SILICONE BEAUTY BLENDERS: WHY PRO MAKE-UP ARTISTS CAN’T STAND THEM!
They’re viral and can be washed off easily but do they get the job done?
According to premium beauty magazine, Allure. Pro-make up artists in the United States are absolutely not loving this product. Despite its popularity on the gram, there are a few issues worthy of concern for the make-up lover.
We’ve tabled some below:
Makeup artists on Instagram and the brands pumping them out have praised silicone sponges for various reasons. Many believe their non-porous texture allows you to not waste your precious beauty products because the sponge won’t absorb it. Its slick surface also makes it quick and easy to clean without any drying time.
1. They suck at blending.
According to allure, Molly R. Stern, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist who often works with Reese Witherspoon, prefers a traditional makeup sponge to blend in foundation over a silicone one any day of the week. Her reasoning is the same as every one of her peers:
I find that the silicone wipes the product off instead of actually blending it, she explains.
To put it in food-terms, Huuynh compared the blending skills of silicone sponges to making breakfast. “Silicone does not promote blending. It’s similar to using a spatula to spread butter on toast,” he says. “You’re essentially spackling.” No, thank you.
2. They do not absorb water
Some foundations have been known to dry out really quickly. Examples would include the Zaron Healthy Glow foundation. This is why it is advised that the sponge be made damp to make for ease in application. This is where the problem arises-one of the key features of a silicone sponge that made it so popular to begin with is that it doesn’t waste product due to its nonabsorbent surface. As a result, it wouldn’t absorb water and you would essentially be sliding the spong across your face. A mess.
3. They are not buffers
What you put on, is what you’ll get whereas in the case of a beauty blender if the foundation were excess, it would absorb all the excess liquid making for a seamless finish. Due to the Silicon sponge’s non porous surface, there is an inability for it to perform this particular function.