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- Damp: 3.5 cm H x 2 cm D (1.4 in H x 0.8 in D)
- Dry: 2.7 cm H x 1.7 cm D (1.1 in H x 0.7 in D)
Review & Usage
Beautyblender Micro.Mini Makeup Sponge is… really mini! It is designed for precise contouring and highlighting on smaller areas of the face. It has the same egg shape and is made of the same latex-free material as the original Beautyblender but is only a quarter of the size. To use, wet the sponge, squeeze out excess water, and use bouncing motions to distribute and blend your makeup onto the skin for a flawless, streak-free finish.
I mainly use it to blend my concealer on the under eye area down to the side of my nose (the upside down triangle). It works really great for that purpose and I definitely feel that it gives a better coverage than the original Beautyblender. It is supposedly great for highlighting and contouring the nose, too. Just run the tip along the sides of the nose to contour or along the ridge to highlight. The round bottom can also be used to apply and blend out highlighter above the cheekbones.
The pointed tip fits perfectly into tight spaces such as the inner corners of the eyes and Cupid's Bow. Sometimes I also use it to apply cream eyeshadow all over the lids as well as fix the lipstick smudge and eyeliner mistake. It also comes in handy when the foundation on the side of my nose and around my blemishes becomes dry and flaky as I can easily redistribute my foundation with the wet sponge. So not only is it great for applying products in the nooks and crannies of the face, it is also a great little tool for touch-ups around the face.
I really like the overall performance of the mini version but if there was one thing I could change (or ask for a change), it would be the size of it. I find it to be too small at times. I'd like to think that I have pretty small hands but sometimes I still feel awkward holding and maneuvering it around my face. Even when it is doubled in size (damp), it's still very tiny. The extra and precise coverage is nice but it will take you longer to finish the job. If I'm in a hurry, forget it, I am better off with the original version. I think it would be much better if they came out with a “medium” size, something a bit bigger than the mini and smaller than the original. I'd totally be all over it!
I think it all comes down to a matter of personal preference. If you contour your nose or conceal your under eye a lot, and have plenty of time to do your makeup in the morning, the mini would be a great additional tool to have. However, if you are not too strict with how you apply your makeup and precision is not your priority, I'd recommend the original size instead.
The mini is easy to wash and dries fast, although it seems to stain more easily than the original one. The neon green dye also bleeds during the first few washes. I've been washing my Beautyblenders with the Blendercleanser and Blendercleanser Solid with great results and I highly recommend them. They are simply more convenient and tend to remove the stains much faster than all my other cleansers.