I much prefer using some form of sponge to apply my foundation than a brush, simply because I feel I end up with a far more seamless result. I do have a dry skin and so brushes can often leave a patchy finish.
Typically I will warm up a pump of foundation on my hand before dotting product around my face, I then bounce and blend using a damp sponge. I repeat this process two or three times depending on the level of coverage I want.
I find it does take more time than using a brush however two to three thin layers of foundation will always look better than one thick one, plus it will last longer. Once I have pushed my concealer onto the skin with my Nars #12, I always reach for a sponge to mesh both together.
The Real Techniques Complexion Sponge is widely available in drug stores and online at a very affordable price point. This sponge is angled with one large flat surface, once soaked in cold water it expands. I have used this for years and never had any problems with it, I find they last around 3-4 months. This one seems more dense than the Beautyblender and requires a little more effort for a similar finish.
“The Miracle Complexion Sponge versatile design evenly blends makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish. A good look starts with a flawless base.”
The Beautyblender is the original of it’s kind and shaped like an egg. Once soaked in cold water it also expands and doubles in size however it is slightly smaller than the RT sponge.
There is something about this particular one that leads to such a perfect and flawless base. It washes wonderfully and doesn’t soak up all your product. I prefer this over the RT sponge since it’s a lot less dense however it is three times the price.
“Beautyblender sponge has a patent-pending elliptical shape which makes application fool proof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable”
My winner is the Beautyblender however I believe they are both as good as their price point, so really it is wherever your budget lies.
Have you tried them? Which do you prefer?
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