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Ever since the original Beauty Blender came out years ago, I have been an avid user. Before that, I used a foundation brush, but I love the way a damp egg-shaped sponge diffuses my makeup. It’s quicker, it’s less streaky, and all in all I’ll never go back to using a brush. The one problem? Not all beauty sponges are created equal, and my favorite one that I’ve never found a perfect dupe for, is $20. Yes, for a sponge for my face. By the way, you have to replace them every 3 months or so, so it’s not even like it’s a one time purchase! Finally…I’ve found a replacement dupe that I actually like a little better (!!!) and it’s only $7.50.
Ok, so what am I looking for in a beauty sponge? And how do I use it? Typically, I like to apply my skincare and any makeup primer I am going to use, then I dot my foundation on my face. I use a dampened beauty sponge to “bounce” the product around. Where a foundation brush drags across the face, an egg-shaped sponge bounces. When used damp, I don’t find myself using nearly the amount of product I otherwise would. I fill the sponge up with water under the faucet, and then I squeeze it out to use it damp.
I know I’m being extra but bear with me because your makeup will never look better than when applied with a damp sponge.
So…here is what I am looking for…
- I prefer my beauty sponge to come in a dark color because once they stain with foundation they never look as nice again after the first use.
- I like the egg shape. A round bottom and a pointy tip make it easy to bounce the thing on my face and get into the little crevices like under my eyes and around my nose.
- Since I use it damp and to diffuse makeup on my face, I like it to be soft, not hard. Strangely enough, some beauty sponges don’t absorb water well because they’re not porous enough, and as a result I don’t think they “bounce” very well.
- Speaking of being porous- I can tell at first touch if I’m going to like the sponge or not. If it is hard and doesn’t squish when I squeeze it, I know it’s not going to spread and diffuse makeup well. You can feel at first touch if a sponge has a lot of give when you grab it. Something hard with no give is going to be difficult to work with.
So, what is my beauty sponge find?
The Flawless Blending Sponge from L’Bri ticks every box for me. For $7.50, I will never go back to a Beauty Blender.
What do you use to apply and blend your makeup? Do you have a favorite beauty tool? Tell me in the comments below.