Putting the Tati Beauty Blendiful Puff to the test! Is it the new best thing in makeup application — or a total gimmick you should pass on? Let’s find out.
It’s no secret I am obsessed with the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Eyeshadow palette. I picked it up the very SECOND it dropped last year and have been heavily using it in my everyday makeup routine ever since. It also earned a coveted spot on my list of Best Makeup Products of 2019 as the year’s ultimate eyeshadow palette.
And so it goes without saying that when Tati announced the next Tati Beauty product would be dropping on January 10th, I cleared my calendar to be available to order whatever she was releasing next. A million ideas were racing through my mind. Would she delve into foundation already? Lipstick? Concealer? I couldn’t wait to find out.
Then, she announced she was dropping the Tati Beauty Blendiful puff and it was admittedly anti-climatic to me.
Oh sure, I was still right there purchasing it the moment it became available…but I didn’t go into this product with the same gusto I did the eyeshadow palette. A puff that Tati said was like none other? I was skeptical it would be a game-changer in how I go about applying makeup and questioned whether it was a bit gimmicky. Then again, I’ve trusted Tati’s opinion for years and if she said it was good I was darn well going to give it a go!
What is the Tati Beauty Blendiful Puff?
If you’re questioning what the puff even is, don’t worry. I too was confused and I think a lot of others were too. It’s something we don’t see everyday but Tati described it as an all-in-one makeup tool that you can use to apply a full face of makeup without worry of harsh lines.
Here’s what they say on the website:
The Blendiful is the makeup applicator you didn’t know you needed. This game changing soft textured fabric tool is a blending dream that’s designed to seamlessly apply & soften both liquid and powder products. The rounded edge & pointed tip help to provide a perfect blend step to step in your makeup application. Buff in foundation with little product waste, experience seamless contour, smoother concealer & the most airbrushed powder application… even in those hard to reach areas of the face. Save product, save time & become the expert artist of your own unique routine. However you choose to use the Blendiful, your look will be one with no harsh lines every time.
Two Puffs for $18:
Inside your package you’ll find both a large and mini puff that you can use for applying your everyday makeup. The large one seemed to be the one you’d use the most based off Tati’s original video and the imagery on the website – with the mini puff as sister product for touchups on the go or applying more detailed product.
While I was admittedly kind of confused, I was definitely intrigued and eager to test out the Tati Beauty Blendiful puff to be able to share a full review with you on how well it works. Could it truly be a “game changer”? I had to find out – especially given how much I love the eyeshadow palette and trust Tati’s opinion.
From four days of applying makeup to how it came out of its first wash test, down below I share a full review on the PUFF from start to finish!
How to Use?
If you’re wondering how the heck to use the Tati Beauty Blendiful puff, don’t worry. I was somewhat confused too. I’ve of course used powder puffs before but never anything quite like this for applying foundation and a full makeup routine. Tati’s video on the puff also didn’t really give a lot of instruction so I was flying a bit blind. But, I threw caution to the wind and went about applying my makeup the same way I would with a brush.
I set out to use the puff in virtually EVERY step of my makeup routine to see where it would perform best. I applied foundation to the back of my hand and then buffed into the skin. I set with powder by blotting that in. For blush and bronzer, I folded the puff to create small surface area and also buffed that onto the skin.
While doing a full face of makeup, I pretty much used up one full side of the puff…almost going corner to corner at each step.
How Well Does it Apply Foundation?
Meh. Of all my skepticism, I was most unsure of the puff’s ability to apply liquid foundation. And well — the Tati Beauty Blendiful puff definitely won’t be replacing my favorite buffing brush.
Yes, it does manage to get the job done – but that’s not without more work on your part and even more product. Probably the biggest drawback of using the puff for foundation was I noticed that it minimized the amount of coverage that I would normally get when applying with a brush.
To make determine if it was a foundation thing as a whole or dependent on specific products, I used the puff with a variety of foundations. I tested it out with the NARS Longwear Foundation, Maybelline’s Dream Urban Cover and Lancome’s Teint Idole. Across the board I continued to notice the same thing.
Yes, the puff does manage to blend the foundation out nicely but I consistently needed to use more foundation than normal to end up with less coverage. That was disappointing!
How Well Does it Apply Powder Products?
Now onto some positives! I REALLY love the way the Blendiful puff applies bronzer and contour powders to the face. As Tati herself and Tati Beauty claimed, it absolutely does eliminate harsh lines when shaping the face. The softness of the puff is also a big help in seamlessly blending product into the skin for a natural appearance. A win, win!
