Llllllet’s get ready to ruuuumble! Ok, imagine I said that in my Michael Buffer boxing ring voice. In the left corner, we have a hot pink number called the Beautyblender makeup sponge. And in the right corner, we have a new competitor, the QVS Deluxe Egg Sponge! Haha! Ok, I’ll calm down… So today’s blog post will be a comparison post on these 2 little egg sponges. The Beautyblender, to me, is the ultimate makeup application tool. I cannot express the amount of love and admiration I have for this pink sponge. I honestly don’t know how I lived a full and satisfying life before this sponge. I’m sure you think I’m exaggerating, but I challenge you to use this sponge once and tell me you’re not impressed. The only thing that makes the Beautyblender less attractive to most people, I think, is the price tag. It retails for between R 220,00 and R 250,00 for the sponge. I don’t mind paying that for the sponge, because I know how life changing it is. BUT I also know there are people who are not able to pay that amount for a makeup application tool. I saw the QVS Deluxe Egg Sponge at Woolworths a while ago and decided to buy it to do a comparison blog post for your guys. The QVS sponge is about half the price of the Beautyblender, and retails for R 120,00.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Beautyblender makeup sponge, here’s a bit of background info for you. It was invented by a makeup artist (Rea Ann-Silva) in 2007. The elliptical shape of the sponge ensures that it fits the contours of your face and picks up foundation without wasting any product. The result? A flawless, airbrushed finish to your skin. The Beautyblender has been featured in numerous international magazines and TV shows. Here’s a list of a few celebrities who owe their flawless skin to the Beautyblender: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alicia Silverstone, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brooke Shields, Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Fergie, Shakira, Carmen Electra, Gwen Stefani, and Kerry Washington.
HOW TO: Wet the sponge under a tap and squeeze while running the water through the sponge. The sponge will increase in size and become more flexible. Then squeeze out any excess water. The reason why you wet the sponge before you put product onto it, is because it will absorb a lot less product when it is wet. The foundation will sit on top of the sponge, instead of getting absorbed into the sponge. Do you remember the old school white makeup wedge sponge? That little guy absorbs quite a bit of product (because that’s what sponges do, they soak up any type of liquid) and in the end, you are wasting your foundation. Use the wide end to apply makeup using blotting / bouncing motions (this ensures a blended foundation application). Or, work with the pointed end for hard-to-reach areas around the eyes and nose. This method applies to both makeup sponges.
So, here is a comparison of the 2 egg sponges while they are still dry. Beautyblender on the left, and QVS Deluxe Egg Sponge on the right.
Below is a comparison of the 2 sponges when they are wet. To make it fair, I ran both sponges under the tap for the exact same amount of time.
Below are the 2 sponges (wet) with a 1 Rand coin for size comparison.
Ingredients: The Beautyblender and the QVS Deluxe Egg Sponge are latex-free, thus both are non-allergenic.
Density: You can see in all 3 pictures, the Beautyblender is a tiny bit bigger than the QVS sponge. The first obvious difference between the two is the density – the Beautyblender sponge becomes a lot more light weight and less dense once it is wet. The QVS egg sponge still stays a bit hard and dense, even though it has been running under the tap for the exact same amount of time. Yes, I ran both sponges under the tap for 20 seconds and I must say, the Beautyblender was already fully expanded by the 10th second. It took a full 20 seconds for the QVS sponge to expand and as mentioned before, it was still a bit hard and dense.
Application: I have applied my makeup using both sponges (on different days) for the last 2 weeks. I find the Beautyblender is easier to work with, the QVS sponge (because it is still a bit dense) requires more effort to give the same type of finish to the skin. In short, you need to bounce / pat the QVS sponge around on the skin a lot more than the Beautyblender to achieve the same blended finish. Thus the Beautyblender blends the foundation in more smoothly (and in less time) than the QVS sponge.
Finish: Yesterday, as part of my research, I applied my foundation to half my face using the Beautyblender, and the other half of my face using the QVS sponge. I then went to Neal (my husband) and asked him for his opinion. He preferred the side where I used the Beautyblender, he said it looked more natural and the foundation looked like it was part of my skin. The side where I used the QVS sponge looked less natural and he could see I had foundation on my face. I don’t know about you girls, but I prefer a natural finish.
Ease of cleaning: Here’s the weird part, I actually prefer the QVS sponge to the Beautyblender in this category. Even though the QVS sponge is white, and I used the same amount of foundation (3 squirts each of the Garnier BB cream for combo skin) for both sponges, the QVS one probably took half the time to clean (and required less cleanser). I was well impressed!
Price: As mentioned earlier, the Beautyblender retails for +- R 250,00 and is / was available on the Rubybox online store or The Spa Shop online store. I say ‘was’ because it is out of stock on both these online stores – boo! The QVS Deluxe Egg Sponge retails for R 120,00 and is available at your local Woolworths store (and their online store), but obviously only the Woolies stores that sell makeup & beauty tool products.
Who is the winner? Although the Beautyblender is the winner, I wouldn’t say it’s the CLEAR winner. If you don’t have R 250,00 to spend on a makeup sponge, then get the QVS Deluxe Egg Sponge from Woolworths. It gives a similar finish to the skin, you just have a work a bit harder to achieve that flawless finish. All in all, I would say the QVS sponge is a decent dupe for the Beautyblender. Will I repurchase the Beautyblender? Yes, because even though there’s only a small difference in the finish it gives to the skin, it’s still a noticeable difference. Plus, I’m a lazy girl… I don’t really want to be putting in the extra effort using the QVS egg sponge, when I can afford the Beautyblender.
P.S. Yes, ‘Beautyblender’ is the correct spelling. I also don’t quite understand why they couldn’t just call it ‘Beauty Blender’, it just looks so much better on paper (and my computer screen).