Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Guest Post: Foundation Brush vs. Sponge


Hi fans of Beyond Blush! I'm Julie from Swatch and Review, and I'm so excited to be here today on Laura's blog as this month's Canadian Beauty Bloggers guest!

The theme this time around is tools, and since my daily routine always starts with the perfect foundation I decided to share with you the two foundation tools I use the most.


When I want sheer to light coverage, I'll use my BeautyBlender. To use, I just dampen and put a small amount of foundation on it. Then I dab, dab and blend all over my face. It's perfect to sheer out thicker foundations like BB creams too. 


This is my Hair and Makeup Addiction synthetic foundation brush. It has stiff duo fibres and helps spread my foundation on smooth, evenly in a fairly thick layer. I use this if I want medium to heavy coverage as it "paints" the foundation on.



Now you may be wondering what the difference is, so let me show you. Above is my arm before any foundation (use the big ole' mole to navigate).


Using MAC Studio Sculpt, I put a small dollop directly on the sponge and bounced it on my skin. As you can see it sheers the foundation out for if you want a natural look. This is also really good if you have dry skin since it doesn't involve any friction.


I used the same amount of MAC Studio Sculpt as I did before and applied it with the brush only. Mole completely covered.

With the warmer weather coming, I will probably put my foundation brush into hibernation for awhile as my skin isn't as irritated and doesn't need as much coverage in the summer.

What tools do you use for your foundation? Do you have any tricks or tips? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!



22 comments:

  1. Great guest post:) I like to use my knock off beauty blender, but at the moment I am using a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush to apply concealer, it looks so natural! I am trying to get my hands on a foundation brush to apply foundation because I like the coverage.

    Laila from Townhouse Palette ♥

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    1. Glad you liked the post! I had such a good time writing it. You could try the EcoTools Skin Perfecting Brush (Laura has a post on it) or the Real Techniques Foundation Brush and then use the Buffing Brush to even out!

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    2. I really like both Sigma's and Real Techniques' foundation brushes! :)

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    3. I totally use a knock off beauty blender right now too! Mine is from Quo and it's actually pretty awesome for $5 if you don't want to splurge on the Beauty Blender!

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    4. I've seen that one at Shoppers and I was curious about it! Glad to know it works well :)

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  2. I've bren meaning to try the beauty blender out for years! I like a more natural finish so I think I'd really like the sponge :)

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  3. I've never had any luck with sponges (haven't tried the RT one yet) but I am really loving the EcoTools Skin Perfecting one for both foundation, BB, and cream blush!

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    1. Glad you're liking that brush! I need to give it another chance & try it with cream blush!

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  4. I really like the Beauty Blender sponge but haven't reached for it in a while - I'm really liking the RT expert face and buffing brushes at the moment. Great post Julie! :)

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    1. I LOVE the Expert Face brush! :)

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    2. RT buffing brushes are my go-to step after foundation!

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  5. I'm always too lazy to use a brush for liquid foundations, and usually just use powder. I didn't realize brushes actually give heavier coverage vs. sponges!

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    1. Haha! Ya they definitely do (as you can see in Julie's photos!)

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  6. So when you say you dampen the beauty blender... Do you actually add water to it, or are you just dampening it with the product?

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    1. Ya actually dampen it with water! The sponge becomes more squishy and fluffy! :)

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  7. I rarely wear foundation, but since I own both a beauty blender and foundation brush, it's nice to see the difference they make.

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    1. Ya it's always nice to know that you can achieve a different look just by the tools that you use! :)

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  8. Great information here, I always wonder about the beauty blender whenever I see it at Sephora.

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    1. Julie definitely has me curious about it now too! :)

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  9. I have actually never used a sponge or brush to apply my foundation or BB cream, but I do have one of each to try so I'm curious to see how they will work out!

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Laura