The original beauty blender inspired a lot of copycats. We round up the 5 best beauty blender dupes on the market today.
When the beauty blender was released onto the market, a craze was born. Having long been frustrated by crumbling wedge applicators, beauty fans seized the chance to apply liquid foundation streak free. The biggest catch, however, is the $20 price tag, which still seems at least $10 too much for a mere makeup sponge. It’s no surprise that numerous cheap beauty blender dupes of varying qualities have been produced by other manufacturers. We’ve managed to source five of the best beauty blender dupes around – all of which retail for less than half the price of the original.
What is a beauty blender?
It’s a cute, egg shaped beauty sponge which expands when you soak it in water. Its rounded surface is designed to prevent the dreaded streaky look; it also requires a novel application technique – ‘tapping’ the sponge lightly against the face, rather than ‘swiping’ it against the skin.
1. Beauty Junkees Four Piece Pro Makeup Sponges Blender Set
Beauty Junkees’ makeup sponges are similar in quality to the original beauty blender with a more affordable price tag. This beauty blender set contains four colorful sponges in different shapes, with each sponge having its own specific purpose. The green spade is ideal for concealing and correcting eye liner errors, whereas the pink teardrop sponge is best for applying liquid foundation. The purple pear is great for applying preparatory products such as primers and moisturisers, and the blue sculptor is ideal for applying viscose cover stick foundation and heavy concealers. This set is reasonably priced at $14.97 and would make an ideal dupe beauty blender gift set.
2. JUJU Flawless Beauty Blending Puff Sponges
JUJU®’s lightweight sponges are latex free and have an incredibly soft surface, giving you a flawless and even complexion when applying everything from cover stick makeup to mineral powder. With JUJU’s blending sponges – which are made from a substance rich in Vitamin E – you can achieve an airbrushed finish with no streaks. Unlike some beauty blender dupes, you can wash and reuse them time and time again, as they are extremely durable and resistant to flaking and tearing. They’re great value too at just $3.99 a duo.
3. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Real Techniques’ Miracle Complexion Sponge is a neatly packaged beauty blender dupe featuring an innovative flat edged tip, making it the perfect blending tool for tough-to-reach areas. If you’re afflicted by regular breakouts and need more coverage, it’s best to use this sponge dry rather than damp. Word to the wise: this dupe beauty blender sponge is a little more delicate than the other beauty blender knockoffs on our list; you may require a back up or two if you intend to use it vigorously.
4. BMC Four Piece Pro Cosmetic Blender Sponges
This multi sponge kit from BMC promises to take your daily makeup routine to a new level, making it possible to achieve a contoured look without using an airbrush. BMC’s beauty blender dupes consist of four different sponges, which allow you to blend different types of liquid and mineral foundations. The beige bullet shaped sponge is great for applying coverage in tight spaces, and the orange hourglass sponge has an ergonomic shape for better control. The red spade is ideal for applying concealer over troublesome blotchy areas, and the purple sponge has a flat head that allows you to really mould heavier cover stick makeup. We love the price; at just $13.50 for the whole set, these are a real bargain.
5. Four Piece Kleancolor Makeup Sponge Blenders
Kleancolor’s makeup wedge sponges are the lovechild of the beauty blender and the wedge applicator, making it easier for long time wedge users to perfect their blending application technique. They can be used to dot foundation on the chin, cheeks and forehead, and blend makeup outwards from the center of the face. If you prefer sheer coverage, be sure to use a slightly moistened sponge, just as you would with your other beauty blender dupes.