Beautyblender sponge review

Breanna Richey

When used with powder, the Beautyblender can eliminate shiny areas and control oil on your face, whereas makeup brushes act like little brooms and merely push powder around.

Beautyblender sponge review

Whether you’re a professional makeup artist or a beginner starting to dabble in foundation, concealer or contouring, everyone wants their makeup to look flawless. Yet despite the deluge of makeup tools on the market, a smooth makeup application can be hard to achieve.

Beautyblender claims to have the solution with its egg-shaped makeup sponge. The company promises that the latex-free sponge will quickly blend makeup for a streak-free application and flawless finish, and minimize product waste as well.

To see whether the Beautyblender can apply makeup evenly, we tested it as part of our daily makeup routine. Here’s what we found.

How we tested the Beautyblender makeup sponge

For this test, we swapped out our usual makeup brushes with the Beautyblender sponge. Our daily makeup routine generally involves foundation, concealer, face powder, bronzer and blush, but we only used the Beautyblender for the liquid products, which included our foundation and concealer. We had never used a makeup sponge to apply makeup before using the Beautyblender.

What is the Beautyblender makeup sponge?

The Beautyblender is a makeup sponge made of an exclusive, super-soft, latex-free foam. One end is pointed to reach smaller areas like the inner corner of your eyes and around your nose, while the rounded end is ideal for blending makeup on the rest of your face. 

The brand claims the Beautyblender will make your makeup look like skin, with minimal effort required. It’s supposed to be good for covering dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, and is best for oily, combination and normal skin types.

How does the Beautyblender makeup sponge work? 

The exclusive, latex-free foam works best when dampened with water. When wet, it becomes plush and mimics pores to create a natural airbrushed application. In addition, when it soaks up water, it doesn’t absorb as much liquid makeup, minimizing product waste. 

To achieve that flawless finish with no streaks, it’s best to bounce the sponge on your face, rather than rubbing, to apply liquid foundation and concealer. This results in a smoother application. 

How does the Beautyblender makeup sponge perform?

Overall, we were impressed with the Beautyblender makeup sponge applicator. Upon opening, it felt dense and seemed to be of high-quality material. We used the Beautyblender as instructed, squeezing and releasing it under water so the sponge could retain moisture before we blotted the foundation and concealer on our face. 

In the past, with makeup brushes, we disliked the streaks and unevenness that often resulted and were frequently left with thick, cakey makeup. The Beautyblender sponge application was much smoother and evenly distributed liquid makeup across our face. We felt like the product was absorbed into our skin, rather than into the makeup sponge, so we didn’t have to use as much product. In addition, the application was easy and quick, with the time being comparable to that of a makeup brush. 

To clean the Beautyblender, we used a makeup brush cleaner. We submerged the makeup sponge in the cleaner and then followed it with water until it was clean. The sponge held up well to cleaning and didn’t tear or deteriorate. As a result, we could see ourselves using the Beautyblender for many more applications. However, the sponge didn’t get completely clean and was left stained from our makeup. 

Beautyblender makeup sponge cost

The Beautyblender retails for $20. It’s available in a variety of colors, including hot pink, pro black, nude, mint, sapphire, ruby, purple and more. The container is clear, so you can see the color and shape of the sponge when buying.

Where to buy the Beautyblender makeup sponge

The Beautyblender is available from Sephora and Amazon.

Beautyblender makeup sponge pros

The Beautyblender makeup sponge is an ideal tool for applying makeup evenly. During testing, we appreciated how smooth our makeup looked after using the Beautyblender as opposed to makeup brushes. The sponge didn’t absorb much foundation or concealer, allowing us to use less product. Instead of being left with cakey foundation and undereye concealer, we found that our makeup looked even and flawless.

While we used the Beautyblender wet, it can also be used dry. However, you might not receive all the same benefits as using it wet. Also, the time to blend our makeup was minimal, and we felt the process was straightforward. As a bonus, the Beautyblender is a cruelty-free product that is formulated without parabens, sulfates, latex and phthalates.

Beautyblender makeup sponge cons

One area we were less than impressed with was the cleaning process. It was bothersome to clean the sponge and allow it to dry, and we were still left with a makeup-stained Beautyblender. The brand recommends cleaning after every use, which can be time-consuming. And while we thought it held up fine to cleaning, other users have complained that the Beautyblender degrades quickly. 

Wetting the Beautyblender is the key to achieving flawless makeup, but it can also carry mold and bacteria if shoved into a dark makeup bag while it’s still wet. However, not everyone has time to let their makeup sponge dry before putting it away. In addition, some users felt it didn’t soak up very much water and enlarge as it should. 

Is the Beautyblender makeup sponge worth it?

Based on our experience with the Beautyblender, we feel it lives up to its promise of quickly blending makeup for a flawless and streak-free finish. It also makes makeup look like skin with minimal product waste. 

We recommend a Beautyblender sponge to anyone who uses liquid makeup and is looking for a quick and simple tool to apply makeup evenly.

Breanna Richey is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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