I was very skeptical to try this product, mainly because unlike most people I couldn't get on the Beauty Blender bandwagon. I felt like the Beauty Blender left my makeup looking smeared because of the amount of water it absorbed. I KNOW I am in the minority there :) I came across this sponge at Target and I figured since it was only $10 and shaped differently and from a brand that I trust I would go ahead and give it a try. I am so glad that I did.
I have been using this daily to apply my foundation, concealer, bronzer (powder) and blush (cream and powder) every day for about two weeks now. It works wonderfully. I dampen the sponge and unlike the beauty blender it doesn't grow all that much in size. I apply my foundation with the pointed end of sponge in a stippling motion all over my face. I apply my concealer directly to my face with my Maybelline roller and use the same side of the sponge blend that out around my under eye area. I dip the rounded (larger) end into my bronzer and apply that to my face in the same stippling motion and then do the same for my blush. I don't rinse it between each product and I have had no problems at all especially after applying the bronzer directly followed by the blush with the products mixing.
I found that this leaves my skin looking flawless and leaves me with a smooth almost airbrush effect finish and nothing looks like it is "caked" on. I don't know if this sponge has anything to do with it but I used this to apply my makeup yesterday in 90 degree weather with high humidity and I spent the whole day outside and I felt like my makeup lasted longer than it normally would after eight hours nothing had moved.
There are definitely a few cons as with any product. It absorbs a lot of product so I try not to use a lot and just add as I go. It is never going to look completely clean again, the products stain it and even after multiple cleanings they stay there but that doesn't effect the next application. I only know about this from reading reviews on the product but it looks like eventually it starts to fall apart but I haven't experienced that yet.
I would say that this definitely isn't the "best" out there but for anyone looking to get a good blending sponge for a reasonable price I would definitely go this route.
What do you think? Have you tried this? Love it? Hate it?