Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The best sponge ever?

Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge

I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with the several ways to apply foundation, brushes, fingers, sponges. I always thought when I was younger that fingers were the only and best way but I was very wrong. I was left looking like an orange china doll and it put me off trying foundation again, for over 5 years.. Then along came the Real Techniques brushes. 

I do love them and will continue to use their several brushes but one thing has changed my routine for the better lately. It's the Cosmopolitan sponge. There's several dupes lying around the internet, it's a case of which came first, the chicken or the egg I think.
The original is called a Beauty Blender which is all over ebay but these are in a complete teardrop design which differs slightly to the Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection but either way, I think they’re both great designs for getting into the niggly bits such as your eyes where it’s not as easy to blend foundation! This wasn’t that easy to find but in the end I bought it from Ebay but I’ve since seen them in Tesco, Boots and Superdrug – typical!!

I hate the thought of using sponges though as I think of the hygiene factor, but surely they’re no worse than brushes if you wash them daily? They’re not hard to clean and easy to ring out all the orange mess, lovely! I find stippling my foundation on using this sponge gives such a natural, flawless finish for me personally. I have such dry skin that I don’t like to cake foundation in places it’s not needed. whereas with this I can use the flatter end of the sponge on my cheeks, t-zone etc and then if it still isn’t how I want it to look, I can then use the Real Techniques stippling brush which gives me a nice finish but can sometimes look streaky with the wrong foundation. I love the design but think they won’t last as long as brushes but for around £4-5 it’s not too bad buying one every few months.

 Have you tried a Beauty Blending sponge or the Cosmopolitan dupe? What do you think of using a sponge instead of brushes/ your hands?

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  1. Celene Parsons26 June 2012 at 17:45

    i've seen these around alot, but im not too sure about using sponges, because of the hygiene factor like you said. xo


  2. I've not got any spots or anything from it though and make sure I clean it often so it should be fine :) x

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  4. I think i've seen a dupe at H&M, but I don't rememer if it was exactly like this one.. i do remember it was pink :D I was about to buy it, but I left it at the shop because I'd spent much money that day, but I think i'm gonna get it!


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