You Can Clean This New Beautyblender Product in Your Dishwasher
You may swear by your Beautyblender to get that airbrushed finish on skin, but no matter how perfectly the product is applied, you're wasting your time if you have the wrong foundation shade. We've all been there — you head to the department store for a new base, try it on in fluorescent lighting where it looks flawless, then head home to discover that you look like you're wearing a mask made of product.
If you, too, have a drawer of "someday" foundations and concealers, Beautyblender's newest launch is a must have. The Beautyblender Surface Simple ($30), a three-piece set consisting of an artist's palette, spatula, and carrying case, allows you to finally create the perfect custom-blended hue. Consider it your artist palette, on which to mix and match foundation formulas you already own until you make the perfect bespoke shade.
It's hard to tell from photos, but this tool is truly transparent. Even when it's in its case, the Surface Simple is completely clear. Squirt those slightly off foundations onto the palette and meld the tints together like a mad scientist. Once you think you're close to the right hue, hold it over your complexion. You'll be able to see your face beaneath it, so you can blend an exact foundation color on top to match your skin tone. You can also use it to concoct custom lipsticks, cream shadows, and contouring formulas.
Don't be confused if this product looks familiar to you. It should — Beautyblender actually released a palette (then known as Surface) a few years ago, only to pull it from shelves when users complained it didn't live up to their expectations.
"Our community of fans is so vocal — they are constantly sparking new product ideas," explained Alexis Tedesco, public relations representative for Beautyblender. (In fact, the Beautyblusher ($16) and Beautyblender Pure ($20) were developed after devotees pleaded for them.)
The new Surface Simple is a tremendous upgrade from its predecessor. The original, more flimsy Surface palette included mixing wells, which the brand did away with — after all, it's not too hygienic to save custom-blended shades for more than 24 hours. However, this revamped product comes with a practically airtight case, so if you're doing your makeup for a big event, you can stow away your bespoke hues for touch-ups later on.
Users also complained that the old spatula scratched the Surface, leaving hard-to-clean grooves and making the product look dingy. Both the case and the actual Surface Simple palette are made from an extremely sturdy acrylic, which won't get scratched by the included silicone-coated blending spatula. The product also comes with a silicone bumper, so that you can chuck it into your kit (even from across the room!) without fear of cracking the compact.
We're even excited about cleaning the Surface Simple, which is unusual for lazy makeup junkies like us. You can just swipe the whole thing with an alcohol wipe. Or pop it in the top rack of your dishwasher, and the palette will come out sparkling.
While $30 may seem a little steep to amateur artists, keep in mind that by now, you've likely spent triple that amount on abandoned foundations. The Surface Simple may not help you get better at picking the right color in the department store, but it will ensure you put every purchased bottle to good use. Read on to see more shots of the palette!