The Tati Beauty Blendiful also was great with loose setting powder – especially with “baking”. Granted, the puff is essentially a large powder puff by design so it seems kind of a given it applies powder nicely, right? Regardless. I think that’s it’s biggest strength!
Does it Work with Eyeshadow?
Yes, I even tried using the puff (both big and small) to apply eyeshadow. (Told you, I really wanted to put the do your whole face with the puff claim to the test!)
With the eyes, it definitely worked well at applying primer. It can also do a nice solid color over the lid – which is always a plus on days when you need to get out the door fast.
The Blendiful won’t be replacing my selection of eyeshadow brushes, though. I’m far too reliant on those and they’re still very much needed on the days I want to create a “look” with my eyeshadow palettes.
The Wash Test
Obviously no matter what tool you’re using to apply makeup, you’re going to have to wash it! Usually that means I’ll be standing over the bathroom sink washing makeup brushes every Sunday — but the Tati Beauty Blendiful puff was said to be machine washable.
Use caution when washing as instructed in your washing machine. To be safe, wash by hand!
I always strive to give the most thorough reviews possible and absolutely wanted to wash the puff to put it’s “washing machine safe” claim to the test. Well, sad news. Even in a delicate laundry bag as instructed, the Blendiful puff came out in pretty rough shape. The inner pad was twisted and wrangled about by the machine and required a fair amount of effort to straighten back out.
After machine washing on delicate, I also couldn’t help but notice that hey there — the Blendiful didn’t get fully clean. There were noticeable traces of foundation and other products still on the fabric. Given how battered the puff was after just one trip in the washing machine, I didn’t want to risk throwing it in again so have decided I’ll strictly wash it by hand.
Also Note: While this did not happen to me, there are also many out there reporting and sharing photos that their Blendiful ripped after washing.
How Long Will the Blendiful Last?
Tati nor Tati Beauty have given a clear answer on this, but my guess is you’ll get maybe a couple months out of the Blendiful before it will need to be replaced. That’s definitely not terrible, but considering how long makeup brushes can last – it doesn’t seem like the best value for everyday use.
If you’re hoping to get the most durable product for the best value, you may be disappointed.
The Tati Beauty Blendiful Rundown:
- Very soft
- Applies primer nicely
- Smooth application of bronzer, blush, highlight
- Wonderful application of setting powder — especially for “baking”
- Lightweight, compact and great for travel
- Not great at applying liquid products
- Minimizes a foundation’s level of coverage while requiring more product
- Deteriorates rather quickly through washing. Estimated to need replaced ever two months.
- Does not get fully clean in the wash
- Sheds in product
- Doesn’t achieve any altogether new results as suggested
- Pricey at $18 – especially if you’re unable to get continued use after washing
- Currently only available on Tati Beauty’s website (Note, they don’t accept returns.)
Overall Grade? C
The Tati Beauty Blendiful is a fine product, but not great and definitely not a game changer. It does do a really fantastic job at applying powder – but not so great a job that I think you should feel the need to go out of your way to pick this up.
I do applaud Tati Westbrook for thinking outside the box and conceptualizing a product that is quite different from what we’re used to seeing on the market. That said, it ultimately didn’t do anything remarkable for me. I was hoping to be WOWed the way I was by the Textured Neutrals eyeshadow palette, but was left only feeling “meh”.
The puff did a fine job but definitely didn’t step up to do more for me than my usual makeup tools weren’t already doing.
Is it a gimmick? No. It does do what it says it will do as far as applying makeup. But, at $18 a pop with diminishing quality on each washing — you’ll be able to get MUCH more use out of some makeup brushes by Real Techniques, ELF Cosmetics or Wet n Wild.
Will I still be first in line to purchase whatever Tati Beauty product releases come next? Absolutely! The eyeshadow palette is truly phenomenal and I have full faith in Tati to deliver more fantastic makeup products in the future. I just think you’ll be much happier with the eyeshadow palette and get a lot more use from it than you will the Blendiful puff. I’d recommend picking that up instead!
Updated 2/3/2020: Today Tati posted a lengthy YouTube video about the Blendiful. It didn’t really offer an explanation for some of the issues people have reported on the puff breaking down when washed, but she does give a very detailed look at how to get the most out of it! I didn’t want to embed the full video since it’s 45 minutes long, but here’s a link if you’re interested.
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