I'm sorry I waited so long to try this! A lot of the YT gurus use brushes, so that's what I've been using but I much prefer this!!!
For foundation- I'm not as big of a fan of the revlon colorstay as a lot of people, but this sponge made it look pretty nice. another brand that i previously didn't like Cinema Secrets looks FANTASTIC with this sponge. Before it looked cakey and blotchy and just didn't blend well. Have to experiment more but with this sponge CS might be my HG.
For concealer- Blends concealer nicely, I prefer to apply the concealer with a brush then blend with the sponge b/c dipping the sponge directly it does soak up a little product. That's not as big of a deal with foundation, but on pricey concealer sold in small quantities, every bit counts! (at least to me)
For powder- Actually applies powder very nicely, which I find weird. I didn't like the ELF HD powder with a brush b/c it seems to leave a whitish cast but with the sponge maybe b/c it "pushes" it in to the skin more it looks really nice and smooth.
Cons: absorbs a little product (even wet) and does get stained even after washing
Pros: has reformed some products i previously didn't care for and really does a great job of blending
If you haven't tried a blending sponge before, you should!!!
UPDATE: Finally tried the Beauty Blender, and it is a little nicer, but this is still a good sponge if you're on a budget!
I personally have not tried the beauty blender, so I can't compare the two products, but overall this wasn't a bad purchase. It isn't all that soft, but it still works fine.
The one things I will say though, is that I still kind of prefer my flat top brush for foundations. I like the look I get after buffing in foundation more than the look I get with this sponge.
The Beauty Blender this is not. I bought this sponge after my Beauty Blender bit the dust. I thought the shape looked more innovative (there was a crevice for my chin!) The price point of $10 less then the BB was also a great selling point. Unfortunately that's where the love affair ended. The Sonia Kashuk sponge does not fluff when you wet it and is soooo hard. The foam is so dense that when I stipple, it feels like I'm going to knock myself out. It also takes much longer to get the foundation blended in (which when it hurts when you use it, not a good thing) I only bought this sponge a couple of weeks ago, but have already ordered another BB to replace it asap.
I don't...I don't get it. I straight-up do not understand this product. I cannot figure out how to make it work. I follow what everybody on YouTube says to do, get it wet, squeeze out the excess, and bounce/stipple it on my face...and I couldn't get it to look good, airbrushed, or blended, it just looked thick and masky. It works okay on the pointy end to blend out my under-eye concealer, but my fingers work better for that. Basically, I can't get this sponge to work for me. If anybody has a tip, message me and let me know.
This sponge is worth the $10. Its great for almost everything from liquid foundation to powder. I wash after every use to try and keep it as clean as possible but the bottom of it will never go back to the blue that it was. I run it under the water and squeeze so that it'll suck up the water and then squeeze it out again but the color will still stay. It doesn't really bother me though. What does bother me is that the sponge starts to... shed(?) I'm not quite sure how to describe it. I noticed that there were little blue pieces of the sponge that were falling off. When I say "little" I mean really little like almost dust sized, but I could see it because it was blue haha. I've had it for months though so I'm not surprised.
As for its usage though, it can't be beat! Its the more affordable version of the beauty blender. I use this in stippling motions and my makeup turns out flawless and has that "airbrush" effect. All in all a great buy.
Great product makes my foundation look flawless and airbrushed! just make sure you wet it and ring it out before use. i would buy again great substitute for people who cant afford the beauty blender!
It works well and is easy to use. It is cheap so if it does fall apart you can replace it without feeling like you spent a lot of money.
I love this sponge. I had seen the Beauty Blender and wanted to try it. This was a great budget alternative.
It is great for blending any streaks from foundation. The pointed end is great for under eye concealers - good at getting in to the small corners. I also use it for blending in blush - cream or powder. I love it for blush as it helps achieve the natural flush look nicely.
I will buy this sponge again - I don't know how I've not used one like it before.
I've seen reviews for this sponge on Youtube, mostly in comparison to the beauty blender, and the gurus typically have great things to say about it. I've heard that it's a cheaper altervative to the Beauty Blender, so I bought it for ten dollars at Target. The first time I tried it, I loved it. I loved the technique, and the finish was awesome. I was immediately turned off when I went to wash it. NONE of my foundation came out. (Granted, I wear Revlon Colorstay, which is pretty rough) but still. And then, while I was vigorously scrubbing, it ripped! I heard complaints about this happening on YT, but they gurus usually said it happened after a few months at least. I still used it for a few weeks, but it definately is not worth the money. I am greatful for this sponge though, because it brought me to the glorious day where I purchased my Beauty Blender. :) Now THAT is money well spent.
I've always wanted to try the famed BeautyBlender sponge but I just couldn't justify spending $18.00 on a little sponge. Especially since I had never tried the sponge method before. When shopping at Target, I found the SK Blending Sponge and picked it up. I feel like $10 is a bit expensive for this sponge but I still coughed up the money. (I've just recently bought a $5 one from Ulta that works exactly the same.) After a few days of the sponge method, I was in love! It makes the foundation look so natural.
There are a few things that I don't like about this sponge though. First of all, it's hard. When I see people on YT using the BB, it seems so bouncy and soft. This one isn't. It doesn't expand when you get it damp like the BB. I've found that it can be painful around the eye area if you're not careful. It soaks up some product but I can't compare it to the BB, since I don't have one. Another thing I don't like is that this sponge stains easily. I wash this regularly and will just not come clean! I've had this sponge for six months I'd estimate (I really have zero idea though!) and it's only just beginning to lose pieces. I think that's because I accidentally get it caught on my piercings though, haha.
This is a nice sponge, a little pricey though. If you have access to Ulta, I'd say head there and grab their sponge instead. It's half the price and does the exact same thing!