"Beautyblender compared to Sonia Kashuk blender:
I have used the Beautyblender basically since it came out, but I also purchased the Sonia Kashuk (Target) one to try it and since it was easily available to me- I always order the Beautyblenders online.
The Sonia Kashuk one is horrible, this is my take on it, and there are several reasons why I think so. First, the sponge itself feels no different than any ordinary flat sponge. The shape is awkward, it is not really as contoured as the Beautyblender- it's too large overall also. It does not expand like the Beautyblender when wet- rather, it just gets heavier, and its fairly heavy to begin with. I have to go over my face several times to get a streak-free result, and it absorbs so much product that it's wasteful. Why would I pay $50 for a foundation to have half of it be absorbed by the sponge? Doesn't make a lot of sense. It's hard to clean, with any cleaning product, even the sponge shampoo that is designed to be used with it doesn't clean it well, and I clean my sponges within 30 minutes of use!! Last, the sponge simply is not durable. First time I washed it- gently, parts of the rubber wore off. Within three months of use, the thing is worthless. It isn't even an economical alternative- if you buy a two pack of Beautyblender, the most expensive I've seen them for is $26 with free shipping, so that's $13 each. I always use online coupons or rebates, so I usually get them for even a few dollars less.
|Sonia Kashuk blender on the left, Beautyblender on the right|
Now, if I can briefly explain the differences of the 'original' Beautyblender. It is light and springy to the touch. I always use it damp, and it glides on my face without any roughness- in fact, it feels silky smooth. When damp it does swell up but it still feels light- not dense at all. It seems to be better desgined for the face- the tip on the end is not sharply pointed and the broader parts make for an easy, smooth application. When I wash the Beautyblender, it retains it shape and dries quickly. It is easy to wash because it doesn't absorb too much foundation. I have one that I've used fairly regularly for about 8 months and it isn't very stained at all.
Overall, if you would like to try a sponge for foundation appication, I would definitely recommend the Beautyblender. The Target one is simply a waste of time and money, and I don't believe you would be satisfied with the results, either."