You might have heard about the BeautyBlender. If you haven’t and are wondering what this suspect egg-shaped pink sponge is, here you go: the BeautyBlender is described as “the first ergonomically designed non-disposable sponge applicator that allows you to flawlessly apply your makeup”. I saw it online a few weeks ago and was tempted to buy it…until I saw that it cost 26 $ plus taxes and decided that I was not about to shell thirty bucks on a what only seemed to be a pretty average makeup sponge. And I have been know to spend money on useless things sometimes…but this one just wasn’t appealing enough for me. But last week I was lucky enough to receive the Avon Precision Grip Teardrop Blender which resembles the BeautyBlendera lot but costs…*cue the drum roll*…6.99$.
But then again, it has to be comparable to the BeautyBlender and, since I haven’t tried it, I’m gonna rely on someone I trust to give you the answer at the end of this post. Before telling you what I think of the Avon Precision Grip Teardrop Blender, let me tell you something about me. I’m the kind of person that will buy a camera, a phone, a coffee machine…*anything*… and plug it in right away. I do not read instructions. I just plug it in and start pushing the buttons until something doesn’t work anymore and then I have to go find the instructions that I probably threw away the day I bought the product. Well, that’s kinda what happened to me with the Avon Precision Grip Teardrop Blender. The day after I got it, I put some foundation on the back of my hand and proceeded to apply it on my face with the Teardrop Blender using a stippling motion. I did not like the result. The application was not easy, the sponge was hard, it left streaks on my face, it was a mess dot com. My first intention was to write a review saying how much I hated the thing. But then I actually read the product fact sheet and realized that I was doing something terribly wrong…I did not wet the sponge. Whatever… lol It made all the difference.
When the sponge is wet, it becomes bigger, softer, fluffier. I applied liquid foundation with it and found that I needed to use less than usual (probably thanks to the water in the sponge that allows the foundation to glide on smoother) and that the end result was flawlessly blended. It also seems like my foundation seems to last a tiny bit longer. I cannot really explain why but I believe it might have something to do with the application method.
I usually like to use a stippling brush but with the Teardrop Blender the application seems to be easier and it does blend right away, without me needing to stipple and blend in by working the foundation into my skin like I usually do with a stippling brush.
Another collateral benefit is, since it’s a sponge and I have to wet it before I use it, it makes me want to wash it every day. Which I do not do with my foundation brushes that I usually wash every 3 or 4 uses.
Avon Precision Grip Teardrop Blender VS BeautyBlender or 6.99$ vs 26.00$
The shape is different: the BeautyBlender is actually the one shaped like a teardrop but they both have a wide, rounded area for overall face coverage and a pointed end for hard-to-reach or delicate areas, such as under eyes or near nose and mouth. The Avon Teardrop Blender also has a grip that allows you to hold on to it easily. From the information I have been able to gather online they are both made of Polyurethane. So really it doesn’t seem like there is much difference to these two sponges.
If you’re wondering whether you should get the “original” BeautyBlender or the Avon dupe, here’s something that should help you. Wayne Goss is one of my favorite Youtube Make Up Artists. I have watched most of his videos and his honest opinions make me trust him when he says that he thinks the Teadrop Blender is better than the BeautyBlender. See below…am I happy I did not spend the 30$ on the Beautyblender? You bet I am!
If you have used both sponges and have a different opinion, tell me about your experience in the comments section ;-)