Beautyblender Micro.Mini sponge review

The Micro.Mini Beautyblender eliminates brush marks and gives concealer an airbrushed, flawless finish. 


Beautyblender Micro.Mini sponges review

I am a huge fan of the Original Beautyblender, reviewed here, and consider it my HG makeup applicator for liquid and powder foundations. Both the Black and Pink versions, compared here, give a flawless, cake- and mark-free finish. However, I used to reach for a brush for applying concealer and, on busy mornings, I have wished for a brush-mark-free, easily blendable application method, particularly with thick concealers. Recently, the Beautyblender brand released a Micro.Mini version of the cult sponge, for precision application of foundation, concealer and other makeup.
The fluorescent green Micro.Mini sponges are cute and "squeezable" - at the risk of being labelled weird(er than I already am), squeezing these is as stress-busting as bursting bubblewrap.

Read on for the full review of the Beautyblender Micro.Mini sponges.



The Micro.Mini Beautyblender sponge is fluorescent green and comes in the smaller version of the Original Beautyblender's clear plastic packaging. There are two sponges per package. 
Beautyblender Micro.Mini sponges review

Just like the Original Beautyblender, the Micro.Mini version also expands when wet. To the right, you can see the dry sponge, and to the left is the expanded wet sponge, after the water was squeezed out. These are best used damp - dry sponges don't give as flawless a finish.
Beautyblender Micro.Mini sponges review

The Micro.Mini sponges are softer, less dense and about four times smaller than the original Beautyblender - check out the size comparison below. Also, being softer and smaller than the Beautyblender, the Micro.Minis are easier to manipulate and navigate into all those nooks and crannies on the face.
They give a sheerer finish than the denser Beautyblender but coverage is buildable.
Beautyblender Micro.Mini sponges review

The Micro.Mini Beautyblenders are ideal for applying concealer, primer and cream eyeshadow around the eye area and makeup in hard-to-reach areas such as the sides of the nose. You can apply concealer directly to the sponge and then to the skin, or, as I do, apply some concealer to the back of the hand and pick it up to the sponge. The rounder portion of the sponge is good for the under-eye area whereas the pointed end is excellent for inner corners. It is super-soft and flexible and requires minimal effort.
Just like with the Beautyblender, the wet Micro.Mini also needs to be "bounced" on the face to deposit the product. Because of the bouncing method, it covers more area quickly.
Beautyblender Micro.Mini sponges review

Like the Original Pink Beautyblender, the Micro.Mini has stained over two months' use, and the stain has not completely gone away despite using the Blender Cleanser and proper makeup removers. This is why I love the Black version of the Beautyblender and wish the Micro.Minis came in deeper colours.
Unlike the Pink Beautyblender, the Micro.Minis have not had the colour run so far. Thank goodness.
Beautyblender Micro.Mini sponges review

So why do you NEED the Micro.Mini Beautyblender? For the finish. Here is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Tan (reviewed here), applied with the Micro.Mini Beautyblender to the left (just to the right of the number 1), and with the Sephora 57 Airbrush Concealer Brush to the right of number 2. I have used equal amounts of concealer for both swatches and put in exactly the same effort in blending both out (about 10 seconds). Photo taken in direct sunlight. You can see that the finish is more natural, skin-like and airbrushed to the left (1), whereas the second swatch is, well, more visible.
Beautyblender Micro.Mini sponges review

I have to try applying eyeshadow with the Micro.Mini Beautyblender, but the possibility of staining is putting me off.

 

 Verdict

You can get a mark-free finish with a good concealer brush, but the same finish requires less effort with the Micro.Mini Beautyblender.  These super-cute sponges make it a lot easier to blend in concealer or even foundation. Remember, like the Beautyblender, the Micro.Minis are better used when damp, with the water squeezed out.
If you are hard-pressed for time and want to step out with perfectly blended concealer, the Micro.Mini is a must-have in your stash. I give it Holy Grail status and now use brushes only for eyeshadows. To nitpick, I wish these came in other colours, such as chocolate brown or deep purple and teal green, which would help avoid visible stains. 
The Micro.Mini Beautyblender is available wherever the original version is sold, in Sephora, Beauty.com or Amazon, as well as Beauty Bay in the UK, though it is out of stock in the latter at the moment. The pack of two Micro.Minis is $17.95, which is a great deal when you compare it to a good concealer brush.

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  1. I've heard such great things about Beauty Blender. Haven't tried them tho.

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  2. Shelley PolarbelleJanuary 06, 2015

    oh man, do I ever need this!!!!

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  3. When I saw these in real life I didn't expect them to be so little! They are so cute!

