Are silicone makeup puffs better than blending sponges?

The beauty product that the internet is going nuts over at the moment? Silicone makeup applicators.

The first one that got everyone is talking about is Silisponge by Molly Cosmetics, a Hong Kong-based company. While the highly coveted Silisponge is in the midst of restocking, Taiwanese brand Heme has also launched its version – the Baby Q sponge, which features a cute smiley face on it.

The one thing we’re sure everyone wants to know is whether it’s worth giving up your sponge applicators for a silicone one. We compare them for you in this easy-to-follow guide.

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1. No wastage: The biggest benefit of all

Unlike sponges that soak up liquid foundation and creams, silicone applicators don’t. This is the main benefit that make those who have tried silicone puffs go gaga over them. While regular sponges “trap” product and therefore wasting it, users find that they use less product than usual to cover the same area with a silicone applicator     . This means that each bottle of foundation can now last them a longer time.

2. No absorption = Easier to clean

Another plus point that comes from the fact that the silicone puff doesn’t absorb any product, it also means that it’s easier to wash it. While you usually need to take at least five minutes to wash your sponge and then spend more time to dry them (down time!), silicone puffs can be rinsed under water and dried immediately. The ease of cleaning encourages users to wash their makeup puffs more often, which is obviously a good hygienic habit to have.

How to clean a Silisponge:

How to clean a Beauty Blender:

3. It fits into most foundation cases

We’re not talking about sponges that didn’t come with the original product, but sponges like Beauty Blender or the Real Techniques sponge don’t fit into compact cases and can be difficult to carry them around.

On the other hand, the Heme Baby Q puff is designed to fit into most foundation cases, making it easy to carry along for touch-up.

4. It lasts longer and costs less

Sponges like Beauty Blender are supposed to be changed once every month because tear more easily and can trap impurities within them. On the other hand, you’re encouraged to change your silicone puff only when you start seeing tears on the surface of the puff.

From what we know, the puff is rather sturdy and probably can last for quite a long time. An original Beauty Blender sponge costs SGD32, while the Heme Beauty Q sponge costs NT199 (approximately SGD8.90). The only downside is that the Heme Beauty Q sponge is only available in Taiwan, while you can get Beauty Blender easily from Sephora. Alternatively, you can consider Molly Cosmetics’ Silisponge, which retails at SGD14.16, and is available online.

5. Coverage: Depends on your preference

Users who have tried silicone puffs say that it provides more coverage than sponges. On the other hand, those who have used sponges like Beauty Blender typically rave about how seamlessly they can blend out foundation for a natural-looking and airbrushed look.

It seems like sponges are able to deliver a light, airy finish, while silicone puffs are ideal for those who desire a heavier coverage. Which one is better? It depends on your preference.

If you can understand Mandarin, you can view this video to see how the finishes look and how the reviewer feels.

6. Sponges blend better

While silicone puffs are able to give a fuller coverage, nothing much has been mentioned about how well it blends. Sponges like Beauty Blender, on the other hand, is known for its ability to seamlessly blend out makeup, including eyeshadow, blusher and contouring products. If you’re looking for a tool that helps with blending, then the silicone makeup puff may not be the best choice.

Watch how the Beauty Blender blends out contouring powder:

And even eyeshadow:

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