This is HG status for me. It has breathed new life into foundations that were just so-so on me before (Revlon ColorStay, I'm looking at you). My foundation now goes on so smooth and sheer, but still gives great coverage. I don't even know how that happens, I'm just happy it does! I have had a little bit of staining on mine, but I'm experimenting with different cleansers to see which one works the best for this. I've had no problems with mine losing shape or the firmness changing. When it is thoroughly saturated though it will get mushier and bigger, but it goes back to normal once it's dry. I think this little gem (I call mine blueberry) might have converted me back to liquid foundation.
I have not been able to clean this very well at all, and all the constant squeezing and rubbing trying to get my foundation to wash out of it has done quite a bit of damage. There are already chunks coming off of it and I've only had it for a couple of weeks :( I had to take off a couple of stars for that since there is no cleaner you can buy that is for it specifically (to the best of my knowledge), and there are no cleaning instructions on the package. Be warned, considering how short its life is, it might actually be a better deal to buy the beauty blender if it lasts longer. What a shame. Oh and if you're looking for a way to dry it easily: I took the candle out of a tealight so I was just left with the aluminum cup, and I sit it on that to dry. It's dirt cheap, easily replaced, the perfect size, and the sponge doesn't touch anything while it's drying.
This is fantastic, paired with my new HG foundation, Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Your Skin (that's a mouthful) I have gorgeous skin for the first time ever.
Like everyone else I use it wet, and I use the round part at the bottom to sponge/buff on my makeup, then the point at the top for inner eyes/nose etc. Worth the money.
This sponge is fantastic for applying makeup to give you a natural, beautiful bare-skin look. It's pricey considering it is just a sponge that needs to be replaced regularly, and it will "eat" up some of your foundation. However, I found that the key to this sponge is to make sure it is fully saturated. It takes awhile for it to fully saturate, so you can't just run it under the faucet for a few seconds and expect to rock 'n roll. You've got to hold it under the faucet for a while and wring it out a few times so that the sponge becomes thoroughly saturated all the way to the core. It will double in size and have a much more marshmallow-y appearance. Then you wring it out and wrap it in a towel and wring it out one last time and then use it.
I typically don't use this to apply concealer to my dark under eye circles because it honestly does a mediocre job at best. I'll apply concealer with my fingers first and then use the sponge to tap it smooth if it looks a bit rough. Then, I use the broad bottom of the sponge to apply foundation by bouncing the brush on my skin. I'll start heavy in the middle of a cheek and blend the foundation out towards the edges and then repeat the process with my other cheek, forehead, chin and nose. The pointed edge is really great for blending around the nose and applying concealer on blemishes (the only time this sponge works with concealer). Also, you've got to kind of work the foundation quickly with the sponge, bouncing the sponge quickly all over, so it spreads the foundation.
It's kind of a lot to do, but I think the results are really worth the effort and through experimentation, you'll quickly learn how best to use the sponge. It's really great for applying cream blush to your cheeks and for toning down harsh makeup. I don't think I'd ever use this sponge dry because it really sucks dry, it literally sucks up all the moisture. I was it with really cheap gentle face wash and it gets all the stains out. I normally rinse it a few times with water first to get as much as I can out that way, and then I add cleanser, otherwise you waste a ton of cleanser trying to clean it.
My mom, who never wears makeup, asked me today if I had been seeing a dermatologist, she said my skin looked, quote "flawless". !!!!! That's quite a complement from her. Amazing little thing, tried it out today for the first time. I used it after getting it soaking wet and squeezing the water out, then dabbing into foundation. It did soak up some of the foundation, so if I continue using it, I'll probably be going through foundation a bit faster, but the effect is as close to natural as I've ever gotten. It's $10 at Target, I wish it had cost closer to $5, b/c I don't know how long it'll hold up or if the cost of having to purchase foundation more often will be a breaking point.
I washed it with Neutrogena's Fresh Foaming wash (blue bottle), so it cleaned up pretty easily. I'll try cleaning it with eye makeup remover next time and see if that changes the sponge at all. I haven't tried the Beauty Blender version of this, but pretty happy with it overall.
I love this thing! I use it by getting in completely wet and the squeezing out the excess water. I tap it on foundation on the back of my hand and then tap-a-tap-tap again on my face, and it's a beautiful thing. At first is seems a bit streaky and shiny because the sponge and foundation are wet, but once they set it offers fantastic coverage that fills my pores but doesn't cake or crease. The point is great for going over blemishes and getting in the crevices next to your nose. Plus, it's adorable.
