The Beauty Sponge Drama
Oh the Beauty Sponge Drama! Since BeautyBlender released their beauty sponge years ago and other companies followed with their versions - the topic of beauty sponges is something that every beauty-lover either heard or discussed over and over again. I personally stayed clear of all the drama and just used BeautyBlender for years until in 2017 I decided that I wanted to test what else available on the market. The first one I got to try was the original sponge from Elf and it was a very underwhelming experience. Not only it felt like I was beating my face with it, it also absorbed a lot of product. After a few tries, it became a toy for my cat Beans. (she always wanted to steal my beautyblender so I figured this could be her cancelation prize). The second one I got to try was from Eco Tools. I did own a few of their brushes before and enjoyed using them and heard good things about the sponge. I went for perfecting duo, which had two sponges - one for foundation and the second one for detail work (concealer, contour/highlight etc) Right of the bat, the mini detail sponge was a no for me. It was VERY stiff and just painful to use. (they use the term "firm" on their website) The large base blender is okay. I still have it and use it from time to time, but it's not my favorite. It's not as bouncy as a beautyblender, however, I do enjoy the flat edge to detail the line between the eye makeup and face makeup.
As my beautyblender become more and more worn I decided to give another final sponge a try before I give up and order BB again. After watching Rhian talk about Real Techniques setting brush I HAD TO HAVE IT so I decided to try out their sponge as well. And I'm happy to report that I not only love the brush (I got two and use on for setting powder and one for highlight),I was able to retire my BB as I love the sponges as well! Perfect amount of bounce, it applies liquid formula effortlessly and again I love the shape because it has a flat edge I enjoy. I'm really happy with the price as well (9$ for two) and I'm not planning on buying their beautyblender anytime soon.
Do you use a beauty sponge or prefer to stick to brushes? If so which one is your favorite? Would you like to see a post about some of my favorite makeup brushes?