Beauty hacks and trends are frequent on the internet. However, the silicone sponge has taken internet hype to the next level. Molly Cosmetics, the beauty brand that supplies the "silisponge," has restocked the site nine times already and doesn't appear to be slowing down.
What is the silisponge, you ask? Well, it's a silicone "sponge," about the size of a traditional beauty blender, that spreads product like a blender sponge or brush. But because it isn't porous, it doesn't soak up a thing.
The beauty sphere is singing its praise, even saying that it's the future of makeup application, but we're here to help you figure out if it's worth the hype.
Pro: Easy To Clean
The silicone sponge ensures little, if any, product goes to waste, which means product is left on your face instead of sitting in your sponge or brush.
YouTuber Vitaabellaxo makes a point to show just how little makeup is left on the silicone sponge after using, and Dana Dey even shows that after using a multitude of products with different consistencies — from creams to powders — there is relatively no residue left on the "sponge." Plus, it's easy to rinse with soap and water, making it a must-have for any makeup artist using product on multiple clients.
Con: More Difficult To Blend — Especially If You Use Too Much Product
Beauty aficionados stand divided on their blending stances, but most agree that the amount of product used and location both affect how well the silicone sponge does its job.
YouTube beauty guru Dana Dey praises the way the "sponge" works on the entirety of her face — particularly the spots where she put the foundation directly onto her skin and blended it out from there. However, she did notice that the silicone sponge did not work particularly well to blend in areas with heavier amounts of product, and she ended up using a beauty blender for the little crevices around the eyes, where the silisponge didn't fit particularly well.
Pro: Ensures A Little Product Goes A Long Way
YouTube beauty pro Jeffree Star gave the product his seal of approval, noting that he usually uses six pumps of foundation with his beauty blender, and the silicone sponge application required four pumps max. Though he did say it took a bit more blending to make the product look — and feel — good, it ultimately left his skin looking flawless.
Con: Leaves Product Feeling Caked On
YouTuber Tati didn't feel the silicone sponge lived up to the hype. Although she praised the applicator for making a little product go a long way, she did say that the product's inability to evenly buff left the foundation and concealer feeling heavy. It didn't rest well on her skin, comparing it to one-half of her face, where she used a beauty blender. Although the silisponge worked well blending in her colored contour, she didn't feel it gave her a light, even finish overall.
Overall: The Silicone Sponge May Not Be Totally Revolutionary, But It's Still Worth Testing Out
Overall, the reviews are positive. It's simple to use, easy to keep clean and uses less product, helping to save money in the long run. Plus, for $9.90, it's a relatively cheap investment to make.
What are your thoughts on the silicone sponge? Is it worth trying out?