The silisponge has been taking over the internet! I think I first saw it the beginning of December and now just about everyone is talking about it. SO many Youtube videos on it. But…is it really worth the hype? Did someone finally create a tool that will replace the infamous — and much loved — beauty blender?
SiliSponge: Bubble Blender
What is the SiliSponge?
I purchased mine from Whippy Cake and they call their silicone sponge the bubble blender. It’s made from — you guessed it! — silicone and has a thing seam all the way around the perimeter that seems inconsequential at first…but as I started using it I found that it often transferred product onto my lashes when blending out my concealer. Very annoying! :-/
How Does it Work?
Just dot your foundation on your skin (only a little! See demo video below) and tap away. It’s a very weird feeling to tap into your skin — especially if you’re used to using a regular beauty blender. You feel like your slapping your face because the sponge is so dense. It’s a very weird feeling!
The silisponge is very bendable, making it easy to blend out precise makeup, like a cream contour. I did notice, though, no matter what type of product I used with this — foundation, cream contour, concealer — it always sheered it out a lot. Much more than if I used a beauty blender or makeup brush. I didn’t mind it so much when I was applying my cream contour, but I depend on my foundation and concealer to be full coverage. I’ve got a lot of hyperpigmentation to cover and don’t even get me started on my dark circles.
That’s all I need to say — all the mom’s around the world know exactly what that means! 😛
How Does it Compare to other blenders?
The thought behind the Silisponge is that since it is not porous it won’t suck up excess product, you won’t waste product, and your foundation bottles will last longer. I did find this to be true — it probably takes half of what you would typically use. The issue I had was that I had to blend for what felt like twice as long. Why? Well, because it isn’t porous, there wasn’t anything to help achieve that airbrush finish. Every pimple and every pore was amplified using this silicone sponge, instead of hidden. :-/
So I would have to go back over an area repeatedly to either build up coverage in an area, or try to fill in my pores. The pore issue was helped somewhat when I used a pore-filling primer, but still not as well as when using a regular makeup brush or sponge.
If you have really good skin, this would probably be a great sponge for you because you do save product. But if you depend on your foundation to hide breakouts, hyperpigmentation, and enlarged pores (like me) I was always very disappointed in the results I received. Which, I suppose I should’ve expected since all the demo’s I saw of this silisponge were done on the back of the hand or by girls who have great skin to begin with! :-/
Is It Worth the Hype?
No. It’s different and unique, but that’s about all it has going for it. If you only need (or prefer) light coverage, natural finish foundation you may enjoy this. But I certainly don’t understand why everyone is so hyped over it. It doesn’t come anywhere near as quick and easy as using as my beauty blender.
Have you tried the Silicone Sponge yet? Do you plan to? I’d love to hear what you thought of this social media hype!
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Loved your review! I was thinking about trying it out. I think I’ll stick to my beauty blender as well, haha!
xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/bringing-it-back-old-school-trends/
Katie G says
I don’t understand anyone who says that they like it more than the beauty blender — there is just no comparison in my eyes!
Emily Draher says
It’s great that you save some product, but I’m positive it wouldn’t work on my temperamental skin that needs more coverage!!
Katie G says
Yes, same for me — I rely on good coverage when I use a foundation, and this just streaked and sheered it out. 🙁
Pore amplification? I’m running away. Lord knows my pores are already visible from the moon, with the naked eye. The Beautyblender is the only thing that gives me decent coverage and an airbrushed finish, more so than any brush. Thanks so much for this review – you saved me the hassle and the money.
Katie G says
Yes girl, same here! I typically can hid all but one or two very large pores — with this thing I felt like EVERY pore was visible. No thanks 😛
I tried one of these and I felt like it emphasized dryness. Not good for me.
Katie G says
Oh yeah, I can see how it would emphasize that. I really don’t understand how some people rave about it :-/
I gotta admit when I first saw this I laughed out loud. I would image all it would do is slap your Foundation all about your face. Thanks for your post I think I’ll definitely skip this fad!
Katie G says
It feels like you’re slapping your face, so weird! Glad you found the review helpful! <3