Thursday, April 11, 2013

Product Battle: Beauty Blender Dupes, Comparison and Giveaway!

Hi Bellas,

I've got a new video and giveaway for you!  I think everyone knows about the famous hot pink Beauty Blender Sponge.  Well there are a lot of dupes out there and I decided to put them up against each other on a product battle comparing price and performance.  Check it out!
Check out the video!

Original Beauty Blender
This hot pink tear-dropped sponge made rounded sponges famous.  It retails for $19.95 and you can pick it up at Sephora and a number of Makeup Retailers.  Kim K's Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanovic also made it famous by giving Kim her famous undereye highlight.  The sponge expands when wet and gives a flawless blend without any harsh edges.  I do like this product but find it to be a little pricey.
Graftobian HD Glamour Grip
Grafotbian came out with their version of the sponge about a year ago.  It's a bit cheaper, retailing for $14.99 at www.graftobian.com.  I do like how the shape has a little indent in the middle to make it easier for gripping.  It also is a little more durable feeling than the Beauty Blender and expands to a larger surface area. I find that I prefer it to the Beauty Blender - it's cheaper and works better.

Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge
This sponge came out years ago, not long after the Beauty Blender.  It retails for $10.49 at www.target.com
Unfortunately I do not like the hard texture of the sponge.  It's not bouncy and does not blend well.  I don't recommend. 

Here is the version I mentioned in my video which is attached to a brush:
Here is the original:
Sonia Kashuk® Blending Sponge
Qosmedix Oblong Blending Sponge
I really love this sponge, it even comes in black which is awesome so it doesn't show stains.  It's available for an amazing $1.95 from www.qosmedix.com - however, you can only buy from this site if you have a business license as they sell mainly in bulk to professionals.
Oblong Blending Sponge, Red
Soho Beauty Sponge 
I found this sponge at Wal-Mart for just $5.  I'm loving the price and the fact that it's pointed on both sides.  However, the texture is way off.  The sponge is very gummy-ish, meaning it doesn't expand and bounce that much even when it's wet.  Because of the inflexibility, the sponge split and cracked just after one wash.  I definitely don't recommend.  In this case, low price means low quality.
MAC Pro Performance Sponge
I noticed that MAC has a couple of bright pink cool linking sponges on their website.  They're also latex-free and close to the Beauty Blender price point at $18.  I honestly haven't tried them but they look pretty cool.  It's still kinda pricey but for those of you who have a pro discount, it definitely helps.
Pro Performance Sponge

Like I said, these little sponges are showing up everywhere.  Others that I've heard of include:  Eve Pearl, EcoTools, and you can even find them at TJ Maxx etc.  I also recommend that if you attend a Makeup Trade Show like the Makeup Show or IMATS, pick them up on sale there.  A lot of stores like Norcostco, Frends Beauty Supply and Naimies always sell them.

I'm going to give 3 lucky winners the chance to try out these blendy sponges.  I have 3 new Graftobian Glamour Grip Sponges that need a new home.  

Here's how to win:
  • Open Internationally
  • 3 winners
  • Instagram Winner:  Follow me on Instagram and leave a comment on the post with the picture for the giveaway
  • YouTube Winner:  Subscribe to me on YouTube and leave me a comment on the video telling me why you'd like to win.
  • Blog Winner:  Follow my blog (follow option to the right of this post) and leave me a comment on this post telling me why you'd like to win.
Good luck!

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30 comments:

Chris said...

I would love to win! i havent tried the original beauty blender but I have tried the one from crown brush and it seems pretty good.

myrabit4 said...

Dear ren ren, would love to win and try tis as us malaysians dont have them. Would be proud to win tis..

Silvana Gia said...

I've never tried any type of blender-type sponges so this would be a great opportunity to give one a try!

Ruth said...

I've been wanting to buy a beauty blender but I don't know which one to get so it would be great if I won this one!

Nicole Wright said...

I would love to win one of the blender sponge. I had purchase a knock off at Marshall's, but it's very hard. So I would love to see how this sponge feels and if it truly blends the makeup.

Sadi said...

I would love to win one of the blender sponge. I have never tried the original beauty blenders. I always heard so many great things abt these.

Rena m said...

