Battle Of The Beauty Sponges

Beauty Blender, Silicone Sponge, Tulips, Manhattan Last & Shine Nail Polish, Lahaye Brushes
When I looked back through old posts for my Blog Photography Journey post I was very surprised to find that I have been talking about Beauty Blenders almost right from the start on. Can you believe they´ve been around for almost 4 years now? I feel like a Beauty Blender is a staple in every blogger´s makeup bag now. But they´re certainly not the only sponge applicator in the beauty universe. Recently these Silicon Sponges have been popping up all over instagram. They have been preached to be even better as they save product and blend everything into a flawless foundation. I was intrigued and ordered one for myself. Does it hold up to its claims? Which beauty sponge is actually better?

Note: I´ve been using a dupe for the Beauty Blender for years now. As I got the Silicone Sponge form Amazon, there´s a chance that it´s a dupe as well. Still, they serve the exact same purpose as their originals.

General


Both are very obviously made from very different materials. I like the feel of both though. Both are also very gentle to the skin and haven´t caused any breakouts or rashes on me. The silicone sponge had little air bubbles inside when I got it and they are only getting worse the more I use it. But on the plus side, it is also smaller and more sleek and therefore easier to fit into my makeup bag.

Silicone Sponge, Manhattan Last & Shine Nail Polish, Lahaye Brushes

Appliance & Finish

The Beauty Blender traditionally needs to be wet for a good appliance. This can be a bit annoying from time to time as I have to run back and forth from my room to the bathroom. It definitely has more of an airbrush finish and blends everything super easily. That also means it gives me more of a natural look and is in general very quick for applying my makeup. It does however require me to use two times as much product and I don´t get the greatest coverage out of any makeup product. When I apply everything with a dry Beauty Blender though, I can achieve a bit more coverage. A the end of the day my makeup applied with it does get a bit powdery but otherwise stays perfectly intact.

In contrast, the first thing I noticed when I applied my makeup with the Silicone Sponge was how little product I actually needed to use. It´s amazing and definitely something I had to get used to at first. However, it does take a while until it´s seamlessly blended. I´ve found that it often make the product stick to hairs or dry skin during appliance. It always leaves me with a feeling that I haven´t properly worked the product into my skin. This means once you´ve applied it and you touch your face you have foundation everywhere. It just transfers to anything.
On the plus side though, you get a way better coverage and my skin has never looked so flawless. What I´ve found incredible is that it even makes the product stay on top of open spots which the Beauty Blender just seems to ignore (which makes them stick out more, thanks!). Also the coverage is amazing for under eye circles! Because of it´s shape I´ve found it hard to apply any product there though. I´ve seen tear drop shaped Silicone Sponges around though and they might be more appropriate for those little creases.
Throughout the day I´ve noticed that the product creases a lot. It also has a tendency to hang on to hairs and dry skin. My sister also said to me on different occasions that my makeup looked patchy at the end of the day.

However, I wore both on my face on the same day once to see the immediate difference and nobody could tell that I did, so they are not that different to each other in their wearability!

Beauty Blender, Tulips, Essie  Nail Polish, Lahaye Brushes, Primark Eyelash Curler

Cleaning

If you´ve ever used a Beauty Blender you know that it is a chore to clean. It takes ages and I never really get all the product out of there. Plus they take very, very long to fully dry and I always seem to have a bit of foam left in them. Once I even found mold in one even though I cleaned it regularly. Sponges are a good host to bacteria, so this is a pretty natural reaction. Most of the dupes are fairly cheap though so I can replace it pretty regularly without breaking the bank.

The Silicon Sponge on the other side is super easy to clean. You´re supposed to do it after every use and with a bit of water and soap it´s as good as new. However, I may have not done that once or twice  (oops) and mine is now already starting to look grubby. Plus, there´s this one crease at the top where all the makeup just seems to sit and I haven´t found a way to really get it out of there yet. But silicone is one of the cleanest materials you can use. As all it´s pores are closed on the outside no bacteria will ever be able to sit in it. It´s definitely more expensive than a Beauty Blender dupe though, so I don´t know how often I´ll replace this one.

Swatches of makeup applied with Beauty Blender; Swatches of makeup applied with Silicone Sponge
left: Silicone Sponge, right: Beauty Blender

The Verdict

Here are the best and the worst points of both beauty sponges combined in a neatly little table.

Table listing off pros and cons of each the Beauty Blender and Silicone Sponge

In the end there isn´t one of these two that´s really superior to the other (as much as I´d like to declare a definite winner). Which one is better for you definitely depends on what kind of look you want to achieve. I could imagine using the Beauty Blender way more in summer or when my skin is looking good anyway. I really love the Silicon Sponge for my dark circles though as it hides them really well and I love the flawless feeling it gives me. I think both of these belong in every blogger´s makes bag as they come in very handy for many different makeup situations. Also for their prices you´re not breaking your bank balance by owning both.

Have you tried the Silicon Sponge yet? Do you think there´s a definite winner here?

7 comments

  1. Ooh I love the sound of the silicone sponge now that you've put it against the beauty blender, will have to try it out soon!


    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

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  2. I haven't tried either, i've never tried a sponge, I just use my fingers. I do want to try one though, but as with everything for me, it will take me ages to get round to it!
    Amy at Amy & More

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  3. Like Amy I haven't tried either either! I really want to try a beauty blender (or I might go for the cheap real techniques one) but I'm afraid i'll be a bit heavy handed with it xx

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  4. So glad you shared this comparison because I was always interested in how the silicon sponge was. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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  5. I havent tried the silicone sponge yet, as it sounds strange to me, but the same was true for the Beauty Blender and that one is now a staple in my routine. I guess I will see if I can find one at the drugstore to compare.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I was intrigued about the silicone sponge but after reading your post I think beauty blender is a better choice for me. However would like to try it out anyway just to see how it feels because I don't fully understand how the application process occurs. :)
    Madara
    Lookforsmile.com

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  7. Great post. I'm about to buy a beauty blender. But I am running away from the silisponge. I don't need more dry patches and I've seen some bad reviews about it too...

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