Sometimes there are things in the beauty world that haunts us forever. Take the Beauty Blender for example, it’s one of the beauty tools to really revolutionalize the way people looked at foundation, causing a new wave of excitement that hasn’t been seen probably since the invention of latex sponges. While I’m a big fan of beauty gadgets, this one went a little high over my head and so I decided to experiment with something a little lower budget first. Say hello to the Marshmallow Puff from the cheeky Korean makeup brand Too Cool for School.
Too Cool for SchoolProduct:
6cm tall (dry)Price:
Korean Depart onlineWould I repurchase:
Not with a 10ft pole.Website: www.toocoolforschool.com
Let’s get straight to the point, there has been many Beauty Blender-esque products released on the market and until I try the real deal, they all seem very similar to me both in concept and function so I’m assuming I’m not missing much by starting off with a cheaper puff.
This little tool came in a well packaged plastic container with a pop off lid. Instead of the usual round tear drop shape, we have a gourd-like curved design which I find makes it easier to grip in the center.
Aesthetically in intriguing? Check that!
Following the instructions of most blender puff tools, I wet this under some water to see how much it changed. When dry the foam was quite dense and had a decent firmness to it, it also stood at around 6cm like you see it on the left side of my photo. After a few moments in water, the body swelled up dramatically, gaining a more squeezable texture and expanding to around 7cm in height.
I played with this in several ways over the weeks and while it may look straightforward, I found that not all products worked the same way with this little puff. Very fluid products were absorbed too quickly and I could hardly get anything to blend onto my skin. Slightly creamier foundations with higher viscosity or even cream foundations were much better partners, sitting near the surface of the sponge and transferred smoothly during application .
Compared to using more traditional sponge wedges, I found this to give slightly better adhesion and was able to spread the product in thin even layers, allowing customized coverage over different areas of the face depending on how many layers you add. But this is about where the fun ends.
The “bouncing” motion that is recommended did not feel nice on my face and I felt like I had to press rather hard in order to get my base to apply evenly, even though it was soft to squeeze in my hands it wasn’t so soft on my skin. After a few seconds of bouncing, I was no longer amused and found it a bit of a drag as it actually took longer to apply my base this way than with my favourite foundation brush. Unfortunately washing this puff was also difficult as the thickness made it hard to thoroughly remove all the foundation build up. There was no easy way to swirl or scrub so the only thing left to do was to squeeze it until the water ran clear and by that time my fingers were not happy at all. To add to this conundrum, I had nicked the rounded bottom during washing and caused a small tear in the puff.
I think I am just so done with this puff. Normally, I’d have some redeeming things to say about a product as we all have different tastes and needs. However, I am at loss for words because with the exception of this making foundation apply with better adhesion, it is just too much work for no miracles. I have a feeling that the real beauty blender may be a tad softer and possibly cover more surface area per “bounce” but as a whole I don’t think I’m missing out on my much at all.
Enlighten me beauty readers!
Do you own the Beauty Blender or have tried similar puffs?