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Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge

Mally Beauty

Face Defender w/ Sponge

Item #: 2262840 Size: 0.46 oz

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Mally's Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is the perfect finishing touch for your makeup. This remarkable technology yields an utterly sheer, featherweight product that diffuses the look of pores, minimizes fine lines, and helps protect your makeup so it lasts from morning to night. Face Defender gives you that flawless matte finish without the dry, ashy look of powder. The result is silky smooth skin and longer-lasting makeup. It comes with a unique buffed-edge Japanese sponge.

Not tested on animals.

Swirl the sponge in the Face Defender and softly pat this innovative, sheer formula all over your face. Never swipe or rub as this can move your makeup. Use the rounded corners of the sponge to get into all those hard to reach places, such as side of nose and inner corners of your eyes.
Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PCA Dimethicone, Silica.

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Mally BeautyFace Defender w/ Sponge
 
4.2

(based on 275 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (200)
  • Smooth (184)
  • Natural looking (182)
  • Lightweight (181)
  • Long lasting (177)

Cons

  • Difficult to apply (27)
  • Doesn't work (22)
  • Poor coverage (12)
  • Clumpy (10)
  • Doesn't stay on (10)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (161)
  • All skin types (124)
  • Going out (84)
  • Sensitive skin (54)
  • Travel (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (111), Classic style (105), Trendy style (26)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (120), Medium (120), Deep (11)

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1.0

Would not buy again.

By JM

from Round Rock, Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

Did not work for me. It lifted off my makeup no matter how light the application. Made the wrinkles more pronounced. The product cracked in two places even though I kept it on the box closed and in a drawer. I am taking it back to the store today after 5 days. Hopefully will get a refund. The compact was decent with the sponge. Only one star rating.

 
5.0

Love it!

By LilLis

from Houston, Texas

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Good Pigmentation
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting
  • Natural Looking
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

    I love this. After applying makeup you blot all over and your face looks perfect for hours.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    My new secret weapon

    By DeeAnna S2

    from Columbia, MO

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types

      Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

      All you have to do is use a light touch and glide the included sponge across the product. Then roll pat onto skin. It sets your makeup, helps keep shine at bay, and feels so natural. I absolutely love this product!

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      4.0

      good results but not a miracle product

      By peony

      from Vermont

      About Me Trendy Style

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Long Lasting
      • Natural Looking
      • Smooth

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Clumpy
      • Difficult to Apply

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

      I was sooo excited to finally buy this. After reading the reviews, I was convinced this product would change my life. I have acne-prone skin with giant pores and oily skin, so this sounded like a lifesaver. Unfortunately, though this product is somewhat effective, it's also been disappointing compared to all the rave reviews I'd heard.

      First of all, your pores do not "disappear" when you apply. At least mine don't. My skin's texture does look a bit smoother and more even from a distance, but my pores appear no less pronounced that usual. Also, although I like the look of the compact, I hated how the product looked after just a few uses. The wax (or whatever you call it) is all cracked and flaky and smudged with a bit of my foundation in the case, which is unpleasent enough to distract from how smooth your skin feels as you're dabbing it on. I remember the tester in the store looked the same way, which looked unpleasing enough to prevent me from testing it, but I chalked it up to a lot of rough use from careless customers. Apparently, that wasn't the case. Sadly, the little flakes created by swiping the product onto the sponge often end up dabbed onto your face. I have to get close to the mirror after I apply just to make sure there's no awkward residue left behind.

      All this being said, I probably will repurchase again for one reason: this stuff is really good at controlling shine throughout the day. I work in a restaurant and usually I dread looking in the mirror part way through my shift because my whole face will be an oil slick. The first day I used this, I was amazed to find only some shine on my nose. With my skin, I still need blotting papers to get through the day with a matte complexion, but the face defender definitely makes for less maintenance. I wish the sponge fit in the case so this product was portable and I could use it for touch-ups, but again, with all of the complaints I have about this stuff, what it does do it does well enough to buy again.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      4.0

      Great Mattifier

      By Laure Pruncks

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types
        • Everyday
        • Going Out
        • Travel

        Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

        My skin is very oily. I could not find a mattifier that lasted all day. This product lasts all day and is very light. I don't even know it's on my face. My mineral-based foundation goes over it beautifully. The only thing I dislike about the product is that it gets difficult to spread on the sponge when the compact is no longer full. It gets a little clumpy.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZING product!

        By Lauren

        from Lucasville, OH

        Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

        I bought this to help with my oily skin and I wish I would have found this sooner. I can go 8 hours without having to blot my face or reapply my makeup. This truly is a miracle product!!!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not meant for deeper tones

        By Kat

        from Cleveland, Ohio

        About Me Natural Style

        Pros

        • Easy To Take-off
        • Lightweight
        • Smooth

        Cons

        • Difficult to Apply
        • Pale

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

        To be honest, I was quite excited to purchase this product during Ulta's 21 days of Beauty. Patiently waited for this product to arrive. However, upon application numerous times, I came to the conclusion that the product is meant for fairer tones. I am a medium skinned African-American woman. This product appears on my skin quite pale. It does go on smooth and it does help with shine but I do not like looking like a ghost. Additionally, the product itself has split into pieces within the compact. Not sure if it is suppose to do that...

        • Skin Tone:
        • Deep
         
        5.0

        Really love this!!

