Adventures in Beauty Sponges

Adventures in Beauty Sponges

We all know about the amazing Beauty Blender, and I’ve already talked about how much I love the SOHO Beauty Sponge, but recently I decided to try some other Beauty Blender dupes. Welcome to the good, the bad, and the what-the-hell-did-this-just-do-to-my-face. Buckle your seat belts, kids.

The Good: the Earth Therapeutics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge. I don’t have much to say about this one because it did what it claimed it would do. Do I wish it was a little softer? Yes, but for $5.99, I’m not complaining. I found this sponge at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and you can’t miss it: it looks exactly like the real McCoy. Verdict: I would totally buy this again, but I’d buy the SOHO Beauty Sponge first.

As you can see, this sponge did a good job!
As you can see, this sponge did a good job!
The Earth Therapeutics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge.
The Earth Therapeutics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge.

And now, dear friends, we come to the part of this post that ain’t so hot. In fact, it kind of turned into a hot mess.

The WTF: the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I had high hopes for this little guy. And I really did do everything I could think of to fix the problems it created without getting out a different sponge, but, ultimately, the SOHO sponge had to step in. Let’s go back to the beginning, shall we? I take the sponge out of the packaging and get it wet. I wring it out, but it still has too much water in it, so I squeeze it into a towel. After squeezing it into a towel several times, it felt like it was just right, AKA: not too damp, not too dry. Then I start stippling on foundation with it. Have you ever seen a stucco-style wall? THAT’S WHAT MY FACE LOOKED LIKE. I’m terribly sorry I didn’t take a picture of it, but I was actually in a bit of a hurry to get on the road to Shreveport to get my mom from the airport. Just trust me, it kind of looked like I had stippled on my foundation with one of those natural sponges; you know, the ones that kind of look like cartoon cheese. So as soon as I see that this is happening, I turn to a different section of the sponge and try to blend it all together. But then it removed the foundation that was there altogether. I pick up some more foundation and attempt to blend it seamlessly again. Once again, my face turns into a stucco wall no matter how I try to blend it. At this point, we’re at hot mess status. And I cant think of anything else I could do to this sponge to make it work the way it’s supposed to. So I ran downstairs and got one of my SOHO sponges. Problem solved.

This is a stucco wall. This is also how my face looked.
This is a stucco wall. This is also how my face looked.
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

I have seen so many beauty gurus on YouTube use this sponge and they always look flawless! My MUA friends rave about this thing! So what went wrong? Honestly, I don’t know. Later that day, when I went back to ULTA to return said Hot Mess Maker, I looked at all the other Miracle Complexion Sponges, and could see no difference in texture between those and the one I had. I certainly hope they’re not all like this. Then again, they can’t be because so many people love them. So I don’t know what to say about this one. This one didn’t work, but maybe I just got a bad one. I’ll just have to try it again. Until then, all I can say is, the world of beauty sponges is a dangerous place. Be careful out there, y’all.