I Tried Three Foundation Applicators, Silicone, Brush & Foam. Here’s What Happened.

Makeup sponges and brushes review

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Becoming a mom has transformed me into a health junky of sorts. Over time I’ve made small, but consistent changes to the foods I put into my body, and now, I’m slowly making better choices about the products I use on my skin.

I was introduced to Beauty Counter’s line of products by a friend. It took me a year or two, but I’ve finally started using their foundation. I think I love it! I heard they will be coming out with more shades for us brown girls soon! In addition to wanting more natural less toxic makeup, I was ready to upgrade to what I call “grown up” products. The drugstore brands have served me well externally, but you can’t judge a book by its cover and now my internal health is my priority.

I’ve always used a foam wedge, to apply foundation and I love the results—  but I came across two other options and decided to try! Here’s what happened!


Three Types of Foundation Applicators

  1. Silicone Makeup Sponge

From the manufacturer:

How To Use:

1. Wash first before use
2. Put just a tad of makeup on the pad
3. Dab it on your face and push the makeup into your skin, pressed with a little pressure while dabbing it, do not rub it on
4. About excess makeup on the face, use the puff side can be easy absorbed
5. Rinse it after use




My Opinion:


  • Easy to clean
  • Less product is used since it isn’t absorbed into the applicator.


  • It feels sticky as I press it into my skin, as if I were using glue. I’m not sure if it’s an issue with the applicator or the brand of foundation I use.
  • Awkward hand feel. The muscle at the base of my thumb hurts while in use
  • Also I’m not impressed with the end results. Blending is an issue.

2) Sponge Makeup Blender



  • Use wet or dry. I prefer to use it wet. Soak the sponge and then squeeze water out using a towel. Essentially its damp.
  • My hands don’t fatigue!
  • Flawless results and great coverage


  • I can help but think of bacteria would flourishing and waiting to invade my pores! They are affordable enough to replace and there the wedge sponges that I’ve found at Walgreens and Marshalls come in a packs of at least 20.


 3) Oval Foundation Brush

From the manufacturer:

  • How to use brushes?
  1. Pick up your choice of product with the brush, start applying the makeup from the center of the face.
  2. Using a “Push and Pull” motion,glide the brush across the surface of the skin to blend.
  3. Finish off blending with light, circular motions.


  • Hmmmmmm?


  • It just feels wrong. I could see using the smaller ones to conceal smaller areas
  • Again hand fatigue. The handle is too thin
  • My handle actually snapped off. Maybe I have a heavy hand?!

Note to self: Clean mirrors!!! lol


In conclusion

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! I will stick to using the foam sponges. They work well and the end result is always flawless. They are affordable enough to discard and replace often if cleanliness is at all a concern. You can find them at most any drugstore and the ones that are thicker/wider and infused with Vit. E are my favorite!

What do you use to apply your makeup? Are there any other less toxic makeup brands that you know of… especially for us brownies 😉

Until next time!
Raivon Lee
Vain Mommy

Beauty | Makeup, Mommy Life
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