Battle Of The Beauty Blenders: The Real Thing VS. A Dupe

Battle Of The Beauty Blenders: The Real Thing VS. A Dupe

If you’ve been curious about the insanely popular trend of makeup sponges, prepare to soak up some info! Admittedly, I had been a longtime fan of using my hands to apply foundation and creams, as I heard that the heat from our fingers actually helps to spread makeup.

However, the sudden onslaught of makeup gurus and artists holding these little pink egg-shaped sponges piqued my interest. At first I was absolutely appalled of the price tag of the critically-acclaimed beautyblender®—$20 for a sponge?!

Needless to say, I tried a dupe before eventually dishing out for the real thing, because, well, who doesn’t like saving money? Lucky for you, here’s my verdict on the two products to aid you in your sponge-seeking endeavors.

Dupe: Stila’s Double Ended Blending Sponge

Stila’s Double Ended Blending Sponge ($12) - available via ULTA

When I first began my makeup sponge journey, I went to ULTA, which actually doesn't carry the beautyblender version. A sales associate suggested this to me, claiming that it had finer pores than an actual beautyblender.

The sponge was a little hard at first touch and it was shaped like an hourglass rather than an egg. After several uses, I have to say that it spreads my BB cream seamlessly and smoothly. I’m not sure if this a pro or a con, but since the sponge is a dark color it doesn’t look as dirty as it actually is as! What actually drove me to buy a real beauty blender is after a while, my sponge started to deteriorate. Like, there are rips and chunks missing from this. It looks (and is) downright grody.

Real Deal: beautyblender’s beautyblender® original

Since we’re talking savings, I would like to share that I actually got two of these babies along with a liquid cleanser in a bundle deal for $40.

When my sponges first arrived, I thought I accidentally got mini versions of these instead of the original because they were so tiny. But upon water’s hydrating touch, it inflated into a nice round, not-too-small sponge.

This sponge is a lot softer than the Stila dupe I tried and its tip is able to sweep hard-to-reach areas, which I really appreciated.

However, I have to say that I don’t think it spreads as streak-free as the Stila sponge did! Maybe those finer pores really did make a difference?

Another strange thing I found is when I wash the beautyblender, the water runs pink! I’m hoping that after a few more washes, this will stop.

My Verdict: I got to say this decision is a hard one. For its basic use of applying foundation, I think the Stila sponge wins for its fulfilled promise of seamless blending! The beautyblender just doesn’t spread as well for me and costs $8 more. 

That said, there is a plethora of sponges from the beautyblender line that may suit your specific needs better than the Stila sponge.

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