battle of the affordable makeup sponges

affordable makeup sponges

The Beauty Blender turned the foundation / concealer application game on its head a few years ago. After that launch, many other brands have come up with their own versions of affordable makeup sponges. Makeup lovers who have used the Beauty Blender say that no other sponge compares to it. However, seeing as I don’t want to shell out hundreds of ZAR for it, I have been using other versions of makeup sponges for a while now and in this post I will be comparing some of the more affordable options.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
I have used this sponge for a couple of years and I have repurchased it when my daughter damaged it. I love the shape, it allows me to apply foundation with the rounded side and apply concealer with the flat side. It becomes squishy and soft when dampened and it gives a flawless application. The sponge retails for R120

Scarlet Hill Beauty Sponge

Scarlett Hill Beauty Sponge
Scarlett Hill by Mr Price is the newest beauty player on the South African market. Out of all the sponges, this one is the most firm when dampened and it is the one that swells to the largest size. It however wasn’t my favourite sponge to use, I found that it soaked up a lot of product and thus I don’t recommend it and I won’t be using it in the future. This sponge comes in a pack of 3 which retails for R40

Wet n Wild Makeup Sponge

Wet n Wild Makeup Sponge
I fell in love with this sponge at first use! It is comparable to the Real Techniques one in terms of shape, firmness and how wonderfully it applies foundation onto my skin. The one up it has on the Real Techniques one is the price, it retails for R70.

Do you have a favorite makeup sponge?

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2 Comments

  1. January 28, 2020 / 15:50

    Nice! IKR the beauty blender is so pricey and the dupes work just as good so it’s not worth shelling so much money for the original! I’ve heard so many good things about the real techniques, it has been on my wishlist once my current sponge is no longer good to use, I didn’t know wet n wild had one too!! adding that to my list as well!

    • Lungi
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      February 6, 2020 / 09:50

      Wet n Wild didn’t really market their sponge & it’s always sold out in SA

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