I have been wanting to get my hands on the much coveted Beauty Blender, but I'm not quite ready to drop $20 for a sponge. No matter how supposedly good it is. I know that there are a lot of dupes out there but the one I chose to buy was the Too Cool For School Marshmallow Puff (Php279). For the price, it isn't something that I would regret if it doesn't work the way I want it to.
(L-R): Right out of the box, damp
The Beauty Blender is shaped like an egg whilst the Marshmallow Puff kind of reminds me of a bottle... of a sort. It feels really firm and quite dense (it expands just the tiniest bit after you wet it), so I was worried that it would just eat up my foundation rather than distribute it properly on my face, but I was wrong.
So, how exactly do you use the Marshmallow Puff? First of all, make sure that it's damp - damp, not wet so squeeze the excess water. Put the foundation on the base of the sponge (though I prefer putting the foundation on my face directly), then with a bouncing motion, let it slide all throughout your face until everything's perfectly blended. Use the pointed tip of the sponge on the area where it's more difficult to blend the foundation (under your eyes, around your nose, etc). Do two layers if you want extra coverage.
(L-R): Nothing on (lolol at my face, sorry I had to stretch it to fit); 1 layer of foundation
(L-R): 1 layer of foundation, 2 layers
I tried using it to apply two different kinds of foundation: the Revlon Nearly Naked (thin consistency) and the Revlon Whipped Foundation (thicker consistency with fuller coverage). The Nearly Naked gives me a natural finish by itself, but putting it on with the use of the Marshmallow Puff make it feel like I'm putting on a tinted moisturizer. It looks so much more like skin. And remember how the Nearly Naked Medium Beige doesn't match me perfectly? Well, surprisingly, it matches me well if I use this sponge!
The Revlon Whipped Foundation is a really hard foundation to blend properly. It's thicker than what I'm used to, and it's the most full coverage foundation I've tried. With the help of the Marshmallow Puff, it sheered out the Revlon Whipped, and helped it look more natural. The sponge made blending the foundation so much easier and quicker, too!
I like using this sponge a lot, but am I ready to ditch my beloved Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to rely solely on the Marshmallow Puff? I don't think so.... at least for right now. It would be lovely to take this for travel, though. At least I won't have to worry about ruining the bristles of the brush if I store it, riiiiight?
Overall, I'm really happy about this buy! I haven't used it much, but so far it hasn't deteriorated at all. I don't think I'll be splurging for a Beauty Blender any time soon! With the price and the quality, I'm sure you won't be disappointed by it, as well! :)
Have you tried using a sponge to apply your base? :)