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Face Defender w/ Sponge

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Mally BeautyFace Defender w/ Sponge
 
4.4

(based on 78 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (63)
  • Natural looking (60)
  • Smooth (60)
  • Lightweight (58)
  • Long lasting (58)

Cons

  • Difficult to apply (7)
  • Doesn't work (6)
  • Poor coverage (4)
  • Clumpy (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (53)
  • All skin types (40)
  • Going out (27)
  • Sensitive skin (20)
  • Travel (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (37), Classic style (31), Trendy style (8)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (45), Medium (29), Deep (4)

Reviewed by 78 customers

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1.0

Broke me out

By SuthnBelle

from Huntsville, AL

About Me Trendy Style

Pros

  • Natural Looking
  • Smooth

Cons

  • Causes Breakouts
  • Drying
  • Irritates Skin

Best Uses

    Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

    I really wanted to love the Face Defender. I definitely liked the way it set my foundation without having to use a powder to do so. But it felt so tight on my skin, like an uncomfortable, pulling feeling all day long. I have normal skin, not oily and not dry. I've never been sensitive. This product breaks me out into the weirdest bumps every time I use it. It looks like blisters, raised and very red. I've put it away and come back to it multiple times. Each time with a clean sponge. Every time I get the same uncomfortable tightness followed by those weird blisters. Maybe I've found the one ingredient that I'm allergic to? It's weird because the Mally Perfect Prep Face Primer also irritates my skin. With that said, her Volumizing Mascara and Eye Shadow Sticks are the best I have ever found and I have no reactions to those.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    Love It

    By Boopster

    from Kenner, LA

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting
    • Natural Looking

    Cons

    • A bit expensive

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types
    • Everyday
    • Going Out

    Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

    This my 3rd purchase of this product. I even have the small size for my purse.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not at all what I expected

    By Christine

    from NJ

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Natural Looking

    Cons

    • Clumpy
    • Difficult to Apply
    • Ineffective

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

      I saw rave reviews for this product on a morning news program and I loved what Mally said it would accomplish. She said it was better to use than powder in the summer and it gives a flawless complexion. I honestly just do not understand the product. It has a strange wax-like texture which makes it difficult to apply. It provided NO coverage at all and doesn't mix well with foundation. I use some foundation for spot concealment and when I tried to apply the Face Defender over it, it made clumps & streaks.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Great product, price less than home shop

      By Shirley

      from Jacksonville, nc

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Long Lasting
      • Natural Looking

      Cons

      • NO CONS

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types
      • Everyday
      • Extremel
      • Extremely Dry

      Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

      I use this product after applying makeup. It gives a finished looks and my makeup looks fresher longer

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ya gotta try this!

      By Kelley

      from Oklahoma City, OK

      About Me Natural Style

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Easy To Apply
      • Easy To Take-off
      • Lightweight
      • Long Lasting
      • Natural Looking
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types
        • Everyday

        Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

        After reading all the reviews I was somewhat hesitant to buy this. I needed something right away, so I went in to the store. I decided to go ahead and buy after trying it on my hand. I also bought the foundation, primer and the concealer. I am sincerely impressed! I have a multitude of "sins" to conceal and this is wonderful! This is not greasy at all. I tried it on one side of my face and put my Bare Minerals on the other. It gave better coverage and concealed pores much better and by the end of the day it still looked quite fresh where the other side did not. I think when people say it is too heavy, etc., they may be applying too much and pressing into their skin more than necessary. The primer isn't difficult to apply but is different in that you don't have to use as much as with other products & it makes you think you need to apply more but don't. I used a light, circular touch with the included foundation brush and got great results without it looking heavy or caky. I also think this light way of applying gave it a more natural look. The concealer is the same way & I love that it also came with a brush. I've tried so many different brands over the years and this is the best yet. I will definitely stay with this brand & will recommend to my family and friends.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        3.0

        Good product. Poor packaging.

        By Keren

        from AL

        About Me Trendy Style

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

              My only complaint about this product is that there is NO room within the compact for storage of the sponge - certainly not the bulky sponge that it comes with - and not even a very small circular sponge that I tried. I prefer to use this product as a touch-up throughout the day, so I would like the sponge to be safely inside the compact. The Mally Bulletproof Essentials Starter Kit has a travel size Face Defender actually holds a sponge. I'd buy that next time!

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By Vanessa

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Classic Style

              Pros

              • Blends Well
              • Easy To Apply
              • Lightweight
              • Long Lasting
              • Natural Looking
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types
                • Everyday
                • Going Out
                • Sensitive Skin
                • Travel

                Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

                I love this product. I have never used anything like it. I am glad the representative at Ulta recommended it to me. I use it every day for work and even after 10 plus hours of work it manages to stay on my face. Does not smudge and I do not need to re-apply. i LOVE it and have recommended it to friends and family members! ♥♥♥

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Likeable

                By Bo

                from Apple Valley, CA

                About Me Natural Style

                Pros

                • Blends Well
                • Easy To Apply
                • Smooth

                Cons

                • Doesn't Stay On Long

                Best Uses

                • Everyday
                • Going Out
                • Oily Skin
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

                I have oily skin, more oily than usual since I've used this BB cream I really like. So, I was looking for something to matte my skin. I was looking for a translucent powder, but I was kind of pressured to buy this product. At first I was hesitant because of the silicone, it can trap bacteria under and might cause break outs, but I have not broken out from this product yet and I've been using it for a month now. It doesn't not matte you all day if you have really oily skin like me, I have to apply it every few hours. I do like, however, how it does not appear as power and it is easy to apply, even over sweat. It instantly mattes you without the powder looking like it is caking on.

