Half-Face Challenge: The Silisponge vs the Boobie Blender

My fragile beauty heart was shook when the Silisponge first broke the Internet. The promise of a smooth, airbrushed texture sans the maintenance troubles of a normal beauty sponge? While I love the Beauty Blender, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find the task of cleaning it pretty demanding. The Silisponge hooked me in from the beginning, and review after review left me curious as to how it would perform. We managed to order a dupe from an online seller but we decided to test it with a fun, cheeky bonus: I picked up a similar-in-texture silicon nipple pad that I’ll also be trying out for makeup application. Let’s call it the boobie blender, as other YouTubers have been doing!   

My game plan is to apply foundation and concealer on the right side of my face with the Silisponge dupe, and the boobie blender for the other half. I used the Celeteque Dermocosmetics Photoready Foundation for my base as per usual, and concealed with TheSaem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer. Time to find out how these trending tools actually perform!

Round 1: Silisponge Dupe

The gel-like material of the sponge makes it poreless and not at all absorbent, so I expected that a small amount of product would go a long way. Starting with about a centavo-sized squirt of foundation, I first dabbed it on like I would with a Beauty Blender but it left obvious foundation stamps under my cheekbone and around the mouth area. I also found it more difficult to apply on tight nooks and crannies like the sides of my nostrils because the sponge is on the thick side and not so easily pliable.

See how the product looks "stamped" on my skin? I had to blend it out quite a bit to make application look more even

See how the product looks "stamped" on my skin? I had to blend it out quite a bit to make application look more even

With experimentation, I found that a combination of dabbing and swiping movements work best with this tool. Here’s half of my face done after seven minutes of smoothing it out. I’m pretty impressed with how smooth it looks!  

Wearing foundation using the Silisponge dupe on the left!

Wearing foundation using the Silisponge dupe on the left!

Round 2: Boobie Blender

I used the same amount of product to do the other side of my face and followed the same dab-and-swipe technique. My first thought was about how weird it felt to be patting a nipple cover all over my face, but I soon realized that I actually liked this better than the Silisponge dupe! It’s softer and more pliable, so it’s more comfortable to use.

Since it was designed to cover nipples, it has curved surface rather than a flat one. As a result, I didn’t encounter the same stamping marks issue! Here’s how it looked seven minutes later--who would have thought I’d used a boobie blender?

Used the Silisponge dupe on the left, and the boobie blender on the right

Used the Silisponge dupe on the left, and the boobie blender on the right

Verdict

Call me a believer! It’s funny to me how people think of these things but guess what – they actually worked! The finish was pretty much identical but between the two, I’m putting my coin on the silicon nipple tape which I got from Bench for only P179 for a pair. The Silisponge dupe is priced at around P150 on Ebay, Shopee, and Facebook for a single sponge, plus you face the risk of streaking if you don’t blend out your foundation well.

That being said, neither one is on the same level of airbrushed finish that I get from the original Beauty Blender, so I’m not about to put that away anytime soon! It also takes me about five to seven minutes to do my full face with the BB so there’s a time-price tradeoff. These “dirty” sponges do put my heavily stained Beauty Blender to shame, though. A quick makeup wipe rundown got these back to looking brand new in just a few seconds!

I had so much fun putting these hot trendy items to the test! Have you ever tried the Silisponge or any of its dupes? If you’re considering trying this out, which one would you prefer to get?