Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Let's Talk Beauty Blenders - Silicone vs Real Techniques Original


At the moment there is debate over whether the new silicone blender is better than the traditional beauty blender; it's a question I am going to try and answer within this post. The most common beauty blender I know of is made by Real Techniques, however Primark and other brands make their own version too. So I thought, to save you buying one of each yourself and working out the differences, I would test the both of them out for you.

*Please note for testing I have used a shade much darker than my skin just so you can see the foundation on my hand as when I did it with the correct colour you couldn't see it in pictures.*

First I tested the traditional beauty blender by Real Techniques. I did this on my hand using just a cheap foundation I had as I am only using it for demonstration purposes. The sponge was clean and so was my hand, I made sure of this so both tests would be fair. I used a pea size amount on the blender and patted and smoothed the foundation on my hand how I would usually on my face. As you can see from the picture, a lot of the foundation was absorbed into the sponge, which means a lot of wasted product. I also found that using the Real Techniques beauty blender it made an even finish but didn't cover much of my hand at all, and had I have been trying to cover my whole face it would have used a lot of foundation, which could become pretty costly over time. This beauty blender is super soft and because of the different sides it allows you to get to those hard to reach places. Being a sponge it is very absorbent meaning you can add water which helps to blend in foundation.

Hygiene, ease of washing and cost:

I found that it took a full day to air dry and even after washing it thoroughly with the right cleanser it still looked dirty. I know this doesn't affect the use of the product, I just don't like to put something on my face that doesn't look clean. It would also be very time consuming and a pain to wash the sponge between every use to make sure it is clean and would mean that you need more than one. You can buy the beauty blender in store or online at around £5 per piece.


I then tried the silicone beauty blender that I have heard so many people praising and I actually really like it. I was a little unsure at first as it is very rubbery and has an odd texture compared with my usual blender but needed to give it a try. I used a pea sized amount of the same foundation and used the blender to try and cover my hand, I found that it the pea sized amount of foundation was more than enough to cover the whole of the top of my hand with good coverage. I think that because the silicone doesn't absorb the foundation it allows it to be spread over the hand. It works best when using a patting motion rather than a rubbing motion as you end up with lines from the silicone. Similarly to the Real Techniques beauty blender, the material is really soft on the skin and doesn't cause irritation or itchiness unlike some cheaper sponges do. One thing I don't like about using the silicone beauty blender is that it's quite difficult to blend close to the inner corner of the eye, however it could just be me with that difficulty and the shape of the blender I picked.





What I really love about the silicone blender is that you can simply wipe/ spray/ rinse clean in between every use which means it is always clean and you don't have to worry about having mixed products on your face if you are someone like me who likes to switch on a daily basis depending on the occasion. As it's so easy to clean and doesn't absorb anything it means you can dry it again and reuse pretty much instantly and you don't have to worry about it losing shape after washing and using again and again. I bought this one for £2 on Ebay as I wasn't sure if I would like it and thought i'd try out a cheaper one first as I didn't think there could be much variation from product to product.


Below I have summarised what I believe to be the pro's and con's of each product after using them myself.

Silicone Beauty Blender Pro's:

  • Easy to clean
  • Fast drying
  • Uses less product than RT blender as doesn't absorb it
  • Wastes less product (due to not absorbing it)
  • Very good coverage
  • Cost effective £2 per product
  • Product doesn't change colour or lose shape after washing
  • Comes in a variety of colours and shapes
  • Soft on the skin

Silicone Beauty Blender Con's:

  • Better to pat to apply rather than smooth over the surface as leaves lines that need buffing after
  • Can't get very close to small areas like the inner eye as doesn't have a flat edge

Real Techniques Beauty Blender Pro's:

  • Can be cleaned
  • Can add water to help blend in product
  • Different shaped edges which helps you blend the product in
  • Soft on the skin
  • Product can be applied with patting or swiping motions

Real Techniques Beauty Blender Con's:

  • Fairly pricey for a sponge at £5 each
  • Difficult to wash and make sure all the product is removed and is left stained by make up
  • Long drying time
  • Loses shape over time from washing and cleaning
  • Absorbs a lot of product when being used



Overall I really like both applicators but after testing them side by side I prefer the Silicone Beauty Blender for cost, ease of use, cleanliness and for the amount of foundation that is saved just by using that alone. I do really like the Real Techniques one as it allows you to get to those not so easy places to blend however I think for the difference in cost and the fact that it does use so much more foundation I will probably not continue to buy them once mine deteriorate. I hope that one day someone can make a silicone beauty blender in the shape of the Real Techniques one and we will have the best of both worlds.


These are all my personal opinions and you may disagree with them which is absolutely fine. I understand that everyone has a different preference on what products they prefer to use when applying make up and this post was written solely with the hope on making your choice easier.


I hope this has been helpful and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.


Happy reading!
Love Saff x

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