GOODBYE, make up brushes – I’ve found a replacement!
As I don’t wear foundation every day (BB cream usually provides enough coverage), there is nothing I hate more than getting to the weekend, going to put on my make up before a night out and finding my brushes really need a wash.
The result ends up as a streaky mess!
I don’t have that problem any more though!
I spotted this Chi Chi Make Up Sponge while killing time browsing in the beauty aisle and as it was only about $6, I decided to take the chance and buy it.
I won’t lie, using it for the first time was a bit daunting so I read the instructions carefully and watched a few YouTube videos before I tried to apply my make up with it.
When using it you first fully submerge it in water so the sponge can expand to its full size.
You then squeeze out as much of the water as you can (using a towel helps) and start using it to apply your make up.
I pump my liquid foundation (MAC Studio Fix Fluid) on to the back of my hand and use the wide, round end of the sponge to pat it onto my face in a stippling motion.
The pointed end is for around your nose and eyes – harder to reach places.
It feels a bit weird at first but the effect is seriously amazing.
These types of sponges were designed to give an airbrushed look and that’s exactly what it does.
I’ve also started applying my powder (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish) with the sponge and my blush and highlighter too.
I’d read not to drag the sponge through pressed powder as it picks up too much product and I’ve found this to be true – it’s especially noticeable when you end up with a cheek full of blush!
After using it I wash it with warm water and goat’s milk soap because I’ve used it on my face before and I know my skin can handle it.
The packaging says not to use anything too harsh to clean it because it could irritate your skin.
One thing to keep in mind is it seems to take ages to dry properly, even when wrung out properly and left in the open. I’ve previously washed it before going to bed and it was still slightly damp in the morning.
The original version of this product is the Beauty Blender but it’s $27 for a single sponge and I found the Chi Chi version works perfectly well without the price tag.
In the long run the Chi Chi version probably won’t last as long but the price is something to keep in mind, especially if you don’t know whether you will like putting on your make up on this way.
I have heard from people who still prefer using brushes.
All in all I really love this sponge though and definitely won’t be going back to brushes any time soon!
Bonus points – they don’t test on animals!
Get more info here.
Have you used a make up sponge? What did you think?
5 thoughts on “Little make up sponge – big results”
Hello 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and review on the Chi Chi make up sponge. It looks and works similar to a blending sponge that has been released recently in the UK (Nanshy 4in1 blending sponge). It’s interesting that the Nanshy sponge might be a dupe of the US version or maybe Chi Chi have sold it to Nanshy. Anyway, it is great to see when products from the US come over. I’ve used my sponge a few times now and I find it works better than make up brushes and leaves a smoother and precise finish. If you fancy a read, my review is here https://lunchbreakadventures.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/beauty-nanshy-4in1-make-up-blending-sponge/
Hope to speak soon xxx
Such a thoughtful comment, thanks Caz! I will check that out now! 🙂
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Your welcome! Hope to see more of your posts on twitter soon x
I have absolutely no clue when it comes to make up, but I’ve seen a lot of sponges like this and was wondering if they were pretty good! So thank you for this. I just updated my make up collection, including with a new foundation, so maybe I’ll duck out and grab one of these too! x
They are amazing!! The lazy side of me loves that they need less washing, too!