Recently I won a competition for one of the new Beauty Pod sponges from the lovely people from Makeup and Glow – YAY for me! I was really keen to see what the difference was between this new sponge and the cult favourite Beauty Blender sponge, which I also have. I must admit, my personal makeup routine is pretty basic, I like it to be quick and easy so sponges are a great way for me to get a flawless look without spending too much time mucking around when I have a job to get to.
I used the Beauty Pod yesterday and I must say I’m totally converted. Whilst the Beauty Blender is pretty much the same thing, I found the shape doesn’t really lend itself to the stippling method you’re supposed to use with it, so I don’t use it all the time (my lazy habit of using my fingers occasionally resurfaces and the result is nowhere near as good!). The Beauty Pod on the other hand? Well, it’s perfect. The base is pretty flat and there’s a groove in the middle so you can grip the pointy end to stipple on your foundation in a quick and easy manner. The finish is gorgeous, it’s really natural and super smooth, no lines or marks to blend away. You can apply a sheer amount to some areas and build up coverage in others. I usually apply my concealer with a brush but thought I’d give the Beauty Pod a go under my eyes. I was pretty impressed actually. I just flipped the sponge around and used the tapered end and it was super easy and gave a really nice, natural result, so much so that my concealer brush may be in danger of becoming neglected!
When comparing the two sponges, for me I personally prefer the Beauty Pod over the Beauty Blender due to shape and ease of use, other than that they are very similar in material and it’s true what they say – they don’t absorb nearly as much product as latex based sponges (they probably use slightly more than using a foundation brush, but not a significant amount). So how does the price compare? The Beauty Blender retails at around $29.95 AUD or you can sometimes get 2 for $49.95. The Beauty Pod retails for $12.95AUD, which is around half the price.
The winner for me is definitely the Beauty Pod, coming out in front for both ease of application and price. The finish really is the same for both, and I do love that the Beauty Blender is pink (come on, someone’s got to say it!) but maybe – just this once – purple is the new pink?
Both the Beauty Pod and the Beauty Blender are available at online makeup supply stores nationally.