Sunday, January 13, 2013

Review: Chic Cosmetics' Flawless Blender Sponge

Hello guys! I went out yesterday and when I got home I was so excited because I got a package from Chic Cosmetics Manila and its their Chic Flawless Blender Sponge.
Blender sponges have been raved by a lot of makeup artists, bloggers and Youtube gurus and I always wanted to get one but the Beauty Blender costs around 1,200 and I will not shell out that much money on one sponge. So when I saw that Chic Cosmetics Manila sells one for 280 (still cheaper than Suesh's sponge which is 550), I knew that I have to try it.

Chic Cosmetics' description: These blenders will give you that flawless finish every time! Say goodbye to ugly streaks on your foundation :)

It came in a little paper bag (which I found adorable since it has the stores logo in it) and inside is the sponge wrapped in a plastic. The sponge that I got is color purple. Here's what it looks like:
I love the way that this sponge is designed, top part is a tip and the base is flat. The tip is perfect for areas that are hard to reach like the sides of the nose, undereye area, etc and the wide base is for larger areas like the cheeks, forehead, etc.

What I did is I washed it so that I can test it out, and it doubled in size!
The sponge will not go back to its original size, but once you washed it and you soaked it with water it becomes more soft and spongy rather than its original form where it feels tough and rubbery.

UPDATE: I have not used the sponge for a week, and when I checked back yesterday I was shocked when I saw that it shrinked. I think it's smaller than the original size so I panicked and I immediately soaked it with water and poof! It's big and spongy again!
And of course, we have to test if it really does deliver. Let's start with a photo of my bare face:
See those blemishes and large pores? I started by soaking my blender sponge with cold water and squeezing the excess water (you want your sponge to be not too wet nor too damp, you want it to have some water inside so your foundation will not be sucked up). I then applied my Revlon Colorstay Whipped using the same technique as Sineady Cady did in this video, and here is the result:
Tada! It does give a flawless finish! Let's see how it compares with other ways to apply foundation:
Left: Using fingers
Middle: Using Chic Flawless Blender Sponge
Right: Using Charm Luxe Flat Top Brush

I applied the foundation with the same amount using my fingers, my synthetic brush and using this sponge. Obviously  using your fingers will not give you a flawless application. The results using the sponge and the brush is quite similar: they both give a flawless finish but the advantage of using this blender sponge than the brush is that the sponge can push the product into the skin more (especially when you have large pores like me) than using the brush. Plus, it's easier to cover up my blemishes using the sponge.

What I like about this product:
- Soft and easy to use
- Cute color (I think Chic Cosmetics sell these in 4 or 5 different colors)
- Easy to clean (I just use my facial wash to clean it. I prefer cleaning it every after use, then just wet it again before I use it)
- Very affordable for just 280

What I didn't like about this product:
- Nothing! I seriously cannot think of anything!
- UPDATE: I hope it comes with a case or something where you can store it. Currently, I'm using this pink see-through pouch.
I am totally inlove with this sponge and I will definitely use this in applying my foundation starting today. It just gives that airbursh look and it's just so easy to cover up my blemishes using this sponge. Additional tip: you can use the base to apply your setting powder!

I still cannot comment about the durability of this sponge, but I feel that I will use this for a long time and it will be a staple in my makeup routine. You can get yours through Chic Cosmetic Manila's Multiply page.

Note: This is not a sponsored blog. No one asked me to write this. Also, everything written on this post is my honest opinion.

I am currently working on 2 more posts and hopefully I can upload them as soon as possible. Anyway, thank you for reading. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or you can message me through Facebook

-- Maica :)

2 comments:

  1. http://versuslaser.comAugust 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I enjoyed reading your articles.

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    1. maicafrancesAugust 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Thanks dear! :)

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