Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge Turns Makeup Newbies into Pros.

I have used the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge ($8.99 at Target) several times now. I can wholeheartedly say that it has now surpassed my aDesign pointed foundation brush as my preferred tool for “putting on my face.”

Quick Sponge Tutorial for the Newbies.

Because it is such an unfamiliar tool to many (including me, I had to look this one up), here’s a little bit about how I use this.

  1. Before application, I dampen the sponge by either
    • running it under water and squeezing the excess,
    • spritzing it with water until damp, or
    • spritzing it with MAC Fix+ Rose
  2. I place some liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer on the back of my hand, and pick it up with the round end of the sponge.
  3. After dotting on blobs all over my face, I then swirl it all over my face. There is no real technique to how I do this; it is usually just a “spread here, swirl there” ordeal.
  4. For concealer: I apply it to my under eye area first, and then use the pointed end to blend it out.

I find that spritzing with MAC Fix+ Rose produces the best dewy finish, and so that’s how I like to use mine.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

Maybe it’s because the damp sponge allows a sheerer application of face products, but this is makes foundation application a breeze. With a traditional foundation brush, my foundation starts off streaky and I have to work it around to blend. The blending sponge minimizes the need for blending out streakiness.

The finish I get with this is flawless. If I don’t get a desired coverage with one pass, I can keep on layering my foundation without looking caked on. Also if I use just my fingers, I have a tendency to overuse my theBalm Time Balm concealer under my eyes that cause some creasing.  I have yet to experience this when I’m using my Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge.

Amazing eh? However…

You Dirty Thing!

One drawback to using this and any other foundation sponge is that it gets dirty. And I’m not just talking about a dirty surface, but it gets soiled deep within.  It’s probably okay if you’re a diligent brush washer (can you wash mine too?).  But if you’re a lazy girl like me, you’ll probably wash it every 2 days, so then you end up with this:

This photo makes me so sad!  So unsexy! 🙁

I’ve tried a few things to wash the sponge.

  1. Baby shampoo?  Still dirty.
  2. Quo Brush Cleaner?  Still dirty.
  3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Cleanser + Baby shampoo?  Still dirty.
  4. Sunlight Dishwashing Detergent?  Hells yeah baby!

In the several weeks that I have been using it, the sponge hasn’t yet crumbled during or after washing.

The Low Down

If you love liquid foundation, you will fall in love even more after using it with the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge.  I think this is an amazing tool for someone who is looking to perfect their face makeup application.  It is absolutely fool-proof and you’ll love the results.  If you’re lazy like me, I would pick up two. 😛  I know I will buy another when I’m back at Target in Buffalo, NY. 🙂  Rating: A+.

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  • Seems like a wonderful product. Great review! :3

  • Uh… There’s no Target in Canada (yet.) Do you know if it’s sold in Canada anywhere? *hopeful look*

    • Sorry no. 🙁

      But I’ll let you know when I go back; I may be able to pick one up.

  • Rae

    Yayayayayay Sonia sponge review! 😛 Thanks for posting your thoughts my dear. Positive review, violet sponge… yep, that one’s going on my US wishlist ^^

    • It really should go on your wishlist Rae! 🙂

  • hahah I like your list of cleaners for this sponge 🙂 I like buffing in my foundation with the ELF Powder Brush, that thing works with powder/liquid/bronzer/etc. nice review!

    • I usually use baby shampoo for my brushes, but it really didn’t work for the sponge.

      I do like powder brushes for their versatility, you’re right! 🙂

  • I haven’t heard about this product in awhile, but I’m lemming it for again after this review! I usually wash my brushes once a week…so this would be hard to clean daily…

    • Oh I know! 🙂 I remember reading all amazing reviews about it but didn’t really understand the hype before. I’m a believer now!

  • I may have to try this for a lighter application since summer is here.

    • You’re so lucky to be in the US! I am eternally jealous that you have Sonia Kashuk available to you.

  • I have the beauty blender version, and find that I usually have to clean it after each use for the dirt to get out easiest. I currently use the beauty blender soap but also alternate with Dr Bronner soap and find it works just as well!

    • Where do you find the Dr. Bronner’s soap? I’d like to try that. 🙂

  • I bought the only two of these they had at Target, as they’re the cheapo version of Beauty Blender. I find I get better results if I “bounce” it off my face rather than swirl. The sponge is too dense to do much “wiping” motions so if you’re a fan of wiping, smearing or heavy patting (heh heh) you’ll have to adjust as it’s very grippy on the skin

    • Thanks for chiming in! I still haven’t got the hang of bouncing the sponge on my face, but I agree the sponge can be grippy. I find that it is easer to wipe it around when it’s really moist though. 🙂

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