These days, I’m in the office five days a week. This has been a big change from rolling out of bed to work at the desk in my office. The most notable difference has been the amount of makeup I’m wearing. I went from wearing makeup very occasionally to wearing it every day. (The other big difference is showering regularly, but anyway…) Enter the BeautyBlender makeup sponge.
The problem with disposable makeup sponges is the following: they soak up a ton of the foundation (even if you dampen them first), they often place the foundation unevenly, and most importantly, they are downright wasteful. All of those $1.99 packages add up over time, too. For me, there is the added premium of space. Husband and I share the master bathroom and there is just not enough room to keep stacks of makeup sponges lying around. With these concerns in mind, then, I thought I would give the BeautyBlender sponge a try.
According to the corporate website, the BeautyBlender sponge claims to be the ultimate makeup sponge applicator. Invented by Rea Ann Silva, a Hollywood makeup artist, the sponge purportedly leaves users with a “professional finish and a flawless complexion” thanks to its suede-like material. Speaking of the material, it is latex-free, non-allergenic, and free of any odors (which is one thing I dislike a great deal about disposable makeup sponges). And the advantage of using makeup sponges in general is that they save foundation and (theoretically) do not leave foundation streaks.
How to Use
I prepped the sponge according to the enclosed directions, which stated that I needed to hold the sponge under cool water and squeeze it 10 or so times to fill it with water. After doing so, I pulled it out of the water, gave it a good squeeze, and as the directions recommend, squeezed it in a towel to remove any excess moisture. During this process, the sponge expanded and became larger than it had been dry. This put my mind at ease because it had seemed a little too small to be effective before this step.
The directions recommend “bouncing” the sponge against your face when applying the foundation; the fancy term for this process is called “stippling.” This method prevents any texture and tone differences, which in turn makes the makeup less obvious (cakey-ness is the enemy!). Once you finish using the sponge, you’re supposed to give it a few squeezes under the water, towel dry it, and let it finish drying in the “pedestal” that comes with it. (Very space saving!)
Well, Does It Work?
Yes. That’s the quick answer. Yes, it works wonderfully. Let me say right off the bat that I will probably not be going back to disposable sponges unless I must. I have been using this makeup sponge for a month now and have had excellent results. I never have any streaking, my skin does indeed appear smooth, and even my heaviest foundation goes on natural and non-cakey, which is an accomplishment with my super fair skin.
And my dry-skinned friends will love this: the sponge is soft enough that it does not aggravate skin dryness and leave you with flakes after applying foundation. I have a perpetually flaky forehead and nose, typically. While I do use a good micropeel before applying makeup, that only handles the flakes on my forehead. For my nose, I must use the micropeel, a gel foundation primer, and a very moisturizing liquid foundation. Even this had not been enough to avoid the flaking. Not until I got my hands on the BeautyBlender makeup sponge. It stipples softly enough that it does not cause the skin flakes to lift but helps glue them to my skin.
In addition, I have a couple of small scars on my face which have always made applying foundation, and liquid foundation in particular, very difficult. They are small, almost unnoticeable scars, but when you put foundation in them, they stand out. Not with this sponge. This sponge deposits just the right about of foundation on the scar, even in the small depression, thus hiding the scars rather than making them more obvious.
Finally, this sponge seems durable, durable, durable. As I’ve said, I’ve been using it for a month and it shows no sign of wear yet. Consumer reviews I read before purchasing this product indicate that folks have been using it for months and months and are still going strong. For someone who needs a sponge to use daily, this is a big, big plus!
That said, there are two drawbacks to this sponge. The first is its price. At over $25 for two sponges on the corporate website (you can get these for under $22 for two on Amazon, FYI), it’s significantly more expensive than disposable sponges. In fact, for some folks, it may even be prohibitively expensive. The second drawback is the way in which the sponge discolors with foundation. No matter how many times I squeeze it under the faucet after applying foundation, it still holds on to some of the foundation color. The water does run clear, but the sponge stays stained. Supposedly, with a little soap action, the foundation staining disappears. I have not tried this yet, frankly because I’m scared of what soap will do to the sponge. I may try it with a little Castile soap in the next week or so.
The Bottom Line
Yes, I’d recommend this sponge and I think anyone who wears makeup frequently should give it a try. I have donated all of my disposable sponges and will not be going back.
What do you think of this sponge? Has anyone else tried it? Does anyone have a contrasting or similar experience?
Michelle Miller has not received compensation of any sort to write this review. All of her thoughts are her own and she purchased this product with her own funds.