Yes, so I got myself another H&M Makeup Precision Sponge. Quite a while ago I got the white one and have really been enjoying using that so I thought that a black one would be a good addition especially as it would look stained less than anything that is white coloured.
This H&M precision sponge is smaller and less bulky than the white counterpart. It also feels a little bit more stiff even after expanding once soaked with water. After trying to use it for a foundation application I realised that I much prefer this for blending out concealer, highlight and contour much more. Because it is thinner it fits in well into all the crevices and face lines where you need to be more precise.
Again, for the price of few quid you can’t complain about this makeup sponge. H&M you really know your game!
Guys, if you are like me and always struggle to do any sort of face sculpting then you must hear about my now holy grail product that helps you contour with limited effort required. When EcoTools Face & Body Sculpting Brush has entered my beauty life it changed a lot for me.
I’ve talked about EcoTools in previous posts (like this one here, here and here). It’s an American brand that produces cruelty free synthetic brushes with handles made out of bamboo wood. Not only the brushes are consciously made but they are also pretty affordable. The price range here matches Real Techiniques pricing and easily compare on quality as well. I own quite a few EcoTools brushes and they are one of my favourite brands to shop when looking for make up tools.
Due to my love for the brand when I spotted this Face & Body Sculpting Brush (which reminded me of the more expensive counterpart on the market that is Becca The One Perfecting Brush) I straight away had it in my hands and headed to the checkout counter. I got mine in TKMaxx for under a fiver which is pretty much a bargain. Now I have never used Becca Perfecting Brush therefore I cannot compare the two apart from that they look similarly shaped and I thought that it’s as close as I can get without splashing out some serious money.
EcoTools Face & Body Sculpting Brush is fairly dense but soft at the same time giving the flexibility to blend out product to perfection. I only use it with powders but it makes the application of them a different game. I dip only one of the pointed edges into a contour powder (the long line of the brush) and use that edge to apply the product where I need it over the face, under the chin and whatever is left on the neck. Then I turn the brush onto it’s flat surface (the top of the brush) and blend all of the contour product. This way I get bronzer/contour in all the right places as a fine line and then it gets seamlessly blended out so that I never have too much contour/bronzer on the face but I can still see subtle effects of the cheekbones which I naturally don’t have. I’ve seen some people who use two different brushes for application and blending – this brush allows you to only use one item for both options. I’ve also always struggled to apply a thin line of contour powder as I have small face and small amount of cheek bones and using the thin edge makes sure that I get a small line which blended out makes a very natural effect on the face.
Since I got the Sculpting Brush I have not used anything else and as I have had it for a few months now I have realised that I don’t think I will use anything else any time soon. Sure, you could complain that the different shape of the brush means that it does not fit in with the rest of your brushes, especially if you are storing them in some kind of pots and yes, it’s not as thin as the Becca brush looks to be but I think that if you use it in the right way then all of these bits can be forgotten.
Basically, if you want to do some easy natural contour without spending too much money on your tools then I cannot recommend EcoTools Face & Body Sculpting Brush more highly enough. It has changed my bronzing/contouring and I no longer feel like I cannot “fake” cheekbones without looking like I have sadly attempted a drag queen look.
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I have been trying to find cheap & affordable foundations for myself since I started wearing them. I am yet to share with you my most favourite one but today I wanted to talk about a foundation duo which I have been using in the past recent days.
Revlon Colourstay 24h Foundation for Oily/Combination skin got purchased on one of those Boots trips where you were meant to buy one thing and walked out with everything else but the thing you originally was settled to buy. I’ve heard a few people on Youtube mentioning it here and there as well as I saw quite a lot of it on Instagram when London Fashion week was on. So I grabbed it thinking that it was time to give it a go.
The first time I’ve tried this foundation I applied it with a normal buffing brush. My first try left me feeling like I have wasted my money and that I should have stuck with the foundations I knew worked for me better. Though I have an oily t-zone I don’t want to have a very thick foundation on, you know the ones where you can tell that you’ve really been going for a heavy duty thing on your face? Well that is what I go with this one. I do have a lot to cover up (rosacea for one) but I don’t want to feel the foundation sitting on my skin or looking quite thick. I think that for girls with problematic skin it’s very important to try and look as natural as possible because we already have to put so much more on to cover up.
One day I remembered that I have Real Techniques Miracle Sponge (the so called Beauty Blender dupe) in my stash which I have forgotten about. My favourite base can’t be applied with it so I though I will give it a go and use it with the Revlon Colourstay foundation. In my head it was the last chance for foundation and maybe even the sponge.
Oh and behold! I was stunned by what these two achieved for me. The Real Techniques Sponge does share out foundations but with the thick ones such as the Revlon one is it provides the most amazing coverage. The sponge has to be damp so using it for application especially in the morning is very refreshing, you don’t feel the foundation but it gets blended seamlessly. The foundation itself provides really good coverage but it no longer looks heavy on the face and looks very natural. It really looks like your skin, you no longer see any powderness on your face, any streaks where it failed to blend out and you look like you just glow from within. (A very good glow for an oily girl.)
The foundation I’ve got is in colour Medium Beige which I wish would be a bit more on a yellow side. (It’s not pink in undertone but I do feel like it’s not yellow enough at least for me). However, teamed with the sponge it does work very nicely and I no longer think about getting rid of it. I found a perfect team where both products compliment each other.
Have you guys tried any of them? Would you have any suggestions on which foundations to try next? Would you try the combo?