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Misc Beauty Tools - Sonia Kashuk - Blending Sponge

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  • 78% would buy again
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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 6/1/2009 2:13:00 PM More reviews by tristitia

Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I usually apply my foundation with my fingers - no time for stippling, for sure - but I couldn't help the curiosity I had for this thing after reading all the raves for it, and broke down and purchased it.
And I'm glad I did - I was amazed at how my foundation looked this morning! So natural, so airbrushed! And my concealer - so perfectly blended! And I've not needed any touchups for shine today, either - coincidence?
It does soak up a ton of product, though - I used about 4 pumps (even with the sponge dampened) instead of my usual 1.5 This isn't a big deal for me, because I don't usually use expensive foundation - but if I were paying $40/bottle for something I'd certainly feel otherwise...
Plus, I think $9 for a little piece of colored rubber is a bit much - but since it works so nicely, I would repurchase...

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 5/28/2009 11:27:00 AM More reviews by CHLee916

Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown

I was reading posts on the BF (Beauty Forum) about the beauty blender. I read on it and called a local retailer and they were out. :(

I did some research on sponges (as I am NOT a fan of them) and saw a lot on this one. Some good, some not so good.

As usual, I forgot about it until I went into Target last night with partner. I always look at cosmetics (much to her chagrin) and I spied the little sponge all by its lonesome. Seriously, it was the only one left and just sitting on a random shelf.

I picked it up along with the SK nude blush and concealer palette and walked around the store. I opted not to buy it but later went back and purchased it (I have the purple one).

I opened it in the car and evaluated it. It smells terrible and I figured I'd dampen in and it would smell better...WRONG!

For the record, it's a tie for me applying foundation - either my fingers or the MAC 187 brush and then touch up lightly with a cheap sponge. This morning I wet the sponge and applied my foundation with my fingers and used the sponge to blend in. I dabbed it in my concealer as well and blended. The smell is awful but it did a pretty decent job of blending but nothing spectacular or so I thought until I went the restroom at work and saw my skin. The foundation just was impeccable and airy looking.

I'm back - I watched several tutorials on YouTube and I tried it this morning. Stipling the foundation and then bouncing/patting the foundation on the sponge and the difference was amazing. I pulled out of the garage and checked my foundation in the rear view mirror in natural light and was blown away. I've got a couple of boo boos that I can't seem to shake and you couldn't even see them this morning. The look is flawless and the ease of operation is just as flawless as the look.

I like the shape of this one - almost like grooves on the sides for a great grip. It is easy to handle and gets corners and just covers amazingly. It is one of the smoothest looks I've had.

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rated 4 of 5 on 5/25/2009 10:41:00 AM More reviews by semor211

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

I like this sponge, and would have given it a 5, but I was a little disappointed in its lasting power. I haven't had mine *that* long and it's already worn out and not working like it used to. I think I will repurchase, but I'm going to try just a regular damp latex sponge first. No since in spending 10 dollars on a product that you'll have to throw out in a few months if a cheaper version works just as well!

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 5/22/2009 11:00:00 AM More reviews by genalewis

Age: Unknown Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Other

I have used all kinds of foundation over the years, and I have tried applying it in every way possible. I've used my fingers, brushes and sponges. But I've never gotten what I would consider a perfect application every time with any method. That is, until I picked up the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge. The one I purchased was on sale at Target for $8.99, and it was the purple sponge. I understand that SK used to carry a blue version of this sponge as well. Every woman wants to have the flawless look of airbrushed makeup, but it is so hard to get at home. Let me say that I have used airbrush foundation, and had good results. But nothing has left my face looking as soft and perfect as using liquid foundation with the SK sponge. I use the flat end to dot on my foundation, then I continue to dot to blend in. I use the pointy end to blend in the crease of my nose and under my eyes. It is so soft, and works like magic to blend foundation and concealer. You can't detect foundation when you blend properly with this sponge. It washes easily with soap and water for a quick cleanup. I am so pleased with this sponge, and I recommend that all women who wear foundation own this.

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rated 5 of 5 on 5/21/2009 5:36:00 PM More reviews by jamiesusie

Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I absolutely love this sponge! Its quite hard to find though now that everyone is looking for it. I had to go to two different target stores before I found it and I grabbed it like someone was about to rip it out of my hands. LoL! There were only two left, you see my point! :-) This is the best way I have found to apply my liquid foundation. Some people were saying that the Revlon Color Stay foundation dries quickly and is hard to blend, but blending it with the damp blending sponge made the task easy and effortless! It does seems to wear quickly and not all the foundation comes off the bottom. I'm not sure if the foundation is staying on the sponge or staining it cause the rinse water is clear.... I would most definately buy this sponge again and I have referred many friends to it also! I lovers it! LoL!

