Good morning (or evening or night) to you lovely bunch of humans. It’s time to get cracking with this week’s post and seeing as this particular product is something I basically use every makeup wearing day I thought I should talk to you all about it as it’s one of my favorite beauty tools of all time!
Let’s get started!
How to use it: Run it under the tap and then squeeze out the water. You can soak this under the tap as much as you’d like. Unlike a beauty blender if it’s “too wet” it won’t end up absorbing all your product but of course, if it’s dripping wet you don’t want drip makes in your makeup. Now for actually applying the foundation rather than bouncing/dabbing foundation on the face (like a beauty blender) you want to smooth it on (like if you were using your hands to apply foundation). Because of its velvety texture – bouncing the foundation on actually causes it to start to lift the foundation of your face and then you are left with bald patches where the foundation has come off. So always remember – smooth don’t bounce!
Texture: You know the felt/velvet material you’d find in a craft store whenever you needed craft supplies for school, the surface feels like that only it’s squishy like a sponge. Keep in mind, it doesn’t “absorb” product so going H.A.M with your foundation won’t be rectified by this sponge.
The shape: The shape of the sponge is pretty good – It drop shaped with a slanted edge. It has a flat top which makes it easy to apply product under the eyes. I do find that certain areas of the face can be a bit tricky to get to (corner of the eyes, around the nose at times) but recently, Juno & Co have launched a tear drop shape (without the flat edge) and as soon as it’s available in Mecca I will be picking one up.
Is it multi-purpose? I personally only love it for foundation. When it comes to concealer, a beauty blender is a must (or blending out cream blush/bronzer/highlighter or even baking with powder). But this velvet sponge and foundation are a match made in heaven!
Does it apply foundation well? This sponge is the sole reason I declutter my foundation brushes from 3 full brush holders to one. This sponge is fantastic for foundation (with the exception of a few foundations that are just tricky with application regardless of the tool you use. Also, keep in mind as it doesn’t absorb your foundation like a beauty blender – you can use this to apply light coverage foundations / even tinted moisturizer. A beauty blender would absorb light coverage foundations like crazy leaving your face pretty much blank.
Is it easy to clean? Yes. I use either hand soap or even the beauty blender cleaner to wash it and because it doesn’t absorb foundation it’s super quick to give it a clean.
Price? $9 AUD
Pros: Applies foundation quickly and easily (perfect if you have hardly any time to do your makeup/worry about brush strokes), doesn’t absorb all your foundation, easy to clean, very affordable.
Cons: Not versatile like a beauty blender – I only love this sponge for foundation. You must smooth foundation on, not bounce (otherwise it lifts off product leaving your face with bald spots). Also, this smoothing technique can be tricky if you have an SPF and/or primer that is prone to pilling.
Overall thoughts: By no means does it replace the beauty blender but I love it regardless. It’s my absolutely favorite tool for applying foundation. I never enjoy using the beauty blender for foundation (only in rare cases) because it absorbed far too much product. This is one of my go-to tools and I highly recommend it for any of you who haven’t tried it.
Would I repurchase? I have five backups and if you read last week’s empties post you’ll know I use this sponge a lot!
And that wraps up this review! Have you guys tried out the velvet sponge by Juno and Co? What tools do you love for foundation application? Drop a comment and let’s have a chat. I hope you all have an awesome day and I’ll see you all next week!