When I first saw beauty Youtubers applying their foundation with silicone chicken fillets, I thought it was a fad that would never catch on. To my surprise here I am talking about the latest craze in make-up; the crystal silicone make-up sponge. I personally fail to see how a slice of rubber can apply foundation flawlessly, but with so many people using them surely they must be right?
I’m not going to lie, when I first took it out of its packet it reminded me instantly of the chicken fillets I use to wear in school to make me look like I had something, only smaller. While holding the sponge in my hand I did realise that unlike a beauty blender there’s only one way you can really hold it, as it’s flat with two sides as opposed to a circle.
Ready to rock and roll, I applied some foundation to the back of my hand and dipped right in. Personally I don’t mind the feeling of silicone and I loved that the sponge didn’t absorb any of the product.
Once finished I do feel like my face looks decent and my complexion pretty flawless, however, it’s a difficult task. When I first start to apply my foundation I feel like I’m just slapping the product onto my skin. It’s quite hard to explain, but instead of blending the foundation into my skin I feel like I’m just moving it about my face and creating a layer on top of my skin. Since the sponge doesn’t really blend, I feel like the whole process takes even longer than usual.
The middle flat part of the make-up sponge does create a flawless complexion, but again I feel like it’s just lying on my skin and not blended into my skin (if that makes any sense?) Although the flat part is good in that aspect, I do find it difficult to blend around my nose and eye area, as the make-up sponge just isn’t the correct shape to get into those areas. I also find it doesn’t cover spots or blemishes, it just kinda places the foundation on top rather than try to blend in with it.
Don’t get me wrong, the silicone sponge is wayyyy easier to clean than a normal sponge as I can simply wipe the product off. Plus unlike a standard beauty blend or sponge, there’s no damage. I find when I clean my sponges that little bits of the sponge come away with every wash. In that aspect this silicone make-up sponge comes out tops, but other than that I’m afraid to say I’m definitely not a fan. In fact I feel a little bit silly slapping my face with this!
I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this style of beauty blender. Have you tried these sponges at all? What do you think of a silicone trend?
Sarah Jayne x