I have used Beauty Blenders to apply my foundation for years! I like how fast the application is as well as the natural finish. Recently, they came out with a mini version of the original named the Beauty Blender Cheeky. This new product is meant for applying liquid or blush products where you need a bit more precision. I’ll be comparing the new Beauty Blender cheeky to the original and letting you know how best to use it!
About the Beauty Blender Cheeky
Other than the size difference, Beauty Blender has kept this new tool pretty much the same as the original. It is made from the same material and should be used damp. Once you soak it in water, the sponge almost doubles in size and becomes a lot less dense. The proportions are the same but the smaller size definitely makes it easier to focus on the cheeks. Instead of the original pink color, the new Beauty Blender cheeker comes in a more peachy grapefruit color. This retails for $16 USD.
Comparison to Original
In the photo above, I compared the two sizes when they are dry. In the photo below, both of them are newly damp. As you can see, the Beauty Blender cheeky definitely has the same egg shape but about half the size. The colors are pretty similar next to each other but the light grapefruit shade will be nice to blend in with blush shades. I found that the material and quality is all the same so that is always comforting to know. You should take the same care which is to rinse it out after each use, and to wash the sponge with brush cleanser every week (or whenever you remember)
How to Use Beauty Blender Cheeky
While the original Beauty Blender was super intuitive to use with foundation, it actually took me a while to figure out how best to use the Beauty Blender Cheeky. I first tried it with more of a cream based blush on top of foundation. But I found that my Beauty Blender Cheeky kept on picking up the foundation and wasn’t spreading the cream very well. I also found that if you were to smear a cream product on your skin, this isn’t the best tool to blend it out as it’s more of a gentle tap.
I think the Beauty Blender Cheeky is much better suited for a liquid product instead of a cream product especially if you are applying on top of a foundation. Cream products require a bit more pressure to blend so it’s inevitable that your foundation will get picked up on the Beauty Blender. I found that I really liked using it with the Dermablend Glow Creator Liquid Highlighter! It only takes the lightest pressure to apply as it’s a very pigmented liquid product. The Beauty Blender Cheeky is able to apply this with no streak or mess! Additionally, if you are someone that highlight/contour before foundation, this would be a fantastic product to use as you don’t have to worry about disturbing foundation underneath.
You’ll definitely have to wash this product more often. Blushes and highlighters are often in very different tones and it won’t work well in a dirty Beauty Blender. I find I can go without washing for the original for foundation as all the tones should be similar to should match my skin anyways.
My Final Thoughts
I definitely enjoy the Beauty Blender Cheeky for it’s intended purpose! It’s fantastic that I no longer have to use my fingers to apply liquid products. I also prefer this to using makeup brushes as there’s less of a chance of streaking! This would also be awesome to use to blend out concealer under the eyes as well. However, I think this would only appeal to those that use liquid cheek products on a daily basis. There is definitely a more specific user base than the original Beauty Blender.
On the note of the original Beauty Blender, they recently released a Sapphire Blue edition and it looks beautiful! If you are looking to build up your Beauty Blender collection, definitely give this a look!