Friends, lend me your ears!
I know, I’m dramatic sometimes. But some things just require a bit of uumph, for emphasis.
Before I get into the possibility of having found a perfectly usable, although imperfect, BeautyBlender dupe, let me set you up with a little bit of background…
I’ve always been responsible. That’s what people say about me, they’ve said it for years. It’s a point of pride more than it’s something I consider a flaw. That said, the balance that stares back at me when I go to check my savings account is…sobering. Am I disappointed? Greatly. Do I know I’ve done my best? Absolutely. Doesn’t change the way my breath catches when I stare at that balance though.
Because of this, I told myself I’d be more diligent about finding beauty products that performed well but didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. The first product that I needed to replenish after having said this to myself? My beloved BeautyBlender. Of course it was. I sucked my teeth a bit when I realized what I had promised and what it now meant that it was time to re-up on a sponge. But, I stuck to my word and I went on a drugstore hunt (which let’s be honest, these days is a lot of fun!)
So, about this potential dupe…
It looks the same. Here it is in it’s package:
Basically the same color, same shape. Fine. Great.
Here’s what it looks like after one full use:
Let’s talk about some major differences you might notice if you’re used to using the BeautyBlender on a regular basis.
First, the price. Whoa my goodness, the price! BeautyBlender’s can run $20 a pop, this drugstore dupe cashed in at $4.99. My debit card hit the Milly Rock at checkout. Ha! The bonus here is that if you’re a Gold Member w/ Rite Aid’s loyalty program, then you can take an additional 20% off of that $4.99 retail price, which makes it $3.99! SCORE.
Weirdest of all things: it’s heavier than the BeautyBlender. Yes, I know–that’s odd. But it is. Especially at what feels like is its core. I’m not sure why this is, but it’s something noticeable so I’m mentioning it. You get used to it after a few minutes so we keep moving…
The application was BEAUTIFUL! I was very impressed with how smoothly my foundation went on and blended out. But, there were a few spots where application was patchy because of small rashes or spots where my skin was extra dry (even though I heavily moisturized last night, UGH). So I built the coverage up a bit to handle that which would probably be what I’d do with a BeautyBlender as well.
The other difference that confused me at first, was that the directions don’t include wetting the sponge before use. It does say to wash after each use though. Personally, I don’t like dry sponges. I chose to wet this sponge. It was fine. We’ll see how it holds up in the long run (a month hopefully with daily washes, but we’ll see).
Bottom line: is it worth a try? For the price, yes. Do I miss the BeautyBlender? Kind of. If you can afford it and it truly is a bright spot in your beauty routine, then treat yourself. But if you’re like me and looking for ways to cut back without causing any real sadness or feelings of deprivation that alter your outlook on your daily living, then run to Rite Aid. And make sure you use your loyalty card if you have one!
Disclaimer: This post was NOT sponsored by Rite Aid. All opinions and remarks are my own, based on my honest thoughts and opinions.
What do you guys think? Will you be trying this BB dupe?
What other under-the-radar drugstore dupes have you found? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time. xo-Layla