Gimmick or Gimme? BeautyBlender Blotterazzi

Those little boxes of beauty goodies in the checkout line at Sephora get me every time. I’m there a lot, so that equates to blotterazzilots of extra spending…I’m on to you and your trickery, Sephora!   So, as a huge fan of the beautyblender sponges, when I came across {one of} the newest BB product, the blotterazzi, I was intrigued.

The BB website touts this product as a “game-changing washable, reusable alternative to blotting papers in iconic beautyblender® pink” the site goes on to say that it “allows for precise, cushion blotting. Shaped to fit all contours of the face, blotterazzi™ saves you from unused corners like traditional blotting papers. The award-winning beautyblender ® material stays “thirsty” when its dry, absorbing excess oil without disturbing makeup and leaving skin looking radiant.”

It comes in a mirrored compact with two cushions, and the compact has a vented back as well as a clear separator to keep sponges hygienic and fresh. According to BB, it can be washed with blendercleansers, just as you’d do with your larger, regular BB sponge.   It retails at Sephora for $28 CAD.

Full disclosure: when I saw this, I immediately pegged it as a gimmicky product; it screamed “MONEY GRAB” to me.   So, instead of paying the $28+tax {I’m in Ontario, so that equates to roughly $32 for those of you that are mathematically inclined…}, I remembered I had some of those micro mini BB sponges at home, two of them, in fact, and not a damned clue what to do with them. LIGHTBULB! {said in a Gru voice} I decided to pop a small one in my purse and use it to blot instead of blotting papers. Since my nose tends to get oily and it was no money out of my pocket, I decided to try it today. Warning: the following pics are at the most unflattering of angles. Apologies. The things I do for beauty.

Here’s the first pic of my “oily” nose. I realize it’s not excessive by any means, but I like to  keep it as matte as possible while still looking natural.

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I took out my trusty micro mini BB out at my desk {yep, no shame here #chroniclesofabeautyjunkie} and started blottin’. As you can see, it did make a bit of a difference.   I’m pleasantly surprised.

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This last pic is of my nose after using the BB and MAC’s Blot Powder. Nothing will take the place of a powder, I would think, nor do I entirely think that’s the BB’s intended use.   The BB material on the micro mini certainly absorbed the excess oil, but it doesn’t come with a handy dandy mirror {got one in my purse} or a hygienic back {keepin’ the mini in my cosmetic bag with a canvas interior…I’ll wipe it out} like the blotterazzi.  The two minis retail for $24 at Sephora and I was able to do the job of what would’ve cost me over $30 for half the price {my calculation here is derived from the simple fact I used only 1 of the 2 micro mini’s}.

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It would seem I’m not alone in my sentiments. The reviews on the blotterazzi’s Sephora page and the Makeup Alley Review page give the product a whooping average of 2.5/5. I put some serious weight on the opinions of my fellow junkies and always check both of these pages before a major purchase. It looks like they all echo my initial inclination: it’s a gimmick.


THE VERDICT:  If you’ve got a BB micro mini at home, it’s perfect – pop it in your makeup bag and keep it for light oil absorption on the go. For the bigger jobs, stick to the tried and true blotting papers and powder products.  Skip this product and save your $31 for something better.

If you’ve tried this, share your thoughts in the comments below!

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