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Hi everyone! It’s Kristina from The Feminine Files here again, and i’m back with a comparison review!

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Sponge make-up applicators…have you used them? If not, i’ll be going over “what are they”, “how do you use them”, and “what’s the difference between them” today! If you have used them i’ll also be showing 2 varieties (one being a great dupe) so stick around! First up…


Sponge Make-up applicators have been around for a few years now, (beauty blender being the first) so a lot of people already know all about them. If you don’t, here is a quick snippet from the Original Beautyblender page: “The Beautyblenders elliptical shape is designed to match the contours of your face, and it’s lack of edges eliminates streaks, allowing for a perfect application every time.

I only started using my beautyblender a couple months ago when I got one it my Glossybox. At first I wasn’t impressed (I’m pretty sure I wasn’t doing it right) but after I got the hang of it, I’ve got to say I was loving it! I use it with Covergirl’s 3 in 1 Stay Flawless foundation (which is medium to full coverage) and this does a very nice job at providing great coverage WITHOUT looking cake-y.

USE: To use them is simple. You hold them under running water and keep squeezing until the sponge is completely at “max capacity” (They expand and get softer when they are wet just like a regular sponge) Then squeeze all the water out, and squeeze again with a towel (you just want it to be damp, not wet!) Next you can put some make up on the sponge (I like to put a pile on the back of my hand and dip into the foundation as I go.) You apply it in tapping motions (pretty much just bouncing the sponge on your face.) Tap it all over your face with the large side and use the pointed side to get around your nose and under your eyes. When your done I would wash your sponge, and the best cleanser I have used is a black soap facial cleanser from Dr. Woods!

I received the white (pure) one, and I have to say it’s a silly thing to make a make-up applicator white. It gets dingy looking quickly, and has to be washed after every use. (In my OCD opinion! 😉 ) The beauty blender retails for $19.95 which is pricey considering it has to be replaced much more often than your standard makeup brushes….SO, that brings me to the NEXT part of my post…


So, the Real Techniques sponge is the same idea as the beauty blender (it IS a dupe after all!) I got this sponge from the giveaway on Pretty in the East and I am SO happy I won, because I love this thing!

There are a couple of things different about this version:

It has a slanted edge instead of being completely round. I actually PREFER the flat edge I think it covers more area faster.

When “plumped up” it is slightly bouncier than the beauty blender, which feels more dense/firm. I also actually like this aspect better too!

Lastly the price! The Real Techniques Sponge retails for $5.99 (about a 1/3 of the price of a beauty blender)

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You can see they are pretty much the same size (They ARE expanded in this photo) I really like (and prefer now) the sponge make-up applicator because I feel like you can still get great flawless coverage without a heavy makeup look. I think using a damp sponge also helps prevent makeup from clinging to dry spots, so it would probably be ideal for people with dry skin! I think these DO work better with medium to fuller coverage foundations as opposed to light coverage or bb/cc creams. (It might water them down TOO much.) You can also apply gel or cream blushes with these and it gives a soft flush.

I do like them both, but the flat edge and the price of the Real Techniques one REALLY wins me over! If you haven’t tired a make-up sponge yet, give it a try…I think you will love it!

Have you tried a make-up sponge yet? Which one is your favorite, I know there are others out there! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading! xoxo Kristina