Let's talk about sponges, baby.
I was always hesistant about buying and using a sponge for my makeup. I never thought it would blend my foundation as easy as a brush or that it actually would keep the coverage instead of sucking it all up. But I've always been intrigued. I had a very short fling with a Forever 21 sponge, but I couldn't work with it and it soon ended up in the bin. I swore I'd never buy one again, but with the arrival of Real Techniques brushes in Belgium, I couldn't resist and bought their Miracle Complexion Sponge.
This sponge has a lot of good reviews floating around on the interwebs saying that it's the closest you can get to a beauty blender, without actually buying a beauty blender. I can't give my opinion about that, seeing I don't own one. But I can say that this, indeed, is a lovely sponge.
When you've got this sponge in front of you and you want to use it, the first thing you'll have to do is put it underneath some water, squish it a couple of times until it's almost doubled in size and then squeeze it until you get rid of almost all of the water. Then I normally just distribute some of my foundation on my face and bounce it all over my face. I don't tend to swipe my foundation on with it
Personally, I use the flat bit to bounce all over my face, the round bit to roll over the 'edges' (like my jaw) and the pointy bit to blend in my concealer around my eyes and nose.
Now, is this a better way for me than to use a brush? It all depends on the amount of time you wish to spend on your base, I'd say. With my trusty foundation brush I am done within less than a minute, while the bounce-action of this sponge takes more time. The finish, however, is more natural. The sponge just sucks up the excess foundation that I may sometimes apply, leaving my base flawless.
I have come across the issue of the sponge taking away too much of my concealer or foundation, leaving a bare patch in a world of covered up imperfections. This can be fixed by bouncing some more and if that doesn't work, applying more foundation and/or concealer on that arrea and again, bouncing over it. I don't like it when this happens, but it can be fixed.
One last thing to add to this review: be careful when you wash your sponge. I've accidentaly dug my nail in it whilst squeezing the water and soap out of my dear sponge and it has left it scarred.
To sum things up: I love this sponge on days where I want to spend a little more time on my makeup. It gives me a flawless base to work with, even when it sometimes takes away too much of my foundation/concealer.
And really, how many times can I write the word sponge?
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