Battle | The real Beauty Blender versus a cheap foundation sponge from bornprettystore.com

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There are different techniques and tools to apply liquid foundation, but for more than two years now I’ve been loyal to my trusted little pink egg: my Beauty Blender**. The Beauty Blender is an egg-shaped make-up sponge that you dampen and then use to bounce or ‘stipple’ on your liquid foundation. The coverage and the finish that you get with the Beauty Blender are truly unmatched, and no brush can give me the even yet lightweight result that my beloved egg gives me. The only downside? The price. Costing 15 to 20 euro, the Beauty Blender isn’t cheap, especially not considering that you have to replace it after a while. Because of that I have always wondered about the cheaper alternatives, but my skepticism always prevented me from trying them. Until now, that is, because I recently ordered a budget-friendly Beauty Blender alternative for less than 3 USD from the Born Pretty web shop**: the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge Make-up Flawless Foundation Make-up**. Yeah… so the name is kind of sch-weird as Nicole Scherzinger would say on X-Factor, but whatever. Let’s have a look at how this inexpensive beauty blender performs against the real original Beauty Blender. Time for a battle!

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Click to enlarge | the original Beauty Blender (left) and the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge from Born Pretty (right)

Shape & ease of use

The real Beauty Blender and the inexpensive Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge from Born Pretty both have the same perfect egg shape, but the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge is a bit smaller than the Beauty Blender. The Beauty Blender also expands a lot more than the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge does when it absorbs water, so the final difference in size between the two is even bigger.

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But does size matter? Meh, not really. The real Beauty Blender and the cheaper Born Pretty version are both comfortable to hold and easy to use, but because the Beauty Blender is bigger in size it allows me to finish my foundation application faster. Then again, the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge is easier to use for those hard-to-reach places like around my nose, my temples and under my eyes. So with the different sizes come different advantages.

Beauty Blender versus Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge: 1 – 1

Material & texture

The Beauty Blender is very soft and supple, and it feels really bouncy and flexible when I squeeze it. The Born Pretty Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge on the other hand is less supple and is more resistant when I squeeze it. As a result the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge doesn’t have that seamless contact with my skin that the Beauty Blender has, so I need to be more precise and accurate with it to make my foundation go on evenly. With my Beauty Blender I can walk around bouncing away without even looking in the mirror, but with the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge I need to stay more focused.

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While the real Beauty Blender has a soft, smooth and perfectly even texture,  the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge has a slightly more irregular and harder texture. Again that results in me having to work just a little harder and having to pay just a little more attention to get that nice even result.

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Beauty Blender versus Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge: 1 – 0

Result & finish

The real Beauty Blender and the budget version from Born Pretty both make it really easy to build my foundation’s coverage, and both foundation sponges allow me to get a really nice natural-looking result. The only difference is that with the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge I need to work a little harder for that pretty finish. But in the end both foundation sponges give a really nice end result, and that is what matters.

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Click to enlarge | I used the Beauty Blender on one side of my face and the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge on the other side. Can you tell the difference?

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Click to enlarge | I used the Beauty Blender on one side of my face and Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge on the other side. Can you tell the difference?

Beauty Blender versus Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge: 1 – 1

Price & durability

A real Beauty Blender** will set you back about 20 USD. My new Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge from bornprettystore.com costs 2.30 USD. So just looking at the price, the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge wins. But you do have to take into consideration that the Beauty Blender lasts a lot longer than the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge: the Beauty Blender stays smooth and supple for weeks and even months on end, while the budget version starts to show some minor yet visible wear and tear after just a few weeks. At 20 USD the Beauty Blender should last about eight times longer than the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge to justify the price difference. So that means that if the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge lasted a month, the Beauty Blender would have to last eight months. I’m not sure if a Beauty Blender can last that long. I kind of doubt it… So the bottom line? Even though the Beauty Blender is more durable, it’s still expensive. The Pro Powder Water-Drop Sponge has a pretty decent lifespan, especially considering how cheap it is.

Beauty Blender versus Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge: 0 – 1

End score: 3 – 3

I honestly didn’t expect this, but the battle between the real Beauty Blender and the cheap Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge ends in a tie! Both foundation sponges have their pros and cons. The Beauty Blender loses points because of the price, but it does beat the Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge in terms of material and durability. What both foundation sponges have in common is that they both give my foundation a nice natural-looking finish and that they make it really easy to build coverage. I know it sounds awfully cliché, but the real Beauty Blender and the cheap Pro Powder Puff Water-Drop Sponge are both winners, each in their own way. So which of the two would I pick? Well, in the end I still prefer the real deal, but the inexpensive version from Born Pretty is definitely a great budget-friendly alternative.

