I have never been a fan of makeup sponges. They get really dirty and people tend to use them without cleaning them for weeks. Dirty sponges can grow bacteria and result in nasty breakouts. So for most of my career I have avoided makeup sponges and relied primarily on synthetic brushes to apply foundation and concealer. This year I became obsessed with all things Drag Queen and have been watching a ton of drag makeup tutorials. Not because I want to do drag or even want to look like a Drag Queen (although some of their looks are fierce!!) but mostly because there is no denying the artistry and technique it takes to create those transformations. I have learned incredible tricks and then implemented them into my own makeup routine.
One technique I learned was how to "beat my face". Drag Queens use makeup sponges and powder puffs to press makeup into their skin. They do this very vigorously to build up coverage and "set" the layers of makeup. After learning how to "beat my face" I realized I needed to revisit the idea of applying some of my makeup looks with a sponge.
My first sponge purchase was a MAC Softpoint Sponge Applicator. I purchased this sponge at a MAC Pro store and paid $18; a little too expensive in my opinion. The Softpoint is soft and latex-free. It is designed for precise applications of liquid makeup products. For me this sponge was just okay. It smoothed my makeup a bit, but I didn't find myself reaching for it very often. I also found it hard to keep it in my grasp while applying makeup.
You can purchase this sponge at MAC Stores at macccosmetics.com and the beauty department in most fine department stores.
The next makeup sponge I purchased from Walgreens and it was a total sham. Basically it is a makeup sponge with a handle, I thought it would be great considering I couldn't keep a hold of the MAC sponge.
The Studio Beauty Blender Brush came packaged in a box and I was unable to feel the texture of the sponge before purchasing, if I had been able to feel the texture I would not have spent the $12 on it! I went home with high hopes, ripped open the packaging was was disappointed to find the sponge was hard and rubbery. It felt like I could have thrown it against the wall and had it bounce back to me! I tried pressing my liquid foundation on with it and it just absorbed the makeup, it didn't blend it at all. I would have demanded a refund, but I lost the receipt.
At this point I was starting to believe I would never be able to be a face beater. I don't like the disposable sponge wedges, I hate the flimsy square sponges and most of them had either a weird smell or just didn't do the job for me. I had given up hope when unexpectedly a few weeks back , lost in the vortex of the blog-o-sphere, I came across a post about "The Sculptor Makeup Sponge" by Sephora Collection. The Blogger was absolutely raving about this sponge and said she couldn't imagine applying makeup without it. My interest was reignited! The next day I went out and bought it at Sephora.
The Sculptor Makeup Sponge by Sephora Collection is a must-have for anyone who applies liquid makeup to their face. I never thought I would say that I love a sponge!
Sephora says: "Effortlessly blend with this versatile makeup sponge for a flawless finish. The superb moisture retention of this tool makes it ideal for blending foundation, applying skincare products, and removing makeup imperfections. This sponge is washable and reusable".
I have to say I absolutely agree, and this tool has become an invaluable part of my makeup arsenal. I use it to press my liquid foundation into my skin and it goes on amazingly smooth and adds additional coverage. I have found that my makeup lasts hours longer than it ever has before. The sponge is firm, but soft and the ease of application cannot be beat. I can hold it comfortably and it doesn't absorb all of my makeup. I wash mine weekly and it still looks brand new. I also really love the little clear plastic stand it comes with that will serve as a drying stand after you wash it. I cannot rave enough about this product. It is only $12 at Sephora.
Ladies, do you use makeup sponges? Would you consider trying this Sephora version?