When it was first released The Original Beauty Blender caused quite the the stir on the beauty scene. Developed by celebrity makeup artist Rea Ann Silva It revolutionised the way many of us beauty fans applied our makeup.
Priced at £16 it definitely falls into the investment purchase bracket. That will be why everyone and their mama has since launched their own budget ‘dupes’.
In the interest of research I decided to test out some of these ‘dupes’ and see how they compare to the Original.
I’ve always loved splurge, spend or steal posts so thought heck, lets base my comparison around this format.
Well…. Can a cheaper Beauty Blender hold its own against the Original?
Packaging and Appearance
When comparing to the original it is very easy to spot the dupes. Packaging is very basic. Once outside of their packaging though they are all very similar but with some variation on shape.
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The Original Beauty Blender retails for £16 from Beauty Bay.
Avon’s offering, the precision makeup sponge, retails from between £3.50 & £6.50 depending on their current offers.
Primarks 2 pack of blender sponges retails for a mere £1.50
The original beauty blender is latex free and so is Avon’s sponge. Avon’s website describes it has a latex free PU sponge. Primarks sponge contains latex, so not good if you have an allergy.
Avon’s offering is closest in feel and texture to the original. Something about it is off though, it just doesn’t feel as smooth.
Primarks version feels very dense in comparison and doesn’t feel anywhere near as nice as the original.
Reaction to Water
If you are familiar with the original beauty blender you will know that when it is held under water it absorbs the water and expands.
Avon’s blender does exactly this. In fact it grew a fraction bigger than the original. Primark blender doesn’t expand at all.
To try to keep a fair test I used the same primer and foundation with each blender. This was Smashbox photo finish primer and Loreal Infallible foundation. I also tried to stick to just using 3 pumps of foundation.
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The original blender by far gives the best and most even coverage. I feel my foundation looks very natural a flawless in this picture.
Avon’s blender absorbed more foundation than the original so gave a less even coverage. It also makes an odd hollow sound when you tap it against you face. This im guessing is because the sponges fibres are less compacted and smooth and would be why it absorbs more foundation.
Primarks blender I found quite hard and uncomfortable on the skin. I had to work much harder with it as it seemed to move the foundation around my face rather than blend it in. This is especially noticeable around my eyes.
Ease of cleaning
All three blenders actually performed fairly equal in terms of getting them clean. They have all stained a small amount.
My Verdict – You get what you pay for!
Primark’s offering as far as I’m concerned is a complete dud. I don’t like it. It doesn’t perform the same as the Original and actually felt a bit uncomfortable to use. As far as I’m concerned this is being passed onto the kids as a painting sponge!
I was plesenty surprised by how well the Avon sponge performed. If you have never tried the Original Beauty Blender because perhaps you feel that £16 for the original is too expensive then this is a very good dupe.
If you like the original beauty blender and want to save you self a good £10 then Avon’s sponge is definitely a good buy. I don’t think you would be disappointed.
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