This week: The Beauty Blender Vs. Sonia Kashuk’s Blending Sponge. Both blending sponges are the most popular and well known sponges on the market to help apply and blend your makeup. Beauty Blender is found only at their website, Sephora, or high-end retailers, whereas Sonia Kashuk’s Blending Sponge is an option available at your local Target. Do these blending sponges do what they claim? Grab a seat, and let the showdown begin…
- The Beauty Blender is a pink, egg shaped blending sponge that is uniform around it’s spherical shape. The sponge is very soft, squeezable, and pliable. The Beauty Blender is roughly the same size as a real egg, and it’s egg shape allows you to blend makeup around the curves of your face, such as the nose, chin, and lips.
- The Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge is a purple (or blue) blending sponge that is also shaped like an egg, but is slightly smaller than the Beauty Blender. The Sonia Kashuk version has a grooved midsection to allow for an easier grip and application. The Sonia Kashuk version is also firmer than the Beauty Blender is when squeezed, making it more ideal for stippling on makeup.
The Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge has a firmer, smaller, sleeker design to it. It also has a grooved midsection for an easy grip, which we love. Overall, holding and using the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge is more appealing to us than the Beauty Blender.
- Beauty Blender retails for $19.95 for one sponge, or $25.95 for two at Sephora or at the Beauty Blender website.
- Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge retails for $9.99 for one sponge at Target.
The Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge retails for half of the price of a Beauty Blender, and is easily available for purchase at Target’s nationwide.
The Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge feels better in our hand in terms of size, in our opinion. It is slightly smaller than the Beauty Blender, and it also has the grooved midsection so you will not lose your grip on your blending sponge. We also love the fact that the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge is firmer to the touch, allowing us to apply our makeup much cleaner. With the Beauty Blender, we felt like our makeup absorbed right into the product, rather than sitting on the outside of the product, and ending up on our face, like with the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge. You can see even in our photographs below, that the usually pink Beauty Blender has absorbed far more foundation than the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, even though we’ve used and abused them the same amount.
The Beauty Blender is much softer and much more squeezable, but this feels like a downside to the product instead of a positive. It feels like the product absorbs our foundation instead of applying and blending it. It also makes this product less ideal than the Sonia Kashuk version for building coverage with your foundation since it’s so soft and pliable. The softness also makes us have to spend more time around the curves of our face, especially our nose, ensuring that we do not have streaky or caked on foundation that is improperly blended. The Sonia Kashuk version does a fabulous job of standing up to any foundation, temporarily “holding” it, rather than absorbing it. We also felt more confident going around our nose and mouth with it because it was firmer, and therefore applied more flawlessly with less blending needed.
In our opinion, we preferred the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge over the Beauty Blender. We often wet our Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, squeeze out the excess water, and apply our foundation with it slightly damp. This makes for a flawless, airbrushed finish.
- Beauty Blender can be purchased at your local Sephora, or by clicking the link below:
- Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge can be purchased at your local Target, or by clicking the link below:
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