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rated 5 of 5 on 5/16/2009 3:13:00 AM More reviews by kwinki

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

Love it love it love it! I bought this sponge instead of the beauty blender at my local target and even though I was a bit skeptical about it at first, after one use I fell in love. When I use this product, I use less liquid foundation and I can also use this for my EDM foundation and concealers. This sponge allows for light to full coverage and gives a nice airbrushed look. I usually clean my sponge with baby shampoo and it seems to work well, but one thing that I noticed was that the sponge seems to wear at the bottom not long after first use. This is highly recommended and I think I might go buy another one since its so easy to use and cheaper than the beauty blender.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 5/4/2009 1:25:00 PM More reviews by GetLowxX

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Other Eyes: Blue

I recently picked up this cute little sponge as a cheaper alternative to the BeautyBlender sponge. Also, because a few of my friends suggested I try it. I normally use MAC brushes to apply foundation, mostly the 190 and on occasion, the 187.
I recently bought Studio Sculpt foundation from MAC and tried applying it with both of those brushes and it looked HORRIBLE. Instead of giving up on the foundation altogether, I decided to try it out with this sponge. Mine is the blue color for reference that I got at the local Target.
This cute little sponge fits perfectly in my hand as I'm applying foundation. This sponge also made me love the Studio Sculpt! I find that this sponge also has a funny chemical smell, but what makeup sponge doesn't smell strange at first?
I usually just dab my foundation on with the sponge and then start buffing it in for a natural look. It's easy to blend it hard to reach places like around the nose, corners of the eye and undereye.
For $10, I'm very happy with this sponge. It's better than spending over $30 anyday for a makeup brush. I also washed it out and although most of the foundation didn't want to seem to come off (even with antibacterial hand soap) the smell did seem to go away and made the sponge more spring-y when I washed it and squeezed all the excess water out.
Would I buy again? Definitely so and I'll be picking up one for my mom for Mothers Day!

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 5/2/2009 12:15:00 AM More reviews by RitaPerfect

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Other Eyes: Black

I don't live near a Target, so I was devastated when I lost my Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge a little after I had purchased it. It was stuffed into a little makeup bag that I tossed into my backpack before I left my house. Somehow, between the hours I left for school and the time when I came back, I lost it. Now I am very careful not to leave my backpack opened because things can fall out easily, or it can tempt others to steal when I'm not looking -- but I sincerely hope no one had stolen my makeup. But back to the topic! Yesterday, I finally got a chance to visit Target again and I was ecstatic to find that they had one (yes, just ONE) Blending Sponge left on the shelf. I noticed that the color is now a deep purple instead of a light blue. I quickly checked the label on the container to make sure that it was a real Sonia Kashuk product and not some rip-off. After I bought it and opened it, I realized that the purple sponge is a little different. I remember that the light blue sponge was very dense and it applied my liquid foundation very evenly. It was THE perfect high-quality sponge. This new purple sponge is softer and very squeezable, just like any other cheap cosmetic sponge that I can get from the drugstore. I am so disappointed because the sponge's density was what made me love this product in the first place. The only reason why I would even repurchase this product is because of its unique shape, which fits all the contours on your face. Still, every time I use this, I get a nagging feeling that this purple sponge is not as good as its predecessor. But like the blue sponge, the purple one has that weird chemical smell too!

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/30/2009 11:16:00 PM More reviews by imsomelicious

Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I'm so happy I found this little gem, and mine is purple too, not the blue one. It makes my Revlon colorstay foundation look completely flawless. The sponge itself I thought would feel cheap and rough since it's half the price of the original beauty blender, but it's exactly the opposite. It's really soft. The flat side is great for the cheek and forehead and the pointed side is amazing for getting into the corners of the nose and under the eyes. The groove in the middle makes applying easy. I have nothing bad to say about this thing, love it.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 4/28/2009 6:47:00 PM More reviews by smashbox2

Age: 36-43 Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Other

This has been the hardest little thing for me to find...aside from the "unicorn"! But I finally found the purple one! Tried it out right away and wow! I can see what the raves are all about on this. I love it more then my foundation brush. They need to start making more of them so they are easier to find!

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