I recently had the pleasure of meeting Eva Jane Bunkley, creator of the Makeup Bullet, while at The Makeup Show Orlando. She was hanging out by the Alcone booth, right by the show entrance, showing everyone this cute little makeup sponge that was sure to make a few people stop and check it out. It's a product that gives you the flawless airbrush finish of the infamous Beauty Blender and fits snugly around your finger.
Eva conceived of the Makeup Bullet after getting tired of constantly dropping her makeup sponges. She wanted a makeup sponge that freed up her hands, allowing her to hold other makeup tools without having to let go of her sponge and providing a method for applying makeup with a sponge that felt more natural.
By placing the sponge on your finger, you can blend makeup just like you would with your fingers without actually touching your client's face (which is more sanitary). And because you're using a sponge, you get that sought after smooth, streak-free, airbrush-like finish we've come to love from other popular cosmetic sponges.
After using the Makeup Bullet for the past month, here's how I felt it measured up to similar products:
- Reusable and washable just like any other Beauty Blender (and Beauty Blender-esque) sponge
- Fits comfortably around finger
- Makes it easy to blend out makeup using the same motion you're used to when using your fingers
- Similar price point for three sponges
- Can be used damp or dry depending on the coverage level you want. Using it damp gives a medium or more sheer coverage that's easy to build. Using it dry will give a full coverage effect.
- Super easy to use
- Can be used to blend foundation and concealer (shown in video below) and apply blush and eyeshadow (as seen here)
- Sized well for travel.
- The material is thinner than other makeup sponges, especially around the area where you finger goes. You need to be gentle when using and washing. I tried to be careful, but mine now has a tear in it (seen in video).
- Not available in stores
- When it's damp the sponge expands and doesn't fit as snugly around my fingers as it does when it's dry.
All in all, I think this is a great idea. I especially love using it to blend out my concealer because I can place it on my ring finger and blend as I would with my fingers. When used to apply makeup on others, using the Makeup Bullet allows you to get a better feel for your client's facial contours (e.g., where his/her cheekbones and orbital bones are), which is useful later when applying highlighting and contouring.
Check out my video below to see a review and demonstration:
I definitely think that Eva Jane is onto something big. I hope that future releases provide for a sturdier sponge because this item will get a lot of use and should stand up to wear and tear a little better. Other than that, I'm quite pleased with it.
A word to the wise though, if you're not a fan of using cosmetic sponges at all, you'll probably be better off skipping out on this one. It probably won't be your cup of tea.
You can purchase The Makeup Bullet at themakeupbullet.com where you'll receive a 3-pack for $24.95.
What do you think of The Makeup Bullet? Are you interested in trying it out?
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