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The Best Beauty Blenders of 2022

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is made of 100% cruelty-free, latex-free foam that’s super soft, providing a better bounce. Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Angled edge

Cons

  • None that we could find
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AOA Studio Collection Makeup Sponge Set

These latex-free makeup sponges from AOA Studio are said to be a “game changer” when looking for beauty blenders that are affordable in bulk. Read More

Pros

  • Hold up during washing
  • Delivers smooth application

Cons

  • Absorbs a lot of product
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Beakey 5-Piece Makeup Sponge Set

As soft as the name-brand Beautyblender, this five-piece makeup sponge set from Beakey is a great choice if you’re looking to glam on a budget. Read More

Pros

  • Extra affordable
  • Extra soft
  • Durable

Cons

  • Design lacks angled edges
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Juno & Co. Microfiber Sponge

The Juno & Co. beauty sponge is made of microfiber material that creates a fusion technology that blends without using a lot of product. Read More

Pros

  • Doesn’t absorb a lot of product
  • Great for all skin types

Cons

  • Might drag product for some
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The Beautyblender Original Makeup Sponge

Known for not absorbing a lot of product, which saves you money, the Beautyblender is reusable for up to three months with proper care and cleaning. Read More

Pros

  • Good bounce for coverage
  • Doesn’t absorb a lot of makeup

Cons

  • Expensive

Used for blending in makeup seamlessly, beauty blenders (or makeup sponges) are a great way to evenly deposit makeup without leaving streaks that brushes might. Sponges make it easier to reach awkward areas other makeup tools might not be able to get to, and leave a natural, smooth look in spots like under your eyes and nose without the need for a cosmetology license. And they can be used for practically any product, which is nice for beginners and professionals alike.

When looking for a beauty blender, you’ll want to pay attention to the make-up of the sponge as well as the shape for getting into different areas. Finding a makeup sponge that doesn’t absorb a lot of your product is also important, because let’s face it, makeup is definitely not cheap, and knowing that it’s getting sucked into something that’s supposed to help is a total bummer. Not only that, but cleaning your beauty blender is super important in order to avoid harmful bacteria—and the more it absorbs, the more room there is for growth.

In order to find the best makeup sponges, we looked through thousands of reviews and came up with the five best beauty blenders to make your makeup application seamless.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.


Product image of Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is made of 100% cruelty-free, latex-free foam that’s super soft, providing a better bounce across your face. The six-count package comes with two of each type of blending sponge—complexion, airblend, and powder—and makes for an affordable alternative to some of the more expensive makeup sponges. This beauty blender has no issue expanding, and is said to expand to at least 2.5 times its original size when wet and wrung out, making it great for full-face coverage. The angled edge also makes contouring a breeze. Pair the Real Techniques sponges with their cleansing gel for easy cleaning and use these sponges without worry; they’re said to hold up well with regular use and washing.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Angled edge

Cons

  • None that we could find

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AOA Studio Collection Makeup Sponge Set

These latex-free makeup sponges from AOA Studio are said to be a “game changer” when looking for beauty blenders that are affordable in bulk. Many reviewers mention they switched from more expensive makeup sponges to the AOA sponges in part because of recommendations from makeup artists, which is a great sign, adding that these sponges deliver flawless makeup application every time.

The softness of these beauty blenders gives a smooth look, and they hold up well when cleaned, but they may need to be cleaned more often due to how much makeup they absorb. Our recommendation for the AOA sponges would be to use makeup sparingly to avoid oversaturation of the beauty blender, but if you’re worried about losing product, then these might not be the pick for you.

Pros

  • Hold up during washing

  • Delivers smooth application

Cons

  • Absorbs a lot of product

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Beakey 5-Piece Makeup Sponge Set

Said to be just as soft as the name-brand Beautyblender, this five-piece makeup sponge set from Beakey is a great choice if you’re looking to glam on a budget. Worry not, because these non-latex sponges are said to wash well and hold up with lots of use, but because they come in a five pack you should be set for a while. Classic in shape, the Beakey sponges don’t have a flat angled edge but does have a slightly flattened bottom, but if you’re dead set on that you can do what others have done and easily cut it with scissors for your preferred shape.

Pros

  • Extra affordable

  • Extra soft

  • Durable

Cons

  • Design lacks angled edges

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Juno & Co. Microfiber Sponge

The Juno & Co. beauty sponge is different from other sponges in that it’s made of microfiber material that creates a fusion technology that blends without using a lot of product. Great for all skin types, this beauty blender is an easy pick for anyone and doesn’t absorb a lot of product. This sponge has an angled edge that works great for getting hard to reach areas, but does have less bounce than some other beauty blenders available, and in my personal experience it sometimes drags makeup similar to a makeup brush. Aside from that, the Juno & Co. sponge is super easy to clean and dries quickly, so it’s ready for use soon after without worrying about messing up your makeup.

Pros

  • Doesn’t absorb a lot of product

  • Great for all skin types

Cons

  • Might drag product for some

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The Beautyblender Original Makeup Sponge

Whether you’ve used a beauty blender or just use the name to describe other makeup sponge applicators, the original Beautyblender is a cult classic, and for good reason. While this makeup sponge is on the expensive side, people call it a beauty “must-have,” and will dish out the extra cash for its soft bounce any day of the week. Known for not absorbing a lot of product, ultimately saving you money in the long term, the Beautyblender is reusable for up to three months with proper care and cleaning. So it holds up better than some other, less expensive makeup sponges. The Beautyblender is latex-free and gives a great bounce across the face, making it the ultimate beauty tool to evenly distribute foundation, concealer, blush, or highlighter without creating spots of oversaturation.

Pros

  • Good bounce for coverage

  • Doesn’t absorb a lot of makeup

Cons

  • Expensive

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