I may have ditched all my foundation brushes in favour of using sponges a long time ago, but if you’re anything like me; scrolling through the Instagram explore page into the early hours of every morning, you may have seen people using all sorts of DIY tools to apply their base.
Everything from Louboutins wrapped in cling film to condoms full of cornflour – not an exaggeration! I’ve even seen people using boiled eggs to apply their base.. It’s insane! Oh, and let’s not forget the girl that used her boyfriends balls, yes balls(!) as a beauty blender!! – I think I just vomited in my mouth.
Let’s not dwell on that.
Silicone sponges however, are a relatively new tool (not that new, I’m just late to the party.. as always) and they claim to save product as they aren’t porous like a sponge. I can confirm that this indeed is obviously true, but do they actually work?
I put the Brushworks pink shaped sponge and glitter oval sponge to the test to see what all the fuss is about. Firstly, I’ll admit they feel very strange to use and take some getting used to – I wouldn’t attempt a stippling motion as that does feel quite unpleasant on the skin.
One pump of foundation, both light and full coverage, was more than sufficient for my entire face so you only need to use half the amount you would normally use which is great.
The coverage with these sponges is much better than a regular sponge, but in most instances I found that my foundation looked and felt as though it was just sitting on the skin and wasn’t blended very well. This could just be a personal preference as I don’t like a full coverage base on a daily basis.
Once thing to note is that both of these work better with a cream based/full coverage foundation in comparison to something watery like the MAC Face & Body or Kiko Universal Fit foundations.
Out of the two, I found the oval sponge a lot harder to use as it’s smaller – I ended up with a lot of foundation all over my fingertips. The pink shaped sponge is better purely because of the size and shape of it, but to be honest, it took me much longer to blend and spread out my foundation than it normally would and I wasn’t too impressed with the finish on the skin. It’s a bit tedious to get into the crevices of the face like sides of the nose and inner corners of the eyes so I don’t think these are for me.
If you prefer a full coverage base and enjoy experimenting, you may want to give silicone sponges a go – you can’t really go wrong for less than £8.
I had high hopes for these as I don’t enjoy watching half of my foundation disappear down the plug hole every time I dampen my sponge. However, if wasted product is the trade off for ease of use and a flawless base, then I think I’ll stick to my current favourite tool – the Blank Canvas Airbrush Blender which I raved about here.
From kabuki brushes to oval brushes, beauty blenders to silicone sponges, what’s coming next? I seriously hope it isn’t a flour filled condom on a stick (*inserts nauseated face emoji*) but either way, I’m sure it’ll be a hype!
Have you tried any crazy tools, homemade or otherwise, to achieve that flawless base we all crave?