Top 7 affordable makeup sponges that are no less than the original beauty blender in quality

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There is no doubt you’ve heard of the original beauty blender before or even tried it at least once and if you haven’t yet, I’ll describe it simply for you. It is a little pink squishy makeup sponge designed to prime, blend, highlight, conceal and contour with any makeup formula (creamy, liquid, or powder) for a flawless and airbrushed makeup finish. This little squishy sponge is the cult-favorite for mainly 3 reasons: 

  1. The squishy texture, which allows a smooth and natural makeup application. 
  2. The easy-to-grab egg shape. 
  3. The density of the material, which is the most important criteria in makeup sponges design; the original makeup blender is specially designed less poreless to absorb just enough of your makeup products (minimum absorption for maximum coverage). 

Is the original beauty blender a must-have makeup sponge in every makeup wardrobe?

Well, the makeup sponge in general, without discussing the brand, is essential for a professional, detailed, natural or full coverage, plus it is easier to control and more than anything else, it gets the work done so quickly, especially when you want to ace your base makeup in a short period of time. However, there are better makeup alternatives of the original beauty blender, with enhanced design features (texture, porosity level, and well-defined lines and surfaces designed not for mathematical purposes but better contouring results), and more importantly, AFFORDABLE (less than $20 spent on the original BB) like spending this amount of money every single time is insane, unless you’re rich or it just doesn’t bother you. 

We’re thankful for the makeup industry to come up with a wide spectrum of affordable high-quality makeup sponges that will not necessarily beat the original beauty blender but at least give the same results without breaking the bank account. These are the makeup sponges at the frontier of the best affordable beauty blender alternatives that you definitely need to check out.

Real Techniques -


  • Material: Latex-free

Product Details

This is by far one of the bestselling makeup sponges that provides you with a highly detailed, flawless, even and smooth makeup application, it comes in a set of 2 egg-shaped sponges with a tip point at the bottom to cover those specific tiny skin imperfections, the round sides to blend in liquid foundation, and the flat portion at the top to use around the eyes and nose. Use damp for a dewy glow or dry for full coverage.

e.l.f. Cosmetics -

Total Face Sponge, $5.00

  • Material: Latex-free 

Product Details

This is a very affordable beauty blender alternative, and it surprises me how it easily blends powder and liquid makeup products into the skin, judging by its cheap price, it does the job so so well! The rounded sides are used for some blending work, the flat angled side for powder makeup products application (the perfect side to dab your makeup products underneath your eyes in a lightweight pressure), and the pointed tip at the top is very handy at concealing all the imperfections. Another plus for this budget-friendly beauty sponge is the super-duper soft and squishy texture that I really like, better than any stres relief ball out there XD!

Aesthetica -

Beauty Sponge, $15.00

  • Material: Latex-free

Product Details

Aesthetica Beauty Sponge is by far the closest beauty blender alternative, not only because of the egg-shape similarity but also the multi-functional properties it offers from effortlessly blending out liquid or creamy makeup products to setting powder, contouring, patting in concealer, and covering imperfections. What I also like about this makeup sponge is the fact that it gives you full coverage while it doesn’t soak up a lot of product, which means you’re going to save a lot of money and your makeup products will last longer than usual.  

Fenty Beauty -

Precision Makeup Sponge 100, $16

  • Material: Latex-free 

Product Details

Fenty Beauty Precision Makeup Sponge comes in very handy if you want to achieve highly detailed makeup looks, and it’s all thanks to the 3 well-defined edges that give you the best precision in makeup application. The slanted flat edge allows you to pat in whatever formula (liquid, cream, or powder), the mini-moon edge on top is used for difficult-to-reach corners like the under eyes and nose area, and the rounded end is perfect for a final airbrushed touch.

L'Oréal Paris -

Makeup Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, $7.99

  • Material: Designed with a plush material

Product Details

What makes this drugstore makeup sponge the cult-favorite is the easy-to-grab shape that allows you to effortlessly perfect liquid and creamy makeup application in easy dabbing or rolling motions, and whether you want to conceal visible imperfections, or to go for full coverage, trust me, it gets the job done just like your favorite $20 beauty blender. The plush sponge material provides you with a smooth, even, and flawless makeup results.

Ecotools -

Perfecting blender duo, $6.99

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  • Material: Made of 70% plant based materials

Product Details

First of all, these cute makeup sponges by Ecotools are not 1+1, they actually complete each other (best chemistry ever <3). The large-sized sponge is perfect for base makeup coverage while the mini-sized sponge reaches for parts that need a precise and detailed application. The flat side is used to apply makeup on larger surfaces, the round edge is specially designed to blend lines, and the wedge-like tip on top comes in very handy when you want to get highly precise contouring results. What I personally do like about this duo pack, apart from being cruelty-free and less priced than the cult-favorites, is that they absorb just the minimum of the product to work in its magic for a seamless, well-covered and flawless makeup look. I highly recommend it!

wet n wild -

Makeup Sponge, $3.99

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  • Material: Designed with a unique hydrophilic material to ensure less product waste.

Product Details

This seems like that kind of sponge that you’ll purchase just because it’s cheap, the packaging is cute, and so you’ll try it just for fun. OKAY! Let me clear this up for, you will be absolutely taken aback by its high quality compared to its price, it does its job so so well for a flawless, natural and smooth makeup application. It can be used wet or dry, but I strongly recommend using it “wet” because the size magically doubles, so you’ll get a better hold of it for maximized coverage results, after all, it’s by “wet n wild” for a reason.