5 of the best makeup sponges and blenders – Evening Standard

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ever wondered how Kylie Jenner et al have such flawless skin? Aside from the airbrushing and armies of makeup artists they probably have on speed dial, many of them are said to swear by the makeup sponge. 

Everyone from Selena Gomez to Oprah has turned to this nifty little tool to achieve a perfect finish, which helps to blend and smooth products into the skin and reduce the risk of break outs. 

We’ve rounded up the top five to trial this summer. 

By Terry Pinceau Mousse Foundation Sponge

Great for: precision

Smaller than most, the pointed tip of the By Terry sponge offers more precision, allowing you to get to those hard – to – reach areas more easily. With its makeup brush style handle, it gives the user more control too. 


£25, Feel Unique, Buy it now


Great for: full coverage

The orginial makeup sponge, the Beautyblender, is a favourite of celebrities the world over. It’s large, ergonomic shape is easy to hold and the thickness of the sponge gives a rich, flawless finish. This is particularly great for those who like a full coverage. 


£16, Cult Beauty, Buy it now

Spectrum Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge

Great for: carrying around

The home of beautiful makeup tools, Spectrum has brought us these medium sized pastel coloured sponges aptly named ‘unicorn tears’, which are both vegan and cruelty free. Each comes in its own plastic pouch, making them easy to transport for on-the-go touch ups. 


£4.99, Spectrum, Buy it now

Dior Backstage Blender

Great for: quick application

Speed through your makeup routine with this Dior blender, which has a flat, bevelled side perfect for spreading products quickly. 


£14, Dior, Buy it now

Makeupdrop Silicone Sponge

Great for: eliminating waste

In a bid to eliminate the subsequent product wastage that occurs when using a sponge, Makeupdrop set about creating a product made from less absorbent materials that would still deliver results. The solution is a silicone based tool with a smooth surface ideal for using to apply both liquids and powders. 


£14, Boots, Buy it now


The flat side of the Dior sponge makes it the easiest to use without the need for too much skill and the Spectrum tool is the most convenient to carry in your bag. 


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