Mar 17, 2017

MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator

Makeupdrop Silicone Makeup Applicator - Review
MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator ($20)* - makeupdrop.com

Something new pops up every other day in the makeup world, and a newish trend that I am seeing quite a bit of, especially on Instagram and YouTube, has been people using the most bizzare (only because I want to use a polite word) items to apply makeup.  I amn't going to list the lot here, but really, some of these beauty "gurus" would do anything for views!  Mini rant over.  Anywho, talking about makeup applicators, I have been trying out something recently - the MakeupDrop silicone applicator - and it's an actual made-for-applying-makeup applicator.  Unlike sponges or brushes, this applicator absorbs zero product and takes barely a second to clean up, but does it deliver a flawless finish?  Read on to find out.

Makeupdrop Silicone Makeup Applicator - Review
MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator

Makeupdrop Silicone Makeup Applicator - Review
MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator

The MakeupDrop is a clear, drop-shaped, flat, slightly squishy, silicone applicator.  Any side can be used to apply the product, and cleaning up is super easy - just wash off product with warm water (and soap).  Wipe dry, and it's ready to use again.  To apply product, for instance foundation, I like to pick up the product on the MakeupDrop and apply to the skin with dabbing motions.  The company recommends not using a sweeping/smearing motion, but I must confess, it's what I end up doing most times.  I think dabbing motion gives a heavier coverage (and takes a bit longer) while using the applicator in short sweeping/brushing motion moves the product in a sheer layer over the skin.  Either way gives pretty even, nonstreaky coverage.  There is no wastage of product as the MakeupDrop doesn't absorb anything, but that also means it's best to start with much less product than you think you need and build up later as desired.  Another advantage I found with using the MakeupDrop is it doesn't exaggerate any dry/patchy areas on my skin, which is an issue I have at times while using brushes.  I also find that picking up product on the applicator from the back of my hand (in case of foundation) gives better application than pouring product over the MakeupDrop and then directly dabbing it on to the face (ends up cakey).

MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator - Directions - How to Use
MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator - Directions/How to Use

The one issue I did have with using the MakeupDrop was with applying concealer to my undereye area.  Because my undereye area is a bit sunken in, I find it difficult to reach into the corners with the  rounded edge of the sponge.  I get better application with a small, precise brush.  I did see a video that suggested cutting the applicator to shape, but the instructions that come with the MakeupDrop specifically list not to use the applicator if it's punctured.  Anyway, that small issue aside, the MakeupDrop does a good job of applying cream and liquid products including foundation, concealers, and blushes.  The MakeupDrop can also be used for applying skincare, though I haven't tried that so far.

The MakeupDrop silicone applicator is a good pick if you are looking for something convenient to use and easy to clean.  I am obsessed with using clean brushes, and the one reason I don't use the Beautyblender more often is because I have to clean it after every use - and then there is the waiting time for everything to dry - so for me, the MakeupDrop is a good pick.  It's also a better pick for people who like controlled application and prefer building up coverage rather than quick, heavy application.  MakeupDrop might also be something to try out if you are a makeup artist and need a quick-cleaning applicator that can be used on multiple clients.

*Product featured in the post is a PR sample.

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