So for the record, I have only used this twice...it think it's an amazing product, and I will repurchase as needed as long as I enjoy the finish this gives to my foundations. I do however see some of the issues people have with this and I will attempt to speak on those in this review.
I used this sponge with a normal liquid foundation (Revlon Photoready...not a fav at all, I am just trying to use up) and a mouse foundation (specifically Revlon ColorStay Whipped). This foundation worked beautifully with a liquid foundation. It blended the foundation until it was undetectable and still provided amazing coverage, my foundation looked like my skin, which is sometimes difficult with this foundation. It did not do very well with the whipped foundation...I usually put a little on the back of my hand and then use a brush to apply it to my face little by little...so I used the same technique with this sponge...and my makeup was splotchy and took forever to blend out. I should have applied it in small dots all over my face then used a really wet sponge to blend it. After I figured that out it was fine but it still look longer than I usually take on my foundation, which I don't like. Also, I think long wearing foundations will stain this product. My MAC pro longwear concealer stained this, and so did my Revlon colorstay whipped but the other liquid products did not at all. If u are trying to keep the product from staining u either need to use non-long wearing products or wash it immediately. Washing a sponge is about disinfecting it...getting out the bacteria...and running it under hot water to sanitize it...people that are trying to get all of the color that was deposited out the sponge are probably washing it too hard, which is why it is falling apart very quickly.
I used Tone Body Wash to wash this (that is my hands down favorite makeup cleaner, it's cheap, it works well, rinses clean, and has never irritated my skin when I clean my brushes with it). It washed clean and there was only a little staining, so that was good. I can see how some people will say this will fall apart quickly. It is not a tough as the BB, and the pores are a lot move fine. This means that it will feel wetter, and be harder to clean. When I cleaned this I just rolled it around in my palms and squeezed the water out of it and filled it with water until all of the foundation was out...I did not massage it with my fingers bc I think that will put tears in it over time.
The price is cheap and it applied makeup more flawlessly and quicker than a brush...for that reason I will continue to buy and use...bc of the price point I also think it's comparable to the BB...A BB needs to be replaced every 3-4 months with daily use and washing...this sponge may need to be replaced monthly with daily use and washing but it's 1/4th the price. I think that makes it a winner.
I've come to term with the fact my skin sucks!!! It will never be flawless and neither will my makeup :/ this sponge helps though when my skin goes through its dry phases (alot) I use it damp and it makes my base look smoother than it would with a foundation brush or regular sponge, it's a cute little orange sponge with an odd shape and its really cheap and can be washed and re used :) I will repurchase this when I need to.
So today is the second day i have used this and i must admit that the finish this gives is flawless. I used it yesterday with my LM tinted moisturiser and got a beautiful finish and have used today with Bobbi Brown's BB cream and have achieved the best finish i have ever had with this product which is difficult to work with.
I have only used the sponge damp so wouldn't be able to comment on how it works dry. I can also understand some of the other reviewers who have complained about loss of shape and tearing as i can already see this coming :-(
For £5 i am really happy with this as i personally wouldn't mind spending £5 every couple of months on a new sponge as this saves time and effort and the finish is airbrushed, however i do think it soaks up a little more product than you would normally use so not sure if it works out expensive over a long period of time??? Will need to see how i get on but if i notice a lot of product being wasted then i will probably save this to use on special ocassions only or holidays etc when you want to look polished and flawless.
Overall a great product but will need to see if it works for everyday use x
Not very happy... Had this product for just under 3 weeks and used about 4 times, already tearing and once washed it completely looses shape. Before this absolutely loved the product and the flawless finish it gave.
Firstly; I've never used the Beauty blender, or any other sponge applicator and never really felt the need to either since I'm really happy with the tool I typically use for my foundation (Sigma F80 - LOVE!) After using this I've come to the conclusion that I don't like working with sponges. I think it soaks up too much of my foundation, and it doesn't feel like it applies anything to my face (which I guess can be a good thing for those looking for a lighter coverage, or are very afraid of turning into a "cake-face"). After applying foundation with this I'm always unsure if I covered all of my skin or if I'm gonna have a completely uncovered spot somewhere. But I do have to admit that my foundation does look pretty airbrushed and natural after using this, and I would recommend people trying it out if they're curious. Absolutely nothing wrong with this sponge, but this technique of applying foundation just isn't my cup of tea :)
I have never bought the original BB so I can't really compare it to that. But I will say that I love this sponge!
For a long time I have been trying to find the perfect foundation brush - and this beats all I have tried hands down, it gives me a perfect airbrushed finish.
I got it in 3for2 across all products at Boots, and it cost £5.99 - which is a lot cheaper than the £16 BB.
Different sides for different uses (I use with foundation, concealer & powder)
Stains (mine stained with one use of Revlon colorstay, even when I washed immediately after use).
Soaks up a lot of product.
See the following video for my first impression review, and demo, video on the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
I feel like this is the closest dupe for the original beauty blender. I am an advert bb user but I didn't always wanna spend $20 on a sponge every few months so when I heard about this I had to try. I do like it the ONLY problem that I have with it is that I feel like it soaks up my product so terribly bad and it's too soft. But for the price of it and the quality not too bad.
EDIT: still love this sponge however it's falling apart very quickly. Little pieces keep breaking off. So yes it's cheap but if I have to replace every other month it's really not saving me any money. I've had my beauty blender for months and clean it regularly and it is barely showing signs of wear. I'm a little sad :(. I really would love if they changed the quality of the sponge or if beauty blender came out with one with this same shape. Cause I much perfer the real techniques shape.
Finally something that is on the beauty blender level and wayyyyyy cheaper! I bought this after seeing Casey Holmes review on YouTube. She loved it and since she was a hardcore beauty blender user like myself I thought I would give it a go. I had to order off eBay cause I can't find in Canada. It was about $12 which is still cheaper then the $30 beauty blender. It made my foundation look flawless and perfect. I got a much better finish then I do with the beauty blender. I love using the flat edge to apply my foundation. I won't be buying a beauty blender again that's for sure!
Only cons is that it doesn't come with a little holder and I hate the colour. But those are minor details.
I already have the real techniques brush sets and this compliments them nicely! I use the sponge after stippling the foundation onto my skin as I think it gives a much better finish! Dont know how I went without this.
Extremely soft and great for use when damp or dry
Great shape as the flat side reali helps with under eye area
Easy to clean
Cheaper than a beauty blender but does the same job but better!
I agree that you do really have to look after this otherwise the edges on the flat side tend to tare
After a few uses and washing, the sponge can tend to soak up more product than it already did but not a hug amount
Overall, I think this is a great product and has been clevery designed to fit the contours of the face. The cone ended rounded side is also great to use with powder and the flat side is great to use with foundation and concealers. I definately would repurchase.