Ever since I first tried the Beautyblender I’ve been all about makeup sponges. I just love how easy they are to work with, how multifunctional they are and how they are capable of turning every foundation into a beautiful foundation. Throughout the years I’ve tried quite a lot of beauty sponges that aren’t the original Beautyblender hoping to find a more budget proof alternative. Until the day of today I haven’t been able to do so, so when I heard Rihanna launched a makeup sponge in her Fenty Beauty collection I wasn’t too excited. However, after reading and watching lots of reviews I started to get more and more interested in this sponge. Could this be the ultimate dupe for the Beautyblender? I decided to order it and give it a good old try. Today it’s time for the review. If you want to find out what the Fenty Beauty Precision Makeup Sponge is like and if it’s as good as the Original Beautyblender, make sure you continue reading!
The Fenty Beauty Precision Makeup Sponge comes in a very pretty box. It has a very modern and cool design on it and I just love it. The sponge itself has a nude colour and a very unique shape. The shape reminds me of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge but with a twist. But before I go into more detail about that, let’s first finish talking about the packaging. Overall I think the packaging of the sponge is pretty and I also really like the shade of the sponge itself. The only downside to the packaging is that it’s not like the one from the Beautyblender that could be used as a little holder for your sponge when you’re not using it. Aside from that I really like it.
Okay, moving on to the shape of the sponge since that’s one of the most important parts of a beauty sponge like this one. Like I said it reminds me a little of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. That because it’s rounded on one side and flat on the other side. What’s different on this sponge is that the ‘tip’ of the sponge is flat and a bit thicker than the end of the Miracle Complexion Sponge. It’s very difficult to find the right words to describe what it looks like, but I hope the pictures will clarify my point.
On the side of the box Rihanna gives us a little more information about the product. It says that this sponge is precise, versatile and an expert in blending all formulas. It also says that you can use it damp for buildable coverage and dry for full coverage. On the Harvey Nichols website it also give us some more information on the shape of the sponge. They say that the slanted edge is perfect for controlled stippling, the mini-moon edge is great for targeted coverage and perfect for underneath the eyes and the rounded end is great for all over buffing.
In general Rihanna makes it sound like this is a great and very multifunctional sponge. A sponge you can use for pretty much anything, anywhere. In general I do agree with the claims Rihanna has made about this sponge. First of all I do agree with the claim that this sponge is suitable for all consistencies. It works for every type of foundation, it works for cream products like cream blush or cream contour and it also works with powders. So that’s definitely a huge plus Fenty! Well done!
When it comes to the shape I do think that the way Rihanna recommends to use it is pretty accurate, even though I still think it’s just a suggestion. I personally prefer the rounded side for blending in my foundation. I feel like this is the most comfortable side to use and I just like the way my foundation looks the best when I use that side. I feel like it’s a little more lightweight and it creates a more natural effect than the flat side would.
Even though I prefer using the rounded side for foundation all over the face, I also really like the flat side. I usually use the flat side for blending the concealer underneath my eyes. I feel like it’s easier to reach with the flat side of the sponge and I also think the concealer has more coverage that way. The flat edge of the sponge is also great for concealer or blending things in smaller areas, like the crevices of your nose and places like that, in general. That because it’s quite small, it’s very flexible and it just fits into those areas better than the larger parts of this sponge do.
Overall the shape of the sponge is just amazing. It’s very different from the shape of the Original Beautyblender, but I do like that about it. However I’m not completely sure whether I like the shape of the Beautyblender better or the shape of this sponge. I think I like them both in a different way. Both have their pro’s and cons.
What I found very unique about this sponge is that they say you can use it both wet and dry for a different amount of coverage. Of course you can use any sponge wet or dry, but generally they recommend to use makeup sponges wet. According to Rihanna using it wet will create a more natural finish and using it dry will get you a full coverage look. I do think that statement is true, however you can also get pretty full coverage with the sponge dampened.
What I find even more important than the shape or the claims is the texture of the sponge. I feel like the main problem with Beautyblender dupes is the texture. Usually they are too dense, too hard and some can even be very uncomfortable to work with because of that. At first I thought this sponge was going to be on the dense side of the spectrum, but after hearing everyone say that this sponge is actually very much like the Beautyblender when it comes to texture I was pretty convinced it wasn’t going to be too dense.
However, it ended up being a little different than I expected. After hearing everyone say it’s just as soft as the Beautyblender I had extremely high hopes. When I first felt it I was a little disappointed. It wasn’t as dense as for example the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, but it’s not as soft as the Beautyblender either. However I do think this is the closest a makeup sponge has ever been to the Beautyblender in terms of texture. I think the best way to describe it is that this is a combination between the Beautyblender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. It’s very soft and fluffy, but it’s also a tad bit dense.
Overall I do really like the Fenty Beauty Precision Makeup Sponge. I really like the colour of the sponge, I love how multifunctional it is and I think the shape of the sponge is very unique yet very effective. I also love the fact that the sponge isn’t as hard as some Beautyblender dupes can be, but it’s just not as soft as the Beautyblender is. I do think it’s a very close call and also the closest dupe to the Beautyblender I’ve ever tried. Overall I really enjoy using this sponge and I’ll definitely continue using it until it’s completely broken!
And that’s pretty much it for today! I hope you enjoyed reading today’s review and be sure to let me know which makeup sponge is your current favourite!