Over the past few years, tons of companies have come out with their version of the “beauty blender”, or a beauty sponge. There are so many out there these days, that it’s hard to decide whether or not you should shell out the $20 for an original beauty blender, or try out one of their competitors. Because of that, I wanted to make a list of the best beauty blender dupes, with pros and cons of each.
For those that don’t know, these sponges are meant to be an alternative to makeup brushes. You can use the so get a “lighter” application of your favorite foundations, concealers, etc… by wetting the sponge and using bouncing motions on the face.
I have 5 different options of beauty sponges for you that I have been trying out for a while now, so I have a good idea of each of them work and last.
Best Beauty Blender Dupes
Let’s start with the original, pink Beauty Blender. This sponge retails for $20 and was really the first of its kind to take off in the beauty industry. It has a life of around 3 months or so before it start to get too worn out to use any more.
The pros of this product:
- Soft Material
- Easy to Use
- Gets to a good size when wet
- Expensive for a single sponge
- Doesn’t hold together extremely well when washed often
I also have the Beauty Blender Pro Sponge in Black, which I actually like more than the original pink Beauty Blender. This one has held together much longer, it increases to a slightly larger shape than the original, and it is softer when wet compared to the original sponge.
Next, we have the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This was one of the first dupes that I tried out next to the Beauty Blender, and I have to say I was surprised. This one retails for around $6 a sponge, or less when you go through the link about on Amazon.
- As soft as the black Beauty Blender
- Angled edge makes it easy to bake under the eyes with powder
- Does not last very long before tearing
- When extremely wet, it does not blend makeup as well because it is so soft
The next was something that I found at TjMaxx, also available on Amazon, and that is the Beauty Droplets Sponge. This is a random find from a brand that I have never heard of, but it was only $3 so I figured I should at least try it out, being the beauty lover that I am.
- Cheapest of all of the beauty sponges I have
- Has a nice point to the top which makes it easy to get under the eyes
- Does not expand hardly at all when wet
- REALLY HARD
- Does not blend makeup well
The most recent one to my collection is the Morphe Flawless Beauty Sponge. This just recently launched from Morphe and it retails for $6.99 on their website.
- Great price for the quality
- Expands well when wet
- Blends makeup beautifully
- Has a nice point at the top
- Takes a little while to get used to the shape as it is not the same as a Beauty Blender
In comparing the last two, the Morphe sponge and the cheapest sponge that I have, you can see the difference in size when the two are fully wet.
The Morphe sponge expands and holds on to the water to much better than the other sponge. It gets much softer as well, the same softness as the black Beauty Blender or Real Techniques sponges.
Out of all of these options, the Morphe sponge is the best beauty blender dupes for the value, in my opinion, followed closely by the Real Techniques sponge. The Morphe sponge is excellent quality, it has a unique shape to it which allows you to use it for multiple makeup products on different areas of the face, and it is really inexpensive!
Have you tried any beauty sponges? Is there one not listed that I need to try? Let me know in the comments!
*Cheers to beauty sponges of all shapes and sizes, as long as they blend our makeup flawlessly*