I'm on the fence with this one. I love using it to blend creme blush on my cheeks but to me it's just okay on foundation. I would just as soon use a triangle shaped sponge. The big reason that I'm not happy is because after about a week of daily use, my sponge started to get crumbly a little. IMO, for the price, it should last longer. I don't aggressively wash it, just a little soap and water and rinsing then I let it air dry. It does soak up foundation but that doesn't bother me because I use a drugstore brand. I think for the price I'd like to try the BB. However, this is more convienent to buy since I can pick it up at Target and I'm there at least once a week. So I may or may not purchase again although I love it for creme blush.
YOU MUST USE DR. BRONNER'S CASTILE LAVENDER SOAP WITH THIS SPONGE! You can get this soap at many "health" food stores and such, it's under $6 at Whole Foods all over the country. This soap cleans all of the makeup off of this sponge, almost instantly, and is very low sudsing, so the sponge rinses clean in around 10 seconds—with only a few squeezes under the water; TRUST ME, if you try to use regular soap or shampoo with this sponge, your makeup may not fully come out, and this blue sponge will absorb MUCHO soap and you will be rinsing for a matter of minutes, and you will dread having to wash this sponge. Plus the wear and tear of this much washing and squeezing will make the sponge start to break apart in a matter of weeks. Dr. Bronners with this sponge is as good as the Beauty Blender with the Blendercleaner. I hated cleaning this sponge until getting Dr. Bronners, but now it's a 10 second breeze.
Having used this side by side with the Beauty Blender, I gotta give the heads up to the Beauty Blender. It really is a better sponge—softer and gives a more uniform appkication; since the BB is softer, it is more bouncy and more "fun" and gives a smoother application of creme foundations for me (and if cleans lickity split with the Bronners soap—in 5 seconds, HALF the time of the SK sponge).
The SK is a decent sponge, particularly if you aren't real fussy and are budget oriented.
This sponge combined with MAC's Full Coverage gives me a very nice finish—high coverage to cover my rosacia and redness, but it's sheer and even enough that it doesn't look makeup-eee in the least (but it's not as even and nice of a finish as the Beauty Blender).
It works well also with my MUFE HD liquid too, but I think this sponge really excels with creams (can absorb lots of liquid).
I've never tried the Beauty Blender and I hate paying even the $10 for this one. In addition, I just bought my second one tonight and the size is sooo much smaller than my first one yet the price is the same :(
On the bright side, I really like it. I tend to use it for blending concealer and foundation around my eyes. It absorbs a little too much of my $40 foundation so I just use my fingers for that.
I bought the $4 Ulta brand one and it's not the same. This is worth the extra $6.
I like this sponge. My makeup does look really good with it, and it feels good on my face. It is nice to get right under my eyes. It is a nice feeling to be able to buy dupes of products, because I am not about to pay 20 dollars for a sponge
Love this! I've used both the beautyblender and this and they're quite different. But both good in their own way. This is a lot denser and I find that it stipples better than the bb. It's also a lot cheaper. I'll definitely be buying this again.
This sponge serves its purpose, but it's not that great. It certainly isn't as good as the original Beauty Blender. I think it's too firm, which, ironically, doesn't make it last any longer. If I used this regularly I would have to repurchase it frequently. Why? Because basically I have to beat the hell out of it to get it clean! It holds on to the product for dear life. I use Dr. Bronner's liquid soap to clean it and all my other brushes. Each time I wash it I have to really go at it and by the time it's over I'm seeing tiny purple particles swirling down the drain. And now the thing is filled with pock marks.
I do like how it can cover large areas pretty quickly, but I'm not sure it's giving the same airbrushed effect the BB does. I would repurchase in a pinch but I would rather have a BB.
