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How Do Silicone Makeup Sponges Stack Up to Standard Beautyblenders?

A side-by-side comparison.
Photo: @marianna_hewitt/Instagram

Photo: @marianna_hewitt/Instagram

Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube — a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than five million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.

If you're someone who frequents the beauty-specific corners of Instagram and YouTube, you've without a doubt seen silicone makeup sponges all over the place. Presented as an alternative to standard Beautyblender-types, the transparent, squishy plastic tools are supposedly super-effective at applying makeup smoothly without soaking up too much product. Another pro is that silicone makeup sponges are theoretically more hygienic, since the smooth plastic surface allows you to easily wash it. But how does it really stack up to the Beautyblender, arguably the internet's most-beloved beauty tool? A YouTube video by beauty blogger and influencer Marianna Hewitt seeks to answer precisely that question.

In the video, Hewitt discusses her own love of the standard Beautyblender, noting that she has a tough time imagining doing her makeup without it. But in the name of science, Hewitt puts the silicone version to the test, using it to apply her foundation in a circular motion and then a "tapping" motion. To really show how the tool stacks up, she uses it on half of her face, applying the makeup to the other half with a Beautyblender, for a side-by-side comparison.

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You can watch the full video below to see her technique, as well as her final verdict on silicone makeup sponges:

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