Celebrity makeup artists, beauty bloggers and devoted makeup junkies all have one thing in common: they’ve used a Beautyblender at least once.
Since its 2003 incorporation, the spherical staple has become a cult favorite with multi-use appeal and recognition across the beauty landscape. Although the brand has expanded to include sister products (Blotterazi, blendercleanser), the original blender, which retails at $20, remains a top seller.
As much as we love this tiny makeup enhancer, we also realize that a $20 sponge can be a tough buy for frugal shoppers. Unsurprisingly, there are a slew of cheaper options that swipe and slather just as well. Shop our top five favorites here!
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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Set, $11
This three-in-one set is shaped to blend both small and large areas of the face. Keep a lookout for the brand’s new “Miracle” collection being released later this month!