“ Type: Foundation Brush / Brand: Avon / „
I bought this sponge stack from Avon a while back because I wanted to try something new to help me blend in my foundation in the mornings.
When I'm in a rush I don't always have time to wash my hands so can't always use my fingers to blend my make up. And sometimes I just don't feel like using a foundation brush. So these are a great alternative.
The pack costs £4 and unfortunately I have never seen it on offer.
There are six sponges in the pack and they contain latex so they won't be suitable for everyone's skin. The sponges are white when they first arrive with the order but as you can imagine over time they become the same colour as your make up.
I've washed the sponges a couple of time since I bought them. I have had to throw a couple away as they got so wrecked over time and got even more wrecked when I washed them. So these don't last forever, unlike a brush or your fingers (hopefully!)
These are satisfactory but I have seen cheaper alternatives out there. I would recommend them but they aren't a must buy.
Don't you just hate it when you find the perfect product - it's easy to use, it suits you so well, it's great value for money, etc - and then the manufacturers suddenly stop making it? I hate that feeling of walking into a store to buy a particular product, only to be told that it's no longer made or that the line has finished! Well that's exactly what happened to me with some foundation sponges from Boots. After getting over my initial anger at the company I started the hunt for some replacements and finally discovered the Sponge Stack by Avon.
Most of you will have heard of Avon but for those of you that haven't it was set up back in 1886 when an American businessman decided to sell perfumes on a door to door basis. The company grew and the Avon name was coined in 1939 before it arrived over in the UK in 1959. They produce a range of bath and beauty products and have recently ventured into accessories and clothing also. Avon isn't available to buy in shops but you can order it through their catalogue which is hand delivered or alternatively online at www.avonshop.co.uk.
For those who don't have a clue what a foundation sponge is I'll give you a little low down... when applying foundation to the facial area some women prefer to just apply it with their fingertips whereas other women prefer to use some sort of applicator. There are several different types of applicator that you can use but the two main ones tend to be a foundation brush or a foundation sponge. I'll be reviewing the foundation sponge method which involves using a flat, smooth sponge to apply make up to the face allowing easy application and even coverage.
The sponges come in a small plastic contained which is circular in shape and white in appearance. The words "Sponge Stack" are written on the front in black ink and there are some other basic details on the back and also the bottom of the pot too. The lid is very easy simple to use and simply pops on and off the tub. I feel that the packaging is quite basic and does look a little cheap but on the other hand it does the job and keeps the sponges safe from any make up spillages and also makes them quite neat to store on any flat surface or in any bag.
The sponges themselves are off cream in colour and circular in shape, to be exact they are about 4cm in diameter and about 0.75cm thick so are an adequate size to hold in between your fingertips when using to apply foundation. There is a slight smell of latex to the sponges when you initially open the tub that they are contained in as the sponges do contain latex, although this slightly medical smell does lessen as you start to use them with foundation and they simply take on the smell of that. Each tub holds six of these sponges quite easily.
To use the sponges you simply need to apply a little foundation to the corner of one of them and then simply use it to blend the foundation into your face. The best way to do it is to blot a little foundation onto your cheeks and forehead and then blend in using strokes of the sponge. When you first use the sponge you'll find that they do absorb quite a lot of the foundation so you'll need to use extra amounts, however they soon reach their absorption level within a few days and then they won't absorb anymore foundation so you won't loose any to the sponge.
I find that one sponge will last me about a month; it's always a good idea to replace it after about this length of time as it will start to harbour any bacteria from your face and if you do suffer from spots it might be worthwhile changing it more often. The more you use the sponge the more it will start to loose its shape and stretch a little, in the past if I've used the same sponge for more than about six weeks it has started to go into a little hole. As you get six in each tub for only £3.00 they are really good value for money, one tub lasts me about six to eight months.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these sponges to anyone who uses foundation. I find them much easier to use than a foundation brush which can only get quite messy in your make up bag and also tends to pick up bacteria from within your make up bag. I used to use my fingers to apply foundation but that's also a little cumbersome and can get your fingers and nails quite messy, plus you're directly transferring any bacteria from your hands straight to your face. I've kept my old tub and keep the foundation sponge that I'm currently using in that so it means my make up bag doesn't get covered in foundation and also keeps the sponge itself clean. An absolute bargain of a product which I'll definitely be investing in again!
Thanks for reading.
Foundation application sponge /