Beauty sponges are a staple in many people’s makeup routine. I’ve been so loyal to my Real Techniques sponge and I decided it was time to give something else a go. I wanted to see if there was any alternatives that was comparable, so I decided to try out the B. Beauty Sponge. I’ve never tried anything from this brand so I was going in with an open mind. I know a couple of people that’s used some of their products, but never the sponge.
My first impressions when unpacking it was that it was quite dense. (Side note: I found this packaging really hard to get into. Not sure if it’s just me being an idiot, but I struggled so much lol). Back to where I was – it was really hard. I tested it with no product to just get a feel of it, and it just didn’t have much bounce at all. I then tried damping it down and was a bit better, so I felt reassured that this would work. I’m not typically one to dampen my sponges, despite everyone swearing by it, so maybe I was finally getting on the bandwagon.
To make all my tests fair, I thought I would test this B Sponge both dry and damp. I also tested it on different products to try and find which one had the best result. The three products I tested was my foundation, concealer and power. Obviously, not all at the same time, but on separate occasions.
I decided to go with foundation first as it’s what I use my RT Sponge every day. Like I mentioned, I tried applying everything with a dry and a damp sponge. I first tried it when it was dry as, again, I always use my sponge dry. It was such a shame because I was highly disappointed. I felt like this B. Beauty sponge was soaking up all of my product instead of spreading it around my face. My skin looked like there was hardly anything on it. This also worried me because I was skeptical how water would effect the application. Well, again, I was disappointed. It felt like the foundation was mixing with the water and soaking into the sponge even more than before. My skin looked like it had a tinted moisturiser on instead of a full coverage foundation. However, I didn’t let me lose hope for concealer or powder.
I’m not sure if it’s due to the thicker consistency or what it was, but concealer proved to be a slight improvement. Again, I used it dry first. My concealer took a while to blend, longer than usual, but I eventually got there! Concealer didn’t soak into the sponge as much as foundation at all which was a great sign. I didn’t have as much coverage as normal, but it was doable. However, when damp, I had the same problem as before. Most of the product got soaked into the sponge. Even the product that was already there effectively disappeared too. The B. Beauty Sponge definitely worked better for concealer, but definitely needs to be used dry if anything.
In case you couldn’t tell, I really really wanted to get this sponge to work! I was not giving up at the last hurdle, no freakin’ way. I often use a sponge to help press powder into my under-eyes to bake, so I had to test that out too. With powder, I decided to not even bother wetting the sponge as I felt it would be a waste of time (and product). I’m not even joking when I say this, but I actually gasped at how well this worked for baking! I loved it. The denseness of the sponge made it super easy to press powder into any areas I didn’t want creasing or getting oily. Excess wiped away really easy with no strange patches appearing, something I’ve experienced before. On nights out, my under-eyes creased hardly at all. I use it all the time now!
There we have it… The B. Beauty Sponge is perfect for baking and setting powder with! However, liquid products, not so much. It definitely won’t be replacing my Real Techniques sponge at all, but it’s definitely being included in for when I use powder. Due to it only being usable for one kind of product, I don’t think I would recommend it. You can use brushes and do the same thing. However, it is really good when baking etc, so I’ll let you make your own mind up.