Favorite sponges: Real techniques

Welcome to the second part of my favorite sponge series.
This time I’ll be talking about the real techniques makeup sponge which has been a long time favorite of mine.

In terms of material, softness, and application, it is no different than the beauty blender so well will skip that as application is exactly the same.

What I will be covering with this sponge is the shape of it as it is clearly different.

The sponge shape is slightly more rounded at the pointed end when compared to the beauty blender which does make it a little more difficult to apply foundation and concealer to tighter corners of the face such as the inner corner of the eyes and the crevices of the nose.
However, the other end, which is a flat slanted face, makes foundation and powder application far quicker compared to the beauty blender as the real techniques sponge has a far greater surface area. This makes it ideal for people who are looking to apply makeup in a short amount of time.

Not only is the real techniques sponge the quicker option for makeup application, but it is also far cheaper with a single sponge going for less than $5.

For those looking to experiment with sponge application, I would most definitely recommend the real techniques sponge.

 

Blending sponges: Beauty Blender

The beauty blender has been one of my favorite makeup sponges of all time, so much so that I keep around four or five at all times in my applicators collection.

What makes the sponge such an amazing application tool is the shape, softness, and the material that is made with.

Starting with the shape, there are many other sponges out there that have a similar shape to it but the fact that it is more of a slender sponge, allowing it to fit into the inner corners of the eye as well around the nose. This makes blending around the area much easier and quick compared to a sponge that is too wide for the area, ensuring seamless blending in the area.

The second part of the sponge that makes it one of my favorites to use is the softness.
This is often neglected when it comes to other brands. The softness of the sponge makes or breaks the application of products such as powder, foundation, concealer, cream and powder contour, and other such products.
A softer sponge is able to blend products without pushing them around and disrupting any of the placement and blending that was done.

The material that the sponge is made with also plays a very big role in whether or not the sponge will perform well with products.
The material that was used has larger pores giving the sponge a slight stipple ability which airbrushes the face and gives a very soft focus effect to the face.
The larger pores also make it much easier to clean the sponge as water and soap are able to move in and out of the sponge, cleaning out built up product without much effort.

The beauty is only one of the many sponges that I use when applying makeup.
There will be many other applicator reviews so stay tuned.