help with the finish if you wanted.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
loveleh
answer 6
I've used this with lots of different foundations and it always works great! The only foundations I would avoid using it with are ones that repel water, like Hourglass's formulas.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
nataliepdx
(Portland, OR)
answer 7
I see it working with all foundations.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
donarg
(Greensboro N.C.)
Question
Does the sponge need to be washed after each use?
asked 7 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Stockton, CA)
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes wash after each use! I learned this lesson the hard way and my sponge was moldy one month after buying it. I washed it once a week and kept it on the counter in the lid it came in and after a few weeks it had black dots on it. I thought it was makeup at first but a week later they doubled and after Googling it I realized it was mold and had to toss it! I love the airbrushed finish so I immediately purchased another one and have been diligent about washing it and two months in, so far so good!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
bogusia018
(Washington, DC)
answer 2
It absolutely does!
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 3
It depends on your skin type, whether you use it on a clean face, and where you keep it. If its kept in a place with good air circulation, and you use it on a clean face you should be good to clean it every couple of uses. (The same amount you would need to clean your face brushes) That being said if you have oily skin you will need to clean it more frequently, and even if, say, you used it on monday and never cleaned it then didn't need to use it again until saturday you should still clean it as if you had used it for the past couple days first, because you left product on it.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
loveleh
answer 4
Um, yes it absolutely must be washed after each use. It takes at least 1-1/2 to 2 days for the sponge to fully dry all the way through after using it, and if you allowed it to sit damp for that long with moist dirty makeup and moist dead skin cells then you will FOR SURE have a nice little mold culture growing from the center of the sponge by the next time you use it. And no, it does not matter if you only used the sponge to apply makeup to a "clean" face. damp dead skin cells are a PRIME environment for mold growth, "clean" or not.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
atnola
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 5
I wash it after every use just because I like my sponges clean and if you wash it every day, then you don't have to worry about it staining with your makeup.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
moonstruck1958
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
answer 6
I clean mine after every single use. It only takes 30 seconds, plus it makes the beauty blender seem brand new every time I use it.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
J5678
answer 7
The sponge needs to be washed when you would throw away/ wash other sponges, not after each application. I actually like keeping mine unwashed for awhile because as it gets more product in it it performs better. You use it on a clean face anyway. That being said you do need to clean your sponge after awhile to kill bacteria that start growing on it and excess product that can cause breakouts.
answered 7 years, 6 months ago
annie23
(Santa Clara)
Question
is it better than a brush or regular sponge/ fingers?
i was wondering if this is better for application and would it be good for a liquid/gel like foundation such as MUFE face and body?
asked 6 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
on the original beautyblender®
6 answers
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answer 1
I have never found a brush to be a good tool to apply foundation, so for me, this is the best product on the market. It is much better than using your fingers alone.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
jdykes33
(Dothan, Alabama)
answer 2
YES! It gives an airbrush finish. But you have to make sure that every time you use it, you dampen it with water or else it won't work to its full potential.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
tsao
(New York, NY)
answer 3
yes you could apply MUFE with the sponge .
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
preciiousbarbie
(ny,united state)
answer 4
I use EL double wear liquid foundation and I prefer to use a stippling brush. Tried using only the BB and it didn't quite work as well for me. Plenty of other uses for the BB so I'll stick with my brush for now.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
dmsr
answer 5
I think it's better than a brush since sometimes a brush leaves streaks. You have to 'blot' your makeup not swipe it with this sponge. It works for any kind of makeup.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
moonstruck1958
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
answer 6
So ive had mine for a month and i absolutely love it! i use it with my MAC face and body liquid foundation and the results are Flawless!! I dont think i will use the foundation brushes again. This is a really great buy and should be on every girls must have list.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
tropicalbabe
(LoS aNgeLeS, CA)
Question
Should it be cleaned with water, makeup remover or something else?
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
vanityprincess
(NY)
on the original beautyblender®
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I clean mine with mild antibac soap & warm water. Squeeze excess water out and lay on kleenex to air dry.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
rockmom66
(Minot, ND)
answer 2
I use baby shampoo that was 2/$1 and it works fine. I have never tried the expensive cleanser and never will. There is still some makeup stain that stays on the sponge but I don't mind.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
aheb
answer 3
Its come with the blender cleanser thats clean the sponge.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
preciiousbarbie
(ny,united state)
answer 4
I typically rinse my sponge out with water. I have seen the price for the cleanser and it's a little expensive so I don't use mine on an everyday basis. However, cleaning with water will not damage your sponge in the least! I cannot even notice a difference between the cleanser and water.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
joey101
(Denver, Co)
answer 5
I use the cleanser it comes with. It smells beautiful and it really does lather up very nicely. Sudsy and great. Smells pretty and stays soft!
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
sunnyson
(Oakland Gardens, NY)
answer 6
Beautyblender makes the blendercleanser to clean the beautyblender sponge. http://bit.ly/bawXSU
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Can you only buy this product line online?
Or are they in-store too?
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
robbybobbybabby
on the original beautyblender®
6 answers
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answer 1
they sell them in stores, ive seen them mostly around checkout.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
kam96
answer 2
Definitely sold in all Sephora stores!
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
Sephora4944
(Toronto, ON Canada)
answer 3
You can get them in stores, but there are some great deals online that aren't carried in the store.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
andeem76
(San Manuel, AZ)
answer 4
These are typically sold in stores as well. You might want to call your local Sephora just to make sure they carry the exact product you want.
answered 2 years ago
melisg1
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
I looked at two Sephora locations in store and they did not have it.. my guess is that it is only online!
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
lindsey927
(Nashville, TN)
answer 6
Online only.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
lagolden
(New York, NY)
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