Dupe War #6 – Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge vs The Perfectionist Makeup Sponge by Sephora

7 May

Oh Beautyblender, you have such a silly name !  But seriously dear Lovelies, Beautyblender came on the market and created a craze!  There are so many tutorials and reviews for this product it made our head spin, and it made us way curious.

What the heck is a Beautyblender? – in a nutshell, it’s a funny, sort of egg shaped beauty sponge.  The kind of sponge you use to put on your foundation.  What?  You don’t use a sponge to put on your foundation.  Yeah, neither did we…and then I tried it and Kassi said “I NEED THIS”.  Go get you some!

beauty-blender (1)

I need to confess, that for a long time I only used a MAC brush to apply foundation.  I thought sponges were oh so out of vogue!!  Last time I used a makeup sponge was when I did makeup for my High School’s Drama Dept.   And this thing is oh so expensive for a mere sponge, come on!!  I resisted getting pulled into this Beautyblender business.  Slowly, it wore me down.  One day, on a whim, I decided to get one.  Sadly, they are very limited outside of online shopping.  So when I wanted one, I could either wait a week until it arrived or buy a dupe. I opted for the dupe first, I have zero patience.

But first, the Original – Beautyblender $19.95 for one.

What it is – A makeup sponge applicator.


What is does – Beautyblender® is the first ergonomically designed non-disposable sponge applicator that allows you to flawlessly apply your makeup.

Our review – it does what is says, beautifully.

NOTE – I only used this and the dupe on liquid foundation and cream concealer.  I have not tested it for powder foundations, and since part of my face is oh so dry, I normally stay away from powder stuff.  Sephora does say it’s okay to use for powder and mineral makeup.

This is meant to be used wet, I like to wet it under cold water and press the excess water out.  I then use my V-Primer  along with my MAC Face&Body foundation.  I put it on sort of messily, and then blend it with the Beautyblender Sponge.  Stipple it on, sort of dabbing  with the flat end. This is washable and reusable.

The result really is a very nice finish to your foundation.  The best I’ve seen to date.  It just absorbs into your skin.

Yes, it’s pricey.  So there are alternatives.  I’ve used one of the dupes so far, and then I will review the Sonia Kashuk one at a later date.

The Dupe – The Perfectionist Makeup Sponge $12.00


What it is – An innovative, easy-to-use makeup sponge for a flawless finish.

What it does – Effortlessly blend and precisely apply with this versatile makeup sponge. The superb moisture retention of this tool makes it ideal for blending foundation, applying skincare products, and removing makeup imperfections. This sponge is washable and reusable.

Our review – Again, it does what it says.

Also to be used wet, this blends my liquid foundation so beautifully.  Same application as with the Beautyblender.  Stipple as with the original, but use the side on an angle. It covers about the same area at a time.

The differences

BB and Sephora

Originally the Beautyblender was just a smidge smaller than the Sephora sponge.  However, it has since not come back to it’s original size.  This sort of annoys me since it just barely fits in the original packing now.  It doesn’t fit in the original container at all when it is wet.

Obviously the shapes are different.  The Perfectionist’s tip is a tiny bit softer than the Beautyblender tip which I find to be annoying when applying concealer under my eyes.  Because of how wide the base gets and how much softer the tip it, it makes a difference on a small thing, such as your pretty face.

Also, the Sephora version has a tip on both sides vs having  an oval smooth base.  I don’t find this helpful or hurtful.  It just changes how you smooth your foundation.  For example, with the Beautyblender you use the base, with The Perfectionist you use the side.  You get about the same amount of area with either.

They feel slightly different too.  The Beautyblender feels more porous, the Sephora version feels more like a traditional makeup sponge.  This is not an issue in the application of the makeup at all.

They both get about 60% larger when wet.  The Beautyblender dries faster than the Sephora so I found myself needing to use it right away instead of allowing it to sit there.  So, you have a bit more timing wiggle room with The Perfectionist.

The Sephora sponge comes with the best container and little holding pedestal!  As you can see from my picture above, it holds it where it tapers so that it can dry easily.  The Beautyblender only comes in the cylinder you see above.  You have to leave it out for it to dry.  I leave it on the container with the base resting on the opening.  Once it gets dry enough, it falls into the container by itself.

The Math – A savings of $8.00!  You can get another beauty product for that price.

Which is better?  I don’t know. I like both for two different reasons.  I love the holder with Sephora one has and I love the firmness of the Beautyblender.

The ONLY reason I’m having the under eye issue is because my skin in that area tends to be dry.  So if something is not blended seamlessly, it cracks very quickly.  I don’t think others would have the same issue.

Also, with both I am washing them before every use.  I don’t want to over wash them, and I’ve used one daily since March.

If I’m feeling like a splurge, I will probably get the Beautyblender.  Both are amazing!




12 Responses to “Dupe War #6 – Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge vs The Perfectionist Makeup Sponge by Sephora”

  1. Hillary July 18, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    We’ve just launched something equally as awesome and cutting the price down even more! Email me if you’d like me to send you the sample pack to review! 🙂

    • yourfairygodmother July 18, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Absolutely!!! Thank you!!! We’re so obsessed with makeup sponges! Should I PM you the address?

      • tabatha30 November 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

        That’s awesome, if they’re any good lemme know I’m a makeup fanatic and looking fr an alternative as well my friends and family listen to me about all things makeup so if I like it they’ll be buying as well

    • tabatha30 November 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      That’s very sweet(0;

  2. tabatha30 November 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Thanks for the review. I’m looking for an alternative myself til I can get the beauty blender I’m a makeup fanatic. It’s all I think about everyday. If you get the beauty blenders from Hillary let me know how they work! My friends and family all come to me for anything makeup and ill give them the heads up about those if they’re any good (-;


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