Chances are you didn’t wear a ton of makeup during quarantine, but now that things are really starting to open up and return to “normal,” you’ll have more occasions to break out the foundation, contour palettes and experiment with fun makeup looks. If you’re a bit out of practice when it comes to applying, there’s only one item you really need in your beauty arsenal — a Beauty Blender.
The original Beauty Blender is beloved by professional makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts alike for its ability to apply makeup easily and effectively. The small, teardrop-shaped sponge works by getting it wet, squeezing out any excess so it’s damp, and tapping makeup into the skin for a pore-less, flawless finish.
We’re not gonna lie: This magic makeup tool isn’t cheap. But if the thought of shelling out more than $20 for a makeup sponge makes your mascara run, hear us out.
Unlike the cheaper makeup sponges you might find at the drugstore, the Beauty Blender is made with an exclusive aqua-activated material that’s meant to absorb water, not your foundation. So you’re wasting less product and getting a soft, smooth application with an airbrush-like finish every time. The shape also allows you to buff out big areas with the bottom and precisely apply to the inner eye corners and under the nose with the tip at the top.
It’s also worth noting that the Beauty Blender is very durable, so if you’re washing it after every use (like you’re supposed to) it won’t fall apart after a few uses like regular makeup sponges. So in theory, you’re saving money by investing in a sponge that’s gonna last longer, rather than replacing cheaper ones every few uses.
Believe it or not, this little wonder is a 12-time Allure Best of Beauty award winner and the number-one selling makeup sponge in the world. I actually have one of these babies at home and it’s perfect for when I’m applying any concealer or contouring. It never leaves any creases or cakeyness in my undereye concealer and leaves me with a soft finish if I’m doing a cheek contour. It’s also super soft and doesn’t irritate my skin like some sponges and brushes can if I’m using a heavy hand
So basically, an investment in a Beauty Blender is an investment in the time you spend putting on makeup, the overall quality of your finished look, fewer wasted drops of your precious concealer, foundation and contour creams and not having to replace it as frequently.
As luck would have it, HSN currently has a few Beauty Blender products on sale. These are our favorite finds:
This set comes with a special-edition Amethyst Beauty Blender sponge, a solid Blender Cleanser and a shatterproof, Blender Defender case. The perfect starter kit if you’re new to Beauty Blenders or just need a nifty travel case for makeup on the go.
“This is a great product! My foundation looks a million times better when using the Beauty Blender vs a brush,” one reviewer says. “Also, thank you for including a storage case. Not having that option before was a deal breaker for me because it just wasn’t hygienic to have the sponge in the plastic container it came in.”
Not only does this set include the classic pink Beauty Blender, it comes with the cult-favorite concealer made by the experts themselves. It’s a full-coverage concealer that covers, contours and highlights while brightening the skin’s appearance. It’s available in 39 unique shades to match your skin tone perfectly.
“The beauty blender is a must-have addition to your tools used for a flawless complexion,” one reviewer shared. “The concealer goes on smoothly, evens out nicely with the dampened Beauty Blender. I watched several online videos about the various uses of a Beauty Blender. I was hesitant to use it to apply loose setting powder. I encourage novices or seasoned MUA [that’s “makeup artists” to you greenhorns] to watch beauty-tip videos as a refresher to stay current.”
This special-edition 6-piece set includes two Beauty Blender makeup sponges, two cleansers, a shatter-proof case and jelly bag for storage.