BEST Makeup “Brushes” Today- Compared

All of us makeup lovers out there have seen the trends come and go for how to apply your foundation. Instagram shows us even weirder possibilities like spatulas, shoes, knives, and tacos, totally outside the normal and sensible makeup tools! Traditionally we see brushes and makeup sponges used in applying foundation. Right now, the popular trend is to use a Beauty Blender or a silicone “sponge” or silisponge. Today I want to compare three popular and mostly conservative makeup tools side by side to show you the difference between their application. You might not think so but not all makeup tools are created equal! So lets compare the classic foundation brush, the Beauty Blender sponge, and the silisponge.

Im going to show you how they first swipe onto the skin, how they blend out, and how easy they are to clean. My goal is to show you why each applicator is different and what they are best used for so that you can have confidence in using them and find what you like for your personal makeup preference! Here we go!

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Foundation Brush- These are the most common, brushes are used in many parts of the makeup application. There are different styles of makeup brush for your preference, flat, big and soft, tight and compact brush bristles, flat top, brushes that look like a fish… there are many! Great for liquid foundation and perfect for powder foundation and finishing powder. Check out these foundation brushes, and these ones! This one is super cute too 🙂

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Beauty Blender- Basically a glorified reusable makeup sponge. There are many off brands of the original Beauty Blender. Whether you are using the original or a knockoff, they are pretty much the same and go by the same name. I am using a version from Forever 21, they came in a 2 pack for cheap. TJ Maxx and Ross also have a great inexpensive selection! Great for a natural, dewey makeup look. Also works with finishing powder but not as much as a brush. Heres a great deal on a pack of blenders. This ECO friendly blender is a great option too.

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Silisponge- Probably the weirdest of the three products on here today! This makeup tool is inspired by makeup artists on Instagram using random objects to blend out their makeup and one of those items being a silicone bra insert! It became so popular that companies started manufacturing an actual silicone sponge shaped applicator for makeup! Now this thing is NOTHING like a sponge. It does not waste or soak up any product like a sponge would. It just spreads the liquid foundation round like peanut butter on bread! I found mine in a 2 pack at Walmart for 4$, so not bad! I really don’t think there is a different between the high end brand and the Walmart, its literally just a smooth jelly feeling pod for makeup. Lets see how it compares to the other two! Shop this product here

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Here is a comparison of all three…

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Brush- can see stroke lines, somewhat blended, streaky, uneven, overall great coverage and blending. Medium amount of product soaked up.

Blender- Lots of product soaked up! Amazing blending, not amazing at spreading product, very natural look, not streaks, no lines.

Silisponge- FAIL no product wasted, very patchy, lots of line and unevenness, not natural at all. I would be embarrassed to walk out with this blend job…

Overall, I absolutely love the beauty blender sponge. It blends out perfectly for a soft and natural finish on your skin and leaves no trace of streakiness. Its THE BEST! The brush come sin second, its good in general but a little streaky. The silicone sponge though…. DONT GET ME STARTED! Its a flop… the only thing I use it for really is to move the makeup around on my face so I can blend it later with the sponge. Beauty Blender: Winner!

So now that you know about the differences between these three common makeup products, you can make the best choice for your makeup application! These tools can be very inexpensive, and they definitely have their more pricey counterparts, BUT I hope I could save you some $$ by showing you these before you pick the wrong tool for you! Hopefully you find “the one” for your daily makeup routine!

Check out the links in the descriptions above for some great options on Amazon, there are some very reliable options and some that are very cute and creative as well!

May your eyeliner be on fleek and your foundation perfectly blended!

 

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Honest Review: Light Up Makeup Mirror

I love trying out new beauty products. I see the same ones on Instagram and Facebook advertising for a few weeks and sometimes I’ll give in and buy, but usually I will find a similar version but cheaper on Amazon. This was the case for the light up vanity mirror. I received it and instantly fell in love!

Screenshot of BESTOPE Light Up Makeup Vanity Mirror

Let me tell you a few great things about this mirror…

  • I FEEL LIKE A PRINCESS/PRO MAKEUP ARTIST WHEN USING IT! So that’s a plus…
  • Two option charging- Takes batteries or plugs in to source
  • 4 mirrors- there are three angles to see yourself from with four mirrors. One side is a magnified view so you can get in nice and close for detail.
  • Dual Fold- its folds up nicely when you’re not using it so it can be put away
  • Touch Screen- it has a button at the bottom of the main mirror that is touch sensor so it is flush with the mirror and does not distract from the mirror. And there are no cracks to clean and be left grubby when you cant get all the gunk out.
  • 21 LED lights- the main mirror has twenty one lights along its border so its pretty bright!
  • All white- I love the white option because it goes with my bathroom and looks nice and clean
  • Tray- there is a tray at the base of the mirror so you can place your bobby pins or lip gloss there while getting ready with the mirror
  • Tilts- the angle of the mirror is easily adjustable and holds its place.

Here is the link one more time!

Here are a few things that I don’t love

  • Lights could be a little more bright. Doesn’t make a huge difference f you already have alright light on in the room
  • The magnified mirror is on the left flap. If I tweeze my eyebrows or do anything with my right hand it bumps the right side of the mirror, so that’s annoying
  • There’s not a good place to put it! The base is a little big so it has to stay out on the counter or I put it in another room on a table with other makeup supplies.

Overall, this was a good buy! I would recommend it since I use it every day when I am putting on my makeup. I feel like its a splurge purchase, just to make makeup seem a little bit more fun. Its also better than hanging over the counter to see my makeup application and getting in the way of my husband when we happen to get ready at the same time. Anyway, if you were thinking about buying one of these then there are some pro’s and con’s. If you weren’t planning on it, now you know about the mirror and you probably won’t stop thinking about it for a little bit now! Check it out, if you happen to get on then let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, friends!