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88 thoughts on “Battle | The real Beauty Blender versus a cheap foundation sponge from bornprettystore.com

  1. Ik heb ook zo’n fake beautyblender en ik vind deze eigenlijk niet zo fijn, ik vind hem heel hard om foundation of bb cream aan te brengen. Hij is wel handig om concealer te blenden. x

  2. Ik gebruik tegenwoordig vaak een foundation kwast. Ik heb enkel eens zo’n sponsje van de h&m geprobeerd, maar dat trok op niks!

  3. Leuke review! Ik had eigenlijk niet verwacht dat het een gelijke score zou zijn. Bij beautyproducten kijk ik meestal niet echt naar de prijs, het gaat tenslotte toch wel over je huid en die moet je goed verzorgen! ;) Dus ik denk dat ik voor de beautyblender zou gaan :)

  4. Amazingly done comparison! Great job! I only have a fake Beauty Blender that I got on eBay, but I love it to death. It replaced all my Simga, Real Techniques and EcoTools foundation brushes :)

  5. I think if you are used to the “real” one and it is easier to use.. then keep on doing, so, because the result is perfection, what for amazing pictures and looks! Although it’s nice to try new products and to share with us the result! I normally don’t like foundations very much, but lately I am wearing because of sun protection (you know some come with that). In the past, I used to apply it with fingers, then went to a brush, now back to fingers again :) I think I like both ways, but would like to try the sponge!

  6. It’s a good thing you posted pics of you applying some product with the sponges otherwise I wouldn’t know with which end you actually do that – yes I’m that clueless.:D I always apply my foundation with fingers. Is that bad? Does the method of application make a huge difference? I should try that out actually… So I’d choose the cheaper sponge, to see how it goes.:)

  7. Hey Melissa, thanks for the comparison! I use a foundation brush and I’ve never ever tried the sponge method, but I keep hearing good things about the beauty blender so I might want to give it a whirl some day!

  8. My favorite foundation application method remains the simple wedge sponge. CVS drugstore sells a pack of 12 jumbo wedges infused with Vitamin E for less than $5 USD and I just love them! They were the first tool I ever used to apply foundation when I was still in high school. I’ve tried brushes and round sponges alike, and I always go back to my roots with the wedges! :)

  9. I do have the original one and love it, although these days, I prefer to use a foundation brush. Anyhoo, great review:) It’s good to know that the cheaper version works well too!

  10. What a great product battle! I actually bought a beauty blender ‘dupe’ to do a comparison post on as well! It’s a different sponge though. I use my beauty blender to apply foundation & I love it! In my opinion it can’t be matched. :)

  11. Heel erg leuk en handig zo’n vergelijking! Ik zou zelf nog heel graag eens de beauty blender willen kopen, maar ik vind de Water-Drop Sponge ook eigenlijk wel erg goed klinken. Qua prijs scheelt het ook wel erg veel.

  12. Zo je tekst te hebben gelezen, dan zou ik zeker voor de goedkopere variant gaan.. en als die minder lang mee gaat, dan is dat ook minder erg vanwege de “kleine” prijs. Je haar ziet er trouwens prachtig uit! So shiny.

  13. Ik kan niet klikken voor de Nederlandse versie! Maar goed, ik kan ook wel Engels. Wat grappig dat je ze vergelijkt en dat ze eigenlijk hetzelfde scoren. Ik zou dan sowieso voor de goedkopere variant gaan. Ik gebruik zelf eigenlijk geen sponsje, ik gebruik gewoon een kwast. x

  14. I tried also some beauty blender knock-offs and they are never as smooth and bouncy as the original. But I agree with you, the end result is similar, it’s the ride that’s not as smooth.

  15. Nice comparison! I’ve never owned a Beauty blender, but I have several sponges of this sort. Not as small as the BPS one. I don’t use sponges every day though, I prefer brushes.
    I absolutely adore your eye makeup, so pretty!

  16. I’ve heard great things about the Beauty Blender sponge but I’ve never tried it. This Water Drop Sponge sounds like it’s a great budget friendly way to try a foundation sponge.

    Rowena

  17. Just saw that BeautyBay has its own brand of products now and one product is a beauty blender, thinking about trying it. It costs 7.70 CHF.

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