My Holy Grail Makeup Blending Sponges!!

If you read my blog post on Drugstore vs. Designer: Beauty Blending Sponges, then you know that I'm a big fan of makeup blending sponges. I love how they make my foundation smooth over my skin the way nothing else will. Goodbye pores! What I'm not a big fan of? Paying more than I need to for something. In the blog post I linked to above, I compared the original beautyblender® makeup sponge to Real Techniques® Miracle Complexion Sponge - and I actually preferred the much less expensive Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge over the $20 beautyblender®. (Your results may vary.)

Since doing that review, I have used the Sephora Perfectionist Airbrush Sponge ($12) - which became my new favorite. (I still need to do a review on that one!) When it was time to replace that sponge, I was going back and forth trying to decide whether to get another one of those or to try something new...of course, something new won! I had heard good things about the Beauty Junkees blending sponges, so I decided to give those a try.

beauty blending sponges

First of all, let me just say this - I got four sponges for $12.97. YES! You read that correctly - I got four freakin' full-size beauty sponges for just $12.97!! I purchased them on Amazon, and I have Amazon Prime, so I also received free 2-day shipping. Do you realize that means these sponges were only $3 each???

They came packaged in a heavy, resealable bag that has a description of all the sponges on the back. It tells you what each one is best used for and how to use them. You can also find this information and more on the Beauty Junkees website.

Beauty Junkees Makeup Blending Sponges

The four sponges included (along with suggested uses) were:
  • Pink Teardrop - use base for wide areas of face and pointed tip around nose, lips, and eyes;
  • Blue Sculptor - wet or dry to finish a look by blending contouring or all over face; best for applying primers, BB and CC creams, also works well for building coverage and with finishing powders
  • Green Oval - for exact application or as an eraser for mistakes; works well for precise concealing
  • Purple Pear - use base for wider areas of face and pointed tip to blend and conceal around eyes and nose

The texture of these sponges is fantastic. I find it to be very similar to the Sephora sponge. I feel like it's just a little softer than the original beautyblender®, and in my opinion, that's a plus. It's also been some time since I've had my beautyblender®, so I may not be remembering the texture exactly - so don't quote me on that.

So far, cleaning has been a breeze. I've been using the blendercleanser® solid that I received in one of my Sephora Play! boxes, and it works great. The cleaning instructions that came with the sponges say to use olive oil along with any soap that kills bacteria. I'm considering using some Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap that I have here since that contains olive oil. I don't know why I never thought to use it before! It's not anti-bacterial, but I'm always careful with my sponges. The blendercleanser® isn't antibacterial, and before I used that, I used my facial cleanser to clean my sponges, so I feel confident in using the Dr. Bronner's. (I'll come back and post an update after I've used it a few times.)

makeup blending sponges

I LOVE THESE SPONGES!!! My makeup application has been so much better with them. I've been using the pink teardrop for my foundation, one end of the green spade for concealer and the other for applying Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray between layers (as I describe in my How I Finally Made My Foundation Last All Day post), and the blue sculptor for applying setting powder. I don't know why there is a difference, but there is - and I'm sold. If you're looking for a replacement for your blending sponge, or haven't jumped on the blending sponge bandwagon yet, I definitely recommend these!

Do you have a favorite blending sponge? 


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