We went out of town and I left my beloved Beauty Blender at home so while we were checking out the local Target (don’t you check out Targets in different towns?) I picked up Sonia Kashuk’s Blending Sponge. It looks like a dupe for the Beauty Blender and for $11 I thought it was worth a try.
What they are: makeup sponge applicators that can be used with all types of makeup and allows for flawless coverage and an airbrushed finish. The unique shape helps you get in to hard to reach spots like under the eyes or nose as well as blend makeup all over for a smooth look.
How you use them: they can be used damp or dry (I prefer damp). Dip into makeup and stipple or bounce the applicator all over your face for a smooth, blended finish. You use the wider end of the sponge for the larger areas of your face (forehead, cheeks, chin) and the more pointy are for hard to reach areas like the inner corner of your eyes.
I adore my Beauty Blender and was bummed that I left mine at home. I have used several products from the Sonia Kashuk line and all have been quality products so I had high hopes for the blending sponge. But, what a waste! I was so disappointed in this product. I was worried the minute I unveiled it from its package. Compared to the Beauty Blender the SK Blending Sponge is so dense. I hoped that when I got it wet it would magically become fluffier and squishier, but nope, it didn’t even expand in size like the Beauty Blender. I dabbed it in some foundation and began to stipple the foundation into my face…it was like bouncing a rubber ball on my face. The SK blending sponge had no flexibility and did not make application easy. The sponge has no give and wasn’t blending anything. The foundation was just sitting on my skin and looked streaky so I ended up having to use my fingers to blend in my foundation. I also found the shape a little awkward as compared to the ovoid shape of the Beauty Blender.
Verdict: Hate it. Save your money because the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge is a dud. If you haven’t tried the Beauty Blender you should because it is awesome. And if you tried the SK Blending Sponge as a dupe for the Beauty Blender and hated it…give the Beauty Blender a try because it is nothing like the Sonia Kashuk one. Try it, I think you will love it.
And on a side note, while at Target I picked up Bombshell Volume By Lashblast Mascara.
It is a dud too. It claims, “Curled, lifted volume and dark intensity in one mascara for a curvaceous bombshell look.” The tube is big and bulky and the wands are short so it is difficult to get the product on your lashes and once you do it is hard to remove.
What’s your favorite beauty tool?