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  4. I have these and am excited to break them out after your review!!

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  5. I still haven't tried the original Beautyblender O.o maybe I should get one and grab these too :)

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  6. I would totally get the micro minis. I have a concealer blending brush which I adore but I've been intrigued by these spongey thingies (lol) for a while now. Great review!

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  7. DippyWritesJanuary 07, 2015

    These are so teeny tiny, but I bet they're great for applying concealer and cream eyeshadow, much better for trickier areas than the original :)

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  8. Tammy UnderwoodJanuary 07, 2015

    I have heard amazing things about the micro.mini. I swear by my beauty blender so I may just have to give this one a try as well!

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  9. Lola SeicentoJanuary 07, 2015

    These minis look amazing! Perfect for an airbrushed looking finish for concealer!

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  10. I think this is the first review of the minis that I've read. Very informative, thank you for doing the review.

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  11. I love using these for concealer!

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  12. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 07, 2015

    They're the best applicators out there!

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  13. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 07, 2015

    YESSSS you does needs them precioussss (sorry, had a Lord of the Rings party over the weekend).

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  14. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 07, 2015

    They are! I expected them to be bigger than this as well!

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  15. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 07, 2015

    Can't wait to see what you think about them.

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  16. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 07, 2015

    Oooh, yes you do - the Beautyblender is definitely worth the hype and nothing like all those dupes out there.

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  17. Aleya BamdadJanuary 07, 2015

    My daughter saw the minis at Sephora and begged me for them because she saw me using mine and wants to be like me.

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  18. Kimberly PurcellJanuary 07, 2015

    This is a FANTASTIC review! I like the swatched comparison.

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  19. These are sooo little. I would like these for under eye work and those little space my big blender can't get to

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  20. They are so adorably cute!

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  21. I don't even really use the Beauty Blender but I kinda want to buy this one just because it's os darling and cute!

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  22. cindyprimebeautyJanuary 07, 2015

    Fabulous, detailed review, thank you!

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  23. FabZilla_KathJanuary 07, 2015

    I want to try just because they're cute!

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  24. These are so cute.. but I don't think I can take them too seriously, after seeing Wayne Goss illustrate how teeny tiny these things are. I should use my beauty blender more often, though. I have been in a rut with my brushes of late!

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  25. These are so cute. I really want them just for that reason alone.

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  26. Norah SalazarJanuary 07, 2015

    I use the BB and their soap, they come out super clean. I like the minis too!

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  27. I've been very curious about these adorable minis!

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  28. I love the black ones too because I can't stand the stains! Great review!

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  29. I hate the stains too. But I love the beauty blender!

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  30. Cosmetic SanctuaryJanuary 08, 2015

    I really love these beauty blenders. I picked one of the minis up on a whim and can't go without it now

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  31. I would totally get the black if I could... I own a pink but hardly use it since I don't use foundation. The minis look fun.

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  32. Betzy CarmonaJanuary 08, 2015

    I want the beauty blenders

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  33. I use the black ones- & I've almost bout these so many times! I'll cave soon!

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  34. The Polished MommyJanuary 09, 2015

    Love my BB and these are just adorable lol

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  35. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    Thank you! You'll love them; they're a bit sheer but no marks is good for me!

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  36. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    EXACTLY!

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  37. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    The Beautyblender is more important to me than my entire stock of brushes lol.

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  38. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    They are!

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  39. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    Thank you <3

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  40. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    Hehe it keeps me from wanting to use them all the time.

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  41. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    They're fab!

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  42. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    That's cute! You should totally get them for her!

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  43. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    Thank you!

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  44. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    I agree!

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  45. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    It is, and I love feeling how soft it is #totallyweird

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  46. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    Thank you!

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  47. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    They are!!

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  48. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    I love my Beautyblender! Yes, these are too tiny lol. They feel so fragile, I'm scared to use them all the time.

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  49. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    LOL!

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  50. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    I love the Blender Cleanser!

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  51. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    They're great... love them!

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  52. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    It's the one thing I hate about the pale Beautyblenders. Thank you!

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  53. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    Me too - that was a great idea on their part!

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  54. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    I prefer the black Beautyblender for that reason!

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  55. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    They are!

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  56. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    You'll love them!

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  57. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    Do!! I'd love to see what you think about them!

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  58. MyBeautyJunctionJanuary 14, 2015

    They are!!

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  59. Shana LangleyJanuary 14, 2015

    Love my Beautyblender! :)

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  60. I use the imitation beauty blender haha.. But I am thinking in investing in a real one.

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  61. I'd love to try these, they're so cute! :)

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