I've never tried a beauty blender but I hear they give an amazing effect. =)

Nathalie C. said...

Hi Ren! It's me again. Would like to first thank you for doing a review on makeup sponges! I was in dire need of some recommendations! As I mentioned on your youtube video, I really need a sponge to smooth out my foundation and concealer. I've been using brushes and just haven't been satisfied with the results. I need something that blends everything really well. Everybody int the youtube universe and blogosphere says to go with the Beauty Blender but I just can't fathom the idea of buying a $20 sponge! LOL I rather spend that money on more makeup for my collection hahaha This is why I would love to win this giveaway! Great alternative. Thank you for the opportunity! :)

Belle said...

read and watched a lot of raves on these blender sponges, haven't tried any, would love to know how it will work on me too

Claudia Lowe said...

I would love to win this sponge because I only have the wedge sponges and I'm looking to upgrade to a better quality :) thanks so much for doing this giveaway!

Salima said...

I would love to win. I have always wanted to these sponges.

Tracey_c said...

I really hope you pick me because I bought the beauty blender and I love it but I really want to try something that is a lot more cost effective. And it would be great to have a cheaper one to compare to my beauty blender. Pls enter me!

Joanna Kay said...

Love all the cool shapes! haha

Jo xx
http://a-hint-of-glitter.blogspot.co.uk/

its MEluhhKNEEE :) said...

i would like to try the sponges! the original beauty blender is way too pricey for me!

whitewallet04 said...

i'd like to win because i never had a makeup sponge.. i'd like to have one to use it for my gigs.. i'm still starting with makeup.. and i think it would be great if i could try this :)

Alyssamae. said...

id love to win this because i can never achieve that flawless look with my foundation.. my acne scars and acne is just stubborn! ive heard so much rave about this and would def love the opportunity to give it a try! :) thanks for the giveaway!

MakeupJunkie said...

I would love to try this sponge bc I hate wasting product when I use brushes and wa.t to try that air brush finished look. Thanks

Parita said...

Thank you for the giveaway! i would love to win coz never tried applying my foundation with a sponge and have heard so much about this method of giving airbrushed flawless finish! would love get flawless finish :) btw i was trying to find subscribing method of following your blog but couldnt find one :( can you pls add subscribing via email button..would love to get your posts in my mailbox :) thanks!

jezzhae said...

i really want this , coz i dont have blender or sponge like this. thank you!

mirr said...

I'd love to win. The original is way too expensive for me and most of dupes aren't available in my country.

Divashop Gloria said...

I would love to win this blender sponge! :)

priscillia fash said...

awwwn...i'd sooo love to win this sponge cz iv herd sooo much about beauty blenders but i neva had the chance to get one cause i avnt seen it ere in Ukraine.. *fingers crossd* + *puppy eyes*...lol (i hope i win)

Helen Tran said...

I would love to try it

Unknown said...

really eager to try it out =D

Makeup by Hend said...

I would like to win because it's a must have in my professional makeup kit and it's rare to find and 4 times the price where I'm from.

Anna Ho said...

I've always been using brushes to apply my foundation. I keep hearing about these sponge types, so it would be interesting to try a different method of applying foundation. I also keep seeing these on instagram, especially the glamoursponge, but I don't know if its worth the money. I'd love to try to see if I like it better than brushes!

Hira Saeed said...

I would love to win one of these! I am currently trying out different sponges and trying to practice that application technique. :) Do u use these on clients or just personally?

meemers said...

Thank you for doing a giveaway for the beauty blenders. I have heard great things about them and always wanted to try one out!

Alyssa Miguez said...

hello! my name is Alyssa, im pisceslyssa on youtube, i also have the Sonia Kashuk sponge. im not really satisfied because its so hard and the metal thing at the bottom gets it the way, the only pro about the metal thing is the fact that it has good handling, and that's about it. the sponge is like hard on my face. also when i try and clean it i feel like theres stuff hiding round where the metal thing is, its just a bad design. i would loveeee to try out this blender because i wanna have a good experience with them and i want to like them! lol. thank you so much for the opportunity. im also following you on instgram @misslysslyss <3 :)

LaKesha Bankston-Glover said...

Love your blog. Would love to win these blenders to add to my kit. Thanks for the contest!