                The only other issue is the case. I have to carry it in my purse with the box it came in because there is no where to portably store the sponge the case came with. I hope they redesign that, because I do need to make touch ups, so it needs to be portable.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I'll never use a regular compact again!

                By Hair Product Fanatic

                from Rockwall, TX

                About Me Natural Style

                Pros

                • Blends Well
                • Lightweight
                • Long Lasting
                • Natural Looking
                • Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday
                  • Going Out
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

                  I got the bullet proof essentials kit and this was in it. I have wanted to try this particular product but bought the kit to get the other products as well, for the price it was the best choice. I totally love this compact. My skin is super smooth after I apply this and it really seals my foundation in. I live in Texas and it is super hot during the Summers... I was happy that this product doesn't run or get that cake look if I get sweaty. I will definitely buy this product after my trial size is gone!

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  not for me

                  By Mia T.

                  from Austin, Texas

                  About Me Natural Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Natural Looking
                  • Smooth

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Apply
                  • Doesn't Stay On
                  • Ineffective
                  • Poor Coverage

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

                    I tried to apply this correctly, with the sponge so as to not remove my makeup (I wear bb cream)but it just didn't work for me. It looked like I had no makeup on and my eye makeup especially looked blotchy. Plus it made my skin eve more oily than before. It did make my skin feel like velvet but I wear makeup to look good, not for how my skin feels. I can go bare for that.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Medium

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                    • Q:

                      I have large pores and most of these types of products settle in them instead of erasing them which in turn make my pores appear larger. Does this product truly do what it says and erase or will there be some setteling in the pores?
                      Asked on 7/1/2014 by Tara from Long island

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        This product diffuses the look of large pores and won't settle into them. To extend this product's wear and further smooth your skin and minimize the appearance of large pores, we recommend using in conjunction with Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer:
                        http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5430059

                        Apply Perfect Prep first to bare or moisturized skin, followed by your foundation, and finish with Face Defender for a flawless complexion all day long!

                        Answered on 7/2/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      I did not see the entire promo on how the product was used..so do I put my foundation on first then apply Face Defender? Thank you
                      Asked on 6/26/2014 by mom from sacramento CA

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Face Defender should be patted onto the face over your makeup to set it. Please feel free to watch Mally's demo video on our product page to view her technique!

                        Answered on 6/30/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Can I use this product to set my under-eye concealer?
                      Asked on 5/26/2014 by just me from Southeastern CT

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Yes, this product can be used to set your under eye concealer for lasting wear.

                        Answered on 5/27/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      I'm winning my battle with acne right now, and I don't want this to set me back. Will this clog my pores? Is it non comedogenic? I would LOVE this to tame my oily skin but I won't buy it until I'm sure it's not supposed to break me out.
                      Asked on 5/23/2014 by monica

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Mally Beauty does not claim that their products are noncomedogenic; however, all are sensitivity-tested and none should cause breakouts.

                        Answered on 5/27/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      can this product be used alone?
                      Asked on 5/17/2014 by polished look from orlando,fl

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Absolutely, this product can be used on bare skin alone to reduce shine and minimize the appearance of pores.

                        Answered on 5/19/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      When you apply this after foundation, does it rub off your foundation since it's more of a paste than a powder?
                      Asked on 5/15/2014 by MLEthers

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        No, when applying the Face Defender softly pat this innovative, sheer formula all over your face. Never swipe or rub as this can move your makeup.

                        Answered on 5/15/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      I don't suffer from oily skin, But I do get dry skin every now and then. Would this product still work for me?
                      Asked on 5/9/2014 by Abbybre from Memphis, TN

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Certainly! It is formulated for all skin types, and those with dry skin love it for its pore- and fine line-minimizing benefits.

                        Answered on 5/12/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Should I use powder under this product?
                      Asked on 5/6/2014 by Jenn from Spokane, WA

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        This product serves as your "powder" to prolong makeup's wear, reduce shine, and minimize the appearance of pores. There is no need to apply powder under it.

                        Answered on 5/7/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Can you use a makeup setting spray over this?
                      Asked on 4/30/2014 by Missy from Fraser, Michigan

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Yes, you can certainly spray a makeup setting spray over this product for a long lasting flawless finish!

                        Answered on 5/1/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Do you have to clean the sponge?
                      Asked on 4/19/2014 by Cat

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        We recommend cleaning the sponge weekly using brush shampoo or mild soap and water. Gently squeeze out excess water and allow to fully dry before next use.

                        Answered on 4/21/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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