One of These Is Not Like the Other

As the title goes, one of these images is not like the other two.

One of these images is a powder puff – you know, the applicator for powder cosmetics. The other two are of a breed in which the term, “powder puff,” is often applied. As you can see, the term is used for good reason. The coat of this breed has a soft and dense undercoat, and an outer coat of a coarser and curlier texture. When bathed and brushed, the coat stands off the body creating an overall “powder puff” appearance.

You’ve likely guessed the breed to be the Bichon Frise, but did you identify which images belongs to the dogs and and which one is an actual powder puff? Scroll down for the answer.

You can tell by the green background that the bottom image in the collage belongs to a dog.

The other dog image has the pink background behind it.


To prove that we didn’t pull a fast one, the remaining image – the actual powder puff – came from one of the puffs below:

bichon frise, powder puff, term

As an aside, historically, powder puffs were made of very fine down feathers, cotton, or fine fleece. The criteria of what makes a good powder puff isn’t just its softness. An important characteristic of powder puffs is their “intake ability,” namely, how well the puff can hold powder. Important factors in designing high-intake synthetic powder puffs are mostly geometric ones: fiber diameter, pile length, and space between fibers, and little dependency on material factors. To our knowledge, no one (thankfully) has used an actual Bichon Frise in that capacity. 

All our images were found unattributed on-line, and we will happily credit upon receipt of information

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