Nearly a year ago I posted an OG review about the then brand new super sponge. It was the version 1 and if you hadn't read the review, I was not impressed. A few months ago, they decided to release a version 2 which I was able to try out over the last few months.
To recap what I mentioned in the past review, "Super Sponge is supposedly the new best thing since the beauty blender. It has been in process of development for two years and is basically like a beauty blender, but the top 2/3 is silicone-infused. Why? Because they claim the silicone allows for less makeup absorbance into the sponge which also means it's easier to clean." The sponge I have is the OG Super Sponge, the purple, and the new teal super sponge to show you the comparison of version 1 and 2. The new one is slightly bigger and much softer to the touch. The new sponge is selling at $19.99 (and scroll down for a coupon code!) which is also cheaper than version 1.
I was so skeptical on trying version 2 after having awful results on the original super sponge. So I got it in the mail and I knew I wanted to try it and just know right away if I was going to be impressed or hate it.
First off, the package is so cute. From the box the sponge came in to the actual product packaging, it truly feels like the quality has been stepped up. The product used to come in just a sealable ziplock-like bag with a handheld scrubber which was pretty flimsy. Now the super sponge comes in the plastic box you see above and at the bottom is a scrubber. I find this perfect for when you travel because you can keep the sponge clean and protected.
The reason I was originally drawn to the Super Sponge was specifically for the fact that it was easy to clean and due to the silicone coating at the top, it does not gather bacteria easily. I can tell you from experience that if I don't keep regular cleaning from my normal beauty blenders and Real Techniques Sponge, they start to get black spots over time due to the bacteria and then I need to toss them out. So the base is for just that cleaning. After I finish applying my makeup, I take about 10 seconds to just scrub the sponge with its base and a tiny bit of soap and its spotless once again. The base can then be used for drying.
SO, how is the makeup application?
I was so nervous to try it because if you read the review about version 1, all the makeup would gather in my pores around my t-zone and then on my nose if I tried to pat it away, it would just end up removing my makeup. How does this apply? I patted my makeup a few times and those dots appeared so I was terrified, but after a few more pats it all blended out so smoothly. As I mentioned, I've tested this out over the last 2 months. During this time I had very oily skin and then got put on Accutane which meant I was also trying it on dry skin or with major lotioned up skin. I've tried it with my die-hard ColourPop Hylauronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer but also my high-coverage It Cosmetics Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream, with and without primer.
Regardless of how I applied, those dots of foundation gathering in my pores appear and scare me but then don't give up and pat a few more days and it just smoothes it all out. Another statement they claim is that you can use less foundation than you normally would. I usually use about 3 peas (a very visual reference) of foundation on each cheek and my forehead. When I use the super sponge, I can usually get just 1-2 peas on each area. When you have pricey makeup, or even drugstore makeup, any way you can save money, I bet you want to.
Like I said as well, as soon as I finish my makeup, I'll just go to my sink and quickly "brush" out the sponge with its scrubber base and it gets all the makeup out. I will admit I haven't used out the bottom of the sponge yet, but I haven't felt the need to. It's suppose to just smooth out and perfect any needed areas but I love the application and finish of the silicone area. With that said, I tested out applying my makeup with every part of the sponge just to see how it will clean and I have been so impressed too. It took off nearly everything minus a bit on the bottom sponge side. You can see in the picture the bottom is covered in foundation with some on the silicone top too. After cleaning there's just two areas that are a little more dirty and along where the silicone area meets the bottom.
So overall thoughts.... I love this sponge and I recommend it to anyone. It is such an upgrade from version 1, so if you were skeptical of the first or tried it and didn't like it, give it another chance. I definitely recommend it.
• Cleans very easily with great cleaning tool
• Compact with its scrubber base and box
• Blends makeup very well despite using full coverage or tinted moisturizers
• Silicone area helps for chances of bacteria buildup
PLUS, good news is, if you're interested in the sponge, use code SANDY25 for 25% off! I do not receive any compensation if you use the code and all opinions are absolutely my own. I just wanted to give you an update on the sponge since I genuinely love it and I wanted my lovely readers to be sure they can afford this sponge.