Comparison: Beauty Blender vs Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge

This is a comparison for the Beauty Blender and the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge!

The Beauty Blender is a great makeup tool, but it’s pretty pricey!  I heard the Sonia Kashuk one is a good dupe, so I picked up both during my trip to New York!

Left: Beauty Blender (Pink)
Right: Sonia Kashuk (Purple)
Price: $19.95 (Beauty Blender) vs $9.99 (Sonia Kashuk)
The Beauty Blender is a whopping 2625 JPY (around $28.50) in Japan!
Unfortunately, we don’t have an equivalent like the Sonia Kashuk!!
Availability: 
The Beauty Blender is available at Sephora and online!
The Sonia Kashuk Sponge is available at Target!
Size:
You can see from the picture above that the Sonia Kashuk is slightly larger.
It is also slightly bigger in diameter.
HOWEVER…
Both are designed to be used damp (soak them in water and squeeze out the excess)
We need to compare them wet!

Wow, the Beauty Blender expands A LOT!!!!
When it is damp, the Beauty Blender is bigger than the Sonia Kashuk!
Density:
This was the most difficult part about this review – how to show the difference in density!
I put a few magazines on top of the two sponges for the picture above.
You can see that the magazine is slanted towards the Beauty Blender.
The Beauty Blender has more bounce.  The Sonia Kashuk is stiffer.
Overall: I prefer the Beauty Blender for a few reasons.
- Shape: I think the simple shape of the Beauty Blender is easy to use.  The Sonia Kashuk is easier to hold, but the curves on the side make it hard to use anything other than the bottom and the tip for application.  With the Beauty Blender, I can use any part of the surface for application.
- Density: The bouncier Beauty Blender is easier to use when I stipple and blend foundation onto my face.  However, the big difference is when I clean the sponge.  I found that I had to squeeze harder when cleaning the Sonia Kashuk.  I’m not very confident that it got 100% clean each time, and I felt that the lifetime of the sponge would be shorter since I squeezed it so much.
BUT… Considering the difference in price, and that neither sponge will last you very long, the Sonia Kashuk is a good dupe.  I’m going to see how long each lasts, so that I can do a better comparison!
Either way, I’ll be picking up another one of each on my next trip to the US!
xoxo, K

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18 Thoughts on “Comparison: Beauty Blender vs Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge

  1. Oh I LOVE how you did the density test!!! :D :D :D

    I’ve heard such awesome things about the beautyblender. I really want one now… I’m having such a hard time finding a stippling brush I really love. =/

  2. Awesome review! I like that you compare the real beauty blender to a dupe – helps a lot! :D

  3. Thats so great to have both of them!!

  4. Great review! Thanks for the comparison :)

  5. Very helpful review! Thank you for sharing :)

  6. Great review! I’ve never tried either but I guess I would start out w/ the Sonya one just to try it out & see if I like it.

  7. Thanks for the awesome review Kay! I love how you did the density test :) wow the beauty blender expands quite a bit when you soak it in water! I think I might just have to pick up a beauty blender to try out since you love it so much, it’s best to be used with liquid foundie right? did you also buy their special cleanser or just baby shampoo would do?

  8. great review! i haven’t tried the beauty blender but i have the sonia kashuk one and it is a little hard to use, and definitely hard to get completely clean!

  9. I have the beauty blender and I love it too. I don’t use it as much as I should, I always go back to my brushes for some reason, probably just from habit. I gotta start using my BB more! =)

  10. I love sponges! I find that those dinky white sponges that they give out at Sephora also work quite well. They expand a lot too, but aren’t nearly as cute as the Beauty Blender~ ;)

  11. Ooo I definitely have to echo everyone else and say that was a really super comparison! I haven’t seen one that does it so thoroughly – I didn’t realize either one could grow in size when wet. o_O Plus the density check is most definitely brilliant.

  12. Not that I use sponges.. but thanks for the great comparisons! Very detailed! SK is like 1/2 the $$ of the BB! So I guess it’ll come down to life expectancy of the sponge! LOL!

  13. great comparison! i agree w/ cat, i love how you did the density test part :P

  14. Thank you for the comparison! will get the SK one since the Beauty blender is so expensive! Love your blog btw <3

    yuriko

  15. great review!!!love your blog!!excellent info girl!!!

  16. Awesome review and pics! Especially love seeing how the Beauty Blender expanded so much more when wet. So I guess I should get one and stop using cheapie makeup sponges then?

  17. thank you for this review!

  18. thanks for your comparison of these two sponges, esp the density test! I have the SK sponge & it works pretty well for my foundation, but I might have to order a Beauty Blender when it’s time to get a new one :)

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