This thing is okay. I want to like it more than I do, but it has some major faults. First of all, even though it is cheaper than the Beauty Blender, it's still kind of expensive for a sponge. But it would be worth it to me if it performed well. It gives me a lighter coverage than I would like, for one thing. For another, it uses up so much foundation! I usually apply my Revlon ColorStay using a dual-fiber brush or a flattop brush. Because the ColorStay doesn't come with a pump, I pour it out onto the back of my hand and then dip the brush into it, but I usually accidentally pour out more than I need. I usually have quite a bit left over when using a brush to apply. When I use the sponge, ALL the foundation on the back of my hand gets used up. Plus, I'm not getting the coverage I feel I need.
I'm going to keep working on this. I have tried it wet and dry to no avail. The best use I can come up with is to apply the foundation with one of my brushes as usual, then use the smaller tip of the sponge to apply extra foundation around my eyes to cover dark circles. Maybe there is a future for this sponge if I try it with different concealers.
I had no idea how I could get my makeup any smoother until I tried this sponge. I have tried a duo-fiber brush and the SK synthetic flattop but neither comes close to the flawless application that this sponge provides. I use it to blend concealer and apply tinted moisturizer and it gives a smooth, airbrush-quality finish that is natural (no caking). I don't particularly like having to get up to wet the sponge but since I can blend concealer and foundation with one tool, I can let that slide. I also find it's easier to clean than a brush (and more thorough and hygenic). I noticed a bit of staining from the makeup but it doesn't affect performance. I use Dr.Bronners Peppermint castile soap to clean it and that works quite well.
UPDATE: I started using this to blend my cream/liquid blushes after applying foundation and it simply looks marvelous! Using and cleaning one tool instead of 3 brushes has been such a relief.
UPDATE 2: I still love the SK sponge but it's just too high maintenance for everyday use (cleaning, dampening, regular replacing). I have recently started using the Sigma F80 and it is amazing. Better than the Sonia Kashuk flat top (softer bristles, more airbrushed application) and it achieves a similar foundation finish as this sponge. If you don't like the idea of the beauty sponge, I suggest giving the F80 a try.
I am very impressed with this sponge! I haven't tried the Beauty Blender, as this was kind of a warm up and cheaper alternative to the BB. Before Px went under, I would use my fingers to apply the Virtual Matte foundation. I had been using my fingers to apply foundation for as long as I can remember because when I was younger, cheap drug store sponges just didn't work for me. After Px, I started using BE, which I loved, but either the product or all the buffing really irritated my face and made me break out. So I'm back to liquid. I'm using Colorstay at the moment and at first hated it because it was too thick to put on with my fingers. Then, I bought a foundation brush and it left a lot of streaks that I'd have to blend out with my fingers anyway. Plus, it seemed to just lay thick on my face, which I didn't like. So, I bought this blender and I absolutely love it. It works great and I don't use a lot of foundation on my face like I would with the brush. It works really well for concealers too. I first put all my concealer on my face and then use the pointed end to tap tap tap it into my eyes and the areas I want to conceal. Then I wet it, sqeeze out all the water, and use the rounded end to tap tap tap all over my face. It blends so seamlessly and really does make a difference. At first I used a little too much water, so it was kinda weird. But now that I've been using it for a week and have the routine down, it just works so well. There are only a few cons: Smells kinda funny. Kinda like a tennis ball or one of those rubbery blue balls used for raquet ball. It's a little hard and almost feels like you're using one of those little balls, but I prefer it to be more firm as opposed to squishy. Also, I can't really tell if it's soaking up foundation or if it's not soaking it up at all becuase when I wash it after use, there really isn't much foundation coming out. It's a little expensive for a sponge, but compared to other sponges and how well it works, I'd say it's a good investment. So far I'm really loving it and am glad that I bought this.
Loved this sponge. I immediately noticed the difference between my regular sponge & this blender. I dont wear a lot of liquid foundations, etc. I am fairly even toned & just use it for primer & tinted moisturizer. I only use on weekends so I cant say how it will hold up with constant use. It does make my skin look natural & gets rid of all lines. I like how easy it is to use & find that great for a novice like me! So glad I brought it. I had it for a week before use & was very upset that I didnt use it sooner. My makeup was flawless on my vacation.