Love This! Earth Therapeutics “Precisso” Blending Sponge

I had been wanting to try a blending sponge for a while. The Beauty Blender brand one is popular, but I can’t justify the expense.  Generally, I use cosmetic wedges to apply/touch up my foundation. I feel guilty about throwing them away every time (well, I use both sides, so I get 2 uses per sponge) and haven’t had much luck with trying to clean them while getting them to keep their shape.  (And I haven’t gotten the hang of using a foundation brush, yet!)  I had a $5 Kohl’s gift card, so I picked this one up…

Pros:  Greatly improves the application of makeup.  Inexpensive. Non-latex/hypoallergenic.

Cons:  Hard to clean, especially if you don’t do it right after using it.  Have to find a way to store it that keeps it clean and allows it to dry.  (I’ve been using the container it comes in, turned upside-down as a sort of “stand” for the sponge.)  Soaks up some of your foundation.

In Summary:  This is definitely a great alternative to disposable cosmetic wedges.  I’ve used and washed this several times and it shows no signs of falling apart.  The only real issue is cleaning and sanitizing it.  For everyday cleaning, I’ve been using a foaming multi-purpose cleanser I got during my hospital stay last year.  It’s worked better than the makeup remover/cleanser I was trying to use. (Not sure what I’m going to use when I run out of the hospital-supplied stuff…)   Sanitizing is more of a concern for me.  I have acne-prone skin, so I worry about bacteria being trapped in the sponge.  To solve this, I’ve been using peroxide to get it extra clean.  This is probably not good for the long-term survival of the sponge, but I want to make sure it’s really clean.  Cleaning and sanitizing aside, I think this is an amazing product.  I’m not sure how much better the Beauty Blender one can be, but – for me – it’s not going to be “better” enough to spend almost five times as much on it.

Note:  Other blending sponges on the market:  Stila ($12), Studio Basics ($5), Real Techniques ($6), Ulta ($5), It Cosmetics ($24!!!), Sephora Brand ($13, three varieties available) and of course Beauty Blender ($20)

Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars  4.5-stars

Price:  $6 (USD)

Available at:  Kohl’s, Earth Therapeutics

Made in:  Korea

Shown in green. Also available in pink.

Shown in green. Also available in pink.


I Had No Idea…

I’m accustomed to buying my beauty products at my favorite stores – Ulta and Sephora.  I also enjoy shopping at Target and occasionally drug stores.  I regularly frequent “bargain stores” to raid their beauty aisles, but every now and then I happen to be in a store and stumble across some great beauty finds where I completely don’t expect it.  That happened to me a few days ago, in a store I never think to look for beauty products…

Kohls:  Yes, Kohls.  I had no idea!  I’ve seen the beauty section of the store – it’s right next to the jewelry, some of which I love.  But, I usually just wander through or past it, not really paying attention.  They have whole sections of brands I’ve never heard of – and a lot of perfumes – and I guess that’s all I’ve noticed before.

Interesting:  They actually have some pretty popular brands.  I saw some items from Pur Minerals, Earth Therapeutics, and Real Techniques.

Unfortunately:  I didn’t have a lot of time on this trip.  I was in the area and had a $5 reward that was expiring soon, so I planned on just running in quickly to find something to use it on.

So:  I bought the Earth Therapeutics blending sponge.  (Review coming soon!)  I think next time I have a coupon, gift certificate, or reward I’m going to try a Real Techniques brush, since I’ve heard good things about them.

Goes to Show You:  Almost any store can have something you want.  It doesn’t hurt to browse around different places you shop to see what they may have to offer.