“ Type: Sponge / Brand: Boots / „
I like to use a sponge to apply my eyeshadow, as I find the little applicators that come with eyeshadow can sometimes irritate the delicate skin on my eyelids. Using my fingers never quite gets an even covering, so a sponge is the answer. I chose to purchase the Boots Soft Cosmetic Sponge Wedges, as unlike other sponges I have had, they are shaped, and not just a rectangle.
The shape of the sponges is such that they have a concave edge on one side, and convex on the other. They have sloping edges, which allow you to hold the sponge and easily apply and blend your make up for a prefect finish. The corners can be used to apply eyeshadow to the corners of the eyelid.
As well as eyeshadow, I also use one of these sponges to apply concealer, for when I have an evil little red spot on my face. The sponges are very soft, and do not irritate my skin, so a clean sponge is great for applying concealer without getting any more bacteria into the spot.
The sponges can be soaked in warm soapy water to wash them, which is great when I want to change the colour of my make up (or just to clean them to reuse). They dry quickly when left out on a towel.
A pack of 4 sponges costs £1.95, and as they are made of polyurethane foam and are latex free, they can be used by everyone. These are Boots' own brand, so can only be purchased from Boots stores which are on most high streets, or at www.boots.com.
I am a fan of the Boots no 7 range of make up and skin care as I think it is as good as many more expensive brands on the market. I have always used my fingers to apply foundation and have been happy with the results. Whilst away with a friend recently I noticed that she used a sponge to apply her foundation and so decided I would give this method try to see what difference it made.
As I was unsure about whether I would like using a make up sponge I really didn't want to spend too much money on buying one! My local Boots had 2 options as part of their No7 range; either a multipack costing £4 or a cheaper pack of 4 wedge shaped sponges for £1.95. I opted for the cheaper pack.
The sponges come packaged in a clear plastic bag; really nothing fancy. I needed a pair of scissors to get into the thick plastic. The sponges are wedge shaped and of decent size. They are quite soft to the touch and quite springy. Before using the sponge I moisten with a little warm water. I then apply a small amount of my liquid foundation to the sponge and then apply to my face using upward movements. The pointed edge of the sponge is perfect for applying the foundation to my eye area.
I do think that using the sponge gives my face a more professional finish, although I find using the sponge a bit more tricky and time consuming that just using my fingers. The sponges are also useful for removing any small flakes of mascara that end up on my face whilst applying my eye make up.
Once I have finish using the sponge I give it a quick rinse to remove any excess make up and its ready to use again. I have been using these sponges for several weeks now and one has all but completely disintegrated. I really don't expect them to last long and have been happy with the results they have given. On balance I think I will invest in a make up brush as this would prove more cost effective in the long run.
~Cosmetic sponges from Boots~
These simple foam based cosmetic sponges are a product that I have bought and used in the past and found to be of a good quality. They come neatly packed and presented in a basic looking plastic hang bag that has been designed for ease of use, without any frills. You can find these sponges set amongst the make up brushes and accessories in a section which caters for many of the Boots range of make up accessory and nail care products. The texture of these budget priced cosmetic sponges is quite good in my opinion as they have a nice soft and smooth texture with a degree of bounce to the foam based material that they are made from.
~Using the product~
I have found that these sponges can be used for a variety of purposes such as putting foundation products on to my skin or for taking make up off with and then moisturising with. As the sponges have a neat and compact wedge shape to them they can be used at a number of angles if wanted in order to get the best from them which I feel makes them quite versatile. The more pointed end of the wedge can be used to make corrections close to the eye, lip and nose area when applying foundation which I find useful. The thicker end of the wedge can be used to help blend foundation on to facial skin so as to give a nice clean finish. The sponges have a nice degree of bounce to them and they are soft enough to be able to be used on facial skin with relative ease.
The feel of these sponges on the skin when in use is smooth enough so that they don't drag on soft tissue too much when they have been moistened with foundation etc. I have found that the sponges can be rinsed off after every use and left to dry if wanted although repeatedly doing so does make them deteriorate more quickly than if they are washed less often. I feel that at the cheap price of £1.75 they offer good value when compared to Boots more up market No7 branded sponges which do cost a little more to buy. You do need to take a little time getting used to working with these if you have never used them before, although you soon get used to how they perform. I feel they are not a must have product, however they are something that I find useful at times.
