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5 Top Rated Makeup Sponges: 54K Reviews

5 Top Rated Makeup Sponges: 54K Reviews

Based on 53,860 Influenster Reviews

We all know the makeup sponge is the most underrated product in the make up world. Arm yourself with the best that blend, conceal, and apply with ease. These are the top five best sponges according to our makeup-loving Influensters.

beautyblender original makeup sponge
4.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars80%
  • 4 Stars14%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (5,457 reviews)
Buy on bluemercury for $20.00
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Jen D.Jen D. said...
Every once in a while the beauty industry comes out with a product that can only be described as magical. I’m talking about products that are life changing and the BeautyBlender is one of them. Here are the reasons you need to throw out your foundation brushes and invest in one of these sponges!
WON'T ABSORB MAKEUP: Unlike other sponges, the BeautyBlender is designed to keep your makeup on the surface of the applicator. Your foundation will never penetrate through the top layer of the sponge, which means you won’t be wasting makeup with each application. You will end up getting more coverage, with less product – win/win.
IS USED WET: When using the BeautyBlender, you must first wet your sponge. Wetting the sponge allows the BeautyBlender to absorb water rather than your makeup. It will also help to give your face a glow, leaving you with a beautiful dewy and natural looking complexion.
AIRBRUSH FINISH: The BeautyBlender will eliminate lines and streaks that you’d otherwise see when using alternative methods of application. Makeup sits on surface of the sponge, which promotes smoother blending.
ALLOWS YOU TO LAYER: The BeautyBlender distributes the perfect amount of foundation on your skin with each application. Layer as many times as you wish, being sure to let the first layer dry before applying the next.
EGG SHAPE: You will be able to blend both large and small areas all with this one egg shaped tool. It’s the perfect size and shape for easy, effortless and (most importantly) seamless application of your foundation and concealer. Use the round side for all-over blending and the pointed side for smaller areas like under your eyes.
MULTIPLE USES: The BeautyBlender can be used to apply concealer, tinted moisturizer, bronzer, foundation, contour, cream eyeshadow and blush. If you’re really adventurous, you can even attempt to use the sponge to apply your powdered products (I have yet to try this myself!)
CLEANS EASILY: Since your product will not absorb deep into the sponge, it’s very easy to clean. BeautyBlender offers two different cleansers made exclusively for the sponge which do a phenomenal job cleansing. TIP: The BeautyBlender brand cleansers run on the pricey side. I’ve washed mine with plain Ivory soap and got the same results at a much cheaper price. ...read more
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EcoTools Perfecting Blender Duo
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars60%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.4 / 5 (1,990 reviews)
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Bianca T.Bianca T. said...
I got this product complimentary of Ecotools and Influenster. I've loved this brand for many years, I think they offer quality brushes at an affordable price. I've tried other sponges from other brands and I think the EcoTools Perfecting Blender Duo is great for the price. They expand when they're wet and you can squeeze them as well. They're not as squishy as the Beauty blender but their unique shape makes it easier for me to reach every crevice of the face. I would definitely recommend these ! ...read more
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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars75%
  • 4 Stars18%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.7 / 5 (19,325 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $5.92
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2017
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Michelle A.Michelle A. said...
This is an excellent little sponge! I haven't used the Beauty Blender, but I heard this was very similar, so I decided to buy it. The only other blending sponge I've tried is the Ulta one, and it's quite hard even when wet and just doesn't work well, so it is now used as a cat toy. The Real Techniques sponge, in contrast, absorbs water very well and gets to a nice soft consistency when wet. To get it ready to use, I fill up a clean, empty yogurt cup with water, submerge the sponge, squeeze out the excess water, then repeat 2-3 times. (Almost all of the water in the cup should be gone by this point.)

I use this sponge with Cover Girl TruBlend foundation, which is water-based, but as long as the excess water is squeezed out of the sponge, it won't cause the foundation to dissolve or come off. It actually makes it apply quite nicely. I use the flat and rounded parts to put on foundation, bouncing it all over my face, and the pointed end of the sponge to apply Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser concealer under my eyes. Then I apply powder to set everything. While the pointed end does work fine for some for around the eyes, I desire more detailed application. Therefore, I do wish that this came in a smaller size.

I clean the sponge by rubbing it on a bar of soap, or applying a little bit of liquid soap or shampoo, when it's wet. Then I put the sponge under running water to rinse it out, squeezing it every few seconds to let out the soapy water. Make sure to get out as much excess water as possible, so that it doesn't get moldy. I find that mine takes a couple of days to shrink back to its original size, even if I squeeze out as much water as possible, which worries me a bit. I do notice that it shrinks faster during the drier months.

I can't justify spending $20 on the original Beauty Blender, so the Real Techniques sponge, being financially accessible for just about anyone at only $6, is an excellent option for anyone who wants the same look and function at a better price. However, a few months ago I did purchase a sponge on Amazon that looks and feels (in the hand, at least) absolutely identical to this one, from a brand called Caetle. It is even cheaper than the Real Techniques sponge at only $1.99, but I have yet to try it out and see how it works, since I'm saving it for when my current sponge needs to be changed. But if you don't mind waiting about a month for shipping from China, it may be worth trying. ...read more
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SEPHORA COLLECTION The Painter: Airbrush Sponge
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars16%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star3%
4.5 / 5 (37 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $5.00
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Kelly B.Kelly B. said...
Perfect beauty blender sponge! I use this with my Sephora airbrush foundation and it works perfectly! Also I use it with my Anastasia cream contour kit and if you wet the sponge a little bit and then blend out the contour, it works much easier! ...read more
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MAC Cosmetics Pro Performance Sponge
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars56%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Star2%
4.2 / 5 (124 reviews)
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Jennifer H.Jennifer H. said...
I love this sponge. The shape is great and really works for different uses along the face. The sponge is soft and applies my makeup perfectly and evenly. Highly recommend.  ...read more

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