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Battle of the BeautyBlenders: How does Sephora Brand Compare?

How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the Beauty Blender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge?

How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the BeautyBlender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge?

In my last “battle of the makeup sponges” post comparing the BeautyBlender to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, I declared the less expensive Real Techniques sponge a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender. I was already a huge fan of the Beautyblender; the latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply my MUFE HD Foundation.

The thing about washable, reusable sponges that I find a bit annoying is the washing them part. Its a bit of a pain to rinse all of the cleanser out and I also microwave them regularly for 30 seconds to keep them germ- free (which actually works BTW). I’ve enjoyed having both the BeautyBlender and the Real Techniques so when one is dirty, I can use the other.

So when I saw the Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set for $12 CAD as a Black Friday deal, I thought – I need more sponges! Although these minis aren’t available on the Sephora site anymore, Sephora does have a regular sized Precision sponge. But do these cute little sponges perform as well as the original BeautyBlender?

Here’s what I felt was similar:

  • Both are latex-free!
  • Similar material: The Sephora Precision sponges are almost as soft and neither soak up much product.
  • Both blend liquid foundation into my skin perfectly. The Sephora sponges did just as good a job as the Beautyblender.

Some differences I DIDN’T like as much:

  • Size. The Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set is, as advertised, “mini” so it took a little bit longer to blend my entire face than it did with the larger BeautyBlender. However, the regular sized Sephora Precision sponge looks to be a comparable size (and shape) to the BeautyBlender.
  • Poofiness. The Sephora sponges don’t poof up as much and increase in size as much when you wet them. They seem a bit denser. I find they feel a tiny bit less soft against the skin because of this.
  • Packaging: The Beautyblender comes with it’s own little plastic “house” you can dry it on and store it in. Like the Real Techniques sponge, the Sephora sponges did not.

I think the Sephora sponges are a good dupe and apply liquid foundation just as well as the BeautyBlender. But consider the prices:

BeautyBlender: $26 CAD
Real Techniques: $9.99 CAD
Sephora Precision Sponge (regular size): $18 CAD

If the choice was between Sephora and Real Techniques, I would go with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge hands down!

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Battle of the Makeup Sponges: Real Techniques VS Beautyblender

The Beauty Blender VS the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Beautyblender (left) VS the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (right)

I am already a huge fan of the Beautyblender. The latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply liquid foundation. The only downside is that it costs $26 CAD. Although my first one did last about 4-5 months before needing replacing.

The Real Techniques tools were on sale at my Lawtons, so I thought I would try out the decidedly less expensive Miracle Complexion Sponge. Normally $9.99 CAD, I got it for only $7.99. Either way that’s much less than the Beautyblender. But how does it compare to the original?

After using it for over a week, here’s what I felt was similar:

  • Both are latex-free!
  • Similar material: The Real Techniques is made from polyurethane foam. The Beautyblender doesn’t say what it’s made of specifically, but the two sponges feel extremely similar and I think they are made of the same material. Both are very soft and neither soak up much product. With my eyes closed, I don’t think I could tell one from the other by touching them (except for the shape).
  • Both blend liquid foundation into my skin perfectly. I felt the Real Techniques did just as good a job as the Beautyblender.

The one difference I really LIKED:

  • Shape. I really enjoyed the flat side of the Real Techniques sponge.

Some differences I DIDN’T like as much:

  • Size. The Real Techniques sponge is bigger. I found it slightly more difficult to use around my nose, under my eyes, etc., but this wasn’t too big a deal.
  • Cleaning. The Real Techniques sponge is a bit more more difficult to wash. Not sure why that is.
  • Drying time: The Real Techniques sponge doesn’t seem to dry as quickly as the Beautyblender does.
  • Packaging: The Beautyblender comes with it’s own little plastic “house” you can dry it on and store it in. I don’t have anyplace to put the Real Techniques sponge.

I think the shape and size difference will come down to personal preference; Some people might prefer a bigger sponge, and some people might prefer the Beautyblender’s egg shape instead of the flat side of the Real Techniques sponge. Overall I thought the Real Techniques worked just as well as the Beautyblender in applying my foundation smoothly, evenly and streak-free. If you aren’t interested in paying the extra $12+ dollars, I think the Real Techniques is a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender.

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Microwaving Your Beauty Blender: Does it Really Work?

