Blotterazzi by beautyblender review and photos.

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As you may already know, I am a huge fan of beautyblender products.  IMHO, the original pink egg is the only tool that is able to blend-out my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation to perfection.  Their micro. mini incarnation (reviewed here) has the ability to meld concealer on skin seamlessly.  Needless to say, when their newest creation, blotterazzi by beautyblender ($20 for 2 sponges) was introduced, I knew I wanted–nay needed–to review this beauty.  Will this latest installment live up to the beautyblender rep or fall short on its claims?  You’ll see.  🙂

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Blotterazzi Performance:

  • The purpose of blotterazzi is to act as an alternative to blotting papers.  The sponges are designed with beautyblender’s signature soft latex-free material, pink coloring and egg shape.  At first glance, the thinly cut sponge seems flimsy, but the resilient material used on blotterazzi resembles that of the original beautyblender.  The tapered design is ideal for wrapping around one’s finger to access hard to reach areas on the face.  I must admit, I found the shape, size and girth perfect for accessing the corners of my nose and under eye area.
  • Personally, I’m predisposed to dry skin with an oily T-zone that blooms by late afternoon.  On a number of occasions, I did use blotterazzi, as directed, with minimal difference in my appearance. Despite the actual thinness of the sponge, the material simply was not absorbent enough to act as an effect “blotting” tool.  Pressing the sponge firmly on the affected area for 5-10 seconds did absorbed some oil, but did not completely mattify the skin.
  • I can see this product working for those that do not want to add extra product (aka: powder) on the skin, or for those that desire a slightly dewy finish rather than matte.

Blotterazzi Packaging:

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  • The accompanying compact is relatively thin, houses two washable/reusable sponges and a sizable mirror with a protective plastic sheet between the sponges.  The vented openings on the bottom is a nice touch, by allowing the sponges to “breathe” while contained.
  • I found the compact to be extremely lightweight and thin enough to fit in my small handbag; however, the overall appearance of the compact does not substantiate the cost.  The beautyblender logo could have been discretely placed on the bottom corner sans the words blotterazzi by beautyblender scrolled across on the cover.
  • The stark white compact coloring could have also been styled with the same pearlized gray coloring of the outer box.  Just based on appearance alone, this compact could easily be mistaken for the drugstore variety.
  • I realize these are rather superficial issues, but I believe packaging plays a huge part in pricing, and by golly, for twenty dollars, I want nicer packaging.

Blotterazzi Other Use:

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  • As always, my curious nature did get the best of me, and I have since discovered another use for this seemingly average product. When used dampened or dry, blotterazzi makes an amazing tool for blending out concealer–dare I say, even better than the micro. mini.
  • The thinness paired with the oversized design are ideal for individuals with larger fingers and hands (like myself).  For perfectly blended results, I simply wrap the sponge tip around my index finger and grip the body of the sponge securely in my hand.  Patting motions work wonderfully to conceal veining and blemishes and the press and roll method is ideal for setting concealer with any powder of my choosing.
  • Since this discovery, I have consistently used blotterazzi for all of my concealing needs.

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  • As the above photo shows, blotterazzi’s substantial design is large enough to grip in the hand and the pointed end sits perfectly against hard to reach areas.

beautyblender Comparisons:

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  • As the above photo demonstrates, the beautyblender siblings are more robust and 3-dimensional than blotterazzi.
  • The original beautyblender is excellent for heavy liquid/cream foundation formulations.  When dampened, the sponge blends-out the heaviest formulas for skin-like results.
  • The micro. mini is cute as well as functional.  This sponge is ideal for concealer application and functions along the same lines as her older sister.  The only issues I can verify, is the small size can sometimes be a bit pesky to grip properly and the chartreuse coloring stains easily.

**blotterazzi by beautyblender can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom and beauty.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you blotterazzi by beautyblender is not a must-have.  If you are one that suffers from oily skin and are looking for an alternative to blotting papers (for a matte finish), this product may not be for you.  However, if you are looking for an amazing tool to blend out and set concealer, then you may have hit gold (slight exaggeration–but you get the point 🙂 ).  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. Hello Maria Pia,

    I always enjoy looking at your beautiful eyes!

    I am thinking of this product as ‘portable’ beauty blender, but could you tell me if the sponge still fits in the compact case ( I must totally agree with you on the design of it…) when it is wet? I shall be happy to trim the size but I am not sure if it become too thick, though I am prepared to just put one sponge instead of two.

    Marille

    • Hello Marille,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

      The sponge will not fit in the beautyblender compact case when wet, however if you are willing to trim the shape, then yes it will. I suggest to wet one sponge fully and squeeze it dry with a towel. Lay the other dry sponge on the wet one, outline the shape with a marker and trim away. These particular sponges expand more so in shape, however, the girth is not as dramatic–so one wet trimmed sponge will fit in the compact.

      Keep in mind, your “new” sponge will be smaller once it is dries. I hope this helps.

      -Maria

      • Thank you so much for such a swift yet detailed reply! After reading your reply I dashed out and bought one, carefully followed your instruction, trimmed them and hey presto!

        This is ideal. I usually use either UnPowder by RMS or Cellular Treatment Loose Powder by La Prairie on wet BeautyBlender but it is rather tricky to transport. Now no more. I sprinkle either powder on wet (and trimmed)Blotterazzi and close the compact rid and go! For some reasons the powder is kept visible on BB for quite a long time and works brilliantly for touching ups.

        Thank you very much again and please stay gorgeous!

        Marille

        • Hello Marille,

          I am so happy this has worked for you. Your comment and support mean so much. I think you have inspired me to trim my BB as well–great idea about using it with powder. Thank you for sharing your experience. 🙂

          -Maria

  2. You have pretty much have said what my non-makeup friends have said. You have a well-grounded makeup head on your shoulders! I admit I like the case! Wouldn’t it be nice if there were blotting papers inside instead?

    • Hello Olivia,

      Honestly, Kleenex or toilet paper were more effective at blotting oil off the skin, than these sponges. I’m just so glad I found another use for them.

      -Maria

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