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The SoSueMe ProBlender

It’s seems every single product that beauty blogger and Youtuber Suzanne Jackson brings out get so much hype and excitement over it and her ProBlender was no different. This is basically the SoSueMe brand’s version of the iconic Beauty Blender sponge and because of all the hype I was honestly expecting great things. I can unfortunately say I have been sorely disappointed as this blending sponge is one of the worst I’ve ever tried.

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Bold claim, I know. To be honest though I don’t say it lightly, so let me break it down for you guys as to why I don’t like it. Firstly the sponge texture when you get it out of it’s plastic packaging feels rather rough. It’s also got little to no bounce to it whatsoever but this is me talking about it un-dampened.

Dampened the sponge didn’t increase it in size at all, and visually it also looked like it didn’t soak up any of the water while I was running it under the tap either. Applying my foundation with it was terrible, it basically placed the foundation on my skin like a coating rather than blending it in/sheer it out to be skin like. This made my makeup look heavy and caked on. I also found it so hard against my skin, to the point where I would considered it sore to bounce against my face.

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Personally I think this is a product to be avoided from the SoSueMe line. Oh I should mention that the sponge costs 7.49 euros which considering Primark/Pennys sells two beauty blender sponges for 1.80 euros is very up there in price.

I’m still looking for the day where I will actually find a product from the SoSueMe makeup line that I actually like so if you guys know of any please let me know.

-Talk Soon xx

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BrushWorks Silicone Sponge

A weird concept has recently been hitting the beauty world and that’s the use of silicone sponges to apply makeup. Since making it’s appearance almost every single brand under the sun has decided to jump on board and create their version just in case it takes off like the Beauty Blender did. To be honest, for me, I just can’t see something made of a type of plastic giving me a flawless finish. Sponges work so well because they work with the dampness in them to sheer out the foundation and slightly airbrush it on application.

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I was recently sent the BrushWorks Silicone Blender in the shape Teardrop to try out. Even though I was very sceptical about it, I did try it out with an open mind. The Silicone itself is a nice pink colour and has the BrushWorks flower logo embossed on it in the centre. It’s covered in two very thin plastic films almost as if it has been laminated. You don’t need to remove these films. It also comes with a handy pouch that you use to store it in.

I tried this sponge out but using it to apply foundation, concealer, powder and primer. For primer I found that it worked great. It spread it out beautiful and I personally just used swiping motions, almost like I was painting it on to apply everything. I hated this for foundation. It states to use less than you normally would and spread via circular motions to apply. I found myself using more product just to get it to spread evenly and even then it applied cakey and it was very obvious I had very heavy makeup on.

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The same can be said for concealer so I definitely don’t recommend this for liquid products. Lastly powder, it works amazingly good for this. I highly recommend it for powder application as it gives a nice even layer especially if you pat it in using pressing motions. The great thing about the whole silicone concept with these sponges is that once your done all your makeup and using it, you can just rinse it under the tap and dry it using a clean towel and it’s ready for use for next time.

Now that I’ve tried out the silicone sponge I definitely don’t think it’s going to be the next beauty blender. Is it good? For powder yes and I do recommend for everyone to have a nice affordable version of it in their makeup collection. There is no need to splurge on this whatsoever.

-Talk Soon xx

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Basic Beauty Tools Superdry Sponge

Ever since the day the Beauty Blender made it’s iconic appearance into the beauty community, sponges have been the go to tool for applying ones makeup. There have been a lot of dupes since it’s release but some companies, such as Basic Beauty Tools have gone a whole different route and designed a sponge that is unique to their brand and niche.

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The most unique thing about Basic Beauty Tools approach to the design of their sponge is the holder that stores it. This holder is called the Spongedry and it’s a means of placing your sponge in a area, that isn’t an unhygienic surface and keeping it clean until it dries after use.

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The Spongedry holder is super compact and slim and can be reverted from holder form to a flat set-up in order to slot it into the travel pouch that it comes with. This means that you can take your Spongedry stand wherever you go, to any hotel room, to any vacation home and still have a place to keep your sponges safe and bacteria free.

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The holder can be used for any brand of sponge, not nessacary the Basic Beauty Tools sponges though I have to say the Basic Beauty Tools Foundation Blender is one of the nicest sponge that I have used in a while. I typical use the inexpensive sponges from The Makeup Gallery (which is a brand available in Dealz Ireland Stores), and these sponges have the same bouncy texture and softness to them that those do.

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Basic Beauty Tools sell these sponges in various different colours, and the same goes for the holder. So if purple isn’t your favourite colour like it is mine, you can totally pick up the Spongedry in white or black or pink depending on your preference. I have linked the Basic Beauty Tools website below in case you wish to pick up one for yourself. Keep in mind that both the holder and sponge come together so it’s definitely good value for your buck.

-Talk Soon xx

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Claire’s Accessories Sponges

I was recently wandering around town and realized that I hadn’t popped in Claire’s Accessories in awhile. To be honest I never used to visit but ever since I discovered the Icing Brushes I’ve made it a point to pop in every now and again. My visit this time did not disappoint as they were having a buy 3 products get 3 products offer in store. For my purchases I ended up get three different versions of the Claire’s Blending Sponges and I’m so delighted with my find.