Can microwaving your Beauty Blender for 30 seconds really kill germs?

Can microwaving your Beauty Blender for 30 seconds really kill germs?

When I saw GlamLifeGuru Tati’s YouTube video on How to Clean a Beauty Blender, where she talks about microwaving your beloved makeup sponge in order to kill bacteria that may be living in it, I immediately wondered if there was scientific proof behind this tip. I wash my Beauty Blender with anti-bacterial soap after each use, but I would always wonder if it was *really* clean. Could 30 seconds of microwaving actually kill germs that I  wouldn’t be patting onto my face? Fingers crossed, I decided to do some Nerdy Librarian Girl research to see if this myth would be confirmed or busted.

I found a 2006 study in the Journal of Environmental Health, “Microbial Inactivation by Microwave Radiation in the Home Environment” by Park, Bitton & Melker, that totally CONFIRMED this theory! The study looked at the survival of microorganisms on kitchen sponges after being “zapped” in a typical microwave oven and found that the total bacterial count was reduced by more that 99 percent within 1 to 2 minutes.

However, the most common bacteria (coliform and E. coli) were totally inactivated after only 30 seconds. What required longer microwaving to irradiate were Bacterial phage MS2 which is found in soil, the intestines of animals, and sea water, and Bacillus cereus which is found in various foods. Neither are likely to be lurking in your Beauty Blender to begin with one would hope.

So microwaving your Beauty Blender sponge for 30 seconds really will kill germs! Great news for us slightly germaphobic types. It’s really important to make sure your Beauty Blender is WET while microwaving it. Dry sponges can catch on fire in a microwave – yikes! I wash mine first to remove makeup, and then place it in a small glass bowl filled with water. CAUTION: Your Beauty Blender will be super hot, way hotter than you think, after just 30 seconds! So wait for it to cool or squeeze it out in a towel so you don’t scald yourself. Best of all, microwaving doesn’t hurt your Beauty Blender at all.

Yay science! 🙂

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

 

Reference:
Park, D., Billon, G., & Melker, R. (2006). Microbial inactivation by microwave radiation in the home environment. Journal of Environmental Health, 69(5), 17-24.

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New Foundation Routine

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Beautyblender, MAKE UP  FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation, Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Beautyblender, MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation, Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray

Still on a quest to find a new wintertime foundation routine, I am currently trying out these four products: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (I bought the “travel size”), the Beautyblender sponge, MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 110 “Pink Porcelain”, and Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray.

I received a Sephora sample of the Hourglass primer and absolutely loved it, and I’m not usually a big fan of primers. I generally find them too drying for my skin or they don’t seem to really do anything. Of course, the thing you like is inevitably one of the most expensive :P. I held out until I noticed that it does come in a smaller, more affordable size. The 0.33 ounce “travel size” is $21.00 CND. It really makes my skin feel super soft and smooth and works great with my Bareminerals powder foundation probably because they are both mineral-based.

The Hourglass primer doesn’t seem to get on as well with the MUF HD Invisible Cover foundation. I checked the Sephora site and sure enough the Hourglass primer is “water-resistant” and the MUF foundation is water-based. I love them both individually but they don’t seem to work well together.

I was impressed with the shade range of the MUF HD foundation (24 shades). The lightest, 110 “Pink Porcelain” is a really good match and does not seem to oxidize and darken or shift throughout the day. It seems sheer and natural but also manages to provide medium coverage. So far it’s getting along with my skin. I think it’s the best liquid foundation I have used. I should do a post on my liquid foundation “graveyard”. So many fails.

I finally am trying out the Beautyblender. I may be the last person to have bought one. I never use sponges normally because I am allergic to latex (Beautyblender is happily latex-free). Although I find washing it and squeezing the water out a bit more of a pain than washing brushes, I am liking the way it applies foundation. The Sephora site says they “can last up to three to four months if cared for properly”, and you can even mail it to Pennsylvania if you are a dedicated recycler.

My absolute favourite thing I am using right now is the UD All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray. I also discovered this by receiving a Sephora sample (I think it may have been a “deluxe” sample). This setting spray really works! I have previously used the MAC Fix+ and while I like it for other qualities and purposes, I don’t think it extends the wear of your make-up like the UD All Nighter spray. I feel like my make-up would literally stay on looking the same forever.

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