Barely Prep, Blot and Blend Sponge
Beauty sponges have become extremely popular within the last two years and every brand is bringing out their own interpretation of the beauty sponge but until now the only two brands’ sponges I’ve liked have been the original Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Barely cosmetics are a new beauty brand, with their main ambition being that they want to modernise makeup application and by doing so they’ve launched a range of sponges to aid application all the way from skincare to eye makeup. I have the Barely Prep, Blot and Blend Sponge from the range which is a latex free, non-allergenic and odour free so it’s ideal for those with sensitive skin.
The Barely Prep, Blot and Blend Sponge has an ovoid shape with no edges so you can stipple product onto the face without lines or streaks left behind, and the sponge can be used to apply makeup remover, skincare and primer. I use my existing makeup sponges for applying my makeup, but I do sometimes use them to apply my makeup primer but I’ve never used one to apply my skincare before so I was a little skeptical at first as it felt a little unnecessary.
The sponge itself is lovely and soft, and Barely recommend always using it damp to minimise wasteful product absorption with upto 60% of product being wasted and soaked into a dry sponge, and by being damp it allows product to be spread over a bigger surface area.
I first used the damp sponge to apply my serum and I was pretty surprised by how much further the serum went as usually I’d have to do two to three generous pumps, but with this sponge it took just over one pump. I put it down to a fluke so I tried it again in the evening to apply both my moisturiser and then my serum and again it reduced how much product I needed which I never expected.
Barely Prep, Blot and Blend Sponge £6
Admittedly I assumed this sponge was an unnecessary step as I’ve always applied my skincare with my hands and never felt the need to use anything else, but I can’t believe how effective this little sponge is with moisturiser, serum and eye cream. I tried applying my serum with a cheap beauty blender type sponge which I got from eBay for nail art and it didn’t make any difference so I really do think it might be down to this particular sponge and it’s been a real revelation and I like how much more hygienic it is for applying my skincare providing it’s washed in between uses but for me it’s worth it as it’s reducing how much product I need which will definitely save money in the long run.
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