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!
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:
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:
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.