Sephora recently had their Friends and Family 20% VIB Rouge sale, and that meant I had a lot of stocking up to do. Among one of the many that needed replacing was my beauty blender. I rotate among two blenders, the original and the pro, the pro being my all time fave. It was to the point where there were tears on the side and I knew it was time to say goodbye to it. That’s why I couldn’t pass off on a deal like this set, Beauty Blender’s Apply Like a Pro Value set, retailing at $65 USD / $86 CAD, it comes with two beauty blender pro’s and a set of micro mini pros, and a bottle of their 10 oz. liquid blendercleanser formula.
The reason why I chose this set in particular compared to all the other holiday sets they have out this year was mainly because of the value of the set with the blendercleanser. I received some foil packet samples of them from previous orders and LOVED how it washed out everything my beauty blender had stored in it and left my sponge feeling brand new and soft. I never seen my beauty blender clean itself so fast before, and the amount of excess product and residue that washed out of the sponge made me reassured that my sponge was clean after the water started running clear.
While taking pictures of this set, I noticed that there were distinct differences in the sponge materials between the original and the mini. I decided it would be neat to do a little researching and review of these two sponges because they look so alike and are made by the same company, but their intended uses are different. I think this post would also be great if you haven’t used a beauty blender before and are curious whether it is or is not for you. 🙂
The first thing we’ll be looking at is the original beauty blender pro. I decided to use macro images vs a full body shot of the tool, considering how famous these sponges are, we know what they usually look from afar. However if you haven’t seen them already, continue scrolling down to see an image of both sponges beside one another.
Beauty Blenders are made of a latex-free hydrophilic foam, giving it an open cell structure that fills up with a small amount of water when wet. That’s why when we use the beauty blender, we soak it first with water and squeeze out the excess. It prevents the sponge absorbing up the product when we apply it to our faces. It has a soft cushy feeling to it, and almost doubles up in size after wetting it. The structure of the sponge ‘bounces’ on the skin, the texture of it leaving an almost airbrushed finish to the skin. In the picture above you can see that it’s a pretty even texture, sponge-like yet still made densely.
The sponge can be used to apply pretty much anything, ranging from primer to foundation, to cremes and powders. I don’t believe there are limitations when it comes to the beauty blender. I have gone on trips before with my makeup bag packed and forgetting all my brushes but my beauty blender, and still be able to put on a full face without any hassle. The sponge itself is sanitary and reusable, and if taken care of lasts you a really long time (no joke, I had a beauty blender last me 3 years before I decided it was time for me to get rid of it).
The mini is pretty much just a smaller version of the beauty blender right? So what makes it so different?
Well not exactly.
This is the beauty blender mini, shot at the same distance as the original and created with the same material. As you can see up close, it’s cells are distinctively bigger than the original making this quite an interesting shot for me. Even when damp, the feel of the mini vs the pro is different. The original still feels bouncy and soft, but it feels more dense, whereas the mini feels like it’s filled with air. Understanding that the open cell structure holds water so the product will stay on the surface brings me to the conclusion that if the mini structure is filled more with air, the mini would more likely absorb more product in it than the original. The size of the mini scales to be about a fourth of the original beauty blender and was made with the intention of precision, getting into more hard to reach areas such as the inner corner, under the brow bone, and the sides of your nose.
When would you choose the mini over the original?
I personally don’t prefer using the mini, because I find that the size of it is particularly hard to grasp, I’ve dropped my sponge on numerous occasions and find it to be too much of a hassle. The only time I think you would need to use the mini is for patchworking, working specifically in a smaller area, ie if you were reapplying foundation that you may have accidentally wiped off, or applying a colour corrector in certain areas where you don’t want to mix into your original beauty blender, or using it to clean up areas. I find that the original blender works just fine because of its fine tip that it is unnecessary to go through the hassle to get a mini beauty blender. I believe the only exception to what my review of the mini is, is that if you have more of a petite frame and face structure, giving you a better grip on the mini as well.
Whether you are a seasoned user of the beauty blender or you’re interested in trying it for the first time, I believe just going ahead and getting the original is the best choice. I’ll always be a fan of the beauty blender, but I don’t find it necessary to spend extra money on purchasing the mini if you won’t be getting much use out of it. If you know that you will, however, be getting a decent amount of use out of the mini and you’ll be using the original as well, I’d highly recommend you to pick up this set, especially because of the blendercleanser.
Happy Wednesday! xo
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Beauty Blender, this is not a sponsored or paid post. Reviewed products were purchased with my own money, all reviews are 100% honest and transparent.