Your foundation is only as good as the tool you use to apply it, and that’s where a beauty blender comes in. Ever since the little sponge took over the Internet, we’ve seen it in all different shapes and colors. And now, it’s been upgraded even further with silicone (yes, it’s that alien-looking thing you’ve been ogling in the drugstore aisle).
Beloved by beauty bloggers and countless consumers, the transparent, kidney-shaped tool is said to have amazing benefits. It’s supposedly easier to use, since it’s flat shape is prime for applying foundation under the nose and around the eyes. It’s also meant to be more hygienic than its spongy counterpart, as it can easily be sanitized to prevent acne-causing bacteria from forming. What’s more, converting to silicone may just save you money. The tool typically has a longer lifespan and allows you to use less foundation with each application, so you won’t have to replace either one after just a few months.
The only downside? Some users complain that using a silicone blender can feel like you’re slapping plastic on your face rather than blending in makeup. But Elle tried a version called the Evie Blender ($24) that sounds like a total game-changer. Created by professional makeup artists, the Evie features a porous surface to evenly smooth foundation and eradicate the appearance of pores. It also includes a pointed tip and finger groove in the back to make your life that much easier. And did we mention that it’s sparkly??
All in all, you’ll want to keep in mind that the tool requires a little more time dabbing on the foundation to let it sink in and look natural. You’ll also want to use half as much foundation as you usually would, because there’s no foam to absorb the product. Once you get the right rhythm, though, the results can be absolutely flawless.
If you’re tempted to try the tool for yourself, there are plenty of options to choose from that fit into every budget. While the Evie Blender is a safe bet, you can also try a $4.99 version from Etsy to get the job done. You never know – you may just end up kissing your foundation brush or traditional sponge goodbye.
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