With so many affordable beauty sponges available it’s hard to decide which to choose, especially as you can’t really tell how it is going to perform when applying your makeup. So, when Kangol’s new Blend Beauty sponge landed on my beauty desk, I was a little apprehensive. I will be honest – I feel like a sponge is a sponge. Just me?
I spent some time scrutinizing Kangol’s version, comparing it to a knock-off beauty blender and trying to see what makes their Blend Beauty sponge so much better. What I have found is that Kangol’s beauty sponge has much smaller pores, allowing for an even application. The texture of the sponge is also more refined, almost silky to the touch.
But the magic is all in, how the sponge performs when wet. If you didn’t already know, you’re meant to use a beauty sponges when wet, as it stops the sponge from absorbing the moisture of your foundation and saves you from using the entire bottle. The water also makes the sponge softer, allowing you to use a bounce-like motion, dabbing the foundation into your skin versus rubbing it on the surface of your skin.
I have tried a few beauty sponges and quite like the bounciness of Kangol’s Blend Beauty Sponge, as it gives foundation a fresh dewy finish which is especially great for summer. The best part is that Kangol has made their Blend Beauty Sponge exceptionally affordable at only R89 for two, from Truworths.
As much as I love my Blend Beauty Sponge – much like any of my makeup applicators and brushes, I really hate having to clean it but after some trial and error, I have discovered the easiest way to clean mine.
All you need is some Elizabeth Anne’s & Purity Baby Shampoo, a microwave-safe bowl and your Blend Beauty Sponge. Simply add water and about 2 teaspoons of the baby shampoo to the bowl, before popping in your Kangol Blend Beauty Sponge. Then, put the bowl in the microwave for 1-minute. When it is done, take the bowl out, let it cool and then squeeze out the excess water from your Blend Beauty Sponge, and ta-da!
For stubborn foundations, you may need to repeat this cleaning process one or two times, you can also add some baby oil to break down the foundation quicker.
Have you tried this cleaning method? I’d love to know if it works for you, too?