The beauty world is ever-changing with new fads and trends emerging on the market constantly. A couple of blog reviews and a product is gone viral overnight. I’m not always one to follow trends and there are some that I am slower to follow so I’ll admit, when beauty critics and bloggers started applying makeup with – what can only be described as – slightly redesigned “chicken fillets”, I was highly sceptical and the first to say “I won’t be trying that one”. But of course, I have succumbed once again to a new beauty trend…all in the name of research!
I was having a wander around Penneys this weekend – another “I’m not buying anything this time, only looking” trip to Penneys (of course I bought loads) – when I saw mountains upon mountains of packets of silicone makeup applicators in their beauty department. I looked at them and kept walking. It was only on my second lap of the store that I decided I’d pick up a packet to try out, sure they were only €2. I was sure I’d hate them but worth a try, and I always feel compelled to try out these things for all you lovely readers.
So I tried them today for the first time and… I LOVE them. I have a strong feeling these will be my new makeup obsession. I was converted to Beautyblender makeup sponges (the original Beautyblender) about a year and a half ago and I rarely use anything else to apply my makeup. These silicone sponges are definitely going to be a strong contender to compete with this. I like them for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they use way less product. This is kind of obvious but a huge pro. The silicone material doesn’t absorb any makeup at all, unlike brushes or sponges. I used my silicone sponge to apply my make up today, using Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation. I put out the same amount as I normally would on the back of my hand and I didn’t need half of it. So already, this is a huge plus, especially if you find yourself constantly running out of foundation.
One of the things I was most sceptical about in relation to these applicators was the finish they would give. I love how flawless your skin looks when you use a Beautyblender as the product really sinks into your skin and I was doubtful the silicone would provide a nice finish but it really does. Using circular dabbing motions to apply, my skin looks super flawless and smooth if I do say so myself, and a very even, blended finish is achievable in just a minute or two. Great if, like me running out to work in the morning, you don’t have much time to perfect your face. And the third thing I love about these sponges, from initial use, is the practicality of cleaning them. I’m very lazy when it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, I hate to say. Even after forking out €70 on a StylePro before Christmas, I still dread cleaning brushes. It’s a real task that takes time and often goes to the end of my to-do list. The silicone can easily be cleaned with just warm water and some soap, or other brush cleaner, meaning a quick clean after each use is something I WILL be doing!
All in all, I’m a big fan of these silicone bad boys already. And hey, they can always double up as padding for your bra if you find yourself in a pickle! The Vichy Dermablend foundation I used these sponges with today is quite thick in consistency, a cream-like foundation (fab, and great for problematic skin) so I will be trying them again in the coming days with different foundations to see how well they work with lighter fluid foundations.
The finished product (no filter added!)