Friday, November 21, 2014

REVIEW: Too Cool for School Marshmallow Puff

Hi everyone! 

This is long overdue but I finally made a review on the Too Cool for School Marshmallow Puff! I originally wanted the Beauty Blender after seeing my favourite YouTube beauty gurus like Estée from Essie Button and Amelia from Amelia Liana use it but I just cannot bring myself to spend $19.95 or P1200 for a sponge that I'm going to throw out at some point, knowing a brush would last me much longer. I searched for possible dupes and found the Marshmallow Puff to be the best value for money


Unlike the Beauty Blender, the Marshmallow Puff is gourd-shaped with a sharper tip. If you're not familiar with how these makeup sponges work, you just have to run the sponge underwater while wringing it to dampen it. After removing the excess water, you tap a bit of your foundation at the round part of the sponge, and proceed to 'bounce' it on your face until it is all blended out. 

I've used this with my Fairydrops Candybar BB Cream and it left me with a flawless finish (much more than with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) but I love using this with my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I use the tip to blend the concealer out after I've dotted it on my face, and it just blends seamlessly onto my skin. When I have time, I use it to blend my concealer under my eyes, and it has been the only technique that has considerably lessened the amount of creasing (though not completely). Out of all (brushes, fingers) this sponge really does give the most natural finish and I'll definitely be using this for a long time.

Despite this, there are a few qualms to owning a make-up sponge like this. One is that it is a bacteria and germ magnet. Because of all the moisture in the sponge, leaving it enclosed without drying it, or not cleaning it before the next use will definitely attract all of the bad bacteria, germs, and molds to the sponge. You definitely do not want this on your sponge ever since you're applying it to your face, so it's best to clean it immediately after use. As for storage, he case it comes with is really good especially for travel, but especially while it's wet it has to be left out to dry, otherwise it can collect molds.

It's also quite difficult to clean completely. I personally use an anti-bacterial facial foam after every use, then olive oil and dishwashing soap for my weekly deep clean. With the latter it's much easier, but with the former, it requires a lot of wringing and working against my palm to get all the colour of the BB Cream and concealer out. 

I got this for P279 at the Too Cool for School Kiosk in SM Megamall, and out of all it's the cheapest sponge with that particular shape and function. It's usually readily available for purchase (except for that one time I checked), so I'd recommend this for those who want a natural finish despite all the hassle with cleaning. 

(+) Value for money
(+) Makes base seamless
(+) Blends cream products very well
(+) Available at all TCFS outlets
(-) Hard to clean
(-) Hard to store
(-) Bacteria and mold magnet

Rating: 7.25

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