June 2, 2011

You NEED this: Elizabeth Arden Makeup Blender Brush Review

This morning I broke out my Elizabeth Arden Makeup Blender Brush AGAIN. We has committed relationship and is going steady nowz! No but seriously, I normally commit to no face brush aside from my Bobbi Brown Blush Brush! I have no strings, no relationships with any one facial brush simply because I prefer applying my BB Cream (foundation) with my good old fingers!

But since getting an Elizabeth Arden Makeup Blender Brush in the mail a few weeks ago, well, I’m about to put a ring on it.

I love this thing!


A Blender Brush that makes applying liquid foundation easy and fool proof.

Elizabeth Arden had it’s Ceramide Ultra Lift and Firm Makeup release recently and so the Makeup Blender Brush was a powerful tool to be released along with this foundation as it’s ideal for cream and liquid use. The brush was created with a soft sponge application on a handle, yes, yes I admit it’s a glorified sponge but…but..it has a handle, a cool beauty blender style sponge, and, and…it’s firm!

Seriously, you won’t get the same results from a mere sponge in my opinion. The sponge tip design is a point diamond dome head somewhat like the popular Beauty Blender Sponge. It’s quite firm to the touch and fits the contour of the face very easily and naturally particularly hard to reach areas like around the eyes and nose. I like using this with my Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly or a softer BB Cream. I simply apply a bit of foundation to the sponge and I bounce it off my face softly and proceed to come back around and stroke the sponge along the same area I bounced on product to smooth it out and blend my BB Cream or foundation. The effect is a soft focused, flawless canvas for makeup. It produces a really nice airbrushed effect that’s virtually impossible to screw up.

Now you may already own the Beauty Blender Sponge but I prefer the Makeup Blender Brush over it as it seems to pick up far less product. I always feel like I’m piling on product with the Beauty Blender versus Elizabeth Arden’s version which gives light, even coverage without looking mask-like or overly done. I’m partial to lighter foundation since I don’t need a ton of it and this does just the trick at giving me lightweight flawless coverage. You can see the results of the brush combined with my Holika Holika base by clicking here (see how flawless and natural my coverage is in this photo?). Of course, the brush easily builds foundation up as well if you desire more coverage but it still manages to keep things very light while concealing problem areas, pores, etc…with a simple bouncing technique! If you want to skip the bouncing method you can simply sweep the brush downward and move inward and back down for the same effect!

The sponge tip can be easily submerged in water and washed off as well! Plus the $15 price tag is alot more affordable than indulging in the Beauty Blender which in my opinion isn’t nearly as good!

No bad here! Loves it!

  • Those who apply makeup with a sponge (hey, take your sponge for an upgrade with this).
  • Those who want an airbrushed, flawless makeup canvas.
  • Those who have larger pores (this has a knack for filling problem areas easily with a few strokes).
  • Those who want lightweight yet flawless coverage (I find this applies foundation/BB Creams in a lighter way but still remains fresh and flawless).
  • Those who are heavy handed with base products (this allows a softer focus to base products without overdoing things).

  • Those who like their fingers just fine!

Count me surprised that a simple sponge with a handle could do such wonderful things! It probably seems gimmicky but it actually works amazingly well. I’m a self confessed and confirmed finger girl when it comes to foundation/BB Cream application. I like my fingers, they blend well and do the job but I think the Elizabeth Arden Makeup Blender Brush may have just turned me on to a new and better way of applying my base!

The results are flawess!

Loves it!

Muse Approved for purchase!

I feel like YOU need this!

Anyone try it?

Do share!

Available on counters and at shop.elizabetharden.com

I vote for a small version to use under my eyes with concealers! Maybe next season?

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Tracy

    I’ve been eyeing this for the longest time. Thanks for the review! Definitely picking it up!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure tracy if you pick it up do lmk whatcha think!?

  • Jess

    omg girl. you are doing things to my wallet. first bobbi brown now this! at least its only 15 bucks… i think i may need 3. LOL!

