Let’s get ready to blennnnnddd! Today’s showdown is all about the beauty sponge. Going back to the beginning, this crazy phenomenon began with the Beauty Blender. If you’re a makeup fanatic, you definitely know of the magic that is the beauty blender. The beauty blender is a pink teardrop shaped sponge that is used for applying foundation, concealer or other liquid makeup like bronzer or highlight. Since that incredible tool has been so successful, makeup sponges are sweeping the beauty market. So many prestigious and drugstore names are debuting their own versions of the coveted beauty blender. With all these sponges popping up they are not to be created equal. But how are you supposed to know which are good and which to avoid?! Your personal beauty referee (a.k.a. me) is here to help!
In this showdown, we’re comparing the Beauty Blender, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, the Sephora The Painter: Airbrush sponge, and the Tarte Quickie Blending Sponge. Let’s take a look at our competitors:
- Beauty Blender: $20. Teardrop shape. Round on the bottom with a pointed top
- Real Techniques Miracle Blending sponge: $6.99. Teardrop shape. Pointed at the top with a slanted bottom
- Sephora The Painter: Airbrush sponge: $12. Thumb-like shape. Flat on the bottom with a slanted pointed top
- Tarte Quickie Blending Sponge: $16. Triangle shape. Pointed at the top with a rounded bottom
With a beauty sponge, you are supposed to wet them thoroughly and ring out the excess water before use. When wetting the sponges, they will double in size and also become softer for use. I’m a huge advocate for the beauty sponge. It is the only thing I use for my liquid foundation and concealer. I find the finish to be a lot more natural compared to a brush. Due to the wetness of the sponge, as you apply your makeup it’ll add extra hydration to your skin and allow the product to be dispersed more evenly. If you’re looking for a good brush though, I have you covered for that as well! Anyway, I’ve put these four sponges to various tests so that I could deliver a very honest review!
Let’s take a look at their stats: (Using a scale of 1-4, 1 being the best and 4 being the worst)
Softest on your skin:
- Beauty Blender 2. Sephora Sponge 3. Real Techniques 4. Tarte
- Tarte 2.Sephora Sponge 3. Real Techniques 4. Beauty Blender
Soaks up the most of your product:
- Tarte 2. Sephora Sponge 3. Real Techniques 4. Beauty Blender
Most gentle application underneath your eyes (in terms of concealer):
- Beauty Blender 2.Real Techniques 3. Sephora Sponge 4. Tarte
Easiest to get underneath your eyes (again in terms of concealer):
- Beauty Blender 2. Real Techniques 3. Tarte 4. Sephora Sponge
Biggest in size after adding water:
- Real Techniques 2. Beauty Blender 3. Sephora Sponge 4. Tarte –I really don’t think the Tarte sponge got any bigger. Certainly not any softer.
- Beauty Blender, Real Techniques, Sephora Sponge 2. Tarte –I felt for the most part that the coverage was pretty much the same across the board. I really liked the way my skin looked after each application. The Tarte sponge was the only one where I had to use extra product because the sponge soaked a lot of it up and the redness on my cheeks was still peeking through.
The winners circle: 1st Place: the Beauty Blender 2nd Place: The Real Techniques Miracle Blending sponge 3rd Place: Sephora the Painter: Airbrush sponge 4th Place: Tarte Quickie Blending Sponge
The Beauty Blender really is the best of the best! It is so incredibly soft. During makeup application, it feels like a cloud is applying your foundation. It distributes product fantastically and doesn’t soak it up causing you to use more than you actually need. However, the hefty price tag for a sponge you’re going to have to replace every couple of months or so is definitely a drawback. The Real Techniques Miracle Blending sponge is one that I’ve used for years. It has never disappointed me! The thing I like about this sponge that the Beauty Blender doesn’t have is the slanted bottom. I liked the wider surface for applying foundation and found it easier than the rounded bottom of the Beauty Blender. However, since trying the Sephora Painter Sponge, I would say they are both in for a close second place. I was surprised by how much I liked the Sephora sponge! Again, the flattened bottom was ideal for foundation and the softestness of the sponge was nice too. However, it was the amount of product it soaked up (although still not a lot) and the slanted tip that did not really fit nicely underneath my eyes that moved it to third place. The Tarte sponge, I don’t recommend. I love Tarte as a brand but this tool is one you can pass on. It did not appear any larger when it was wet and remained very stiff and hard to work with. Do yourself a favor and go with one of the three other sponges.
Want to keep your sponge longer? I use the Beauty Blender solid and Brush Egg to clean my sponges as well as my regular makeup brushes. Together they are fantastic! I hope you found this review to be very informative! I know there are plenty of other sponges on the market, Elf and Ulta have their own versions but these four are the most talked about currently. If you have tried any these sponges, what are your thoughts? Leave me a comment!