H&M Make Up Sponge

H&M Make Up Sponge
It took me a while to jump on the Beauty Blender bandwagon because I always imagined these type of sponges would sheer out my foundation quite a lot which is something I most definitely do not want. While the Beauty Blender is the original – it is also the most expensive and I just can’t justify spending €20 on a sponge! However, since I tried the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I have been completely obsessed with the airbrushed finish it gives (without compromising coverage!) and have been keeping my eye out for other dupes.

I wonder if Beauty Blender themselves have patented the egg shape as it seems that every copy seems to take their own approach to the shape of the sponge although they are all very much the same idea. I spotted this little pink guy in H&M for a bargainous €2.95 and heard quite a few people claiming to swear by them. I decided it was no big loss whether it was terrible or not and my curiosity got too much so I caved and bought it.

As you can see it has a flat bottom end but a kind of domed top end which I imagined would be good for getting in under the eyes and around the nose etc.

H&M Make Up Sponge
As you can see, it comes to quite a point!

H&M Make Up Sponge

As you can see, there is quite a size difference between it and the Real Techniques version. That didn’t bother me so much, once it worked.

The first thing I noticed about it was that it was very, very firm. I thought it may have been because it was new and I hadn’t dampened it yet. However, even after applying water, it was firm as anything. I tried to squeeze it to get out the excess and it was a real struggle to close my fist around it tightly. It is THAT firm. The Real Techniques offering is a lot like your average sponge – soft and easily wrung.

I digressed and got to work applying my foundation. Now here is the thing – because of its hard texture, it doesn’t really absorb any foundation; a good thing you may think. However, it just picks it up and then blobs it on to your face without doing any of the nice buffing, blurring and blending that the Beauty BLENDer is all about. You may as well pick up your foundation on the TV remote control and then use that to apply it to your face. Sure you get the product on but it won’t do anything else. I tried to work with it a little by pressing it harder on to my skin to see if it would do something but the sponge is so firm that it actually hurt. Not only that but the pointy side is actually far too big to actually fit in the sides of your nose etc. It may work if it was more pliable but because it is so tough, you won’t squeeze it into any of your face’s nooks and crannies. No matter which way I turned the sponge, I could not find a piece of it that would do the job.

All in all, this was incredibly disappointing and I’m glad I only splashed out a little less than three euro on it. I really have absolutely no use for it and think I might just chuck it in the bin. Either that or attempt to cut it up for the sake of nail art. Avoid this.

 What do you think? Have you tried this? Have you found a good dupe for the Beauty Blender? And most importantly, have you tried the actual Beauty Blender and would you say its worth the hype?

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