Hey guys! How was your weekend? Do anything fun?
Friday night, I was invited by Busch Gardens Tampa to attend opening night of their Howl-O-Scream Halloween haunt event. This was my 7th year attending Howl-O-Scream and once again, it did not disappoint. I’m weirdly in the middle with Halloween stuff. I love a good scare, but I don’t do well with a lot of gore. So I don’t do the majority of the houses, but I do get my scares in from the scare zones around the park and the bands of roaming monsters. My friend who goes with me to these events is in the same boat as I am, so she’s the perfect companion to have along. We were happy to see the park brought back the popular zombie bumper cars again (seriously… zombies are doing the bumper cars with you and it’s hysterical) and also expanded it by filling random empty seats with monsters on the roller coasters! We got to ride the Cheetah Hunt coaster with a zombie in the row behind us, which was so awesome.
You can check out my Periscope of the zombie bumper cars here:
It was a seriously awesome night and major thanks to Busch Gardens Tampa for inviting me out again. If you’re in the central Florida area, I highly recommend giving Howl-O-Scream a try if you like Halloween haunt events.
Anyhow, back on topic…
I got a review of a couple of beauty sponges today for you guys. One is from Earth Theraputics and the other is from Danielle Creations. Could either of these be possible dupes for the Beauty Blender? Keep on reading to find out…
I love the Beauty Blender. It took me awhile to understand the hype around it because $20 for a SPONGE is pretty ridiculous. But I get it. It really does create a pretty flawless finish with most of my foundations (though I have a couple that do apply a little better with a brush, but that’s not the point of this review). So I’m always on the lookout for a good dupe that costs much less. The closest ones I’ve found so far are the pink one from L’Oreal and the one from Japonesque (which unfortunately is almost always sold out at Ulta – I was very lucky to score mine in-store when I did).
I found the Earth Theraputics sponge at Kohl’s. The full name is the Earth Theraputics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge. You can buy them individually for $6 or in a pack of 2 for $10, plus you can always keep an eye out for when they’re on sale and you can use the extra % off coupons they send out frequently toward these. I just got a pink one on its own (it also comes in other colors).
Here’s a little product info from the Kohl’s site:
This Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge is designed to apply all types of makeup flawlessly and efficiently.
- Use with foundations, concealers, mineral and cream-based makeup.
- Pointed tip allows for precision.
- Rounded end allows for efficient and even distribution.
HOW TO USE
- Wet sponge in lukewarm water until saturated.
- Squeeze out excess water and apply your makeup.
I have some brushes from Earth Theraputics and I like them quite well, so I was interested seeing how the sponge would perform.
As you can see, it has a kind of egg shape similar to a Beauty Blender, but the top point isn’t as precise. Once wet and wrung out, it expands to a bit bigger than a Beauty Blender (similar to how the Japonesque sponge expands). The sponge is soft but doesn’t have quite as much give as a Beauty Blender and the texture is a little different as well.
So how does it perform? Not too bad really. It does soak up a little more product than a Beauty Blender does, but not horribly bad. It applies foundation well and blends it out decently. It also blends out concealer well enough. It’s not quite as flawless a finish as a Beauty Blender but I like how this sponge performs more than I did the Real Techniques one (which soaked up way too much product and actually made my foundation look patchy/uneven when blended out). And how does it wash up? It washes up just fine, but I have noticed even after several washings that the pink dye used to color the sponge has rinsed out some along with the foundation/concealer I wash out. A bit odd but really not a huge issue as I don’t get any of the pink dye on my skin when the sponge is wet.
Overall, it’s not a bad sponge but also not the greatest in the world. But for the price, it’s not a bad alternative if you’re looking for something inexpensive.
Now, onto the one from Danielle Creations.
I picked this one up on a whim at Nordstrom Rack as it was priced at just $2.98! The sponges came in a few different shapes and several colors. The one I got is similar in shape to the pink one from L’Oreal (which is a sponge I love), but again, the top point isn’t as defined/sharp. They also had ones shaped like a regular Beauty Blender. I saw you can also find these sponges at TJ Maxx/Marshall’s/Ross.
First off, this sponge is very soft even when dry, which I like. It has pretty much the same texture as the L’Oreal one. When wet, it gets bigger, but not quite as big as the L’Oreal, and it also has about the same amount of give as the L’Oreal. I like that.
And how does this one perform? This sponge is basically a dupe for the L’Oreal one. It applies and blends product out pretty much identical, which was a very pleasant surprise. It doesn’t soak up a lot of product either. It gives a nice, flawless finish. And it washes up nice and easy and dye used to color the sponge does not bleed out when washing.
So yeah I was super impressed with this sponge and I want to get one that’s shaped like a normal Beauty Blender to see how well that one performs (hopefully just as well).
Of these two sponges, they’re both good and I recommend checking them both out, but the one from Danielle Creations really knocked it out of the park for me both in terms of price and performance.
Ok that should do it for today! Have you tried either of these sponges? If so, did you like either? Both? What is your favorite Beauty Blender dupe? Tell me your thoughts below in the comments.
As always, thank you all so much for reading and I’ll see you again soon in my next post!