    • the Muse

      ha jess! I REALLY like this thing! It seemed stupid at first as essentially it’s just a sponge with a handle but it actually works brilliantly with liquids/creams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jess

        just picked up three. yikes! in one day you’ve convinced me to buy over 150 dollars worth of cosmetics! at least its stuff i NEEEEDDDDDD!!!! <3

  • Shoppingaholic

    And I just wish i knew how to use it. no rocket science i know .. but would lvoe to own it.

  • Cj

    Oh my god… This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!!! Do you think it would work good with Mac face and body? None of the brushes I got work very well with it, so I had to resort to using my fingers.

    Btw is that a frosted glass handle?

    • the Muse

      perfect medium for this CJ! MAC Face and Body and this=FLAWLESS! ;D Frosted handle but heavy plastic not glass ;D!

      • Cj

        Oh thank god, I’m too clumsy to have a glass handle lol, I’d end up dropping and breaking it 😛 This is so exciting ;D I’m gonna order 2 right now lol, Can’t wait to try it!!

        • the Muse

          me too cj me too! ;-D Brilliant! lmk whatcha think!??! check retailmenot.com btw see if there are any cool coupons as EA always gives away little makeup kits and stuff ;D!

        • Cj

          Hey Muse! Just wanted to give you an update on this. I’m in love. Simple as that lol. You were so right about face and body being the perfect medium for these! I ended up buying 3 lol (but I did give one to a friend lol)

          • the Muse

            hey cj! that’s brilliant! I’m happy to hear they work for you! I purchased another one too ;-D one for under my eyes!

  • Larie

    I would never have given something like this a second glance, but now I’m intrigued, haha. Thanks for the review!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure miss Larie, all about discovering the new things chica!

  • Mariko

    D’oh! I need this! Been considering getting a better foundation applicator (my MAC 190 is too streaky…no idea why, but the bristles feel really “oily” and thus are unable to apply foundation very well), have had my eyes on those MAC 187 brushes but this may be cheaper. But it’s not in the UK yet – do you know whether it’ll make its way over here? 🙂

  • elizabeth

    Ooh, I want! I’ve been using the beauty blender for awhile, and I totally agree with you about it picking up way too much foundation. I think a small version would be amazing! How is this to clean?

    • the Muse

      ugh elizabeth always feel like I have way too much product on when I use the beauty blender :-/ is it terrible that I used the beauty blender cleanser to clean this!? haha ;-D worked a treat…came nice and clean!

    • Majick

      TIP for using the Beauty Blender sponge:
      I always use it damp – run under water and squish out excess in a paper towel.
      Put your foundation on your face with your fingers by patting it around and then go back with the beauty blender to smooth things out.
      I never put foundation directly on any sponge, that’s just wasteful.

      Well, I hope I helped somewhat.

      • the Muse

        thanks majick! I def tried wet but damn still feel mask-like!

        • Majick

          hmmm, I don’t really use it to apply as much as blend things out when they look a little thick? Say if I put on my concealer but look a little dry after everything? then I take the damp blender and bounce it along and it just makes everything look better.
          I use it more for blending away excess than applying if that makes any sense.

          • the Muse

            mm I tried application with it and I always end up looking like I have a whole shiz load of makeup on Majick ;-/

  • Elena

    Would this work with a cream to powder foundation?? It looks really cool!!!

  • Atanza

    Is this like the Beauty Blender as in it works better when slightly damp? This is REALLY interesting… I may have to grab one!

  • Majick

    THis looks really cool but alas I am already spoken for – LOVE LOVE LOVE the pink beauty blender sponge. (also I just bought a new one, they do last me a long time).

  • Ruthless

    Is there a way to change the sponge on the brush head? I can’t imagine it lasts forever, or do you have to repurchase the entire thing? Seems like a waste of money if you do

  • Vicki

    Do you know if this is available in Canada? I’ve been looking forward to trying it. The ‘beauty blender’ sponges are fab if you follow the directions, but way overpriced and too finicky to clean…
    EA does not ship to Canada and local retailers do not have this tool – help!