As you get 4 of these cosmetic sponges per pack, I find that they generally last some time once you get the hang of using and caring for them. As I feel these sponges are a fair option to go for if you want an alternative to the larger No7 cosmetic sponges at a cheaper price, I am giving these a 4 star product rating.
I bought these quite a long time ago when I lost my applicator sponge which came with a compact powder foundation. I really needed a new one because I used this compact a lot on the go and it is so much easier to apply with a sponge applicator than with a powder brush.
I saw these in Boots and they were pretty reasonably priced, so I decided to give them a go.
The only fault that I have with these sponges are that they are a little big for me to easily apply foundation with, but this was easily sorted by cutting them in half.
I used one of the sponges for my liquid foundation and one for on the go with my powder compact and I have to say, I am impressed with how versatile they are, and they worked really well for both purposes.
The sponges are feather light, and really easy to apply foundation with, they feel smooth on your skin, and they caused absolutely no irritation or uncomfortable feeling.
These sponges lasted me a couple of months before I had to buy a new lot, so I think for the price they are and the quality of the product over all, these are a really good product.
Recently I've been trying different ways of applying my foundation, just because I wanted to see which effect I liked best. I gave this sponges a try, seeing as we get told to use them at college, as they are a more hygienic way of applying foundation. I have combination skin I wanted to see if it would effect my breakouts that I get quite often.
These little sponges are in the shape of wedges and you get four in a pack. They feel very soft to the touch and very lightweight.
I found these sponges very useful, they were very soft against my skin and caused no irritation and found when my foundation when on a lot more smoothly and effortlessly, which is excellent as it cut application time down by half. I damp these down a little with water and leave them to air dry a little before applying my foundation. This way the sponge doesn't soak up half as much foundation, so you don't waste any and also again helps by applying it smoothly to your skin, otherwise it feels very rough and don't get an even application. My foundation was a lot more flawless, without any patches of foundation and lines across the face where the foundation had not be blended in properly. I would say this is a very effective method and I will continue to use these whilst trying out other methods. I do prefer this to using my hands, as it is supposed to be more hygienic.
I do recommend washing this after every application so you don't spread bacteria around your face, causing blemishes and breakouts. I have noticed a difference to the amount of breakouts I have used, as sometimes I used to forget to wash my hands before hand as I just assumed they were clean.
I find it very easy to use as all you do is apply a little foundation either straight on the sponge or to the areas of your face you want to apply the foundation and blend in using the sponge heading to the direction of the hairline, giving you a even finish.
These cost me £1.62 which I think is cheap as chips and for the amount you receive and the time they last you, is definitely worth the money.
Overall great sponges, that results in shorter applying time and flawless foundation without any lines or patches. But only if you damp them down first! Highly recommend.
I love my sleep and have a commute of over an hour to work which means I have to get up early. This inevitably means I have to do my make up on the tube (classy girl that I am). One major problem with this is that was getting foundation all over the palms of my hands, which doesn't look great when you are hosting external meetings first thing and have to shake hands with people. The obvious solution to this (other than getting out of bed early enough to do my makeup before I leave the house) was to use something other than my hand to put it on. I went into Boots to investigate and found these cosmetic wedges.
They are little sponges shaped into wedges and cost £1.62 for four which I think is a very reasonable price. The instructions say that you should soak these in water and squeeze them then let them air-dry before use. I didn't do that the first time and was a bit disappointed but they work much better when you do this - and I don't really feel it would be fair to complain about results obtained by not following the manufacture's instructions my review is about the product when you do this.
To use them is pretty simple. Just squeeze a small amount of your foundation onto the sponge and wipe it on your face. After they have been soaked as above, they feel wonderfully soft on your skin. The wedge shape is ideal for using on your face. They blend as you wipe so you don't have to spend time rubbing your face and I think it's vastly reduced the amount of time I spend applying my foundation. The sponge gives a smooth even coverage which looks much better than when you apply with your fingers and I imagine it is much more hygienic to use a sponge that your hands which have been holding onto the hand rails in a dirty tube. And it's nice not to have to hind the palms of my hands when I get to work.
The wedges are easy to wash as well. Just rinse them out with warm soapy water and leave to air-dry.
I think these are great and I would recommend them to anyone who wears foundation.