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!
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
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
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
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.
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.
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?