January 21, 2015

Precision Sponges [Review]

In the past I've tried using sponges (those cheap ones you can get a whole bag for like $2) some brushes, and most of the time I would just use my fingers.

After watching many videos online, I noticed the people who had the most airbrushed looking foundations, were the ones that would blend their foundation out with a beauty blender, or a precision sponge.

I decided I would purchase one to try it out to see how I would like it. I ended up purchasing two.  The Sephora precision sponge, and a cheap beauty blender wannabe that was on amazon for less than $3, including shipping. I didn't want to spend a lot on either one in case I didn't like them, and I definitely didn't want to spend $20+ for the actual beauty blender. So here we go. My thoughts on the two that I purchased.

First up, we have the Rose Makeup Teardrop Blender Blending Foundation Sponge Puff. This doesn't seem to have a company name, and honestly I didn't really look for one. I think I typed in Beauty Blender dupe on Amazon and that's what came up. It's less than $3 right now with shipping, so I figured it didn't hurt to try. If you're interested in ordering one, click the name link above and it will bring you to the product page.

Next up, we have the Sephora Precision Sponge. If you read my previous posts, you would have briefly seen it in my Sephora Haul post. It was on sale for $9 when I purchased it, and it looks like it still is, and the regular price is $18. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I figured this might just last longer than a $3 sponge from China.

Comparing them side by side, you can see that the rose shape sponge is bigger. Between the two I found it also to feel softer, and the Sephora sponge was a little more dense.

Before applying any foundation, I quickly washed both sponges, and made sure to squeeze out the excess water. I know with the beauty blender it is best to dampen the sponge before using it, so that's what I did. You probably can't tell in this photo, but these were both wet.

I used both sponges at the same time, using the rose sponge on the right side of my face, and the Sephora sponge on the left side of my fast. While using each sponge, I found that the rose shaped sponge was more precise in places like under my eyes, or around my nose, but it didn't give as much coverage as the smaller Sephora sponge. I assume the product just got sucked up into the sponge because I used the same amount of foundation for both.

At first, I didn't like how the Sephora sponge was applying the foundation, but once I took a closer look at my face, the Sephora sponge gave a much better look overall.

The Sephora sponge gave my skin more of an airbrushed look. The rose shaped sponge applied it just fine, but it wasn't as nice as the Sephora sponge.

Between the two, I preferred the overall look from the Sephora Precision sponge. I haven't tried the beauty blender so I'm not sure how well it compares to it, but what with what I have tried, I really liked this.

*I purchased this with my own money. All opinions are of my own*

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