But the allure finally caught up with me. "Why would people be buying a $20 sponge if it wasn't magic?", I justified to myself.
At $19.95 for a single sponge, beautyblenders are pricey. As a result of their popularity, there have been a huge number of dupes. I decided to investigate if this extra fancy sponge performed better than its cheaper doppelgangers. For a comparison, I used the Wistonia Pro Beauty Water Droplet Puff, which retails for $3.83, less than a fifth of the cost of the beautyblender.
Visually, the two are very similar. The real beauty blender is a bit more pointed, a bit more vibrantly colored, and a bit smaller. However, the real morphological difference isn't visual. The knockoff is incredibly dense and much rougher. The difference is stark; it's comparable to the difference between homemade and store-bought gnocchi. One is pillow-soft, light, and fluffy, the other is heavy and massed. There is no way that they would get mixed up.
|How they look dry (BeautyBlender on the left, ProBeauty on the right)|
|How they look wet (BeautyBlender on the left, ProBeauty on the right)|
The Pro Beauty dupe doesn't sheer out my makeup as much as the beautyblender, but it also doesn't create the same gorgeous, natural glow. It looks comparable to the look I get from brushes. It also feels rough on my face.
Both sponges got awkwardly stained by my makeup.
Overall, I have to conclude that the Pro Beauty sponge is not an adequate dupe for the beautyblender because it does not create the natural, glowing finish that beautyblender devotees strive for. I would strongly recommend the beautyblender to anyone with skin that already looks rather nice. That being said, the Pro Beauty sponge might be a good, inexpensive option for someone who doesn't have brushes and wants to try out a more elegant method of application.