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The first of these Blending sponges is actually three mini ones. These very much look like the beauty blender minis but I will say that they are a tad bit bigger in size. The texture of the sponges for all of them, not just these small ones, is really soft and bouncy. These 3 sponges in a pack retail for 5.99 euros.

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I personally always use my sponges wet however for these I found not wetting them worked better as they tend to absorb the excess concealer while still blending out the concealer to give an airbrushes finish. I’ve photographed a wet sponge next to a dry one so you can see the difference in size.

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The next sponge that I have is basically these sponges in large format and it can be considered to be a Beauty Blender dupe. I won’t lie the Beauty Blender is way softer than these sponges but for not wanting to pay 20 euros for a sponge these work fairly well in place of it.

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This sponge retails for 4.50 euros. I found the pointed edge great for blending product around the nose and chin area and the rounded edge for actually applying foundation. If you use this sponge on it’s side, it’s great for blending in foundation into the skin for a really natural finish.

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Last sponge that I purchased is more of an hourglass shaped sponge. Same texture as the other versions in the post and amazing to use wet. I like the hourglass shape because I found that the area where it curves actually hugs the hollows of the face making this amazing for applying cream contour. This sponge also retailed for 4.50 euros.

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The only downer when it comes to these sponges is that I have a feeling that their not latex free because of the texture of them. I could be wrong so if anybody does know please leave a comment below! If your not a fan of the colours of these sponges, don’t worry they come in all the colours of the rainbow and their all the same price regardless of the colour you select.

-Talk Soon xx

 

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Complexion Sponge Dupe

I was walking around a local shopping centre the other day when I came across a makeup brand called The Makeup Gallery. It had your usual stuff such as eyeshadows, mascaras, nail polishes, etc,. But what caught my attention was the sponges that they had on display. I think they had four different shapes but this one caught my eye the most because it looks exactly like the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. I literally heard the word DUPE! in my head and immediately grabbed it. Cost me only 1.50 euros.

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The main difference when the sponge is in the packet between it and the Real Techniques Sponge is the colour, this one is a nice soft pink whereas the RT one is orange. Personally the colour of sponges  doesn’t really make any difference to me, I only care about how it applies makeup.

It’s terrible…..okay that was a bit harsh, it’s not completely useless. I don’t like it for applying my foundation at ALL! It just soaks up the product and I end up with  no makeup on my face. I should mention that I did wet the sponge as per the instructions on the actual packet. I hen decide to try it out for simply blending product in, so I applied my foundation (with my ICING HD Foundation Brush) and then went over it with the sponge. It soaked up any residue makeup left on my skin which made my base look airbrushed, I totally love the sponge for this.

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I also used it to blend in my concealer under my eyes and around my complexion and it did a brilliant job at that too. I would totally recommend this sponge for blending only. For actually makeup application me thinks you should stick to your RT Complexion Sponge/Beauty Blender or whatever it is that you use.

If you guys are interested in other good sponges from the drugstore than check out my No7 Flawless Finish Sponges post.

-Talk Soon xx

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No7 Flawless Finish Sponges

I normally don’t review makeup tools on my blog but I thought it’s about time I did especially when it comes to this particular item. I know that the Beauty Blender, a very expensive makeup sponge, is extremely popular in the makeup and beauty world for its ability to apply makeup flawlessly without using up large amounts of makeup. I, myself don’t own the Beauty Blender and that is because I have always been a brush type of girl but when I saw this product I just had to pick it up to review it. The product in question is the No7 Flawless Finish Sponges.

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These sponges have both a pointed and round end for difficult to reach areas, whilst the smooth surfaces ensure ultra even application. They are latex free so suitable for all skin types.

Directions for Use: Immerse the sponge in water and squeeze dry before use. Can be used with both cream and liquid foundation. After each use wash with warm soapy water, rinse well and allow to dry naturally.

You get two sponges in the pack which already makes these more budget friendly than the Beauty Blender. The sponge itself has a very soft but firm texture to it. It’s very sturdy and I have to say I like the feel of it both when it is wet and when it is dry. I also like that is white in colour so you can see exactly where on the sponge the product spread.

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As mentioned above in the product description the sponge has a pointed and a round end. I found that the pointed end was great for blending in concealer under the eyes and around the nose while the round end is great for the forehead and cheeky area. I didn’t really use the flat surface if I’m honest, I guess I just felt comfortable working with it on it’s side.

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The sponge does increase in size when it is wet. It takes roughly about 12 hours for it to dry naturally I found. With regards to product application I found that with tinted moisturisers, because it’s a wet sponge it sheer out the product to much and because a tinted moisture is already sheer it basically looked like I had applied nothing to my skin. I would personally use this with heavy foundations that then to look like makeup when applied with a brush. An example would be the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation or the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation.

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These sponges retail for 6.49 euros a pack which works out roughly 3.24 euros a sponge which isn’t expensive at all compared to the 18 euro Beauty Blender. I thoroughly recommend you guys try these sponges out and let me know what you think of them. You can pick them up at Boots because No7 is their own in house brand.

-Talk Soon xx