Five Affordable Makeup Sponges That Rival The Beautyblender

As much as we love this tiny makeup enhancer, we also realize that a $20 sponge can be a tough buy for frugal shoppers.

Nikki Brown Aug, 10, 2016

1 of 6 Beauty Blender

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!

2 of 6 Real Techniques

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!

3 of 6 Sephora

Like the Beautyblender, Sephora’s namesake airbrush sponge is also reusable, washable and suitable for any makeup formulation. 

4 of 6 SWISSCO

This sponge and brush duo is perfect for seasoned beauty girls who want to contour and highlight for a pro-level glow.

5 of 6 e.l.f. Cosmetics

This online-only exclusive is built with a comfort curve that fits perfectly in your hand. Stash this in your travel bag for all future vacations!

6 of 6 Bairly Sheer

Those who use a kabuki brush to finish off their makeup look will appreciate this kabuki-style makeup sponge that will cover any hard-to-reach spots.

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