I have only two qualms, and small ones at that: I still haven't exactly figured out how to wash it best, and I wish it came with a case. I've been using shampoo to clean it, and it takes a long time to get all the lather out- I think I'll try it next with Cetaphil.
For less than $10, I'd say this is a worthwhile investment. I really feel that it makes mediocre foundation way better, so it somewhat pays for itself. Or at least that's how I justify more products.
I feel badly about ruining the perfect score that this sponge has already received here on productville, but I wanted to write a few thoughts about my experience with this product. First of all, it had a weird chemical smell to it when I first took it out of the package. I washed it and the smell went away for the most part, but I can still detect it a bit.
I used the sponge with my Carmindy foundation and it soaked up the product so quickly that I had to pump out another pump in order to finish my foundation application! That never happened with the Beautybender, used either damp or dry! So I tried the Kashuk again, this time slightly dampened, and the foundation went on so unevenly that I had to retouch with my fingers. Another reason I am not so crazy about the Kashuk version is that it is so big! I had to keep turning the sponge to try different parts of it to get close to the sides of my nose and near the eye area. And it's stiff, too. It is not nearly as soft and pliable as the Beautyblender. I had high hopes because the Kashuk is half the price of the Beautyblender, but now that I have tried it, I'm going back to the pink. I won't repurchase the Kashuk.
This is a great blending sponge. I use it to apply liquid foundation and blend concealer. the shape is user-friendly and it washes well. I've used the beauty blender as well and the SK is a bit softer, but I don't see a major difference in application.
-Half the price of a Beauty Blender
-In the middle of the sponge it curves in, so you can hold it better
-Point is great for nose area
-So soft and squishy!
-Dries pretty fast
-Smells weird! I've already washed it twice, so the smell is fading a little though.
-Maybe this was just because of my soap (used Purpose and then tried Dr.Bronners) but it still had spots where my foundation was
-The package it comes in doesn't have a holder for the sponge like the BB, but it can still hold it. It would just have to be sideways not upright.
Overall, my foundation looked pretty good! Not streaky or cakey at all and the coverage was light-medium(but that could just be the fndt). I didn't sqeeze out most of the water (you should according to BB video) and it still worked great.
I'm one of those people who fought off buying the BeautyBlender because how could any sponge be worth $20.00. Two days after I finally broke down and bought two off Ebay, I found out that Sonia Kashuk had created her own dupe. .As luck would have it, I found two of the little blue "Peeps" on a Target outing while my BB have yet to arrive through the mail,
Bottom line: This is fun to use and it works. The shape is like a bell with a rounded bottom and a pointy top. You can use the bottom to get the bouncy effect of BeautyBlender, which is mostly spherical with a pointed top. The top of both BB and the Peeps sponge is designed for getting in the corners of the eye and other hard-to-reach spots.But here's where it has an advantage over the BB--the sides are cylindrical so you can use it as a paint foam roller, taking a blob of foundation and spreading it evenly,The surface of the sponge is very fine so you get a very even applicaton. I used it with a damp sponge--BB's directions actually; the SK product has almost in the way of product instructions included with it--and the coat was so thin, the foundation looked like tinted moisturizer. I applied a second coat in strategic areas and that gave me the coverage I needed..
The sponge was not stained by the foundation, and cleaned up quickly and thoroughly with baby shampoo. Will update the review with info on
how it holds up through repeated washings.
Overall, I think the main advantages of the Peeps sponge over a foundation brush are speed
and performance--it's easy to get streaks if you're not using your foundation brush correctly. With this little baby and its paint-roller type of action,
, messing up your foundation is almost impossible.
Does it make you look airbrushed? In the right hands possibly,but that wasn't my experience. It did yield very satisfactory results in substantially less than a minute. Some people have switched to minerals becauss they hate the hassle of putting on liquid foundation.
This sponge will allow your to switch back.
I finally found the elusive Blue Peep sponge. The container calls it "The blending sponge. The perfect sponge to access hard to reach areas. Apply, blend, smudge and pat your way to perfection."
The feel of this sponge is very similar to the Beauty Blender Pink Egg sponge. This one is a tad bit firmer than the pink egg I have, but the pink egg is a few months older, and they seem to get softer the older they get.
The shape doesn't seem to make much of a difference to me. I used it the same way I have used the pink egg, bouncing my foundation on. I haven't ever used the sponges for concealers, but I think I may try it with this one. I think that the blue peep might be a bit more easy to hold if you are applying m/u on someone else. At $9.99, its cheaper than the Beauty Blender. Keep looking, it will make it out there sooner or later.