        By SleeplessNights

        from Saratoga Springs, Utah

        About Me Classic Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Going Out
          • Travel

          Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

          I purchased this the first time on a steal deal with Ulta, and really love the product! I keep this in my purse for crazy hectic moments that might cause my makeup or natural skin to start getting shiny and apply this with the enclosed sponge applicator...and the shine is completely taken care of without any smudging of my makeup (if I'm wearing makeup) or just removing shine from my face. It really lasts a long time as well so it's become a part of my "must haves"

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          5.0

          This was so different I had to try it.

          By Tammy

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Blends Well
          • Easy To Apply
          • Easy To Take-off
          • 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:

            This is a great idea and it works especially if you sweat. You need to use directions when applying it. They need to make a storage for the sponge with the compact.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great alternative to powder

            By Mwm

            from California

            About Me Natural Style

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Oily Skin

              Comments about Mally Beauty Face Defender w/ Sponge:

              First of all, if you are thinking of buying this or have bought it and aren't happy with the results (or aren't sure how to use it) I really recommend watching Mally's demo on youtube. You are supposed to tap the sponge onto the product, then gently pat onto your face. I've had great results using it this way and would say it mattifies without powdery residue as promised (I have very oily skin and large pores--it doesn't shrink pores, but definitely makes them less noticeable). For that, I think this is an amazing product and would recommend it to anyone who wants an alternative to powder. However, you have to apply this with a sponge, and the packaging was designed so you can't store a sponge in the compact. For a product that is intended for touchups, that's a big problem. The sponge is enormous, the compact is bulky, and the fact that they can't be stored together is sort of ridiculous. I honestly can't think of a hygienic way of carrying this in my bag aside from putting it in a ziploc bag. I bought it as part of the Must Haves Set, so it was an insane value, and the product itself is five star, so I will be keeping it for that reason, but I wouldn't repurchase unless the packaging changed.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair

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              • Q:

                What size/oz is this?
                Asked on 5/15/2016 by Kristine from Dallas

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  0.46 oz

                  Answered on 5/17/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                Can the sponge be washed like a beauty blender?
                Asked on 4/27/2016 by Doll Face from Saint Paul, MN

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  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 4/27/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                I read in the description that it leaves a matte finish. Can I use this over shimmery blushes/highlighters? Will it dampen the shimmer defeating the point of using shimmery makeup?
                Asked on 4/24/2016 by DrLexyCat from San Diego, CA

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  The Face Defender can be used over shimmery blushes and highlighters. Make sure to use the Face Defender sparingly over such products so that you are not saturating the areas where the shimmery blushes and highlighters have been applied. We hope this helps!

                  Answered on 4/28/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                Does the Face Defender have a shelf-life? Will the product dry up if used infrequently? Will it melt if it is left in a cosmetic bag in the car on hot days?
                Asked on 3/16/2016 by Southern Belle from Atlanta, GA

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  The shelf life of Face Defender is 24 months. After opening, the product should be used within this time to avoid it drying up. There is a risk of altering the performance of a product if left in the car on a hot, sunny day. The best way to avoid damaging the product's lifespan and performance is to make sure it is stored in a cool, dark place.

                  Answered on 4/21/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                Is this a good product for people with oily, acne-prone skin? Will it cause breakouts? How long does the matte finish last if your skin is very oily throughout the day?
                Asked on 3/14/2016 by peony

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  Face Defender is formulated for all skin types. Mally Beauty does not claim that their products are noncomedogenic; however, all are sensitivity-tested and none should cause breakouts. It can be reapplied throughout the day as needed for touch-ups!

                  Answered on 3/15/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                I use a liquid foundation. Before applying powder blush with a brush, I have to powder my cheeks to keep the color from "grabbing" onto the moist surface and blotching. Where does this Mally product fit into my routine? I don't have trouble with blush wearing off. Does this leave a surface appropriate for smoothly applying powder blush? Thanks!
                Asked on 3/9/2016 by Boxofcrayons from Bossier City, Louisiana

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  This product serves as a finishing product and the last step of your makeup routine, applied after all other products. Yes, it helps to extend the wear of your color complexion products, too, not just your foundation!

                  Swirl the sponge in the Face Defender and softly pat this innovative, sheer formula all over your face. Never swipe or rub, as this can move your makeup. Use the rounded corners of the sponge to get into all those hard to reach places, such as side of nose and inner corners of your eyes. We recommend viewing Mally's application technique in the video within the product description. You will be able to feel and see your skin's silky, poreless texture once the product has been applied.

                  Answered on 3/15/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                I use Temptu Airbrush foundation, will this product work with my foundation? I am afraid it will rub off the foundation, even with a setting powder.
                Asked on 2/21/2016 by Chrissie from New York

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  It should work for you. Softly pat it on - never swipe or rub, as this can move your makeup.

                  Answered on 2/21/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                If using the product along does it provide any spf in it to protect from the sun. If not will it be okay to put a face cream on that has spf and then this product. Or will I take away the benefit of the product.
                Asked on 10/7/2015 by shayla

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  Evercolor Poreless Face Defender does not provide sun protection. We absolutely recommend wearing sunscreen under it! :-)

                  Answered on 10/8/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
              • Q:

                Is it possible to use this product as a primer before make-up to prevent/decrease oil build up throughout the day?
                Asked on 9/14/2015 by Amy

                1 answer

              • Q:

                How well does this product work when you use it alone?
                Asked on 9/13/2015 by Elaine

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  Face Defender is colorless and when worn alone on bare skin, it helps to mattify the skin for long lasting shine control.

                  Answered on 9/17/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
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