Blending sponges have really revolutionized the application of makeup. At least they have for me! I still love using brushes for certain applications, but blending sponges are so fast and I love the airbrushed finish that I get from them. Often I use a sponge in conjunction with a brush particularly with highly pigmented and deep blush shades. I apply with a brush and then use a damp sponge to bounce over it and remove a bit of the color. What a difference that discovery made for me! No more clown face 🙂
Pretty much as soon as the original Beauty Blender came out, I jumped on the bandwagon. I like the Beauty Blender, but it is very pricey. I think it’s at least $20 for a little sponge that lasts a few months. When alternatives came out, I was definitely interested. I got to try a blending sponge from Beauty Junkees, one of my favorite makeup brush brands, because a contouring sponge came with their Contouring and Highlighting Set that I reviewed (here) a couple of months ago. The black contouring sponge with the flat side immediately became my favorite blending sponge. To be honest, I seldom use my Beauty Blender any more. I prefer the “spongeability” or sponginess of the Beauty Junkees sponge to the original Beauty Blender. And there’s no comparison when it comes to affordability.
So I was excited when Beauty Junkees sent me their new 4 piece Pro Beauty Sponges Set to try out.
The sponges are latex free, non-allergenic, and they’re easy to wash with mild dish liquid, baby shampoo or bar soap. For some reason, I find the Beauty Junkees sponges easier to clean. The makeup stains seem to come out more readily than when I use other sponge brands. The sponges can be used with all types of makeup including creams, liquids, minerals, and powders.
The four sponges come in different shapes for different applications:
- Pink Teardrop: The base is best used on all over face applications; the tip helps with hard to reach areas such as around the eyes and nose
- Purple Pear: Its uses are similar to the Pink Teardrop, but it has an improved ergonomic shape that allows for an optimal grip
- Green Oval: For the makeup perfectionist, this sponge has dual tips for precise concealing and removing makeup errors
- Blue Sculptor: The flat head is used best for pressing on primers and for layering on foundation especially useful to cover imperfections, while the body can be used for a stippling effect to create an airbrushed look
Although you can use them dry, I find that, like with the Beauty Blender, the Beauty Junkees sponges are best used when damp. Run them under water and squeeze out the excess water, and you’re good to go. As you’ll see, they become larger as well as more pliable when wet.
Beauty Junkees 4 Piece Pro Beauty Sponges Set is priced at an amazing $14.97 and is sold on the Beauty Junkees website as well as on Amazon. Check out the makeup brush sets as well as individual brushes and sponges at the Beauty Junkees shop on their website (they have a blog too!) and at the Beauty Junkees shop on Amazon.
And as if the price above isn’t enticing enough, readers of Never Say Die Beauty can get a discount on purchases through Amazon:
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