I have both the original blue sponge that is pictured, and the newer one, which is purple. I'd heard of beauty blender when i saw this the first time (years ago,) and was excited to try this out...I mean, it's a sponge, right? Can't be that difficult to clone.
Well, when it comes to the BB, the SK version is an awful substitute. After the first blue one I had started falling apart, I purchased the purple one assuming it was a better version. Nope. It cracked too, and neither one of them is even close to being as soft as the BB. SK doesn't expand properly when wet, and it absorbs MORE product--not less--than the BB. This was obvious upon washing the SK, in addition to having to use a lot more product than with the BB, which I finally purchased after trying Ulta's shoddy attempt to dupe the OG beauty blender.
In sum, i spent--2 SK sponges @ $9.99+1 Ulta sponge@$5=resulting in $25 wasted in the name of saving money...whereas the BB cost $25 total for 2 sponges from drugstore.com.
In sum, don't try and save yourself money on the dupes...they aren't worth it. I wasted more money than i saved, promise you.
I was debating between this & the BB, since I have never owned either one I decided to start with the cheaper version first. I have the blue one as pictured. I played with it last night & did my makeup with it this morning & I really like the way this works with my double wear from Estee Lauder. I did not notice the smell others have mentioned & I have a pretty sensitive nose? You have to be really careful with your finger nails so that you're not digging them into it. Haven't tried cleaning it yet. But if you put a wet sponge in the microwave for about a minute it supposedly kills all bacteria on the sponge without having to scrub the thing. It's latex free which is good for me since I'm allergic. So far I'm impressed! I will update when I've used it longer as to how it holds up, but it gave a beautiful finish to my makeup this morning. :)
EDIT* I still like this sponge, but it got me even more curious about the BB sponge, so today I broke down & ordered a 2pk of the BB sponges for 24.99!! I will update again once I can compare the two :)
UPDATE* I got my 2 pack of BB's yesterday & played around with it last night & used it to apply my makeup this morning. I do like the BB better. It's softer and I think easier to apply with for that reason. Smoother application. This is still a good sponge but if you're debating between the two. I would just do the BB. You can find good deals online that make it only a few dollars more than this sponge :)
I love this blending sponge, it fits into every corner on my face and blends like a dream. It gets four stars just because it is impossible to clean and spending $10 on something that doesn't last very long isn't ideal. Mine actually started to come apart after washing it the first time. :(
I actually hate that I like this. I used it with my cheap DS foundation with no expectations and it came out wonderfully. It is also great for applying setting powder. I like it much better than my MAC brush.
But I can't get past that sinking feeling I get when I use it because I know I will have one hell of a time cleaning it. I am almost reluctant to use it because I don't look forward to the cleaning. Although I love the results, I don't have time to clean this everyday, so I might be able to only use it for special occasions. I also do not like the smell of it, which is rubbery. I am not sensitive to smells, but something about this one bothers me for some reason.
Despite these cons, I will consider repurchasing again or I might go and try the beauty blender.
I absolutely love this sponge. It works so well with liquid foundation. I have not tried this with powder, but I am sure it still would do a great job. I wash this with my regular makeup brush cleanser. It does stain after a few uses, but that's a given. Just like any sponge, you have to replace this often because the top begins to not be as pointy and it looks a little dingy.
Gives a beautiful finish. Love it. Am curious to try BB now. I've ordered the 2pack for $26 and am getting some bucks back which will finally make the BB around $11 - thatz the only reason I'm ready to try BB to compare with SK one. Hope to update soon.
I used the BB today - WOW! YES, there is a difference between the 2 products! BB is less dense, becomes 3times its size when soaked in water and maybe THAT makes a difference on how the foundation goes on! Also, it is so much easier to clean than SK one!
My verdict - I like BB better than SK. But will I pay $20 for it? NO!!!! But I will look out for deals which will bring the unit price down :)
I don't know what I would do without this sponge!!! I absolutely love it!!! It makes applying foundation so easy and flawless! I actually wet the sponge and then ring it out and then I add foundation right to the top of the sponge and kind of blot all over my face. Before I had this I used my finger tips and what a mess.. I'm so happy I found this! The only thing I don't love about it is that I find it kind of hard to clean.. It's stained with makeup and I can't really tell if it's entirely clean.. I just rinse until water runs clear but with sponges sometimes the makeup gets deep inside.. So hopefully I'm cleaning it enough! It has lasted me a very long time and I clean it very often.
I just got my sk sponge yesterday at Target for 9.99 and I think I like it.
I heard from YT that it works well, if not better than the BB. The BB is $20-$25/each, so it's definitely a price difference. I have never used the BB, so I can't fairly compare, but for the SK blending sponge, I got a compliment on my skin today! I have really dark melasma spots on my cheeks and have a hard time applying makeup w/o building up too much and looking fake. This blender works well to apply just what I need where I need it and the overall affect is really....flawless. IMO.
I wet the sponge thoroughly with water, then squeeze it out, then apply my foundation (Estee Lauder Dbl Wear). I bounce my concealer on the spots and it's pretty well concealed. Plus, the application doesn't leave me feeling like I have a mask on. I like it so far. I clean it w/Dr. Bonner's soap, which works out really nicely. I am holding back on the positives until I see how long this sponge lasts...I hear they should be replaced every 3 months...we'll see! :-)
For the price and final affect, I think it's worth it to spend the $10 vs $20
on this vs BB.
I bought this sponge to help apply liquid foundation. It does an amazing job! My foundation looks flawless. It was definitely worth the $9!
I spotted this sponge when shopping at Target, and it looked like it would be good for applying liquid foundation and cream concealers. It functions very well in this way, and it's a great shape for reaching all parts of the face; especially around the nose. I am terribly disappointed in the quality of this sponge though. After two washes, with Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castille Soap, it is stained badly, and the texture feels "coated". It seems to be peeling. The Kashuk sponge is soft, and it helps makeup blend nicely, but it seems to absorb too much liquid foundation, and it doesn't wash well. I really like the shape of the sponge for under eye concealer and applying neutralizer in the eye and nose areas, especially. I know this sponge is well-loved, so perhaps I got a defective product, or perhaps Dr. Bronner's Peppermint is the wrong cleaner to use...
**EDIT** Turns out I hit the nail on the head with my speculation about Dr. Bronner's Peppermint liquid soap...Today, after I applied my foundation with my Kashuk sponge, I squirted my Mrs. Meyer's Honeysuckle hand wash onto it as I was washing my hands after makeup application. The Kashuk sponge came completely clean! I mean - it looks like it's brand new! Some of what I thought was "peeling" must have been foundation remnants balled up onto the sponge. Now, all the stains are gone, and the sponge feels fresh and light again. I hadn't thought about it until this incident, but my foundation, MUFE Face & Body, is waterproof - so Dr. Bronner's, which is gentle, has the same effect on my sponge as regular eye makeup remover has on waterproof mascara...none. I washed my Sephora elliptical sponge with Mrs. Meyer's hand wash, and voila! It's like new again as well. The problem wasn't the sponges, it's the cleanser I was using to try to clean waterproof makeup.