I’m not gonna lie… I looooved my BeautyBlender.
Fucking. Loved. It.
I received it in a subscription box and used it for a few months and once I got the hang of it (because the idea of using a sponge was odd to me), I was over the moon. My makeup had never looked better and it blended so well and blah blah blah. If you’re into makeup you’ve heard it all in other reviews of this product.
Then it wore out. It started getting tears in it and chunks started coming off so I couldn’t keep using it. I went to Sephora to purchase a new one and about shat myself when I saw the price: you want how much for a damn sponge?!
So I didn’t buy a replacement. I went back to using a brush and was relatively happy with the results and didn’t think much about it until I started watching a lot of YouTube tutorials and noted that basically everyone uses the cursed BeautyBlender. I thought about getting another one but can’t bring myself to do it on principle. Spending $40 on a killer foundation or $55 on the eyeshadow palette of my dreams is one thing but $20 for *one sponge* is something I can’t justify, especially when they don’t last for more than two or three months. The last high-end foundation I purchased lasted a year, and my eyeshadow palettes are around for several years so I feel like I’m getting more for my money.
Anyway, I went hunting for a new sponge and after much trial and error, I discovered the one from Real Techniques. This is a great product; it’s just as good if not better than the BeautyBlender I had, and it’s so much cheaper. A two pack is $6 on Amazon or $11 at Ulta. What?! I don’t know why I was so hesitant to try these, given the quality of the RT brushes. I feel like I missed out on years of flawless, gorgeous makeup application while I was riding the struggle bus with my old gross brushes.
If you’d like to see this sponge in action check out the Real Techniques tutorial.