Admittedly, I was quite late to the Beauty Blender game. After talking to some other makeup artists, my curiosity grew. The price was holding me back. It was P990 on DTC and $20 on Sephora. Steep price for something you're not even sure about. So what to do? I bought a dupe from Landmark! I can't remember how much it cost, but it was under P100.
This blue guy is tough like a stress ball. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked. Imagine what the real thing could do!
Once wet, the Beauty Blender expands to about twice its size. It's bouncy with a hint of squish. Using it damp allows for less product to be absorbed. I am a true convert. I can't get enough of the stuff. I keep two Beauty Blenders in my kit: one for creams and liquids, the other for powders. Given the chance, and the budget, I'd probably hoard dem sponges.
That being said, I'd like to hoard the black ones. The pink one fades. It fades fast. After one cleaning, it lost a lot of the colour. It's still continuing to fade and it looks like it's suffering. Not a fan of the pink fading. They sell them in packs of six at DTC. It'll set you back P4,200. That comes out to P700 per sponge -- a good deal. You can split the sixer with your makeup bff, your sister, whomever.
These sponges are definitely at the top of my go to tools. However, I still like to use brushes or fingers for things like MAC Face & Body foundation. It really depends on what products you're using and the effect you want.