Battle of the Blending Sponge

Blending sponges are honestly one of the beauty tools I couldn’t live without – and there sure are a lot on the market. Why buy a £16 sponge when you can pick a pack of 3 up on Amazon for pennies? Which really are the best? Fear not – I’ve chosen 3 favourites and we’re about to break them down. Welcome to Battle of the Blending Sponge!

Battle of the Blending Sponge

Disclaimer: I really have tried quite a wide range of these things and to break down every single one would make for a very long blog post, so this is just a break down of my top 3.

Battle of the Blending Sponge: The Beauty Blender

Battle of the Blending Sponge

Shape: 6/10 – A tear drop shaped sponge. The pointed tip makes for easy blending around the eyes but could do with a flat edge too for bigger areas.

Does it expand when wet? Yes, into a bigger, fluffier sponge. You can use it dry for a heavier, more matte application or damp for more sheer coverage. I find using it damp makes for a more flawless finish.

Cruelty Free? Yes – and 100% vegan.

Ease of Cleaning? 7/10 – because it expands and softens massaging cleansing products through the sponge is much easier. I use my brush cleaning method talked about here.

Longevity? I’ll be honest I’ve had my beauty blenders for probably far longer than I should. After about a while it started to get a little bitty if I massaged too hard during cleaning.

Price: £16 on Beauty Bay

Overall Rating: 8/10 – This was my first make up blending sponge and it’s one I almost always go back to. It’s soft and gentle on the face while making blending about a hundred times quicker. Could be cheaper for what it really is though.

Battle of the Blending Sponge: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Battle of the Blending Sponge

Shape: 10/10 – Rounded in the middle with one tear shaped end and one sharp, defined end between two flat edges. This makes for not only flawless base products but is also handy for blending cream contour products.

Does it expand when wet? Slightly, but remains much firmer than the Beauty Blender or Real Techniques blending sponge.

Cruelty Free? Yes- and vegan.

Ease of Cleaning? 7/10 – much the same as the beauty blender, the expansion makes for easier cleaning.

Longevity? Should be replaced every few months as I do find they pick up more stains and damage quicker.

Price: £5.99 at boots. 

Overall Rating: 9/10 – this is a fab dupe for the Beauty Blender with the bonus of the flat edge for blending. The variation in shape means just about every area of your face can be reached.

Battle of the Blending Sponge: Make Up Revolution Advanced Complexion Sponge

Battle of the Blending Sponge

Shape: 10/10 – The Make Up Revolution Sponge has two flat edges, a rounded middle and a teardrop end making it perfect for blending just abut anywhere on the face.

Does it expand when wet? Yes, though not as much as the RT sponge or the Beauty Blender. The Makeup Revolution sponge is much firmer in texture than either sponge even when wet.

Cruelty Free? Yes – and 100% vegan.

Ease of Cleaning? 6/10 – the colour of the soft sponge means it collects stains easily and they show much more clearly even after deep cleaning.

Longevity? I’ve had this and used it regularly for several months now and had no issues with tearing or damage – the only real issue is staining.

Price: £5.99 online and in Superdrug stores

Overall Rating: 8/10 – this sponge has the versatility in being able to be used for near enough a full face of make up, but the firmess of the sponge makes for harder cleaning and does feel a little stiffer on the face when applying.

The Results

Although I definitely prefer the shape and versatility of the Make Up Revolution Sponge, overall I find myself time and time again reaching for my Beauty Blender – the texture and softness even when dry is so comfortable to use and always gives the most flawless finish. When it comes to everyday use though, I find the RT sponge most versatile and all in all the best budget option for what it is.

Hopefully this post gives you a rough guide either way! All three are handy to have depending on  your budget, and exactly how you like to do your make up.

Have you tried any of these?

Brianne xo

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10 thoughts on “Battle of the Blending Sponge

  1. Great post, its nice seeing the sponges compared to one another! I have the real techniques one but personally I find that they get ruined easily. I do like the sound of the MUR one so I’ll check that out, if not it shall be the original beauty blender for me then!x

    Aliya x | |

    1. I do find they definitely hold a stain more too! I somehow transferred a barcode into mine and it’s stayed no matter how much I clean it 🙁 xx

  2. YAS. I have the Beauty Blender and the RT sponge but I always reach for the BB because it’s so much nicer to use and doesn’t feel like I’m going too hard at my face! (And leaves a nicer coverage!)

    I’m gonna go out and purchase the MUR one now, need that thang in my life 😉


    1. I’m yet to try the firm MUR sponge! I sort of want to but I really, really prefer softer sponges so I feel like I won’t like it at all haha xx

  3. Ohhh thank you for this! I had a crappy knock-off sponge from Amazon a while back that I hated (not really surprising) and I’ve always wanted to try a real one but wasn’t sure which to get. Really like the sound of the Real Techniques one!

    1. I’ve tried so so many of the cheaper versions but they only ever serve as props on blog photos in the end! The RT one is definitely worth it though, I don’t have enough good words for it x

  4. I love the RT sponge! I’ve never tried the beauty blender but what’s the point when you can get a decent one for half the price?
    Great post!

  5. I’ve only ever tried the real techniques sponge but I’ve heard such good things about the Beauty blender too! I might have to try out that one too!

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