Silicone Makeup Sponges – Would you do your makeup using chicken fillets?

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The beauty world is ever-changing with new fads and trends emerging on the market constantly. A couple of blog reviews and a product is gone viral overnight. I’m not always one to follow trends and there are some that I am slower to follow so I’ll admit, when beauty critics and bloggers started applying makeup with – what can only be described as – slightly redesigned “chicken fillets”, I was highly sceptical and the first to say “I won’t be trying that one”. But of course, I have succumbed once again to a new beauty trend…all in the name of research!

 

I was having a wander around Penneys this weekend – another “I’m not buying anything this time, only looking” trip to Penneys (of course I bought loads) – when I saw mountains upon mountains of packets of silicone makeup applicators in their beauty department. I looked at them and kept walking. It was only on my second lap of the store that I decided I’d pick up a packet to try out, sure they were only €2. I was sure I’d hate them but worth a try, and I always feel compelled to try out these things for all you lovely readers.

So I tried them today for the first time and… I LOVE them. I have a strong feeling these will be my new makeup obsession. I was converted to Beautyblender makeup sponges (the original Beautyblender) about a year and a half ago and I rarely use anything else to apply my makeup. These silicone sponges are definitely going to be a strong contender to compete with this. I like them for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they use way less product. This is kind of obvious but a huge pro. The silicone material doesn’t absorb any makeup at all, unlike brushes or sponges. I used my silicone sponge to apply my make up today, using Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation. I put out the same amount as I normally would on the back of my hand and I didn’t need half of it. So already, this is a huge plus, especially if you find yourself constantly running out of foundation.

One of the things I was most sceptical about in relation to these applicators was the finish they would give. I love how flawless your skin looks when you use a Beautyblender as the product really sinks into your skin and I was doubtful the silicone would provide a nice finish but it really does. Using circular dabbing motions to apply, my skin looks super flawless and smooth if I do say so myself, and a very even, blended finish is achievable in just a minute or two. Great if, like me running out to work in the morning, you don’t have much time to perfect your face. And the third thing I love about these sponges, from initial use, is the practicality of cleaning them. I’m very lazy when it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, I hate to say. Even after forking out €70 on a StylePro before Christmas, I still dread cleaning brushes. It’s a real task that takes time and often goes to the end of my to-do list. The silicone can easily be cleaned with just warm water and some soap, or other brush cleaner, meaning a quick clean after each use is something I WILL be doing!

All in all, I’m a big fan of these silicone bad boys already. And hey, they can always double up as padding for your bra if you find yourself in a pickle! The Vichy Dermablend foundation I used these sponges with today is quite thick in consistency, a cream-like foundation (fab, and great for problematic skin) so I will be trying them again in the coming days with different foundations to see how well they work with lighter fluid foundations.

The finished product (no filter added!)

Have you tried out this newest trend in makeup application? If not, why not pick up a packet of these silicon makeup sponges for just €2 and decide for yourself. Available in Penneys stores now.

Sara x

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