The Silicone Sponge Review

One of the responses to my survey (click HERE if you want to take part - it only takes a minute of your time but really helps me out!) was to try out the Silicone Sponge. Now I know it went viral not so long ago, but I never really caught onto it, it didn’t wow me, and to be honest you never hear about many people using them anymore. So I carried on switching between my Real Techniques sponge and foundation brush giving the silicone sponge a second thought.

Anyway, I popped on over to Amazon to see what they had to offer, and I was surprised to see how cheap they were. I got a pack of 3 from a brand called Miss Maisie for under a fiver. Cant go wrong! They arrived the very next day too which is pretty good. They had many options to choose from by the way, including a set of Artiste style brushes with silicone heads instead of brush…interesting!

First Thoughts

They arrived in a sealed silver foil pouch, very similar to what I’d seen some of the beauty gurus on YouTube review when they first came about, and inside were the 3 flat, rounded edged, rectangular sponges. It feels weird calling them sponges because they really are not sponges.

They feel firm, but not too firm, they do have a good amount of flex and squish to them. They feel smooth, they feel…weird.

Silicone sponge

First Try

Well, it was definitely an experience haha! I feel like I’d be better breaking my thoughts down into pros and cons - in bullet point form. Yes, lets do that…

Pros

  • Simple, small design - easy to travel with, won’t take up too much space in your bag.

  • Easy to keep clean - soap and water does the trick in no time at all, or a quick wipe over with a face wipe

  • Hygienic - easy to clean, doesn’t harbour bacteria

  • You don’t need to use as much foundation - because there is no way for the liquid to absorb into the silicone sponge, you can get away with using less product.

  • They don’t cost the Earth

  • Can imagine they will last a long time

Cons

  • They don’t actually blend - they just move the product around the face (I had to go over with my trusty foundation brush to blend around the nose, eyes, jawline, and hairline)

  • Takes longer to apply foundation - because of the extra blending you have to do afterwards

  • It doesn’t press the foundation into the face for a more airbrushed finish like a brush or regular sponge can

OK, so I know that looking at it like this it seems as though the pros outweigh the cons. But look at the cons - they are the most important parts about a properly functioning blender!

Final Thoughts

I truly believe that the silicone sponge has been one of those gimmicky products that goes viral, then forgotten about months later. It was fun to try it out though, thank you to the person who suggested I do so, because it gave me and my Instagram followers a giggle (I did a quick show and tell on the insta-stories) and a fun post to type up. I am always up for trying beauty/nail related things out, so please always let me know if there is something you’d like to see me review.

I will be continuing to use my regular sponges and foundation brushes until the next big thing goes viral, and I recommend putting that fiver towards a traditional blender (as I mentioned before, the Real Techniques ones are fab) or a brush.

Thank you so much for reading, see you tomorrow!

Love, Leanne Xx