So, I actually got a sample of the original BeautyBlender brand with a recent foundation purchase I made at Sephora. I have never used a blender, ever. When I was a young one, I used liquid and power foundation, packed it on like crazy, plus white eyeliner and ice blue eyeshadow, tons of body glitter, 47 rubber bracelets from Hot Topic on each wrist, and those incredibly popular chokers.. because I am a late 90s/early 00s teen. Then, at 19, my Aunt introduced me to BareMinerals, and bought me the starter kit for my birthday. Now, at 30, my makeup routine has certainly changed. While my disease causes hormonal imbalances, which means I break out occasionally, plus I scar easier than most, and I’m a picker- I have some scarring I like to cover. Fortunately, none of them are ice pick scars, and eventually, the scarring does goes away on its own. I’ve tried a bagillion products to help that and literally nothing works.. except time, patience, and coverup.
My foundation routine now consists of Illuminare liquid mineral foundation, some Jane Iredale power foundation on top, and a setting powder (I have literally 4 of them, so which one I use it depends on my mood.) I do prefer a full coverage face, simply because of my scarring. It’s not fun at 30 to deal with something I should’ve been done with as a teen, and really, I’d love to not have to wear so much, but my disease is here to stay, and I just have to make the most of it.
I’ve been using brushes FOR YEARS, never using anything else. Illuminare has its own pad for applying their foundation, which I’ve been using since I started with their products. But I feel like it doesn’t provide the finish I want. Just because I have a full face of foundation doesn’t mean I want you to know it! That’s the whole point! So, I used this sample Beauty Blender I got, and I figured I would just see if I liked the finish with it, and if I did, I’d buy it.
Well, as it turns out, I didn’t like the finish it provided, I loved it. As soon as I got paid, I got this Ecotools Blender for $3.99 on sale at Ulta and I am LOVING it, by the way, MUCH BETTER than the OG Beauty Blender brand, which I simply used because it was a sample. They say they’re cruelty free, but I couldn’t find the materials the blender was made out of. I can always rely on Ecotools to provide cruelty free and vegan beauty products at a fraction of the cost. The OG Beauty Blender brand is $20 and ambiguous; this was $4 and certified vegan and cruelty free. You do the math.
Essentially what I do is: wet the blender, squeeze out the excess so it’s only damp, and apply small amounts of my Illuminare foundation to the angled side of the blender, and I blend, inward then outward. Blending, I’m convinced, is a layer of Hell. It is much more time consuming that my usual way, but the results are so much better, so the extra time is worth it. I get dry skin easily, also related to my disease, and this application never leaves my skin flaky. It just leaves an airbrushed effect, with full coverage. I use my Illuminare foundation as my concealer too, and I just blend a little extra over those areas and it really does cover well.
Here's some before and after photos. Check each description for which photo is which.
I literally scar from everything (thanks Hashimoto's!) The picking certainly doesn't help either (thanks anxiety and OCD!), and it does make me very self-conscious, so I need a full face of makeup. I will go to great lengths to buy expensive products to make my face look as good as I can. Truthfully, you can't go wrong for $4, and even if you don't like it, it was $4! Give it a try! I got mine online at Ulta, but I'm sure they have them in the stores too!