After reviewing a couple of skin care products, I thought I will share something more interesting – a makeup tool. By now, everyone and their aunt knows about the Beauty Blender. I jumped the gun pretty late and recently bought one because I was so happy using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (reviewed earlier). However, recently, while picking up the sponge, I came across a new release from BeautyBlender – the BeautyBlenderMicro.Mini. So, I thought I would give it a spin and let you know whether to go in for this splurge or not.
What it is:
A duo of mini sponge applicators that double in size once wet—making them easy to contour, highlight, and precisely apply makeup onto the smallest parts of the face. This makeup blender lets you perfect makeup application in the inner eye corners, brow bones, sides of nose, cheeks, and more. Designed with exclusive beautyblender® material and one fourth the size of the original sponge, these non-disposable micro.mini sponges are the perfect tool for concealing small areas. Simply wet them so that they increase in size so that you can highlight and contour your face and ensure less makeup waste. This product is an Allure Best of Beauty winner. These two micro.mini sponges feature an open cell structure that fills with a small amounts of water when wet. This allows the sponge to be “full” so that the product sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed, allowing you to use less product every time. When wet, beautyblender doubles in size and becomes even softer, returning to its original size once it air dries.
$17.95. A single Beauty Blender costs $19.95 each.
It comes packaged in a cylindrical transparent plasticbox – just like the Original Beauty Blender. It has a small plastic holder with cuts – in which the 2 sponges rest.
My Experience with Beauty Blender Micro.Mini:
Neon green, squishy, tear-dropped and just slightly bigger than an almond – this one is a fairly expensive treat! Thankfully, it does increase in size a little, when wet – so gets a tad bit easier to hold.
Why was this created? This was created to reach all the nook and crannies which the beauty blender isn’t able to reach effectively and for highlighting and contouring. So it’s supposed to be used to apply concealer around the hard to reach eye area, the zits (without creating a big splotch on them), detailing of the face with highlighters or bronzers.
Is it not possible to do the above-mentioned jobs with the Beauty Blender? Honestly, I had no complaints with the Beauty Blender, I was able to do the foundation, concealer, setting powder, blush and highlighter – all with the same sponge.
So, do you really need the BeautyBlenderMicro.Mini?Yes! While the Beautyblender was able to do most of the jobs including a flawless finish to the skin, concealing, highlighting and sculpting; the BeautyBlenderMicro.Mini takes it to a whole new level. The corrector and concealer application becomes much more precise and extremely easy. While you could highlight the cheeks very well with the Beauty Blender, the Micro.Mini makes it possible to highlight even the inner corners of the eye precisely, the brow bone, the cupid’s bow. I have tried powder, liquid and cream highlighters – all seem to work very well with it.
Similarly for sculpting, the Beauty Blender allows you to sculpt the cheeks effectively and in a nicely diffused way. The Micro.Mini can also do that. Over and above, it can also do effective sculpting of the smaller areas like your nose. I find it extremely handy and useful. Between the Beauty Blender and the Micro.Mini, everything gets sorted and applied. I don’t really feel the need to use any brushes for my face makeup. I even tried applying cream eyeshadow with the Micro.Mini – it did a fairly good job.
Overall, I’m loving using sponge for makeup, which is incredible because I used to be very phobic about them being hygienic. My only grouse with the Micro.Mini is how difficult it is to clean the concealer stains from the sponge.
Pros of Beauty Blender Micro.Mini:
- Easy to use – even by a makeup beginner.
- One tool – multiple uses – excellent for travel.
- Gives absolutely beautiful, flawless application of corrector, concealer, highlighter and bronzer.
- Soft on skin.
- Gives more control over the application.
- Portability for travel.
- Convenient packaging.
Cons of Beauty Blender Micro.Mini:
- Difficult to remove concealer stains upon washing.
- Not available in India – even from the Beauty sites offering BeautyBlender.
Yes, a 4.8/5 product.
I absolutely love this little piece of sponge. It’s incredible how expensive it is, at least you are getting 2 pieces, so you are sorted for some time. But, I will definitely recommend this and buy it in future as well. The finer detailing of the face gets taken care of with this so easily. For someone who hasn’t jumped on the BeautyBlender bandwagon – do so! It’s really worth it!