I bought one of these about a year ago and loved it. It was very durable and easy to use. After a while they do break down. So a few weeks ago I went and bought another. They changed the way they use to be and now its like dabbing your face with solid brick of concrete and sucks. It is not very absorbent and doesn't blend anything well. I don't care if it was only $4.50. They use to make one of the best makeup sponges. But now its just a waste of money.
I really love the original model of this sponge (the basic pink one), but I absolutely HATE the newer, pink and white striped one. The newer make is firmer, and not pleasantly textured at all, making it hard to even apply foundation smoothly. I have washed it several times, tried kneeding it to loosen it up, and have tried to like applying foundation with it and nothing works. The older make is much better. It squishier, feels nicer in your hands, and applies like a dream. PLEASE SOHO, bring the old sponge back.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SPONGE!!! I usually airbrush my face because I hate the way my face looks with regular application all caked up and my fine lines show up within hours even after applying powder after trying this product I look just as good with this sponge with half the effort and time! I recommend this sponge for those of us low budget beauties i love how it makes my foundation go on FLAWLESSLY and with half the product I would regularly use with a brush the only thing is the shape its kind of hard to grasp the sponge sometimes but it doesn't really take away from the great quality plus 1/4 the price of the B-Blender great deal.!
- easy to clean
- sheer coverage
- tears easily
- doesn't last
COMMENTS: This is very soft and bouncy, but tears quite easily and sheers out foundation too much. It does work amazingly for the under eye area due to its shape, but I don't like the way the sides of the sponge blends my foundation. I prefer to use the pointed corners only as I get more bounce during application. This works best if misted with a setting spray or water, but not completely soaked as I like to have more coverage out of my products. Overall, not worth it. I got less than a month's use before there was a huge tear and it only worsened after each wash.
Will not repurchase.
Great dupe for Beauty Blender! Like many others mine developed a small tear within first week but that hasn't affected it's functionality though. I would purchase again.
EDIT: I also tried the RT Sponge. I like the SOHO better. The SOHO doesn't soak up as much product and gives more coverage. RT was soaking up too much and making my foundation look too sheer. The RT is much softer than the SOHO sponge and easier to wash since it soaks up more water/soap.
I love this thing! It gives me perfect airbrushed,flawless, even coverage with my BB cream or foundation and concealer, I need to be able to build my products up to full coverage due to hyper pigmentation and this sponge is the best at doing what I need. In the past I have used my Sonia Kashuck synthetic flat top, Sigma duo fiber step long brush/F50 and for heavier application Sigma F60(Typical liquid foundation brush) they all work very well but I feel like this sponge is the best :) The end result is just so beautiful. I have not had any problems with the sponge ripping easily like some other reviewers, I've used it about 8 times so far and washed it about 5, it is stained from my products but I personally dont mind. I picked this up for about $5 at Wal-mart, and will pick up a few backups the next time I'm there. I say you should at least try it before you buy one of the more expensive sponges, you might like it.
I saw all this craziness going on about the beauty blender thingy-muh-bob, and being eternally tight-fisted I had no intention of spending big bucks for a glorified makeup sponge. I found this bad boy at Wal-mart for under $5, so I snatched it up. (I have mild Rosacea and a touch of adult acne to boot, so I wanted to use this to help me get better coverage with my foundation.)
All I can say after using the SOHO Beauty Sponge is that I absolutely, positively LOVE it! My foundation looks so much more consistent, I can more heavily cover the more unsightly spots that pop up (without the extra concealer.....BONUS!!!), and I don't use nearly as much foundation as I used to when I applied it with my fingers. It's durable and washes easily. (I use baby shampoo, FYI.)
Basically, if you need better coverage or just want to give the whole "Beauty Blender" thing a shot without spending a fortune, BUY THIS NOW!!!
Poor Quality Sponge
The sponge worked fine to apply my concealor and foundation. But it tore after only 3 washes!
Ridiculous waste of $8.00 (purchased from Walgreens). I will NOT purchase again but in the meantime I'll try to make the darn thing last as long as possible to get my money's worth.
ABOUT ME: I'm a 43-year old Latina woman with very fair olive skin (mature/combination/sensitive type). I have some minor facial lines and redness.
USAGE: I've used this applicator a few times in the past week.
RESULTS/REVIEW: *sighs* I hate admitting this. It's good for the price, but it's NOT a Beauty Blender dupe and CAN'T compare well.
I took the plunge and splurged on a pair of Beauty Blenders last month. Honestly, they're superlative. Especially for creamier, heavy coverage foundations. You get an incredible, lightweight, seamless finish. I cringe whenever I think of the price tag, but honestly so far no worthy competitor has made itself known.
THAT SAID, the SOHO Beauty Sponge is probably the closest match to the BB I've tried. It doesn't "bounce" and it sucks in more product. If you're willing to work with it, you'll get a nice makeup application, but it takes more time and effort. It is denser and harder (though not as hard as some other sponges). I was satisfied with the final application but it just wasn't as comfortable and easy as the Beauty Blender.
I wish the beauty industry would pull it together. The Beauty Blender can't be THAT hard to manufacture that it's worth $20! So far, though, it is what it is.
This thing blows. I paid somewhere around $7 at Walgreen's for it and that's expensive for a makeup sponge that tore after the first washing. It's comparable to the Beautyblender in terms of color and function but the quality is terrible. I bought both the SOHO sponge and BB within two weeks of each other and I've tossed the SOHO out even though its the newer of the two. With every use and wash it developed more tears and holes and it wasn't because of my fingernails or being too rough with it; the BB was used at the same time with the same detergent (Daiso) and went through the same treatment and that sponge looks almost new still! In addition to being crappy quality the SOHO is more difficult to use because of its shape and density: neither lends ease to applying liquid foundation. It's simply too round and firm to be comfortable or efficient at depositing pigment onto your face. There's just not enough surface area making contact with your skin. Picture a bicycle tire rolling across pavement--not much touching between the two, right? And the shape isn't exactly ergonomic either. I was so fed up with the SOHO upon discovering yet another tear after another frustrating session of applying foundation that I cut the bloody thing in half width-wise to try and create a flatter surface for stippling. It didn't work so into the trash it went.
Here's some SOHO vs. Beautyblender info:
lighter pink / deeper, brighter pink
elliptical with pointy ends / like an egg
denser and firmer / airy and light
~4" dry / ~2.25" dry
developed tears and holes with every use and washing / still going strong 2+ months in
both: no major odors, expanded in water to almost 2x size, good for airbrushed liquid foundation look if used damp with a stippling motion
For those wanting something similar to the Beautyblender but not wishing to shell out $$ for it, try the Shopper's Drug Mart brand Quo blender sponge. It's $5CAD for one, comes in a gourd shape in purple, and does everything the BB does for cheaper. Expands in water, is pleasantly squishy soft, and it's actually nicer to hold in the hand than the BB because of its "waist." Keep in mind it is a tad denser so *may* pick up more product, thus making your bottle of foundation run out a wee bit quicker, and this feature will also cause it to deposit a slightly thicker layer of foundation onto your face. I haven't noticed a huge difference and have no complaints but it should be mentioned.
One more thing: if you use a water-based foundation, ANY dampened makeup sponge/blender will pick up and distribute the product differently than if you're using an oil or silicone-based foundation. The sponge will suck up more water-based product because it's been wet with water, and like attracts like in the makeup world. If using water-based ("aqua" as one of the first ingredients) liquid face product try applying with a brush in a stippling motion instead. Youtube has plenty of videos demonstrating technique.