5 Top-Rated Makeup Sponges: 180K Reviews
Based on 180,277 Influenster Reviews
Unlike makeup brushes that can leave brush strokes and uneven patches on your skin, beauty sponges flawlessly give your skin an airbrush look. That's why we recommend arming yourself with the best makeup sponge that blends, conceals, and applies product with ease. Scroll through to see which sponges are the best, according to our makeup-loving Influensters.
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This classic takes the cake for newbies to pros. Plus, it earned a 2019 Reviewers' Choice: Best in Beauty Award!
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
Budget-friendly and easy to use is the name of the game with Eco-Tools blending duo.
The unique flat surface mixed with the standard pointed tip allows users of this Real Techniques sponge to hit ever surface of skin.
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
The rounded edges and curved base allows for easy application and a comfortable fit in the hand.
Although it may look quirky, this dual-ended sponge allows for precision application and blending with one tool.