Reviewed: This $4 Makeup Sponge Is Better Than Any Tool I've Tried

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy! 

Real Techniques Miracle Finish Sponge
Real Techniques Miracle Finish Sponge $4

I'll never forget the phenomenal moment I used a makeup sponge for the first time. I was a baby freshman in college and had set up my own mini vanity using my dorm room's desk. I made regular trips to Sephora—I bought beauty products just as often as I bought books, a lot. I got especially spoiled when my mom would take me to Sephora over the holiday break as an award for all of my hard work. I had just settled back into my room from a nice trip back home where I had picked up my first-ever makeup sponge. 

I was hooked the moment I saw how it flawlessly melted my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30) right onto my skin. This little pink thing changed my makeup game all the way up for the better to the point where I was wondering how I even did my makeup without it. Everything instantly became easier when it came to applying my base makeup.

Little did I know I'd meet my true makeup sponge match when this squishy ball from Real Techniques came across my desk a few months ago. I'll admit that I used to go for coveted, spendy makeup tools before meeting this under-$10 steal. I prematurely thought they'll do the job best. 

But like most makeup miracles happen, I was in a rush and needed to use something fast to slay my face. I ran this sponge under warm water for about five seconds. The material immediately turned super-soft and plush. As soon as I started lightly tapping this underneath my eye, I noticed how easily this seamlessly blended my concealer in.

My makeup-free face before using the Real Techniques sponge to blend in my concealer and foundation: 

Maya Allen before using the Real Techniques sponge to blend in concealer and foundation
Maya Allen

For one, it took me like no time to blend in my makeup. And more importantly, I looked in the mirror and noticed how my makeup seriously looked like a second skin. Then, I started using this sponge to spot-conceal my dark spots before applying my foundation. It allows for such a blendable and buildable application with half the time. I use the flat top for underneath my eyes and the pointy tip when I'm targeting certain areas on my face. I replace it every few weeks since it's only $4 a pop, and I'm honestly hooked. 

My makeup after using the Real Techniques sponge: 

Maya Allen after using the Real Techniques sponge
Maya Allen

Something about the way this little ball bounces off of my skin and helps my makeup glide right on is just incomparable. If you're looking for a dupe to the more expensive makeup sponges on the market, this is the winner. 

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